1984 New Orleans Saints season

The 1984 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 18th as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to improve on their previous season's output of 8–8, winning only seven games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eighteenth consecutive season. The Saints started out winning three of their first five games. However, the Saints would struggle as newly acquired quarterback Richard Todd threw 19 interceptions to just 11 touchdowns as the Saints again finished the season with a losing record at 7-9.

Todd was acquired from the New York Jets for a first-round draft choice, and he beat out the aging Ken Stabler for the starting job at training camp, the Saints' last at Vero Beach, Florida. Stabler, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016, retired midway through the season.

Late in the season, owner John Mecom Jr., who purchased the Saints as an expansion franchise for $8.5 million in late 1966, announced he would sell the team, with an asking price of $70 million. Fears abounded across Louisiana the team would be moved to Jacksonville if Mecom could not find a local buyer. Eventually, the team was sold in early 1985 to New Orleans native and car magnate Tom Benson, with Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards brokering the deal.

1984 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachBum Phillips
General managerBum Phillips
OwnerJohn Mecom, Jr.
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
1986 Jeno's Pizza - 12 - Walter Payton (cropped)
The Saints playing against the Chicago Bears during a 1984 away game at Soldier Field.

Offseason

NFL draft

1984 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 42 Jumpy Geathers  Defensive end Wichita State
3 68 Terry Hoage  Defensive back Georgia
3 69 Tyrone Anthony  Running back North Carolina
4 97 Joel Hilgenberg *  Center Iowa
5 123 Jitter Fields  Defensive back Texas
6 156 Don Thorp  Defensive tackle Illinois
8 210 Clemon Terrell  Running back Southern Miss
9 237 Brian Hansen *  Punter Sioux Falls
10 264 Paul Gray  Linebacker Western Kentucky
11 291 Michel Bourgeau  Defensive end Boise State
12 324 Byron Nelson  Offensive tackle Arizona
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1984 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Wade Phillips
  • Defensive Line – Willie Zapalac
  • Linebackers – John Paul Young
  • Defensive Backfield – Lance Van Zandt

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Harold Richardson

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

Roster

1984 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 2, 1984 Atlanta Falcons L 36–28
66,652
2 September 9, 1984 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–13
54,686
3 September 16, 1984 at San Francisco 49ers L 30–20
57,611
4 September 23, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals W 34–24
58,723
5 September 30, 1984 at Houston Oilers W 27–10
43,108
6 October 7, 1984 at Chicago Bears L 20–7
53,752
7 October 14, 1984 Los Angeles Rams L 28–10
63,161
8 October 21, 1984 at Dallas Cowboys L 30–27
50,966
9 October 28, 1984 at Cleveland Browns W 16–14
52,489
10 November 4, 1984 Green Bay Packers L 23–13
57,426
11 November 11, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–13
40,590
12 November 19, 1984 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–24
66,005
13 November 25, 1984 San Francisco 49ers L 35–3
65,177
14 December 2, 1984 at Los Angeles Rams L 34–21
49,348
15 December 9, 1984 Cincinnati Bengals L 24–21
40,855
16 December 15, 1984 at New York Giants W 10–3
63,739

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
• Falcons 5 14710 36
Saints 7 1407 28

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Week 2

1 234Total
Buccaneers 7 330 13
• Saints 0 737 17
  • Date: September 9
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 3

1 234Total
Saints 0 10100 20
• 49ers 7 10013 30

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Week 4

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 7710 24
• Saints 10 3714 34
  • Date: September 23
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 5

1 234Total
• Saints 14 3010 27
Oilers 0 037 10
  • Date: September 30
  • Location: Astrodome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 6

1 234Total
Saints 0 700 7
• Bears 6 707 20

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Week 7

1 234Total
• Rams 0 2170 28
Saints 3 007 10
  • Date: October 14
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 8

1 234OTTotal
Saints 0 171000 27
• Cowboys 3 30213 30

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Week 9

1 234Total
• Saints 0 1006 16
Browns 0 770 14

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Week 10

1 234Total
• Packers 0 10103 23
Saints 7 303 13
  • Date: November 4
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game start: 12:00 pm CST
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)
  • Referee: Jim Tunney

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Week 11

1 234Total
• Saints 10 007 17
Falcons 0 1030 13

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Week 12

1 234Total
Steelers 0 14010 24
• Saints 3 10014 27

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Week 13

1 234Total
• 49ers 0 71414 35
Saints 0 300 3
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 14

1 234Total
Saints 0 7014 21
• Rams 14 1037 34

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Week 15

1 234Total
• Bengals 0 3147 24
Saints 0 777 21
  • Date: December 9
  • Location: Louisiana Superdome
  • Game weather: Indoors (dome)

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Week 16

1 234Total
• Saints 7 003 10
Giants 0 300 3

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Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 15 1 0 .938 6–0 12–0 475 227 W9
Los Angeles Rams(4) 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 346 316 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 298 361 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 281 382 W1

References

  1. ^ 1984 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1984 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  4. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  5. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  6. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  7. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  8. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  9. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  10. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  11. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  12. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  13. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  14. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  15. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  16. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  17. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
  18. ^ The Football Database. Retrieved 2017-Nov-29.
Scoring summary
Q18:54NOGajan 2 yard pass from Wilson (Andersen kick)NO 7–0
Q214:31NYGHaji-Sheikh 37 yard field goalNO 7–3
Q413:55NOAndersen 37 yard field goalNO 10–3
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