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1996 New Orleans Saints

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3-13-0, Finished 5th in NFC West Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.1, Offense: -7.1, Defense: -1.0, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 229 points (14.3/g), 29th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 339 points (21.2/g), 20th.
 Differential of -110 points (-6.9/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 4.5-11.5.

Coach: Rick Venturi (1-7-0) and Jim Mora (2-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Carl Smith
 Defensive Coordinator: Jim Haslett
 Other Notable Asst.: Jeff Davidson (Offensive Assistant) and Jim Mora (Secondary)

Stadium: Louisiana Superdome
 Training Camp: UW La Crosse (La Crosse, Wisconsin)

Team Info

Owner/President Tom Benson
General Manager Bill Kuharich
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 229 4206 923 4.6 37 20 20 232 295 515 2898 13 17 5.4 135 386 1308 10 3.4 77
Team Defense 339 4910 1027 4.8 22 10 31 287 267 465 2834 22 12 5.6 152 521 2076 11 4.0 104
Lg Rank Offense 29 29 26 29 30 19 25 27 12 25 29 30 16 26
Lg Rank Defense 20 13 28 22 11 2 3 16 25 13 29 27 12 22

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore L 0-1 @ San Francisco 49ers 11 27 14 231 175 56 2 23 338 181 157
2 Sun September 8 boxscore L 0-2 Carolina Panthers 20 22 14 338 244 94 2 15 225 142 83 1
3 Sun September 15 boxscore L 0-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 15 30 15 314 287 27 4 24 319 218 101
4 Sun September 22 boxscore L 0-4 Arizona Cardinals 14 28 15 218 142 76 3 20 432 165 267 2
5 Sun September 29 boxscore L 0-5 @ Baltimore Ravens 10 17 18 298 202 96 16 343 178 165
6 Sun October 6 boxscore W 1-5 Jacksonville Jaguars 17 13 11 197 161 36 1 22 382 241 141 2
7 Sun October 13 boxscore W 2-5 Chicago Bears 27 24 23 423 218 205 4 18 327 222 105 1
8 Sun October 20 boxscore L 2-6 @ Carolina Panthers 7 19 10 174 103 71 2 21 314 155 159
9 Bye Week
10 Sun November 3 boxscore L 2-7 San Francisco 49ers 17 24 18 293 229 64 3 17 306 115 191
11 Sun November 10 boxscore L 2-8 Houston Oilers 14 31 14 227 154 73 2 20 309 161 148 1
12 Sun November 17 boxscore L 2-9 @ Atlanta Falcons 15 17 15 270 235 35 3 18 293 219 74 1
13 Sun November 24 boxscore L 2-10 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 7 13 14 242 184 58 4 15 381 251 130 2
14 Sun December 1 boxscore L 2-11 St. Louis Rams 10 26 14 228 142 86 1 15 312 220 92 2
15 Sun December 8 boxscore L 2-12 Atlanta Falcons 15 31 14 251 168 83 2 19 304 182 122 3
16 Sun December 15 boxscore W 3-12 @ New York Giants 17 3 11 261 106 155 3 10 138 48 90 4
17 Sat December 21 boxscore L 3-13 @ St. Louis Rams 13 14 12 241 148 93 1 14 187 136 51 3

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
17 Jim Everett 33 QB 15 15 3-12-0 267 464 57.5 2797 12 2.6 16 3.4 51 6.0 5.0 10.5 186.5 69.4 19 154 5.47 4.48 3.9 2 2
13 Doug Nussmeier 26 qb 2 1 0-1-0 28 50 56.0 272 1 2.0 1 2.0 57 5.4 4.9 9.7 136.0 69.7 3 17 4.81 4.34 5.7
32 Earnest Hunter 26 6 0 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 26.5 16 3-13-0 295 515 57.3 3069 13 2.5 17 3.3 57 6.0 5.0 10.4 191.8 69.3 22 171 5.40 4.46 4.1 2 2
Opp Total 16 267 465 57.4 3117 22 4.7 12 2.6 6.7 6.49 11.7 194.8 82.9 41 283 5.6 5.4 8.1

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
24 Mario Bates 23 RB 14 10 164 584 4 33 3.6 41.7 11.7 13 44 3.4 0 15 0.9 3.1 628 4 4
34 Ray Zellars 23 fb 9 6 120 475 4 63 4.0 52.8 13.3 9 45 5.0 0 12 1.0 5.0 520 4 2
17 Jim Everett 33 QB 15 15 22 3 0 3 0.1 0.2 1.5 3 0 10
22 Lorenzo Neal 26 FB 16 11 21 58 1 11 2.8 3.6 1.3 31 194 6.3 1 23 1.9 12.1 252 2 1
23 Ricky Whittle 25 10 0 20 52 0 15 2.6 5.2 2.0 26 162 6.2 0 28 2.6 16.2 214 0 1
32 Earnest Hunter 26 6 0 14 44 0 9 3.1 7.3 2.3 17 138 8.1 0 22 2.8 23.0 182 0 2
20 Derek Brown 25 11 0 13 30 0 12 2.3 2.7 1.2 8 54 6.8 0 18 0.7 4.9 84 0 0
83 Torrance Small 26 WR 16 13 4 51 1 22 12.8 3.2 0.3 50 558 11.2 2 41 3.1 34.9 609 3 1
13 Doug Nussmeier 26 qb 2 1 3 6 0 6 2.0 3.0 1.5 6 0 2
89 Mercury Hayes 23 7 0 2 7 0 5 3.5 1.0 0.3 4 101 25.3 0 50 0.6 14.4 108 0 1
18 Terry Guess 22 wr 3 2 2 -4 0 -1 -2.0 -1.3 0.7 2 69 34.5 1 57 0.7 23.0 65 1 0
87 Lee DeRamus 24 wr 15 4 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.1 0.1 15 182 12.1 1 28 1.0 12.1 184 1 0
81 Michael Haynes 31 WR 16 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 44 786 17.9 4 51 2.8 49.1 786 4 1
88 Henry Lusk 24 te 16 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 210 7.8 0 24 1.7 13.1 210 0 1
80 Haywood Jeffires 32 wr 9 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 215 10.8 3 27 2.2 23.9 215 3 1
82 Irv Smith 25 TE 7 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 15 144 9.6 0 37 2.1 20.6 144 0 0
85 Paul Green 30 te 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 91 13.0 0 23 0.5 6.5 91 0 0
86 Tony Johnson 24 te 9 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 7 76 10.9 1 17 0.8 8.4 76 1 0
Team Total 26.5 16 386 1308 10 63 3.4 81.8 24.1 295 3069 10.4 13 57 18.4 191.8 4377 23 30
Opp Total 16 521 2076 11 4.0 129.8 32.6 267 2834 10.6 22 16.7 177.1 4910 33 25

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
33 Tyrone Hughes 26 KR/PR 16 1 30 152 0 16 5.1 70 1791 0 58 25.6 1943
89 Mercury Hayes 23 7 0 2 30 0 17 15.0 138
91 Brady Smith 23 de 16 4 2 14 0 8 7.0 14
20 Derek Brown 25 11 0 1 10 0 10 10.0 94
18 Terry Guess 22 wr 3 2 1 7 0 7 7.0 72
32 Earnest Hunter 26 6 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 202
88 Henry Lusk 24 te 16 3 1 16 0 16 16.0 226
44 J.J. McCleskey 26 5 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 18
Team Total 26.5 16 31 159 0 16 5.1 78 1899 0 58 24.3 6435
Opp Total 16 43 546 1 12.7 52 1155 0 22.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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
4 Klaus Wilmsmeyer 29 P 16 0 87 3551 63 0 40.8
10 Doug Brien 26 K 16 0 4 4 10 9 7 5 4 3 25 21 84.0% 18 18 100.0%
Team Total 26.5 16 4 4 10 9 7 5 4 3 25 21 84.0% 18 18 100.0% 87 3551 63 0 40.8
Opp Total 16 42 33 78.6% 32 32 100.0% 74 3182 43.0

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
54 Winfred Tubbs 26 MLB 16 13 1.0 1 11 0 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 84 28
55 Mark Fields 24 RLB 16 15 2.0 1 0 1 20 0 85 22
93 Wayne Martin 31 LDT 16 16 11.0 3 0 1 0 0 73 15
47 Greg Jackson 30 FS 16 15 3 24 0 10 0 1 1 0 0 0 72 20
30 Anthony Newman 31 SS 16 16 3 40 0 21 0 1 0 2 0 0 60 21
29 Mark McMillian 26 LCB 16 16 2 4 0 4 0 0 0 1 -6 0 62 5
94 Joe Johnson 24 RDE 13 13 7.5 3 0 0 0 0 50 10
21 Eric Allen 31 RCB 16 16 1 33 0 33 0 48 3
52 Richard Harvey 30 llb 14 7 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 37 7
59 Rufus Porter 31 LLB 13 9 34 9
92 Darren Mickell 26 LDE 12 12 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 26 7
95 Austin Robbins 25 RDT 15 7 1.0 21 7
25 Alex Molden 23 db 14 2 2.0 2 2 0 2 0 17 4
99 Willie Broughton 32 rdt 14 5 2.0 16 6
91 Brady Smith 23 de 16 4 2.0 15 2
97 Renaldo Turnbull 30 rde 12 7 6.5 0 0 1 0 0 11 2
33 Tyrone Hughes 26 KR/PR 16 1 0 2 0 0 0 10 3
58 Brian Jones 28 lb 16 1 0 0 1 11 1 10 3
37 Je'Rod Cherry 23 13 0 0 0 1 0 0 6 2
71 Fred Stokes 32 9 0 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 6 1
17 Jim Everett 33 QB 15 15 0 10 1 -9 0
24 Mario Bates 23 RB 14 10 0 4 0 0 0
56 Ernest Dixon 25 16 0 0 0 1 22 0 1 1
32 Earnest Hunter 26 6 0 0 2 1 0 0
22 Lorenzo Neal 26 FB 16 11 0 1 2 0 0
46 Sean Lumpkin 26 db 7 1 1 0
13 Doug Nussmeier 26 qb 2 1 0 2 0 0 0
41 William Strong 25 9 0 1 0
34 Ray Zellars 23 fb 9 6 0 2 0 0 0
53 Don Davis 24 11 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Mercury Hayes 23 7 0 0 1 0 0 0
81 Michael Haynes 31 WR 16 10 0 1 0 0 0
80 Haywood Jeffires 32 wr 9 1 0 1 0 0 0
61 Ed King 27 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
88 Henry Lusk 24 te 16 3 0 1 0 0 0
67 Andy McCollum 26 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
77 Willie Roaf* 26 LT 13 13 0 0 1 0 0
83 Torrance Small 26 WR 16 13 0 1 0 0 0
23 Ricky Whittle 25 10 0 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 41.0 12 114 0 33 0 14 30 18 38 1 746 178
Opp Total 16 22 25 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
10 Doug Brien 26 K 16 0 18 21 81
81 Michael Haynes 31 WR 16 10 4 4 1 26
24 Mario Bates 23 RB 14 10 4 4 24
34 Ray Zellars 23 fb 9 6 4 4 24
80 Haywood Jeffires 32 wr 9 1 3 3 18
83 Torrance Small 26 WR 16 13 1 2 3 18
22 Lorenzo Neal 26 FB 16 11 1 1 2 12
87 Lee DeRamus 24 wr 15 4 1 1 6
18 Terry Guess 22 wr 3 2 1 1 6
86 Tony Johnson 24 te 9 7 1 1 6
58 Brian Jones 28 lb 16 1 1 1 6
4 Klaus Wilmsmeyer 29 P 16 0 1 2
Team Total 26.5 16 10 13 1 24 2 18 21 229
Opp Total 16 11 22 1 2 32 33 339