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1981 New Orleans Saints

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4-12-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -9.5, Offense: -7.2, Defense: -2.3, SoS: 1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 207 points (12.9/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 378 points (23.6/g), 24th.
 Differential of -171 points (-10.7/g), 27th.  Expected W-L: 3.1-12.9.

Coach: Bum Phillips (4-12-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: King Hill
 Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Archie Manning 32 10 11 134 for 232, 1,447 yards, 5 td, 11 int, & 2 rushes for 28 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
RB George Rogers*+ 23 Rook 16 378 rushes for 1,674 yards, 13 td, & 16 catches for 126 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 1st pick / 1981
FB Jack Holmes 28 3 15 58 rushes for 194 yards, 2 td, & 38 catches for 206 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 15th / 377th pick / 1975
WR Jeff Groth 24 2 13 20 catches for 380 yards, 1 td, & 2 rushes for 27 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 8th / 206th pick / 1979
WR Guido Merkens 26 3 11 29 catches for 458 yards, 1 td, & 2 rushes for -1 yards and 0 td
TE Larry Hardy 25 3 16 23 catches for 275 yards, 1 td New Orleans Saints / 12th / 309th pick / 1978
LT J.T. Taylor 25 3 12 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
LG Fred Sturt 30 7 16 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
C John Hill 31 9 11 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
RG Sam Adams 33 9 16
RT Stan Brock 23 1 16 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 1st / 12th pick / 1980
 Defensive Starters
LDE Derland Moore 30 8 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
NT Jerry Boyarsky 22 Rook 7 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 128th pick / 1981
RDE Elois Grooms 28 6 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
LOLB Rickey Jackson 23 Rook 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 51st pick / 1981
LILB Glen Redd 23 Rook 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 6th / 166th pick / 1981
RILB Jim Kovach 25 2 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 4th / 93rd pick / 1979
ROLB Rob Nairne 27 4 13 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
LCB Dave Waymer 23 1 13 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 41st pick / 1980
RCB Johnnie Poe 22 Rook 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 6th / 144th pick / 1981
SS Russell Gary 22 Rook 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1981
FS Tom Myers 31 9 15 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Benny Ricardo 27 5 0 13 of 25 field goals & 24 of 24 extra points
P Russell Erxleben 25 2 0 66 punts for a 40.5 average, 0 blocked New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1979
PR Jeff Groth 24 2 13 37 punt returns for a 11.8 average and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 8th / 206th pick / 1979
KR Wayne Wilson 24 2 0 31 kick returns for a 23.3 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 12th / 324th pick / 1979

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
61 Sam Adams 33 RG 16 16 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 9 6
80 Gordon Banks 23 wr 6 1 175 5-10 Stanford 3/12/1958 1 0
63 Barry Bennett 26 dt 3 3 257 6-4 Concordia-Moorhead (MN) 12/10/1955 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 60th pick / 1978
91 Monte Bennett 22 nt 16 6 265 6-3 Kansas St. 4/27/1959 Rook 3
50 Ken Bordelon 27 lb 15 3 228 6-4 LSU 8/26/1954 5 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 149th pick / 1976
77 Jerry Boyarsky 22 NT 11 7 290 6-3 Pittsburgh 5/15/1959 Rook 3 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 128th pick / 1981
85 Hoby Brenner 22 te 9 1 240 6-4 USC 6/2/1959 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 71st pick / 1981
67 Stan Brock 23 RT 16 16 295 6-6 Colorado 6/8/1958 1 6 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 12th pick / 1980
86 Rich Caster 33 4 0 228 6-5 Jackson St. 10/16/1948 11 1 New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
89 Wes Chandler 25 wr 4 4 196 6-0 Florida 8/22/1956 3 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
14 Russell Erxleben 25 P 16 0 223 6-4 Texas 1/13/1956 2 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1979
59 Chuck Evans 25 lb 16 1 235 6-3 Stanford 12/19/1956 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 206th pick / 1980
20 Russell Gary 22 SS 14 14 195 5-11 Nebraska 7/31/1959 Rook 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1981
78 Elois Grooms 28 RDE 16 16 249 6-4 Tennessee Tech 5/20/1953 6 6 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1975
48 Jeff Groth 24 PR 15 13 176 5-10 Bowling Green 7/2/1957 2 3 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 206th pick / 1979
87 Larry Hardy 25 TE 16 16 234 6-3 Jackson St. 7/9/1956 3 2 New Orleans Saints / 12th / 309th pick / 1978
82 Ike Harris 29 wr 3 3 210 6-3 Iowa St. 11/27/1952 6 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1974
62 John Hill 31 C 13 11 249 6-2 Lehigh 4/16/1950 9 4 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1972
45 Jack Holmes 28 FB 16 15 210 5-11 Texas Southern 6/20/1953 3 3 Houston Oilers / 15th / 377th pick / 1975
69 Nat Hudson 24 16 0 268 6-3 Georgia 10/11/1957 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 139th pick / 1981
57 Rickey Jackson 23 LOLB 16 16 243 6-2 Pittsburgh 3/20/1958 Rook 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 51st pick / 1981
52 Jim Kovach 25 RILB 15 15 230 6-2 Kentucky 5/1/1956 2 6 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 93rd pick / 1979
64 Dave Lafary 26 t 16 4 280 6-7 Purdue 1/13/1955 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 118th pick / 1977
8 Archie Manning 32 QB 12 11 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 10 3 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
86 Rich Martini 26 12 0 185 6-2 California-Davis 11/19/1955 2 1 Oakland Raiders / 7th / 190th pick / 1977
19 Guido Merkens 26 WR 16 11 200 6-1 Sam Houston St. 8/14/1955 3 4
74 Derland Moore 30 LDE 16 16 250 6-4 Oklahoma 10/7/1951 8 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 29th pick / 1973
37 Tom Myers 31 FS 16 15 184 5-11 Syracuse 10/24/1950 9 6 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 74th pick / 1972
55 Rob Nairne 27 ROLB 16 13 223 6-4 Oregon St. 3/24/1954 4 6
53 Scott Pelluer 22 16 0 219 6-2 Washington St. 4/28/1959 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 91st pick / 1981
76 Jim Pietrzak 28 c 16 5 260 6-5 East. Michigan 2/21/1953 7 2 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1974
25 Johnnie Poe 22 RCB 15 15 190 6-1 Missouri 8/29/1959 Rook 6 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 144th pick / 1981
22 Ricky Ray 24 db 4 4 180 5-11 Norfolk St. 5/30/1957 2 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 146th pick / 1979
58 Glen Redd 23 LILB 16 16 229 6-1 BYU 6/17/1958 Rook 6 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 166th pick / 1981
1 Benny Ricardo 27 K 16 0 175 5-10 San Diego St. 1/4/1954 5 1
38 George Rogers*+ 23 RB 16 16 228 6-2 South Carolina 12/8/1958 Rook 11 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 1st pick / 1981
41 Jimmy Rogers 26 15 0 190 5-10 Oklahoma 6/29/1955 1 0
54 Paul Ryczek 29 8 0 230 6-2 Virginia 6/25/1952 7 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 252nd pick / 1974
12 Bobby Scott 32 qb 4 1 201 6-1 Tennessee 4/2/1949 8 1 New Orleans Saints / 14th / 340th pick / 1971
47 Mike Spivey 27 12 0 197 6-0 Colorado 3/10/1954 4 1 Chicago Bears / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1977
32 Scott Stauch 22 10 0 204 5-11 UCLA 1/3/1959 Rook 0
68 Fred Sturt 30 LG 16 16 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 7 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
71 J.T. Taylor 25 LT 12 12 265 6-4 Missouri 8/12/1956 3 4 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1978
89 Aundra Thompson 28 10 0 186 6-1 Texas A&M-Commerce 1/2/1953 4 1 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1976
42 Toussaint Tyler 22 16 0 220 6-2 Washington 3/19/1959 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 222nd pick / 1981
73 Frank Warren 22 16 0 285 6-4 Auburn 9/14/1959 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 57th pick / 1981
49 Frank Wattelet 23 db 16 3 185 6-0 Kansas 10/25/1958 Rook 3
44 Dave Waymer 23 LCB 16 13 195 6-1 Notre Dame 7/1/1958 1 6 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 41st pick / 1980
94 Jim Wilks 23 16 0 266 6-5 California,San Diego St. 3/12/1958 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 12th / 305th pick / 1981
88 Brooks Williams 27 7 0 226 6-4 North Carolina 12/7/1954 3 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 199th pick / 1978
18 Dave Wilson 22 qb 11 4 206 6-3 Illinois 4/27/1959 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 1st pick / 1981 Supp
30 Wayne Wilson 24 KR 16 0 215 6-3 Shepherd 9/4/1957 2 4 Houston Oilers / 12th / 324th pick / 1979
65 Bob Young 39 2 0 270 6-1 Texas,Texas St.,Howard Payne 9/3/1942 15 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
Team Total 26.0 16 225.7 6-2.1 3.3