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1979 New Orleans Saints

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8-8-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: 2.3, Defense: -3.5, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 370 points (23.1/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 360 points (22.5/g), 22nd.
 Differential of 10 points (0.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 8.3-7.7.

Coach: Dick Nolan (8-8-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Paul Wiggin

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: Dodgertown (Vero Beach, Florida)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Archie Manning* 30 8 16 252 for 420, 3,169 yards, 15 td, 20 int, & 35 rushes for 186 yards and 2 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
RB Chuck Muncie* 26 3 15 238 rushes for 1,198 yards, 11 td, & 40 catches for 308 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
FB Tony Galbreath 25 3 15 189 rushes for 708 yards, 9 td, & 58 catches for 484 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
WR Wes Chandler* 23 1 16 65 catches for 1,069 yards, 6 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
WR Ike Harris 27 4 14 25 catches for 395 yards, 2 td, & 2 rushes for 9 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1974
TE Henry Childs* 28 5 16 51 catches for 846 yards, 5 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 109th pick / 1974
LT J.T. Taylor 23 1 16 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
LG Emanuel Zanders 28 5 16
C John Hill 29 7 16 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
RG Conrad Dobler 29 7 16 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 110th pick / 1972
RT Robert Woods 29 6 15 New York Jets / 2nd / 38th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Elois Grooms 26 4 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
LDT Barry Bennett 24 1 14 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 60th pick / 1978
RDT Derland Moore 28 6 15 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
RDE Don Reese 28 5 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
LLB Ken Bordelon 25 3 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 149th pick / 1976
MLB Joe Federspiel 29 7 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
RLB Pat Hughes 32 9 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 9th / 221st pick / 1970
LCB Clarence Chapman 26 3 15 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 7th / 204th pick / 1976
RCB Eric Felton 24 1 10 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 5th / 115th pick / 1978
SS Ray Brown 30 8 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
FS Tom Myers* 29 7 15 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Garo Yepremian 35 13 0 12 of 16 field goals & 39 of 40 extra points
P Rick Partridge 22 Rook 0 57 punts for a 40.9 average, 0 blocked Green Bay Packers / 8th / 208th pick / 1979
PR Rich Mauti 25 2 0 27 punt returns for a 8.1 average and 0 td
KR Rich Mauti 25 2 0 36 kick returns for a 22.2 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
63 Barry Bennett 24 LDT 16 14 257 6-4 Concordia (MN) 12/10/1955 1 5 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 60th pick / 1978
50 Ken Bordelon 25 LLB 16 14 228 6-4 LSU 8/26/1954 3 5 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 149th pick / 1976
27 Ray Brown 30 SS 12 12 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 8 4 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
11 Ed Burns 25 16 0 210 6-3 Nebraska 12/7/1954 Rook 0
73 Joe Campbell 24 10 4 254 6-6 Maryland 5/8/1955 2 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1977
89 Wes Chandler* 23 WR 16 16 196 6-0 Florida 8/22/1956 1 13 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
24 Clarence Chapman 26 LCB 16 15 185 5-10 East. Michigan 12/10/1953 3 5 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 204th pick / 1976
85 Henry Childs* 28 TE 16 16 223 6-2 Kansas St. 4/16/1951 5 11 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 109th pick / 1974
66 Conrad Dobler 29 RG 16 16 254 6-3 Wyoming 10/1/1950 7 7 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 110th pick / 1972
14 Russell Erxleben 23 1 0 223 6-4 Texas 1/13/1956 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1979
58 Joe Federspiel 29 MLB 16 16 230 6-1 Kentucky 5/6/1950 7 5 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1972
20 Eric Felton 24 RCB 13 10 200 6-0 Texas Tech 10/8/1955 1 4 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 115th pick / 1978
61 Roger Finnie 34 8 1 245 6-3 Florida A&M 11/6/1945 10 3 New York Jets / 14th / 364th pick / 1969
72 Mike Fultz 25 dt 13 1 278 6-5 Nebraska 1/28/1954 2 1 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 34th pick / 1977
34 Tony Galbreath 25 FB 15 15 228 6-0 Missouri 1/29/1954 3 12 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1976
21 David Gray 24 rcb 16 6 187 6-0 Oregon St.,San Diego St. 3/28/1955 Rook 2
78 Elois Grooms 26 LDE 16 16 249 6-4 Tennessee Tech 5/20/1953 4 6 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
87 Larry Hardy 23 16 0 234 6-3 Jackson St. 7/9/1956 1 0 New Orleans Saints / 12th / 309th pick / 1978
82 Ike Harris 27 WR 14 14 210 6-3 Iowa St. 11/27/1952 4 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1974
62 John Hill 29 C 16 16 249 6-2 Lehigh 4/16/1950 7 7 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
45 Jack Holmes 26 rb 16 1 210 5-11 Texas Southern 6/20/1953 1 1 Houston Oilers / 15th / 377th pick / 1975
54 Pat Hughes 32 RLB 16 16 240 6-2 Boston Univ. 6/2/1947 9 6 New York Giants / 9th / 221st pick / 1970
32 Kim Jones 27 2 0 238 6-4 Colorado St. 1/19/1952 3 0 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 157th pick / 1975
52 Jim Kovach 23 16 0 230 6-2 Kentucky 5/1/1956 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 93rd pick / 1979
64 Dave Lafary 24 16 0 280 6-7 Purdue 1/13/1955 2 4 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 118th pick / 1977
8 Archie Manning* 30 QB 16 16 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 8 15 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
56 Reggie Mathis 23 16 0 220 6-2 Oklahoma 3/18/1956 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 38th pick / 1979
84 Rich Mauti 25 KR 15 0 190 6-0 Penn St. 5/25/1954 2 1
49 Ralph McGill 29 13 1 183 5-11 Tulsa 4/28/1950 7 3 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 28th pick / 1972
57 Jim Merlo 28 16 2 221 6-1 Stanford 10/3/1951 6 3 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1973
74 Derland Moore 28 RDT 15 15 250 6-4 Oklahoma 10/7/1951 6 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
42 Chuck Muncie* 26 RB 16 15 227 6-3 California 3/17/1953 3 15 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
37 Tom Myers* 29 FS 15 15 184 5-11 Syracuse 10/24/1950 7 8 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
83 Tinker Owens 25 wr 13 2 170 5-11 Oklahoma 10/3/1954 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 95th pick / 1976
17 Rick Partridge 22 P 13 0 175 6-1 Utah 8/26/1957 Rook 2 Green Bay Packers / 8th / 208th pick / 1979
76 Jim Pietrzak 26 11 0 260 6-5 East. Michigan 2/21/1953 5 3 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1974
75 Elex Price 29 6 2 260 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/11/1950 6 2
22 Ricky Ray 22 6 1 180 5-11 Norfolk St. 5/30/1957 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 146th pick / 1979
60 Don Reese 28 RDE 16 12 254 6-6 Jackson St. 9/4/1951 5 4 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
48 Don Schwartz 23 db 14 4 191 6-1 Washington St. 2/24/1956 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 87th pick / 1978
12 Bobby Scott 30 3 0 201 6-1 Tennessee 4/2/1949 6 0 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 340th pick / 1971
33 Mike Strachan 26 10 1 199 6-0 Iowa St. 5/24/1953 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 216th pick / 1975
68 Fred Sturt 28 16 0 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 5 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
71 J.T. Taylor 23 LT 16 16 265 6-4 Missouri 8/12/1956 1 7 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
67 John Watson 30 5 0 249 6-4 Oklahoma 1/11/1949 8 3 San Francisco 49ers / 7th / 179th pick / 1971
88 Brooks Williams 25 16 0 226 6-4 North Carolina 12/7/1954 1 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 199th pick / 1978
30 Wayne Wilson 22 14 0 215 6-3 Shepherd 9/4/1957 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 12th / 324th pick / 1979
65 Robert Woods 29 RT 15 15 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 7/26/1950 6 6 New York Jets / 2nd / 38th pick / 1973
1 Garo Yepremian 35 K 14 0 175 5-8 none 6/2/1944 13 4
79 Emanuel Zanders 28 LG 16 16 251 6-1 Jackson St. 7/31/1951 5 7
Team Total 26.5 16 224.3 6-2.1 3.8