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1974 New Orleans Saints

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5-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.3, Offense: -5.7, Defense: -1.7, SoS: -0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 166 points (11.9/g), 24th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 263 points (18.8/g), 14th.
 Differential of -97 points (-6.9/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 3.5-10.5.

Coach: John North (5-9-0)

Stadium: Tulane Stadium
 Training Camp: Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida)

Team Info

General Manager Richard Gordon
President/Majority Shareholder John Mecom Jr.
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 166 3744 929 4.0 33 12 25 233 185 389 1761 10 21 4.1 91 503 1983 9 3.9 117
Team Defense 263 3797 853 4.5 35 19 17 226 193 369 2039 17 16 5.0 105 447 1758 11 3.9 104
Lg Rank Offense 24 17 14 8 16 9 22 22 14 24 9 10 25 12
Lg Rank Defense 14 7 9 3 8 13 9 20 19 8 6 10 7 15

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-1 San Francisco 49ers 13 17 22 278 149 129 4 15 214 56 158 3
2 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 0 24 14 239 130 109 3 20 307 150 157 1
3 Sun September 29 boxscore W 1-2 Atlanta Falcons 14 13 15 196 24 172 2 12 230 63 167 3
4 Sun October 6 boxscore L 1-3 @ Chicago Bears 10 24 14 168 98 70 18 248 117 131 2
5 Sun October 13 boxscore L 1-4 @ Denver Broncos 17 33 19 333 196 137 3 24 397 274 123 2
6 Sun October 20 boxscore W 2-4 @ Atlanta Falcons 13 3 15 321 89 232 4 10 174 110 64 6
7 Sun October 27 boxscore W 3-4 Philadelphia Eagles 14 10 20 298 164 134 1 16 258 153 105 1
8 Sun November 3 boxscore L 3-5 @ Detroit Lions 14 19 17 280 186 94 5 10 195 137 58 4
9 Sun November 10 boxscore L 3-6 Miami Dolphins 0 21 16 273 116 157 1 16 222 81 141
10 Sun November 17 boxscore W 4-6 Los Angeles Rams 20 7 13 321 175 146 1 18 261 200 61 4
11 Mon November 25 boxscore L 4-7 Pittsburgh Steelers 7 28 15 178 69 109 4 18 334 62 272 4
12 Sun December 1 boxscore L 4-8 @ Minnesota Vikings 9 29 13 226 81 145 19 405 308 97 1
13 Sun December 8 boxscore W 5-8 St. Louis Cardinals 14 0 17 315 87 228 1 12 214 150 64 1
14 Sun December 15 boxscore L 5-9 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 35 23 318 197 121 4 18 338 178 160 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 3-8-0 134 261 51.3% 1429 6 2.3 16 6.1 79 5.5 3.2 10.7 129.9 49.8 26 172 4.38 2.29 9.1 2 2
12 Bobby Scott 25 qb 5 1 1-0-0 31 71 43.7% 366 4 5.6 4 5.6 36 5.2 3.7 11.8 73.2 55.3 6 62 3.95 2.65 7.8
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 1-1-0 20 55 36.4% 242 0 0.0 0 0.0 30 4.4 4.4 12.1 60.5 50.7 4 36 3.49 3.49 6.8
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 0 1 0.0% 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 1 6 -3.00 -3.00 50.0
Team Total 25.1 14 5-9-0 185 389 47.6% 2037 10 2.6 21 5.4 79 5.2 3.3 11.0 145.5 49.6 37 276 4.13 2.38 8.7 2 2
Opp Total 14 193 369 52.3% 2330 17 4.6 16 4.3 6.3 5.28 12.1 166.4 69.3 37 291 5.0 4.1 9.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 174 556 2 14 3.2 39.7 12.4 11 55 5.0 0 17 0.8 3.9 611 2 3
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 165 714 2 66 4.3 51.0 11.8 42 294 7.0 1 22 3.0 21.0 1008 3 4
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 43 190 1 25 4.4 13.6 3.1 13 81 6.2 0 20 0.9 5.8 271 1 7
47 Jack DeGrenier 23 12 0 33 110 0 10 3.3 9.2 2.8 4 13 3.3 0 8 0.3 1.1 123 0 0
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 28 204 1 26 7.3 18.5 2.5 204 1 4
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 22 90 1 24 4.1 8.2 2.0 5 64 12.8 0 30 0.5 5.8 154 1 1
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 21 74 0 10 3.5 5.3 1.5 2 3 1.5 0 2 0.1 0.2 77 0 2
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 12 35 1 15 2.9 8.8 3.0 35 1 2
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 2 2 0 6 1.0 0.1 0.1 41 455 11.1 4 58 2.9 32.5 457 4 0
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 2 7 1 6 3.5 0.5 0.1 32 466 14.6 3 42 2.3 33.3 473 4 0
12 Bobby Scott 25 qb 5 1 1 1 0 1 1.0 0.2 0.2 1 0 0
41 Bob Newland 26 WR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 490 18.1 2 79 1.9 35.0 490 2 0
85 John Beasley 29 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 85 17.0 0 30 0.4 6.1 85 0 0
80 Sam Havrilak 27 6 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 23 23.0 0 23 0.2 3.8 23 0 0
80 Earl McCullouch 28 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 5 5.0 0 5 0.3 1.7 5 0 0
17 Speedy Thomas 27 1 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 1.0 3.0 3 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 503 1983 9 66 3.9 141.6 35.9 185 2037 11.0 10 79 13.2 145.5 4020 19 26
Opp Total 14 447 1758 11 3.9 125.6 31.9 193 2039 10.6 17 13.8 145.6 3797 28 37

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 37 376 0 40 10.2 33 749 0 41 22.7 1396
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 7 124 0 27 17.7 735
44 Chris Farasopoulos 25 6 0 3 36 0 18 12.0 36
30 Ernie Jackson 24 LCB 13 0 2 3 0 3 1.5 1 27 0 27 27.0 30
55 Don Coleman 22 14 0 2 13 0 9 6.5 13
58 Joe Federspiel 24 MLB 14 0 2 20 0 12 10.0 20
54 Rick Middleton 23 14 0 2 18 0 11 9.0 18
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 89
69 Dave Davis 26 7 0 1 14 0 14 14.0 14
53 Rick Kingrea 25 14 0 1 22 0 22 22.0 22
39 Odell Lawson 26 9 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 20
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 154
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 1 23 0 23 23.0 23
29 Mo Spencer 22 5 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -2
Team Total 25.1 14 43 415 0 40 9.7 53 1040 0 41 19.6 5475
Opp Total 14 59 906 2 15.4 40 894 0 22.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
16 Tom Blanchard 26 P 13 0 88 3704 71 0 42.1
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 6 4 4 2 4 1 2 2 16 9 56.3%% 20 19 95.0%%
15 Donnie Gibbs 29 1 0 3 99 35 0 33.0
Team Total 25.1 14 6 4 4 2 4 1 2 2 16 9 56.3%% 20 19 95.0%% 91 3803 71 0 41.8
Opp Total 14 17 10 58.8%% 34 29 85.3%% 77 3272 42.5

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 0 7 3 0 0
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 0 4 2 2 0
30 Ernie Jackson 24 LCB 13 0 4 53 0 28 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 4 27 1 24 0 0 0 1 0 0
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 0 4 0 -9 0
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 0 2 1 0 0
15 Donnie Gibbs 29 1 0 0 2 1 0 0
37 Tom Myers 24 FS 12 12 3 43 0 21 0
78 Billy Newsome 26 LDE 13 0 0 0 3 0 0
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 0 3 0 0 0
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 0 2 0 0 0
59 Wayne Colman 28 RLB 14 0 1 17 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0
88 Andy Dorris 23 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
58 Joe Federspiel 24 MLB 14 0 1 9 0 9 0 0 0 1 0 0
24 Johnny Fuller 28 SS 12 0 1 16 0 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
82 Bob Pollard 26 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
75 Elex Price 24 LDT 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 0 0 2 0 0
63 Steve Baumgartner 23 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
55 Don Coleman 22 14 0 0 0 1 7 0
69 Dave Davis 26 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
44 Chris Farasopoulos 25 6 0 1 14 0 14 0
57 Jim Merlo 23 LLB 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
25 Jerry Moore 25 9 0 1 0 0 0 0
72 Joe Owens 28 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
29 Mo Spencer 22 5 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.1 14 16 179 1 28 0 0 26 29 0 0
Opp Total 14 37 37 18

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 19 9 46
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 4 4 24
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 1 3 4 24
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 2 1 3 18
41 Bob Newland 26 WR 14 0 2 2 12
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 2 2 12
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 1 1 6
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 1 1 6
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 1 1 6
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 1 1 6
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR/PR 14 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.1 14 9 10 1 20 19 9 166
Opp Total 14 11 17 2 1 2 29 10 263

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 SFO L, 13-17 2 4 pass Joel Parker 4 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
2 1974-09-29 ATL W, 14-13 2 13 pass Joel Parker 13 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
3 1974-09-29 ATL W, 14-13 4 8 rush Jess Phillips 8 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
4 1974-10-06 @ CHI L, 10-24 1 8 pass Alvin Maxson 8 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
5 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 1 24 interception Terry Schmidt 24 yard interception return (Bill McClard kick)
6 1974-10-13 @ DEN L, 17-33 3 1 rush Rod McNeill 1 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
7 1974-10-20 @ ATL W, 13-3 2 36 pass Paul Seal 36 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
8 1974-10-27 PHI W, 14-10 3 4 rush Archie Manning 4 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
9 1974-10-27 PHI W, 14-10 4 3 rush Jess Phillips 3 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
10 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 2 30 pass Joel Parker 30 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
11 1974-11-03 @ DET L, 14-19 2 5 rush Howard Stevens 5 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
12 1974-11-17 RAM W, 20-7 2 79 pass Bob Newland 79 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
13 1974-11-17 RAM W, 20-7 3 17 pass Joel Parker 17 yard pass from Archie Manning (Bill McClard kick)
14 1974-11-25 PIT L, 7-28 3 10 pass Paul Seal 10 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
15 1974-12-01 @ MIN L, 9-29 2 1 rush Alvin Maxson 1 yard rush
16 1974-12-08 STL W, 14-0 1 66 rush Alvin Maxson 66 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
17 1974-12-08 STL W, 14-0 4 6 rush Paul Seal 6 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
18 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 2 1 rush Larry Cipa 1 yard rush (Bill McClard kick)
19 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 7 pass Paul Seal 7 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)
20 1974-12-15 @ SFO L, 21-35 4 10 pass Bob Newland 10 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Bill McClard kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1974-09-15 SFO W, 17-13 1 3 rush Manfred Moore 3 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
2 1974-09-15 SFO W, 17-13 4 9 rush Sammy Johnson 9 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
3 1974-09-22 @ RAM W, 24-0 1 1 rush Tony Baker 1 yard rush (David Ray kick)
4 1974-09-22 @ RAM W, 24-0 2 30 pass Jack Snow 30 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
5 1974-09-22 @ RAM W, 24-0 4 5 pass Harold Jackson 5 yard pass from John Hadl (David Ray kick)
6 1974-09-29 ATL L, 13-14 2 72 punt Gerald Tinker 72 yard punt return (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
7 1974-10-06 @ CHI W, 24-10 1 11 rush Ken Grandberry 11 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
8 1974-10-06 @ CHI W, 24-10 2 1 rush Gary Huff 1 yard rush (Mirro Roder kick)
9 1974-10-06 @ CHI W, 24-10 4 39 pass Bo Rather 39 yard pass from Gary Huff (Mirro Roder kick)
10 1974-10-13 @ DEN W, 33-17 1 3 rush Otis Armstrong 3 yard rush (Jim Turner kick)
11 1974-10-13 @ DEN W, 33-17 2 3 pass Riley Odoms 3 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
12 1974-10-13 @ DEN W, 33-17 2 38 interception Bill Thompson 38 yard interception return
13 1974-10-13 @ DEN W, 33-17 2 1 rush Otis Armstrong 1 yard rush
14 1974-10-13 @ DEN W, 33-17 3 43 pass Billy Van Heusen 43 yard pass from Steve Ramsey (Jim Turner kick)
15 1974-10-27 PHI L, 10-14 2 5 pass Harold Carmichael 5 yard pass from Roman Gabriel (Tom Dempsey kick)
16 1974-11-03 @ DET W, 19-14 1 5 pass Ron Jessie 5 yard pass from Bill Munson (Errol Mann kick)
17 1974-11-03 @ DET W, 19-14 2 78 blocked field goal Levi Johnson 78 yard blocked field goal return
18 1974-11-10 MIA W, 21-0 1 3 pass Jim Mandich 3 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
19 1974-11-10 MIA W, 21-0 1 12 pass Nat Moore 12 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
20 1974-11-10 MIA W, 21-0 2 2 pass Jim Mandich 2 yard pass from Bob Griese (Garo Yepremian kick)
21 1974-11-17 RAM L, 7-20 4 15 pass Bob Klein 15 yard pass from James Harris (David Ray kick)
22 1974-11-25 PIT W, 28-7 1 31 pass Frank Lewis 31 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
23 1974-11-25 PIT W, 28-7 2 18 rush Terry Bradshaw 18 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1974-11-25 PIT W, 28-7 3 64 punt Lynn Swann 64 yard punt return (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1974-11-25 PIT W, 28-7 3 1 pass Larry Brown 1 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1974-12-01 @ MIN W, 29-9 1 2 rush Dave Osborn 2 yard rush
27 1974-12-01 @ MIN W, 29-9 2 4 pass Stu Voigt 4 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton
28 1974-12-01 @ MIN W, 29-9 4 13 pass John Gilliam 13 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
29 1974-12-01 @ MIN W, 29-9 4 22 pass John Gilliam 22 yard pass from Fran Tarkenton (Fred Cox kick)
30 1974-12-15 @ SFO W, 35-21 1 5 rush Larry Schreiber 5 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
31 1974-12-15 @ SFO W, 35-21 2 1 rush Larry Schreiber 1 yard rush (Bruce Gossett kick)
32 1974-12-15 @ SFO W, 35-21 4 17 pass Gene Washington 17 yard pass from Tom Owen (Bruce Gossett kick)
33 1974-12-15 @ SFO W, 35-21 4 19 fumble Bill Belk 19 yard fumble return (Bruce Gossett kick)
34 1974-12-15 @ SFO W, 35-21 4 21 interception Dave Wilcox 21 yard interception return (Bruce Gossett kick)