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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)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Heath Shuler 26 3 9 106 for 203, 1,288 yards, 2 td, 14 int, & 22 rushes for 38 yards and 1 td Washington Redskins / 1st / 3rd pick / 1994
RB Mario Bates 24 3 7 119 rushes for 440 yards, 4 td, & 5 catches for 42 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 44th pick / 1994
FB Ray Zellars 24 2 16 156 rushes for 552 yards, 4 td, & 31 catches for 263 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 44th pick / 1995
WR Andre Hastings 27 4 16 48 catches for 722 yards, 5 td, & 4 rushes for 35 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1993
WR Randal Hill 28 6 15 55 catches for 761 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 11 yards and 0 td Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1991
TE Irv Smith 26 4 8 17 catches for 180 yards, 1 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 20th pick / 1993
LT Willie Roaf* 27 4 16 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 8th pick / 1993
LG Andy McCollum 27 2 16
C Jerry Fontenot 31 8 16 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 65th pick / 1989
RG Mike Verstegen 26 1 8 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 75th pick / 1995
RT Clarence Jones 29 6 15 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 4th / 111th pick / 1991
 Defensive Starters
LDE Darren Mickell 27 5 13 3.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 2nd pick / 1992 Supp
LDT Wayne Martin 32 8 16 10.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 1st / 19th pick / 1989
RDT Pio Sagapolutele 28 6 13 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 85th pick / 1991
RDE Joe Johnson 25 3 16 8.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1994
LLB Richard Harvey 31 7 13 3.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 11th / 305th pick / 1989
MLB Winfred Tubbs 27 3 16 2.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 79th pick / 1994
RLB Mark Fields 25 2 15 8.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1995
LCB Alex Molden 24 1 15 4.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1996
RCB Eric Allen 32 9 16 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 30th pick / 1988
SS Anthony Newman 32 9 12 0.0 sacks, 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 35th pick / 1988
FS Sammy Knight 22 Rook 12 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Doug Brien 27 3 0 23 of 27 field goals & 22 of 22 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 85th pick / 1994
P Mark Royals 32 10 0 88 punts for a 45.9 average, 0 blocked
PR Eric Guliford 28 4 2 47 punt returns for a 10.6 average and 0 td
KR Eric Guliford 28 4 2 43 kick returns for a 26.2 average and 1 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
69 Tom Ackerman 25 14 0 290 6-3 East. Washington 9/6/1972 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 145th pick / 1996
27 Vashone Adams 24 db 5 4 197 5-10 Fort Hays St.,East. Michigan 9/12/1973 2 2
50 Ink Aleaga 24 lb 3 1 251 6-1 Washington 4/27/1973 Rook 0
21 Eric Allen 32 RCB 16 16 184 5-10 Arizona St. 11/22/1965 9 7 Philadelphia Eagles / 2nd / 30th pick / 1988
51 Derrick Barnes 23 1 0 261 6-0 Oregon 9/11/1974 Rook 0
24 Mario Bates 24 RB 12 7 217 6-1 Arizona St. 1/16/1973 3 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 44th pick / 1994
89 Brett Bech 26 10 0 184 6-1 LSU 8/20/1971 Rook 0
40 Wes Bender 27 11 0 242 5-10 USC 8/2/1970 3 0
10 Doug Brien 27 K 16 0 180 6-0 California 11/24/1970 3 5 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 85th pick / 1994
37 Je'Rod Cherry 24 16 0 210 6-1 California 5/30/1973 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 40th pick / 1996
53 Don Davis 25 11 0 235 6-1 Kansas 12/17/1972 1 1
73 Isaac Davis 25 g 3 2 320 6-3 Arkansas 4/8/1972 3 1 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1994
28 Troy Davis 22 rb 16 7 191 5-7 Iowa St. 9/14/1975 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 62nd pick / 1997
56 Ernest Dixon 26 15 0 243 6-1 South Carolina 10/17/1971 3 1
87 John Farquhar 25 TE 11 8 278 6-6 Duke 3/22/1972 1 2
55 Mark Fields 25 RLB 16 15 244 6-2 Washington St. 11/9/1972 2 9 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1995
62 Jerry Fontenot 31 C 16 16 300 6-3 Texas A&M 11/21/1966 8 5 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 65th pick / 1989
60 Kendall Gammon 29 16 0 255 6-4 Pittsburg St. 10/23/1968 5 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 291st pick / 1992
97 La'Roi Glover 23 dt 15 2 285 6-2 San Diego St. 7/4/1974 1 3 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 166th pick / 1996
38 Donovan Greer 23 db 6 1 178 5-9 Texas A&M 9/11/1974 Rook 1
84 Eric Guliford 28 KR 16 2 170 5-8 Arizona St. 10/25/1969 4 4
52 Richard Harvey 31 LLB 14 13 235 6-1 Tulane 9/11/1966 7 6 Buffalo Bills / 11th / 305th pick / 1989
88 Andre Hastings 27 WR 16 16 190 6-1 Georgia 11/7/1970 4 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 76th pick / 1993
89 Mercury Hayes 24 4 0 195 5-11 Michigan 1/1/1973 1 0 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 136th pick / 1996
23 Chris Hewitt 23 db 11 2 210 6-0 Cincinnati 7/22/1974 Rook 2
81 Randal Hill 28 WR 15 15 180 5-10 Miami (FL) 9/21/1969 6 5 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 23rd pick / 1991
76 Keno Hills 24 rg 9 6 305 6-6 Kent St.,La-Lafayette 6/13/1973 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 179th pick / 1996
80 Daryl Hobbs 29 4 0 175 6-2 Pacific 5/23/1968 4 0
12 Billy Joe Hobert 26 qb 5 4 230 6-3 Washington 1/8/1971 2 2 Los Angeles Raiders / 3rd / 58th pick / 1993
94 Joe Johnson 25 RDE 16 16 275 6-4 Louisville 7/11/1972 3 8 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1994
86 Tony Johnson 25 te 7 1 255 6-5 Alabama 2/5/1972 1 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 197th pick / 1996
74 Clarence Jones 29 RT 15 15 300 6-6 Maryland 5/6/1968 6 5 New York Giants / 4th / 111th pick / 1991
33 Rob Kelly 23 db 16 2 199 6-0 Ohio St. 6/21/1974 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1997
61 Ed King 28 2 0 300 6-4 Auburn 12/3/1969 6 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 29th pick / 1991
29 Sammy Knight 22 FS 16 12 215 6-0 USC 9/10/1975 Rook 7
93 Wayne Martin 32 LDT 16 16 275 6-5 Arkansas 10/26/1965 8 9 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 19th pick / 1989
67 Andy McCollum 27 LG 16 16 300 6-4 Toledo 6/2/1970 2 5
44 Fred McCrary 25 7 0 247 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/19/1972 2 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 208th pick / 1995
92 Darren Mickell 27 LDE 14 13 285 6-4 Florida 8/3/1970 5 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 2nd pick / 1992 Supp
59 Keith Mitchell 23 lb 16 2 236 6-2 Texas A&M 7/24/1974 Rook 2
25 Alex Molden 24 LCB 16 15 190 5-10 Oregon 8/4/1973 1 7 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 11th pick / 1996
65 Chris Naeole 23 4 0 317 6-3 Colorado 12/25/1974 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1997
30 Anthony Newman 32 SS 12 12 203 6-0 Oregon 11/25/1965 9 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 35th pick / 1988
13 Doug Nussmeier 27 qb 3 1 211 6-3 Idaho 12/11/1970 1 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 116th pick / 1994
83 Keith Poole 23 3 0 188 6-0 Arizona St. 6/18/1974 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 116th pick / 1997
77 Willie Roaf* 27 LT 16 16 320 6-5 Louisiana Tech 4/18/1970 4 8 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 8th pick / 1993
95 Austin Robbins 26 12 0 290 6-6 North Carolina 3/1/1971 3 1 Los Angeles Raiders / 4th / 120th pick / 1994
3 Mark Royals 32 P 16 0 225 6-5 Chowan,Appalachian St. 6/22/1965 10 4
99 Pio Sagapolutele 28 RDT 14 13 297 6-6 San Diego St. 11/28/1969 6 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 85th pick / 1991
85 Nick Savoie 24 1 0 253 6-5 LSU 9/21/1973 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 165th pick / 1997
5 Heath Shuler 26 QB 10 9 216 6-2 Tennessee 12/31/1971 3 0 Washington Redskins / 1st / 3rd pick / 1994
71 Ricky Siglar 31 t 16 1 308 6-7 San Jose St. 6/14/1966 7 1
91 Brady Smith 24 de 16 2 274 6-5 Colorado St. 6/5/1973 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 70th pick / 1996
82 Irv Smith 26 TE 11 8 249 6-3 Notre Dame 10/13/1971 4 1 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 20th pick / 1993
90 Jared Tomich 23 de 16 1 281 6-3 Nebraska 4/24/1974 Rook 2 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 39th pick / 1997
54 Winfred Tubbs 27 MLB 16 16 250 6-4 Texas 9/24/1970 3 14 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 79th pick / 1994
86 Gunnard Twyner 24 2 0 165 5-10 West. Illinois 7/14/1973 Rook 0
66 Mike Verstegen 26 RG 14 8 311 6-6 Wisconsin 10/24/1971 1 3 New Orleans Saints / 3rd / 75th pick / 1995
26 Mickey Washington 29 db 16 2 195 5-9 Texas A&M 7/8/1968 7 2 Phoenix Cardinals / 8th / 199th pick / 1990
7 Danny Wuerffel 23 qb 7 2 212 6-1 Florida 5/27/1974 Rook 1 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 99th pick / 1997
34 Ray Zellars 24 FB 16 16 233 5-11 Notre Dame 3/25/1973 2 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 44th pick / 1995
Team Total 26.0 16 241.1 6-1.8 2.8