2013 New Orleans Saints season

The 2013 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League and the 38th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. It also marked the seventh season under head coach Sean Payton, who returned to the team after serving a one-year suspension for his involvement in the team's 2012 bounty scandal.

The Saints improved their 7–9 record from last season, going 11–5 and making the playoffs as the six-seed. They earned the franchise's first-ever road postseason victory, with a 26–24 win over the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card round, ending the drought at 0–5. However, the Saints were eliminated by the eventual Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks in the Divisional round, by a score of 23–15. The 2013 season was also the second time in three years the Saints went 8-0 at home.

2013 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record11–5
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (at Eagles) 26–24
Lost Divisional Playoffs (at Seahawks) 15–23
Pro BowlersDrew Brees (QB)
Jahri Evans (G)
Jimmy Graham (TE)
Cameron Jordan (DE)
AP All-ProsJimmy Graham (1st team)
Jahri Evans (2nd team)
Uniform
Saints uniforms12

Offseason

Signings

Pos. Player 2012 Team Contract
CB Keenan Lewis Pittsburgh Steelers 5 years, $25.5 million
TE Benjamin Watson Cleveland Browns 3 years, $4.9 million
LB Victor Butler Dallas Cowboys 2 years, $3 million
DE Kenyon Coleman Dallas Cowboys 1 year, $1 million
CB Chris Carr San Diego Chargers 1 year, $840,000
QB Luke McCown Atlanta Falcons 1 year, $840,000
OT Jason Smith New York Jets 1 year, $780,000
WR Robert Meachem San Diego Chargers 1 year, $715,000

Re-Signings

Pos. Player Contract
WR Courtney Roby 1 year, $905,000
LB Will Herring 1 year, $765,000
OLB Ramon Humber 1 year, $740,000

Departures

Pos. Player 2013 Team
OT Jermon Bushrod Chicago Bears
QB Chase Daniel Kansas City Chiefs
LB Jonathan Casillas Tampa Bay Buccaneers
S Jim Leonhard Buffalo Bills
CB Elbert Mack Houston Texans
QB Seneca Wallace San Francisco 49ers
WR Steve Breaston
LB Scott Shanle

2013 draft class

Round Selection Player Position College
1 15 Kenny Vaccaro Safety Texas
3 75 Terron Armstead Offensive tackle Arkansas–Pine Bluff
82 John Jenkins Defensive tackle Georgia
5 144 Kenny Stills Wide receiver Oklahoma
6 183 Rufus Johnson Defensive end Tarleton State

Notes The Saints did not have selections in the second, fourth, or seventh rounds. They forfeited their second-round selection as part of the punishment for the team's 2012 bounty scandal. They acquired the No. 82 selection in a trade that sent two fourth-round selections, Nos. 106 and 109 overall, to the Miami Dolphins. The No. 106 selection had been acquired in a trade that sent running back Chris Ivory to the New York Jets. The Saints traded their seventh-round selection to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for linebacker Barrett Ruud.

Staff

2013 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman – Tom Benson
  • Owner/Vice Chairman – Rita Benson LeBlanc
  • President – Dennis Lauscha
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Director of Football Administration – Khai Harley
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ryan Pace
  • Director of College Scouting – Rick Reiprish
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Brian Adams

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Rob Ryan
  • Defensive Line – Bill Johnson
  • Secondary – Wesley McGriff
  • Assistant Secondary – Andre Curtis
  • Defensive Assistant – Marcus Ungaro
  • Defensive Assistant/Linebackers – Brian Young

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Greg McMahon
  • Assistant Special Teams – Stan Kwan

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – Dan Dalrymple
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Charles Byrd
  • Weight Room Assistant – Robert Wenning

Final roster

2013 New Orleans Saints final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
53 Active, 14 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 9 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–13 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 August 16 Oakland Raiders W 28–20 2–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
3 August 25 at Houston Texans W 31–23 3–0 Reliant Stadium Recap
4 August 29 at Miami Dolphins L 21–24 3–1 Sun Life Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 8 Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 1–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 September 15 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–14 2–0 Raymond James Stadium Recap
3 September 22 Arizona Cardinals W 31–7 3–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 30 Miami Dolphins W 38–17 4–0 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
5 October 6 at Chicago Bears W 26–18 5–0 Soldier Field Recap
6 October 13 at New England Patriots L 27–30 5–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
7 Bye
8 October 27 Buffalo Bills W 35–17 6–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 3 at New York Jets L 20–26 6–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
10 November 10 Dallas Cowboys W 49–17 7–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 17 San Francisco 49ers W 23–20 8–2 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
12 November 21 at Atlanta Falcons W 17–13 9–2 Georgia Dome Recap
13 December 2 at Seattle Seahawks L 7–34 9–3 CenturyLink Field Recap
14 December 8 Carolina Panthers W 31–13 10–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
15 December 15 at St. Louis Rams L 16–27 10–4 Edward Jones Dome Recap
16 December 22 at Carolina Panthers L 13–17 10–5 Bank of America Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 42–17 11–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 4, 2014 at Philadelphia Eagles (3) W 26–24 1–0 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
Divisional January 11, 2014 at Seattle Seahawks (1) L 15–23 1–1 CenturyLink Field Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 17: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Postseason

NFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Seattle Seahawks

Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 W3
(6) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 W1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 L2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 L3

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Seattle Seahawks West 13 3 0 .813 4–2 10–2 417 231 186 W1
2 Carolina Panthers South 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 366 241 125 W3
3 Philadelphia Eagles East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 442 382 60 W2
4 Green Bay Packers North 8 7 1 .531 3–2–1 6–5–1 417 428 -11 W1
Wild cards
5 San Francisco 49ers West 12 4 0 .750 5–1 9–3 406 272 134 W6
6 New Orleans Saints South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 414 304 110 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7 Arizona Cardinals West 10 6 0 .625 2–4 6–6 379 324 55 L1
8[a] Chicago Bears North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 4–8 445 478 -33 L2
9 Dallas Cowboys East 8 8 0 .500 5–1 7–5 439 432 7 L1
10[b][c] New York Giants East 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 294 383 -89 W2
11[d] Detroit Lions North 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 395 376 19 L4
12 St. Louis Rams West 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 348 364 -16 L1
13 Minnesota Vikings North 5 10 1 .344 2–3–1 4–7–1 391 480 -89 W1
14[e] Atlanta Falcons South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 353 443 -90 L2
15 Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 288 389 -101 L3
16 Washington Redskins East 3 13 0 .188 0–6 1–11 334 478 -144 L8
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ Chicago defeated Dallas head-to-head (Week 14, 45–28).
  2. ^ The New York Giants and Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  3. ^ The New York Giants defeated Detroit head-to-head (Week 16, 23–20 (OT)).
  4. ^ Detroit finished with a better conference record than St. Louis.
  5. ^ Atlanta finished with a better conference record than Tampa Bay.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  2. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

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