1986 New Orleans Saints season

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1986 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Jim Mora
General manager Jim Finks
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 4th NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1985 1987 >

The 1986 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 20th as a member of the National Football League. They bested their previous season's output of 5–11, winning seven games.[1] Despite being in the NFL for twenty seasons, the team still had yet to qualify for the playoffs.

Despite the losing record, the groundwork was laid for the Saints to shed their image as perennial doormats. On January 14, owner Tom Benson hired Jim Finks as the franchise's general manager, and turned over the entire football operation to the veteran operative who previously built championship clubs with the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears. Two weeks later, Finks hired Jim Mora as the new head coach. Mora was the most successful coach in the history of the United States Football League, leading the Philadelphia/Baltimore Stars to two USFL championships and a runner-up finish.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Carl Smith
  • Running Backs – Jim Skipper
  • Wide Receivers – Steve Walters
  • Tight Ends – Joe Marciano
  • Offensive Line – Jim Erkenbeck
Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 Atlanta Falcons L 31–10
67,950
2 September 14, 1986 Green Bay Packers W 24–10
46,383
3 September 21, 1986 at San Francisco 49ers L 26–17
58,297
4 September 28, 1986 at New York Giants L 20–17
72,769
5 October 5, 1986 Washington Redskins L 14–6
57,378
6 October 12, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 17–14
53,512
7 October 19, 1986 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 38–7
43,355
8 October 26, 1986 at New York Jets L 28–23
44,246
9 November 2, 1986 San Francisco 49ers W 23–10
53,234
10 November 9, 1986 Los Angeles Rams W 6–0
62,532
11 November 16, 1986 at St. Louis Cardinals W 16–7
32,069
12 November 23, 1986 at Los Angeles Rams L 26–13
58,600
13 November 30, 1986 New England Patriots L 21–20
58,259
14 December 7, 1986 Miami Dolphins L 31–27
64,761
15 December 14, 1986 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–9
39,994
16 December 21, 1986 at Minnesota Vikings L 33–17
51,209

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(3) San Francisco 49ers 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 374 247 W3
(5) Los Angeles Rams 10 6 0 .625 3–3 8–4 309 267 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 8 1 .469 2–3–1 6–5–1 280 280 W1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .483 3–3 6–6 288 287 L1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 382. Retrieved February 24, 2011.