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1998 New Orleans Saints

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6-10-0, NFC West Division  · 1998 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.1, Offense: -1.5, Defense: 1.6, SoS: 3.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 305 points (19.1/g), 21st of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 359 points (22.4/g), 21st.
 Differential of -54 points (-3.4/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.5-9.5.

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
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 305 4463 966 4.6 33 14 26 258 278 535 3138 19 19 5.3 165 374 1325 6 3.5 67
Team Defense 359 5668 1053 5.4 32 11 32 326 328 539 3968 24 21 6.8 208 467 1700 13 3.6 86
Lg Rank Offense 21 28 21 19 29 11 18 18 24 24 30 30 29 27
Lg Rank Defense 21 26 10 15 28 19 30 21 4 28 15 16 19 8

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 6 boxscore W 1-0 @ St. Louis Rams 24 17 15 232 197 35 1 23 314 267 47 2
2 Sun September 13 boxscore W 2-0 Carolina Panthers 19 14 18 311 104 207 20 375 238 137 3
3 Bye Week
4 Sun September 27 boxscore W OT 3-0 @ Indianapolis Colts 19 13 14 320 137 183 1 16 357 292 65 3
5 Sun October 4 boxscore L 3-1 New England Patriots 27 30 19 276 237 39 2 20 388 291 97 4
6 Sun October 11 boxscore L 3-2 San Francisco 49ers 0 31 10 167 135 32 1 30 459 319 140
7 Sun October 18 boxscore L 3-3 @ Atlanta Falcons 23 31 15 322 255 67 4 19 297 163 134
8 Sun October 25 boxscore W 4-3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 3 12 266 210 56 1 11 238 180 58 3
9 Sun November 1 boxscore L 4-4 @ Carolina Panthers 17 31 21 354 301 53 4 16 216 110 106 2
10 Sun November 8 boxscore L 4-5 @ Minnesota Vikings 24 31 11 190 138 52 1 23 465 303 162 2
11 Sun November 15 boxscore W 5-5 St. Louis Rams 24 3 13 237 135 102 17 234 179 55 3
12 Sun November 22 boxscore L 5-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 20 31 23 401 311 90 4 23 443 289 154 3
13 Sun November 29 boxscore L 5-7 @ Miami Dolphins 10 30 11 157 70 87 4 24 375 255 120 1
14 Sun December 6 boxscore W 6-7 Dallas Cowboys 22 3 17 328 215 113 2 10 182 174 8
15 Sun December 13 boxscore L 6-8 Atlanta Falcons 17 27 15 216 164 52 4 25 504 322 182 3
16 Sun December 20 boxscore L 6-9 @ Arizona Cardinals 17 19 18 320 238 82 1 28 513 394 119 3
17 Sun December 27 boxscore L 6-10 Buffalo Bills 33 45 26 366 291 75 3 21 308 192 116

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
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 32 qb 7 4 1-3-0 110 199 55.3 1427 8 4.0 4 2.0 82 7.2 7.1 13.0 203.9 83.1 11 88 6.38 6.28 5.2
13 Kerry Collins 26 QB 7 7 2-5-0 94 191 49.2 1202 4 2.1 10 5.2 89 6.3 4.4 12.8 171.7 54.5 21 140 5.01 3.26 9.9
7 Danny Wuerffel 24 qb 5 4 2-2-0 62 119 52.1 695 5 4.2 5 4.2 64 5.8 4.8 11.2 139.0 66.3 23 131 3.97 3.09 16.2 2 2
12 Billy Joe Hobert 27 qb 1 1 1-0-0 11 23 47.8 170 1 4.3 0 0.0 35 7.4 8.3 15.5 170.0 87.2 2 17 6.12 6.92 8.0
36 Lamar Smith 28 RB 14 9 1 2 50.0 20 1 50.0 0 0.0 20 10.0 20.0 20.0 1.4 125.0 0 0 10.00 20.00 0.0
32 Aaron Craver 30 FB 16 10 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 6-10-0 278 535 52.0 3514 19 3.6 19 3.6 89 6.6 5.7 12.6 219.6 69.8 57 376 5.30 4.50 9.6 2 2
Opp Total 16 328 539 60.9 4256 24 4.5 21 3.9 7.9 7.03 13.0 266.0 84.3 47 288 6.8 6.0 8.0

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
36 Lamar Smith 28 RB 14 9 138 457 1 33 3.3 32.6 9.9 24 249 10.4 2 35 1.7 17.8 706 3 4
34 Ray Zellars 25 fb 11 7 56 162 1 15 2.9 14.7 5.1 10 50 5.0 0 14 0.9 4.5 212 1 2
28 Troy Davis 23 rb 14 2 55 143 1 14 2.6 10.2 3.9 16 99 6.2 0 19 1.1 7.1 242 1 1
32 Aaron Craver 30 FB 16 10 45 180 2 25 4.0 11.3 2.8 33 214 6.5 2 49 2.1 13.4 394 4 2
33 Wilmont Perry 23 rb 6 2 30 122 0 19 4.1 20.3 5.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.2 0.3 124 0 1
13 Kerry Collins 26 QB 7 7 23 113 1 20 4.9 16.1 3.3 113 1 8
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 32 qb 7 4 11 43 0 16 3.9 6.1 1.6 43 0 3
7 Danny Wuerffel 24 qb 5 4 11 60 0 18 5.5 12.0 2.2 60 0 1
88 Andre Hastings 28 PR/WR 16 12 3 32 0 4 10.7 2.0 0.2 35 455 13.0 3 89 2.2 28.4 487 3 0
12 Billy Joe Hobert 27 qb 1 1 2 13 0 14 6.5 13.0 2.0 13 0 0
85 Cam Cleeland 23 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 54 684 12.7 6 53 3.4 42.8 684 6 1
86 Sean Dawkins 27 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 53 823 15.5 1 64 3.5 54.9 823 1 2
83 Keith Poole 24 wr 15 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 509 21.2 2 82 1.6 33.9 509 2 0
89 Brett Bech 27 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 264 18.9 3 72 0.9 16.5 264 3 0
84 Eric Guliford 29 wr 5 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 124 12.4 0 24 2.0 24.8 124 0 1
87 John Farquhar 26 5 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 13 13.0 0 13 0.2 2.6 13 0 0
80 Tony Johnson 26 11 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 8 8.0 0 8 0.1 0.7 8 0 0
81 Scott Slutzker 26 3 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.3 3.3 10 0 0
47 Josh Wilcox 24 te 3 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.3 3.3 10 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 374 1325 6 33 3.5 82.8 23.4 278 3514 12.6 19 89 17.4 219.6 4839 25 28
Opp Total 16 467 1700 13 3.6 106.3 29.2 328 3968 12.1 24 20.5 248.0 5668 37 24

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
84 Eric Guliford 29 wr 5 1 10 101 0 40 10.1 18 431 0 34 23.9 656
82 Qadry Ismail 28 KR 10 1 28 590 0 39 21.1 590
88 Andre Hastings 28 PR/WR 16 12 22 307 0 76 14.0 1 16 0 16 16.0 810
32 Aaron Craver 30 FB 16 10 7 212 1 100 30.3 606
20 Earl Little 25 16 0 4 64 0 20 16.0 64
28 Troy Davis 23 rb 14 2 2 21 0 19 10.5 263
89 Brett Bech 27 16 0 1 20 0 20 20.0 284
90 Jared Tomich 24 LDE 16 11 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 32 408 0 76 12.8 62 1354 1 100 21.8 6601
Opp Total 16 53 649 0 12.2 52 1128 0 21.7

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
3 Mark Royals 33 P 16 0 88 4017 64 0 45.6
10 Doug Brien 28 K 16 0 7 7 3 3 6 6 6 4 22 20 90.9% 31 31 100.0% 2 72 37 0 36.0
Team Total 26.5 16 7 7 3 3 6 6 6 4 22 20 90.9% 31 31 100.0% 90 4089 64 0 45.4
Opp Total 16 33 26 78.8% 39 39 100.0% 75 3262 43.5

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
55 Mark Fields 26 RLB 15 15 6.0 1 0 1 36 1 82 27
37 Chad Cota 27 SS 16 16 2.0 4 16 0 9 0 1 0 1 0 0 71 25
22 Tyronne Drakeford 27 RCB 16 15 4 76 1 32 0 65 11
29 Sammy Knight 23 FS 14 13 6 171 2 91 0 0 0 2 3 0 62 13
97 La'Roi Glover 24 RDT 16 15 10.0 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 59 8
94 Joe Johnson* 26 RDE 16 16 7.0 1 0 1 5 1 54 16
25 Alex Molden 25 LCB 16 15 2 35 0 24 0 2 0 0 0 0 54 8
59 Keith Mitchell 24 LLB 16 15 2.5 4 0 3 63 1 42 24
56 Chris Bordano 24 mlb 16 6 1.0 46 16
50 Kevin Mitchell 27 MLB 8 8 2.5 2 0 0 0 0 31 25
93 Wayne Martin 33 LDT 16 16 3.0 0 0 1 0 0 38 8 1
42 Fred Weary 24 db 14 1 2 64 1 63 0 28 6
24 Rob Kelly 24 db 16 3 2 104 1 79 0 22 9
90 Jared Tomich 24 LDE 16 11 6.0 2 0 1 0 0 21 5
30 Je'Rod Cherry 25 14 0 2.0 23 4
54 Ink Aleaga 25 lb 15 3 1.0 8 5
23 Chris Hewitt 24 db 16 2 2.0 9 2
91 Brady Smith 25 lde 14 5 10 2
79 Troy Wilson 28 15 0 1.0 9 3
95 Austin Robbins 27 dt 16 1 1.0 0 0 1 0 1 6 5
13 Kerry Collins 26 QB 7 7 0 8 2 -8 0
52 Vinson Smith 33 15 0 4 0
53 Don Davis 26 4 0 2 2
36 Lamar Smith 28 RB 14 9 0 4 0 0 0
85 Cam Cleeland 23 TE 16 16 0 1 2 7 0
32 Aaron Craver 30 FB 16 10 0 2 1 0 0
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 32 qb 7 4 0 3 0 -13 0
86 Sean Dawkins 27 WR 15 15 0 2 0 0 0
84 Eric Guliford 29 wr 5 1 0 1 1 0 0
82 Qadry Ismail 28 KR 10 1 0 2 0 0 0
75 Julian Pittman 23 2 0 0 2
7 Danny Wuerffel 24 qb 5 4 0 1 1 0 0
34 Ray Zellars 25 fb 11 7 0 2 0 0 0
28 Troy Davis 23 rb 14 2 0 1 0 0 0
88 Andre Hastings 28 PR/WR 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
74 Clarence Jones 30 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
67 Andy McCollum 28 lg 16 5 0 0 1 0 0
65 Chris Naeole 24 RG 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
33 Wilmont Perry 23 rb 6 2 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.5 16 47.0 21 466 5 91 0 16 28 22 93 4 746 226 1
Opp Total 16 57 24 13

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 28 K 16 0 31 20 91
85 Cam Cleeland 23 TE 16 16 6 6 36
32 Aaron Craver 30 FB 16 10 2 2 1 5 30
89 Brett Bech 27 16 0 3 3 18
88 Andre Hastings 28 PR/WR 16 12 3 3 18
36 Lamar Smith 28 RB 14 9 1 2 3 18
29 Sammy Knight 23 FS 14 13 2 2 12
83 Keith Poole 24 wr 15 4 2 2 12
13 Kerry Collins 26 QB 7 7 1 1 6
28 Troy Davis 23 rb 14 2 1 1 6
86 Sean Dawkins 27 WR 15 15 1 1 6
22 Tyronne Drakeford 27 RCB 16 15 1 1 6
55 Mark Fields 26 RLB 15 15 1 1 6
94 Joe Johnson* 26 RDE 16 16 1 1 6
24 Rob Kelly 24 db 16 3 1 1 6
59 Keith Mitchell 24 LLB 16 15 1 1 6
95 Austin Robbins 27 dt 16 1 1 1 6
42 Fred Weary 24 db 14 1 1 1 6
34 Ray Zellars 25 fb 11 7 1 1 6
93 Wayne Martin 33 LDT 16 16 1 2
Team Total 26.5 16 6 19 1 4 5 35 31 20 2 303
Opp Total 16 13 24 3 1 39 26 359