1981 New Orleans Saints season

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1981 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Bum Phillips
Owner John Mecom, Jr.
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1980 1982 >

The 1981 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints 15th season. The Saints had the first pick overall in the 1981 NFL Draft. With the first pick overall, the Saints drafted Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers from the University of South Carolina.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The Saints rebuilt by drafting Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers [1] from the South Carolina Gamecocks. Longtime Saint Rickey Jackson was selected by the Saints in the 1981 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Player Position School
1 1 George Rogers Running Back South Carolina
2 29 Russell Gary Defensive Back Nebraska
2 51 Rickey Jackson Linebacker Pittsburgh
3 57 Frank Warren Defensive End Auburn

[2]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1981 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – John Mecom, Jr.
  • Director of Football Operations – Harry Hulmes
  • Director of Player Personnel – Pat Peppler

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

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons L 27–0
57,406
2 September 13, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 23–17
62,063
3 September 20, 1981 at New York Giants L 20–7
69,814
4 September 27, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 21–14
44,433
5 October 4, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–6
64,578
6 October 11, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles L 31–14
52,728
7 October 18, 1981 Cleveland Browns L 20–17
76,059
8 October 25, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–7
46,336
9 November 1, 1981 Atlanta Falcons L 41–10
63,637
10 November 8, 1981 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–13
61,068
11 November 15, 1981 at Minnesota Vikings L 20–10
45,215
12 November 22, 1981 at Houston Oilers W 27–24
49,581
13 November 29, 1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–14
62,209
14 December 6, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals L 30–3
46,923
15 December 13, 1981 Green Bay Packers L 35–7
45,518
16 December 20, 1981 San Francisco 49ers L 21–17
43,639

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 357 250 W5
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 426 355 L3
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 303 351 L1
New Orleans Saints 4 12 0 .250 2–4 2–10 207 378 L4

[3]

Awards and records[edit]

  • George Rogers, NFL rushing title, 1,674 yards[4]
  • George Rogers, franchise record, most rushing yards by a rookie, 1,674 yards
  • George Rogers, NFL Record (since broken), most rushing yards by a rookie, 1,674 yards[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.heisman.com/winners/hsmn-winners.html
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1981.htm
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 385. Retrieved February 25, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 437

External links[edit]