1983 New Orleans Saints season

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1983 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Bum Phillips
General manager Bum Phillips
Owner John Mecom, Jr.
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1982 1984 >

The 1983 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 17th as a member of the National Football League. They improved on their previous season's output of 4–5, winning eight games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the seventeenth consecutive season.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1983 NFL draft
1983 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 38 Steve Korte  Center Arkansas
3 65 John Tice  Tight end Maryland
3 66 Cliff Austin  Running back Clemson
4 98 Gary Lewis  Defensive tackle Oklahoma State
8 206 David Greenwood  Defensive back Wisconsin
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1983 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

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1983 St. Louis Cardinals W 28–17
60,430
2 September 11, 1983 at Los Angeles Rams L 30–27
45,572
3 September 18, 1983 Chicago Bears W 34–31
64,692
4 September 25, 1983 at Dallas Cowboys L 21–20
62,136
5 October 2, 1983 Miami Dolphins W 17–7
66,489
6 October 9, 1983 at Atlanta Falcons W 19–17
51,654
7 October 16, 1983 San Francisco 49ers L 32–13
68,154
8 October 23, 1983 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 24–21
48,242
9 October 30, 1983 at Buffalo Bills L 27–21
49,413
10 November 6, 1983 Atlanta Falcons W 27–10
67,062
11 November 13, 1983 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–0
40,022
12 November 21, 1983 New York Jets L 31–28
68,606
13 November 27, 1983 Minnesota Vikings W 17–16
59,502
14 December 4, 1983 at New England Patriots L 7–0
24,579
15 December 11, 1983 at Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17
45,182
16 December 18, 1983 Los Angeles Rams L 26–24
70,148

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(2) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 432 293 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 361 344 W1
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 319 337 L1
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 370 389 W1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1983 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1983 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 384. Retrieved February 24, 2011.