2016 New Orleans Saints season

The 2016 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 50th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 41st to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, and the 10th under head coach Sean Payton. The Saints matched their 7–9 record from 2014 and 2015, and missed the playoffs for the third year in a row.

2016 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachSean Payton
General managerMickey Loomis
OwnerTom Benson
Home fieldMercedes-Benz Superdome
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersDrew Brees (QB)
Uniform
Saints uniforms12

Draft

2016 New Orleans Saints Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 12 Sheldon Rankins DT Louisville
2 47 Michael Thomas WR Ohio St.
2 61 Vonn Bell S Ohio St.
4 120 David Onyemata DT Manitoba
7 237 Daniel Lasco RB California

Notes

Staff

2016 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • President – Dennis Lauscha
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Asst General Manager/College Scouting Director – Jeff Ireland
  • Vice President of Football Administration – Khai Harley
  • Director of Operations – James Nagaoka
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Terry Fontenot

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

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
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Rob Wenning

Final roster

2016 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, 19 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 11 at New England Patriots L 22–34 0–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
2 August 20 at Houston Texans L 9–16 0–2 NRG Stadium Recap
3 August 26 Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–27 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 September 1 Baltimore Ravens L 14–23 0–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Final score Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 Oakland Raiders L 34–35 0–1 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
2 September 18 at New York Giants L 13–16 0–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
3 September 26 Atlanta Falcons L 32–45 0–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
4 October 2 at San Diego Chargers W 35–34 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 Bye
6 October 16 Carolina Panthers W 41–38 2–3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
7 October 23 at Kansas City Chiefs L 21–27 2–4 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
8 October 30 Seattle Seahawks W 25–20 3–4 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
9 November 6 at San Francisco 49ers W 41–23 4–4 Levi's Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Denver Broncos L 23–25 4–5 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
11 November 17 at Carolina Panthers L 20–23 4–6 Bank of America Stadium Recap
12 November 27 Los Angeles Rams W 49–21 5–6 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
13 December 4 Detroit Lions L 13–28 5–7 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
14 December 11 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 11–16 5–8 Raymond James Stadium Recap
15 December 18 at Arizona Cardinals W 48–41 6–8 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
16 December 24 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–24 7–8 Mercedes-Benz Superdome Recap
17 January 1 at Atlanta Falcons L 32–38 7–9 Georgia Dome Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Oakland Raiders

The Saints opened the season at home against the Oakland Raiders in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Despite 423 passing yards—including a franchise-record 98-yard touchdown pass to receiver Brandin Cooks[1]—and four touchdowns from Drew Brees, the Raiders came from behind to win 35–34.[2] The Raiders scored a touchdown with 47 seconds remaining in the game to bring them within one point. Instead of kicking an extra point, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio ordered a two-point conversion, which quarterback Derek Carr successfully converted with a pass to receiver Michael Crabtree. The Saints received the kickoff and Brees led the team down the field in two plays to give kicker Wil Lutz a chance at a game-winning 61-yard field goal, but the kick went wide left.[3] The Saints defense was criticized for its performance, as it gave up 210 yards and 22 points in the fourth quarter.[4][5]

Week 4: at San Diego Chargers

For the first time in 11 years, Drew Brees returned to San Diego to face his former team, the Chargers, where he began his NFL career. In the game, the Saints got their first win of the season, rallying in the 4th quarter after trailing 34–21 to win 35–34, mostly due to two key fumbles by the Chargers.

Week 11: at Carolina Panthers

As part of Color Rush, the Saints wore all-white uniforms for this game, inspired by the ones they wore in 1975. Due to this, it was the first time the Saints have worn white pants since 1985 and the second season they wore all-white uniforms in franchise history, the first being the 1975 season. The Saints went into the fourth quarter with a 20-point deficit to the Panthers. The Saints rallied and got within three with 5:11 left to go in the game, but the Panthers were able to hold them off.

Week 17: at Atlanta Falcons

Standings

Division

NFC South
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Atlanta Falcons 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 540 406 W4
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 354 369 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 469 454 L1
Carolina Panthers 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 369 402 L2

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 Dallas Cowboys East 13 3 0 .813 3–3 9–3 .471 .440 L1
2 Atlanta Falcons South 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .480 .452 W4
3 Seattle Seahawks West 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 .441 .425 W1
4 Green Bay Packers North 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .508 .453 W6
Wild Cards
5 New York Giants East 11 5 0 .688 4–2 8–4 .486 .455 W1
6[a] Detroit Lions North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .475 .392 L3
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[a] Tampa Bay Buccaneers South 9 7 0 .563 4–2 7–5 .492 .434 W1
8 Washington Redskins East 8 7 1 .531 3–3 6–6 .516 .430 L1
9 Minnesota Vikings North 8 8 0 .500 2–4 5–7 .492 .457 W1
10 Arizona Cardinals West 7 8 1 .469 4–1–1 6–5–1 .463 .366 W2
11[b] New Orleans Saints South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 .523 .393 L1
12[b] Philadelphia Eagles East 7 9 0 .438 2–4 5–7 .559 .518 W2
13 Carolina Panthers South 6 10 0 .375 1–5 5–7 .518 .354 L2
14 Los Angeles Rams West 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .504 .500 L7
15 Chicago Bears North 3 13 0 .188 2–4 3–9 .521 .396 L4
16 San Francisco 49ers West 2 14 0 .125 2–4 2–10 .504 .250 L1
Tiebreakers[c]
  1. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ 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. ^ a b Detroit finished ahead of Tampa Bay for the No. 6 seed and qualified for the last playoff spot based on record vs. common opponents — Detroit's cumulative record against
    Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles and New Orleans was 3–2, while Tampa Bay's cumulative record against the same four teams was 2–3.
  2. ^ a b New Orleans finished ahead of Philadelphia based on better record vs. conference opponents.
  3. ^ 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. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 11, 2016). "Saints QB Drew Brees' 98-yard TD sets team mark in tough loss". ESPN. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  2. ^ "Bold call lifts Raiders past Saints, 35-34". NFL.com. Associated Press. September 11, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  3. ^ Wesseling, Chris (September 11, 2016). "Raiders upend Saints with gutsy two-point call". NFL.com. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  4. ^ Triplett, Mike (September 12, 2016). "Saints' defense has to get better, because it reached new low Sunday". ESPN. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  5. ^ The Sports Xchange (September 12, 2016). "New Orleans Saints defensive shortcomings prove costly in loss". United Press International. Retrieved September 12, 2016.

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