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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)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Archie Manning 25 3 11 134 for 261, 1,429 yards, 6 td, 16 int, & 28 rushes for 204 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
RB Alvin Maxson 23 Rook 13 165 rushes for 714 yards, 2 td, & 42 catches for 294 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1974
FB Jess Phillips 27 6 0 174 rushes for 556 yards, 2 td, & 11 catches for 55 yards and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968
WR Bob Newland 26 3 0 27 catches for 490 yards, 2 td New Orleans Saints / 7th / 172nd pick / 1971
WR Joel Parker 22 Rook 0 41 catches for 455 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 2 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 5th / 113th pick / 1974
TE Paul Seal 22 Rook 0 32 catches for 466 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 7 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 36th pick / 1974
LT Dave Thompson 25 3 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 30th pick / 1971
LG Jake Kupp 33 10 0 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 116th pick / 1964
C John Didion 27 5 0 Washington Redskins / 7th / 173rd pick / 1969
RG Emanuel Zanders 23 Rook 0
RT Don Morrison 25 3 0 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 98th pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Billy Newsome 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Baltimore Colts / 5th / 122nd pick / 1970
LDT Elex Price 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDT Derland Moore 23 1 14 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
RDE Bob Pollard 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
LLB Jim Merlo 23 1 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1973
MLB Joe Federspiel 24 2 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
RLB Wayne Colman 28 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Ernie Jackson 24 2 0 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 7th / 164th pick / 1972
RCB Terry Schmidt 22 Rook 9 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
SS Johnny Fuller 28 6 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 98th pick / 1968
FS Tom Myers 24 2 12 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Bill McClard 25 2 0 9 of 16 field goals & 19 of 20 extra points San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1972
P Tom Blanchard 26 3 0 88 punts for a 42.1 average, 0 blocked New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
PR Howard Stevens 24 1 0 37 punt returns for a 10.2 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 16th / 392nd pick / 1973
KR Howard Stevens 24 1 0 33 kick returns for a 22.7 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 16th / 392nd pick / 1973

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
63 Steve Baumgartner 23 14 0 256 6-7 Purdue 3/26/1951 1 4 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 51st pick / 1973
85 John Beasley 29 14 0 228 6-3 California 4/6/1945 7 1 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 197th pick / 1967
16 Tom Blanchard 26 P 13 0 190 6-0 Oregon 5/28/1948 3 4 New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
21 Greg Boyd 24 4 0 201 6-2 Arizona 12/30/1950 1 2 Miami Dolphins / 14th / 364th pick / 1973
38 Bill Butler 24 14 0 218 6-0 Kansas St. 8/12/1950 2 0 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 111th pick / 1972
85 Henry Childs 23 1 0 223 6-2 Kansas St. 4/16/1951 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 109th pick / 1974
13 Larry Cipa 23 qb 4 2 209 6-3 Michigan 10/5/1951 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 15th / 373rd pick / 1974
55 Don Coleman 22 14 0 222 6-2 Michigan 1/11/1952 Rook 4 New Orleans Saints / 16th / 398th pick / 1974
59 Wayne Colman 28 RLB 14 0 230 6-2 Temple 4/13/1946 6 7
69 Dave Davis 26 7 0 175 6-0 Tennessee St. 7/5/1948 3 0 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 168th pick / 1971
47 Jack DeGrenier 23 12 0 225 6-1 Northern Arizona,Texas-Arlington 2/25/1951 Rook 1
51 John Didion 27 C 14 0 245 6-4 Oregon St. 10/24/1947 5 4 Washington Redskins / 7th / 173rd pick / 1969
88 Andy Dorris 23 14 0 238 6-4 New Mexico St. 8/11/1951 1 4 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
44 Chris Farasopoulos 25 6 0 210 6-0 BYU 7/20/1949 3 2 New York Jets / 3rd / 58th pick / 1971
58 Joe Federspiel 24 MLB 14 0 230 6-1 Kentucky 5/6/1950 2 7 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
71 Paul Fersen 24 1 1 260 6-5 Georgia 2/16/1950 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 341st pick / 1973
24 Johnny Fuller 28 SS 12 0 186 6-0 Lamar 3/3/1946 6 5 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 98th pick / 1968
83 Len Garrett 27 10 0 230 6-3 New Mex. Highlands 12/18/1947 3 0 Green Bay Packers / 15th / 374th pick / 1971
15 Donnie Gibbs 29 1 0 205 6-2 TCU 12/31/1945 Rook 2
80 Sam Havrilak 27 6 0 195 6-2 Bucknell 12/13/1947 5 0 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 207th pick / 1969
30 Ernie Jackson 24 LCB 13 0 173 5-10 Duke 4/11/1950 2 6 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 164th pick / 1972
53 Rick Kingrea 25 14 0 233 6-1 Tulane 7/18/1949 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 352nd pick / 1971
50 Jake Kupp 33 LG 14 0 248 6-3 Washington 3/12/1941 10 4 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 116th pick / 1964
67 Phil LaPorta 22 6 0 256 6-4 Penn St. 5/4/1952 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 217th pick / 1974
39 Odell Lawson 26 9 0 218 6-2 Langston 12/20/1948 4 0 Boston Patriots / 7th / 160th pick / 1970
11 Bivian Lee 26 13 0 200 6-3 Prairie View 8/3/1948 3 3 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 54th pick / 1971
8 Archie Manning 25 QB 11 11 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 3 4 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
64 Andy Maurer 26 5 0 265 6-3 Oregon 9/30/1948 4 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 64th pick / 1970
28 Alvin Maxson 23 RB 14 13 205 5-11 SMU 11/12/1951 Rook 7 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1974
19 Bill McClard 25 K 14 0 202 5-10 Arkansas 10/15/1949 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 61st pick / 1972
80 Earl McCullouch 28 3 0 175 5-11 USC 1/10/1946 6 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 24th pick / 1968
27 Rod McNeill 23 11 0 219 6-2 USC 3/26/1951 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 88th pick / 1974
57 Jim Merlo 23 LLB 14 0 221 6-1 Stanford 10/3/1951 1 6 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1973
54 Rick Middleton 23 14 0 228 6-2 Ohio St. 11/28/1951 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1974
74 Derland Moore 23 RDT 14 14 250 6-4 Oklahoma 10/7/1951 1 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
25 Jerry Moore 25 9 0 208 6-3 Arkansas 3/16/1949 3 3 Chicago Bears / 4th / 89th pick / 1971
73 John Mooring 27 11 0 255 6-6 Tampa 5/8/1947 3 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1971
76 Don Morrison 25 RT 11 0 255 6-5 Texas-Arlington 12/16/1949 3 4 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 98th pick / 1971
37 Tom Myers 24 FS 12 12 184 5-11 Syracuse 10/24/1950 2 5 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
41 Bob Newland 26 WR 14 0 190 6-2 Oregon 10/27/1948 3 5 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 172nd pick / 1971
78 Billy Newsome 26 LDE 13 0 250 6-4 Grambling St. 3/2/1948 4 7 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 122nd pick / 1970
72 Joe Owens 28 14 0 245 6-2 Alcorn St. 11/8/1946 4 4 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 215th pick / 1969
42 Joel Parker 22 WR 14 0 212 6-5 Florida 6/23/1952 Rook 4 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 113th pick / 1974
34 Jess Phillips 27 FB 14 0 210 6-1 Michigan St. 2/28/1947 6 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 84th pick / 1968
82 Bob Pollard 26 RDE 14 14 250 6-3 Texas Southern,Weber St. 12/30/1948 3 7 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
75 Elex Price 24 LDT 14 0 260 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/11/1950 1 7
66 Rocky Rasley 27 14 0 250 6-3 Oregon St. 4/27/1947 5 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 216th pick / 1969
21 Ken Reaves 30 5 0 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 8 2 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
40 Terry Schmidt 22 RCB 9 9 177 6-0 Ball St. 5/28/1952 Rook 5 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 121st pick / 1974
12 Bobby Scott 25 qb 5 1 201 6-1 Tennessee 4/2/1949 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 340th pick / 1971
84 Paul Seal 22 TE 14 0 222 6-4 Michigan 2/27/1952 Rook 4 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 36th pick / 1974
29 Mo Spencer 22 5 0 175 6-0 North Carolina Central 6/15/1952 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1974
22 Howard Stevens 24 KR 14 0 165 5-5 Randolph-Macon,Louisville 2/9/1950 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 16th / 392nd pick / 1973
17 Speedy Thomas 27 1 1 170 6-1 Utah 4/13/1947 5 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 3rd / 57th pick / 1969
65 Dave Thompson 25 LT 14 0 270 6-4 Clemson 2/1/1949 3 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 30th pick / 1971
49 Bob Wicks 24 5 0 200 6-3 Utah St. 7/24/1950 2 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 188th pick / 1972
86 Richard Williams 22 2 0 170 5-11 Abilene Christian 1/30/1952 Rook 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 103rd pick / 1974
79 Emanuel Zanders 23 RG 10 0 251 6-1 Jackson St. 7/31/1951 Rook 4
Team Total 25.1 14 218.3 6-1.9 2.5