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1978 New Orleans Saints

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.7, Offense: -0.5, Defense: -1.2, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 281 points (17.6/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (18.6/g), 16th.
 Differential of -17 points (-1.1/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 7.4-8.6.

Coach: Dick Nolan (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Paul Wiggin

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 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* 29 7 16 291 for 471, 3,416 yards, 17 td, 16 int, & 38 rushes for 202 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
RB Chuck Muncie 25 2 11 160 rushes for 557 yards, 7 td, & 26 catches for 233 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
FB Tony Galbreath 24 2 16 186 rushes for 635 yards, 5 td, & 74 catches for 582 yards and 2 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
WR Ike Harris 26 3 15 40 catches for 590 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 22 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1974
WR Tinker Owens 24 2 10 40 catches for 446 yards, 2 td New Orleans Saints / 4th / 95th pick / 1976
TE Henry Childs 27 4 16 53 catches for 869 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for -4 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 109th pick / 1974
LT J.T. Taylor 22 Rook 16 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
LG Fred Sturt 27 4 11 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
C John Hill 28 6 16 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
RG Dave Lafary 23 1 13 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 118th pick / 1977
RT Robert Woods 28 5 13 New York Jets / 2nd / 38th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Elois Grooms 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
LDT Elex Price 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDT Derland Moore 27 5 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
RDE Joe Campbell 23 1 16 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1977
LLB Jim Merlo 27 5 16 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1973
MLB Joe Federspiel 28 6 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
RLB Pat Hughes 31 8 16 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 9th / 221st pick / 1970
LCB Clarence Chapman 25 2 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 7th / 204th pick / 1976
RCB Mo Spencer 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1974
SS Ray Brown 29 7 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
FS Tom Myers 28 6 16 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Mike-Mayer 31 3 0 6 of 13 field goals & 18 of 18 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1975
P Tom Blanchard 30 7 0 84 punts for a 42.0 average, 2 blocked New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
PR Wes Chandler 22 Rook 5 34 punt returns for a 6.9 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
KR Wes Chandler 22 Rook 5 32 kick returns for a 23.8 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
77 Gary Anderson 23 2 0 253 6-3 Stanford 9/22/1955 1 2 Detroit Lions / 10th / 263rd pick / 1977
63 Barry Bennett 23 dt 16 1 257 6-4 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 12/10/1955 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 60th pick / 1978
16 Tom Blanchard 30 P 16 0 190 6-0 Oregon 5/28/1948 7 3 New York Giants / 12th / 304th pick / 1971
27 Ray Brown 29 SS 16 16 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 7 7 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
73 Joe Campbell 23 RDE 16 16 254 6-6 Maryland 5/8/1955 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1977
89 Wes Chandler 22 KR 16 5 196 6-0 Florida 8/22/1956 Rook 5 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
24 Clarence Chapman 25 LCB 14 14 185 5-10 East. Michigan 12/10/1953 2 5 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 204th pick / 1976
85 Henry Childs 27 TE 16 16 223 6-2 Kansas St. 4/16/1951 4 9 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 109th pick / 1974
51 Ron Crosby 23 14 0 224 6-3 Penn St. 3/2/1955 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 114th pick / 1977
66 Conrad Dobler 28 g 3 3 254 6-3 Wyoming 10/1/1950 6 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 110th pick / 1972
58 Joe Federspiel 28 MLB 16 16 230 6-1 Kentucky 5/6/1950 6 6 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
20 Eric Felton 23 db 16 2 200 6-0 Texas Tech 10/8/1955 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 115th pick / 1978
69 Bill Fifer 23 4 0 250 6-4 West Texas A&M 10/26/1955 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1978
72 Mike Fultz 24 12 0 278 6-5 Nebraska 1/28/1954 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 34th pick / 1977
34 Tony Galbreath 24 FB 16 16 228 6-0 Missouri 1/29/1954 2 10 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
78 Elois Grooms 25 LDE 16 16 249 6-4 Tennessee Tech 5/20/1953 3 6 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
87 Larry Hardy 22 te 16 1 234 6-3 Jackson St. 7/9/1956 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 12th / 309th pick / 1978
82 Ike Harris 26 WR 15 15 210 6-3 Iowa St. 11/27/1952 3 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1974
62 John Hill 28 C 16 16 249 6-2 Lehigh 4/16/1950 6 6 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
45 Jack Holmes 25 11 0 210 5-11 Texas Southern 6/20/1953 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 15th / 377th pick / 1975
54 Pat Hughes 31 RLB 16 16 240 6-2 Boston Univ. 6/2/1947 8 6 New York Giants / 9th / 221st pick / 1970
76 Kevin Hunt 30 10 0 260 6-5 Doane 11/29/1948 6 3 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 246th pick / 1971
32 Kim Jones 26 16 0 238 6-4 Colorado St. 1/19/1952 2 0 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 157th pick / 1975
10 Tom Jurich 22 1 0 185 5-10 Northern Arizona 7/26/1956 Rook -1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 276th pick / 1978
53 Rick Kingrea 29 1 0 233 6-1 Tulane 7/18/1949 7 2 Cleveland Browns / 14th / 352nd pick / 1971
64 Dave Lafary 23 RG 15 13 280 6-7 Purdue 1/13/1955 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 118th pick / 1977
3 John Leypoldt 32 2 0 229 6-2 Northern Virginia CC 3/31/1946 7 0
8 Archie Manning* 29 QB 16 16 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 7 14 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
84 Rich Mauti 24 wr 16 1 190 6-0 Penn St. 5/25/1954 1 1
49 Ralph McGill 28 16 0 183 5-11 Tulsa 4/28/1950 6 3 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1972
57 Jim Merlo 27 LLB 16 16 221 6-1 Stanford 10/3/1951 5 6 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1973
70 Mark Meseroll 23 16 0 270 6-5 Wesley,Florida St. 7/22/1955 Rook 3
10 Steve Mike-Mayer 31 K 9 0 180 6-0 Maryland 9/8/1947 3 1 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1975
74 Derland Moore 27 RDT 15 14 250 6-4 Oklahoma 10/7/1951 5 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
42 Chuck Muncie 25 RB 13 11 227 6-3 California 3/17/1953 2 6 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
37 Tom Myers 28 FS 16 16 184 5-11 Syracuse 10/24/1950 6 8 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
68 Richard Neal 31 2 1 260 6-3 Southern 9/27/1947 9 1 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 45th pick / 1969
83 Tinker Owens 24 WR 14 10 170 5-11 Oklahoma 10/3/1954 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 95th pick / 1976
75 Elex Price 28 LDT 16 16 260 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/11/1950 5 6
56 Rusty Rebowe 22 1 0 213 5-10 Nicholls St. 1/17/1956 Rook 2
60 Don Reese 27 14 0 254 6-6 Jackson St. 9/4/1951 4 3 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
55 Floyd Rice 29 15 0 223 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/31/1949 7 3 Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
48 Don Schwartz 22 16 0 191 6-1 Washington St. 2/24/1956 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 87th pick / 1978
12 Bobby Scott 29 1 0 201 6-1 Tennessee 4/2/1949 5 0 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 340th pick / 1971
29 Mo Spencer 26 RCB 16 16 175 6-0 North Carolina Central 6/15/1952 4 7 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1974
33 Mike Strachan 25 15 5 199 6-0 Iowa St. 5/24/1953 3 3 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 216th pick / 1975
68 Fred Sturt 27 LG 12 11 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 4 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
15 Rich Szaro 30 4 0 205 5-11 Harvard 3/7/1948 3 1
71 J.T. Taylor 22 LT 16 16 265 6-4 Missouri 8/12/1956 Rook 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
35 Jim Van Wagner 23 5 0 202 6-2 Michigan Tech 5/3/1955 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 183rd pick / 1977
52 Skip Vanderbundt 32 15 0 225 6-3 Oregon St. 12/4/1946 9 3 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1968
67 John Watson 29 5 5 249 6-4 Oklahoma 1/11/1949 7 2 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 179th pick / 1971
88 Brooks Williams 24 16 0 226 6-4 North Carolina 12/7/1954 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 199th pick / 1978
65 Robert Woods 28 RT 16 13 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 7/26/1950 5 5 New York Jets / 2nd / 38th pick / 1973
79 Emanuel Zanders 27 g 3 3 251 6-1 Jackson St. 7/31/1951 4 1
Team Total 26.2 16 226.2 6-2.0 3.4