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1997 New Orleans Saints

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -7.4, Offense: -6.8, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -1.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 237 points (14.8/g), 30th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 327 points (20.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of -90 points (-5.6/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.1-10.9.

Coach: Mike Ditka (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Danny Abramowicz
 Defensive Coordinator: Zaven Yaralian
 Other Notable Asst.: Tom Clements (Quarterbacks) and Jack Del Rio (Strength and Conditioning)

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

Team Info

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

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 237 4045 925 4.4 55 22 24 229 228 458 2584 13 33 5.1 127 417 1461 9 3.5 78
Team Defense 327 4645 1073 4.3 31 15 17 280 293 518 2881 21 16 5.0 168 496 1764 11 3.6 95
Lg Rank Offense 30 30 30 30 30 27 27 29 30 24 25 27 22 26
Lg Rank Defense 16 4 9 7 8 14 6 15 13 4 24 14 10 4

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 @ St. Louis Rams 24 38 13 241 159 82 5 20 403 214 189 1
2 Sun September 7 boxscore L 0-2 San Diego Chargers 6 20 14 243 178 65 6 11 230 171 59 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 0-3 @ San Francisco 49ers 7 33 12 260 176 84 8 17 304 213 91 1
4 Sun September 21 boxscore W 1-3 Detroit Lions 35 17 21 385 213 172 22 355 237 118 4
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 1-4 @ New York Giants 9 14 14 266 193 73 2 18 264 159 105 2
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 2-4 @ Chicago Bears 20 17 11 322 185 137 3 19 266 165 101
7 Sun October 12 boxscore L 2-5 Atlanta Falcons 17 23 13 179 99 80 4 14 166 77 89 2
8 Sun October 19 boxscore L 2-6 Carolina Panthers 0 13 15 200 89 111 2 15 269 196 73 1
9 Sun October 26 boxscore L 2-7 San Francisco 49ers 0 23 6 142 87 55 2 21 347 210 137
10 Bye Week
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 3-7 @ Oakland Raiders 13 10 17 213 154 59 1 12 221 189 32 2
12 Sun November 16 boxscore W OT 4-7 Seattle Seahawks 20 17 14 177 102 75 5 19 340 229 111 4
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 4-8 @ Atlanta Falcons 3 20 11 173 118 55 5 16 269 177 92 1
14 Sun November 30 boxscore W 5-8 @ Carolina Panthers 16 13 18 326 190 136 2 21 427 241 186 4
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 5-9 St. Louis Rams 27 34 16 284 240 44 4 23 343 229 114 3
16 Sun December 14 boxscore W 6-9 Arizona Cardinals 27 10 17 382 252 130 1 18 265 154 111 4
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 6-10 @ Kansas City Chiefs 13 25 17 252 149 103 5 14 176 20 156

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player 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 SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 4-5-0 106 203 52.2% 1288 2 1.0 14 6.9 89 6.3 3.4 12.2 128.8 46.6 21 132 5.16 2.53 9.4 3 2
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 2-2-0 61 131 46.6% 891 6 4.6 8 6.1 49 6.8 5.0 14.6 178.2 59.0 4 29 6.39 4.61 3.0 0 2
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 0-2-0 42 91 46.2% 518 4 4.4 8 8.8 47 5.7 2.6 12.3 74.0 42.3 18 116 3.69 1.12 16.5
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 0-1-0 18 32 56.3% 183 0 0.0 3 9.4 24 5.7 1.5 10.2 61.0 33.7 6 32 3.97 0.42 15.8
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 1 1 100.0% 21 1 100.0 0 0.0 21 21.0 41.0 21.0 1.8 158.3 0 0 21.00 41.00 0.0
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 8 -8.00 -8.00 100.0
Team Total 26.0 16 6-10-0 228 458 49.8% 2901 13 2.8 33 7.2 89 6.3 3.7 12.7 181.3 49.4 50 317 5.09 2.68 9.8 3 4
Opp Total 16 293 518 56.6% 3289 21 4.1 16 3.1 6.3 5.77 11.2 205.6 76.3 59 408 5.0 4.5 10.2

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player 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
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 156 552 4 27 3.5 34.5 9.8 31 263 8.5 0 38 1.9 16.4 815 4 6
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 119 440 4 74 3.7 36.7 9.9 5 42 8.4 0 15 0.4 3.5 482 4 2
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 75 271 0 20 3.6 16.9 4.7 13 85 6.5 0 18 0.8 5.3 356 0 3
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 22 38 1 8 1.7 3.8 2.2 38 1 8
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 12 36 0 15 3.0 7.2 2.4 36 0 2
44 Fred McCrary 25 7 0 8 15 0 8 1.9 2.1 1.1 4 17 4.3 0 11 0.6 2.4 32 0 0
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 8 30 0 15 3.8 10.0 2.7 30 0 1
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 6 26 0 10 4.3 3.7 0.9 26 0 2
40 Wes Bender 27 11 0 5 9 0 6 1.8 0.8 0.5 9 0 1
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 4 35 0 27 8.8 2.2 0.3 48 722 15.0 5 39 3.0 45.1 757 5 1
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 1 11 0 11 11.0 0.7 0.1 55 761 13.8 2 89 3.7 50.7 772 2 0
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 27 362 13.4 1 47 1.7 22.6 360 1 2
87 John Farquhar 25 te 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 253 14.9 1 42 1.5 23.0 253 1 0
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 17 180 10.6 1 25 1.5 16.4 180 1 1
83 Keith Poole 23 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 98 24.5 2 49 1.3 32.7 98 2 0
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 50 16.7 0 22 0.3 5.0 50 0 0
80 Daryl Hobbs 29 4 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 41 20.5 1 21 0.5 10.3 41 1 0
86 Tony Johnson 25 te 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.1 1.9 13 0 1
85 Nick Savoie 24 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 1.0 14.0 14 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 417 1461 9 74 3.5 91.3 26.1 228 2901 12.7 13 89 14.3 181.3 4362 22 34
Opp Total 16 496 1764 11 3.6 110.3 31.0 293 2881 9.8 21 18.3 180.1 4645 32 31

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 47 498 0 32 10.6 43 1128 1 102 26.2 1986
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 9 173 0 29 19.2 529
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 3 47 0 30 15.7 97
44 Fred McCrary 25 7 0 2 26 0 15 13.0 58
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 755
90 Jared Tomich 23 de 16 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 48 496 0 32 10.3 58 1374 1 102 23.7 6232
Opp Total 16 50 706 1 14.1 51 1139 0 22.3

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player 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
3 Mark Royals 32 P 16 0 88 4038 66 0 45.9
10 Doug Brien 27 K 16 0 1 1 2 2 10 10 9 6 5 4 27 23 85.2%% 22 22 100.0%%
Team Total 26.0 16 1 1 2 2 10 10 9 6 5 4 27 23 85.2%% 22 22 100.0%% 88 4038 66 0 45.9
Opp Total 16 36 28 77.8%% 33 33 100.0%% 92 3671 39.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
54 Winfred Tubbs 27 MLB 16 16 2.5 2 21 0 15 0 2 0 2 0 0 116 44
55 Mark Fields 25 RLB 16 15 8.0 4 0 2 28 1 88 20
29 Sammy Knight 22 FS 16 12 5 75 0 39 0 0 0 1 0 0 67 17
25 Alex Molden 24 LCB 16 15 4.0 3 0 2 0 0 57 11
93 Wayne Martin 32 LDT 16 16 10.5 1 0 1 0 0 54 9
30 Anthony Newman 32 SS 12 12 3 19 0 17 0 0 0 1 0 0 53 10
52 Richard Harvey 31 LLB 14 13 3.0 1 7 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 43 7
21 Eric Allen 32 RCB 16 16 2 27 0 27 0 45 5
94 Joe Johnson 25 RDE 16 16 8.5 1 0 1 0 0 39 7
26 Mickey Washington 29 db 16 2 2 30 0 30 0 1 0 0 0 0 40 5
97 La'Roi Glover 23 dt 15 2 6.5 1 0 1 0 0 24 9
99 Pio Sagapolutele 28 RDT 14 13 2.0 24 11
92 Darren Mickell 27 LDE 14 13 3.5 0 0 1 11 0 20 13
91 Brady Smith 24 de 16 2 5.0 22 8
59 Keith Mitchell 23 lb 16 2 4.0 20 4
27 Vashone Adams 24 db 5 4 1 0 0 0 0 17 4
33 Rob Kelly 23 db 16 2 1 15 0 15 0 1 0 0 0 0 14 5
23 Chris Hewitt 23 db 11 2 1 0 1 0 0 12 4
90 Jared Tomich 23 de 16 1 1.0 0 1 1 0 0 11 1
37 Je'Rod Cherry 24 16 0 6 0
95 Austin Robbins 26 12 0 6 0
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 0 8 3 -20 0
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 0 6 2 0 0
56 Ernest Dixon 26 15 0 0.5 2 2
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 0 2 2 0 0
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 0 3 0 0 0
62 Jerry Fontenot 31 C 16 16 0 3 0 0 0
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 0 2 1 0 0
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 0 2 0 0 0
38 Donovan Greer 23 db 6 1 1 0
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 0 2 0 0 0
74 Clarence Jones 29 RT 15 15 0 0 2 0 0
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 Wes Bender 27 11 0 0 1 0 0 0
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
86 Tony Johnson 25 te 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 0 1 0 -4 0
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.0 16 59.0 16 194 0 39 0 17 34 27 15 1 781 196
Opp Total 16 50 31 16

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
10 Doug Brien 27 K 16 0 22 23 91
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 5 5 1 32
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 4 4 24
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 4 4 24
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR/PR 16 2 1 1 2 12
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 2 2 12
83 Keith Poole 23 3 0 2 2 12
87 John Farquhar 25 te 11 8 1 1 6
55 Mark Fields 25 RLB 16 15 1 1 6
80 Daryl Hobbs 29 4 0 1 1 6
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 1 1 6
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 1 1 6
Team Total 26.0 16 9 13 1 1 24 1 22 23 237
Opp Total 16 11 21 1 1 1 33 28 327

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 2 102 kickoff Eric Guliford 102 yard kickoff return (Andre Hastings pass from Heath Shuler)
2 1997-08-31 @ STL L, 24-38 4 30 pass Andre Hastings 30 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
3 1997-09-14 @ SFO L, 7-33 4 8 pass Andre Hastings 8 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
4 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 21 pass Andre Hastings 21 yard pass from Mario Bates (Doug Brien kick)
5 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 74 rush Mario Bates 74 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
6 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 2 20 pass Daryl Hobbs 20 yard pass from Heath Shuler (Doug Brien kick)
7 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 3 5 rush Heath Shuler 5 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
8 1997-09-21 DET W, 35-17 4 2 rush Mario Bates 2 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
9 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 3 49 rush Mario Bates 49 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
10 1997-10-05 @ CHI W, 20-17 4 89 pass Randal Hill 89 yard pass from Heath Shuler (Doug Brien kick)
11 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 4 16 pass Andre Hastings 16 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (Doug Brien kick)
12 1997-10-12 ATL L, 17-23 4 1 rush Mario Bates 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
13 1997-11-09 @ OAK W, 13-10 4 1 rush Ray Zellars 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
14 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 2 1 rush Ray Zellars 1 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
15 1997-11-16 SEA W, 20-17 4 2 rush Ray Zellars 2 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
16 1997-11-30 @ CAR W, 16-13 2 10 rush Ray Zellars 10 yard rush (Doug Brien kick)
17 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 1 21 fumble Mark Fields 21 yard fumble return (Doug Brien kick)
18 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 3 34 pass Andre Hastings 34 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
19 1997-12-07 STL L, 27-34 4 1 pass Irv Smith 1 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
20 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 3 9 pass Randal Hill 9 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
21 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 4 16 pass Eric Guliford 16 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
22 1997-12-14 ARI W, 27-10 4 8 pass John Farquhar 8 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
23 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 3 32 pass Keith Poole 32 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Doug Brien kick)
24 1997-12-21 @ KAN L, 13-25 4 14 pass Keith Poole 14 yard pass from Danny Wuerffel (run failed)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1997-08-31 @ STL W, 38-24 2 1 rush Lawrence Phillips 1 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
2 1997-08-31 @ STL W, 38-24 2 30 pass Torrance Small 30 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
3 1997-08-31 @ STL W, 38-24 3 48 pass Ernie Conwell 48 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
4 1997-08-31 @ STL W, 38-24 3 25 rush Lawrence Phillips 25 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
5 1997-08-31 @ STL W, 38-24 3 5 rush Lawrence Phillips 5 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
6 1997-09-07 SDG W, 20-6 1 0 fumble Rodney Harrison 0 yard fumble return (John Carney kick)
7 1997-09-07 SDG W, 20-6 4 21 pass Freddie Jones 21 yard pass from Jim Everett (John Carney kick)
8 1997-09-14 @ SFO W, 33-7 1 18 pass Brent Jones 18 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
9 1997-09-14 @ SFO W, 33-7 2 1 pass Brent Jones 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
10 1997-09-14 @ SFO W, 33-7 3 1 pass Garrison Hearst 1 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
11 1997-09-21 DET L, 17-35 2 17 pass Barry Sanders 17 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
12 1997-09-21 DET L, 17-35 4 5 pass Herman Moore 5 yard pass from Scott Mitchell (Jason Hanson kick)
13 1997-09-28 @ NYG W, 14-9 1 32 pass Kevin Alexander 32 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
14 1997-09-28 @ NYG W, 14-9 2 14 pass Chris Calloway 14 yard pass from Dave Brown (Brad Daluiso kick)
15 1997-10-05 @ CHI L, 17-20 4 1 rush Erik Kramer 1 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
16 1997-10-05 @ CHI L, 17-20 4 1 rush Raymont Harris 1 yard rush (Jeff Jaeger kick)
17 1997-10-12 ATL W, 23-17 1 9 pass Bert Emanuel 9 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
18 1997-10-12 ATL W, 23-17 3 2 rush Jamal Anderson 2 yard rush (Morten Andersen kick)
19 1997-10-19 CAR W, 13-0 1 14 pass Anthony Johnson 14 yard pass from Kerry Collins (John Kasay kick)
20 1997-10-26 SFO W, 23-0 1 19 pass Garrison Hearst 19 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
21 1997-10-26 SFO W, 23-0 4 5 pass J.J. Stokes 5 yard pass from Steve Young (Gary Anderson kick)
22 1997-11-09 @ OAK L, 10-13 2 1 rush Harvey Williams 1 yard rush (Cole Ford kick)
23 1997-11-16 SEA L, 17-20 2 44 interception Darryl Williams 44 yard interception return (Todd Peterson kick)
24 1997-11-16 SEA L, 17-20 4 34 pass James McKnight 34 yard pass from Warren Moon (Todd Peterson kick)
25 1997-11-23 @ ATL W, 20-3 3 36 pass Bert Emanuel 36 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
26 1997-11-23 @ ATL W, 20-3 4 4 pass Terance Mathis 4 yard pass from Chris Chandler (Morten Andersen kick)
27 1997-11-30 @ CAR L, 13-16 4 2 rush Fred Lane 2 yard rush (John Kasay kick)
28 1997-12-07 STL W, 34-27 2 3 pass Ernie Conwell 3 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
29 1997-12-07 STL W, 34-27 4 3 rush Jerald Moore 3 yard rush (Jeff Wilkins kick)
30 1997-12-07 STL W, 34-27 4 30 pass Isaac Bruce 30 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
31 1997-12-07 STL W, 34-27 4 5 pass Isaac Bruce 5 yard pass from Tony Banks (Jeff Wilkins kick)
32 1997-12-14 ARI L, 10-27 1 10 rush Jake Plummer 10 yard rush (Joe Nedney kick)
33 1997-12-21 @ KAN W, 25-13 2 82 punt Tamarick Vanover 82 yard punt return (pass failed)
34 1997-12-21 @ KAN W, 25-13 4 3 rush Marcus Allen 3 yard rush (pass failed)
35 1997-12-21 @ KAN W, 25-13 4 3 pass Ted Popson 3 yard pass from Rich Gannon (Pete Stoyanovich kick)