1974 New Orleans Saints season

The 1974 New Orleans Saints season was the team's eighth as a member of the National Football League (NFL). This was their final season at Tulane Stadium as the Louisiana Superdome opened the following season. They matched their previous season's output of 5–9.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Despite another losing record, the Saints defeated two of the NFC's four playoff entries, ousting the Los Angeles Rams 20-7 in week 10 and the St. Louis Cardinals 14-0 in week 13, both at home. The win over the Cardinals was the Saints' final game at Tulane Stadium.

The Saints ended an 18-game winless streak on the road when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in week six. However, they would not win again away from New Orleans until 1976. From 1972 through 1975, the Saints were 1-26-1 on the road.

1974 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJohn North
OwnerJohn W. Mecom, Jr.
Home fieldTulane Stadium
Results
Record5–9
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL draft

1974 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Rick Middleton  Linebacker Ohio State
      Made roster  

[2]

Personnel

Staff

1974 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • Assistant to the President – Fred Williams
  • Executive Vice President – Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
  • Vice President of Administration – Harry Hulmes
  • Business Manager and Treasurer – Eddie Jones
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ernie Hefferle
  • Director of Player Personnel – Bob Whitman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Quarterbacks – Lamar McHan
  • Offensive Backs – Bob Ledbetter
  • Receivers – Jim Phillips
  • Offensive Line – Wimp Hewgley
Defensive coaches

Roster

1974 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15 San Francisco 49ers L 17–13
65,071
2 September 22 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–0
64,178
3 September 29 Atlanta Falcons W 14–13
62,273
4 October 6 at Chicago Bears L 24–10
45,818
5 October 13 at Denver Broncos L 33–17
50,881
6 October 20 at Atlanta Falcons W 13–3
47,217
7 October 27 Philadelphia Eagles W 14–10
64,257
8 November 3 at Detroit Lions L 19–14
43,256
9 November 10 Miami Dolphins L 21–0
74,289
10 November 17 Los Angeles Rams W 20–7
57,287
11 November 25 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–7
71,907
12 December 1 at Minnesota Vikings L 29–9
44,202
13 December 8 St. Louis Cardinals W 14–0
57,152
14 December 15 at San Francisco 49ers L 35–21
40,418

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 .714 5–1 7–3 263 181 W1
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 4–2 6–5 226 236 W2
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 3–3 5–6 166 263 L1
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 0–6 3–8 111 271 W1

References

  1. ^ 1974 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1974 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.

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