1991 New Orleans Saints season

The 1991 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 25th season in the National Football League. The Saints won their first-ever division title, and reached the postseason for the second consecutive year.

The 1991 Saints had 48 defensive takeaways, tied for the most for any team in a single season in the 1990s.[1] Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1991 Saints had the second-best defense in the NFL (behind the Philadelphia Eagles), and one of the top-ten defenses of all time, in terms of efficiency.[2] "The Saints were led by their linebackers", says Football Outsiders, "with Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling all making the Pro Bowl and Rickey Jackson being awesome without getting a trip to Hawaii. It wasn't really the easiest year to find space on the NFC Pro Bowl defense, was it?"

The season saw the adoption of Cha-Ching slogan, it was used from a Rally's advertising campaign.[3]

1991 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Mora
General managerJim Finks
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record11–5
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (Falcons) 20–27

Offseason

NFL Draft

1991 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 42 Wesley Carroll  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
5 126 Reggie Jones  Cornerback Memphis
6 154 Fred McAfee  Running back Mississippi College
7 182 Hayward Haynes  Guard Florida State
8 210 Frank Wainright  Tight end Northern Colorado
9 237 Anthony Wallace  Running back California
11 293 Scott Ross  Linebacker USC
12 321 Mark Drabczak  Guard Minnesota
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1991 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/General Partner – Tom Benson
  • President/General Manager – Jim Finks
  • Vice President of Administration – Jim Miller
  • Director of Player Personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

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Roster

1991 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice/Taxi squad



Rookies in italics

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Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 27–24 1–0
68,492
2 September 8, 1991 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–10 2–0
74,816
3 September 15, 1991 Los Angeles Rams W 24–7 3–0
68,583
4 September 22, 1991 Minnesota Vikings W 26–0 4–0
68,591
5 September 29, 1991 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–6 5–0
56,556
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1991 at Philadelphia Eagles W 13–6 6–0
64,224
8 October 20, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–7 7–0
68,591
9 October 27, 1991 Chicago Bears L 20–17 7–1
68,591
10 November 3, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 8–1
58,713
11 November 10, 1991 San Francisco 49ers W 10–3 9–1
68,591
12 November 17, 1991 at San Diego Chargers L 24–21 9–2
48,420
13 November 24, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 23–20 9–3
68,591
14 December 1, 1991 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–24 9–4
62,092
15 December 8, 1991 at Dallas Cowboys L 23–14 9–5
64,530
16 December 16, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 27–0 10–5
68,625
17 December 22, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 27–3 11–5
30,928

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 December 28, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 27–20
68,794

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 341 211 W2
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 5–1 7–5 361 338 L1
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 393 239 W6
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 0–6 2–10 234 390 L10

Regular season

Week 3

Rams Jim Everett completed only 6 passes against the Saints defense, while Craig Heyward scored 2 touchdowns to send the Saints to a 3-0 record.

Playoffs

NFC Wild Card Game

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller completed the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest. Miller completed 18 out of 30 passes for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Awards and records

  • Pat Swilling, NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • Led NFL, Fewest Points Allowed, 211 points [7]

Milestones

References

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1990 to 1999, in the regular season, sorted by descending Takeaways, tied with the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles.
  2. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  3. ^ Scott, Mike (July 21, 2016). "The 1991 New Orleans Saints, and the season of 'cha-ching'". NOLA.com. Retrieved June 26, 2018.
  4. ^ "1991 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  5. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "1991 New Orleans Saints starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  7. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. Workman Publishing Company. p. 457. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2.

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