1991 New Orleans Saints season

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1991 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Jim Mora
General manager Jim Finks
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 11–5
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Lost NFC Wild Card
Timeline
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< 1990 1992 >

The 1991 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 25th season in the National Football League. The Saints won their first-ever division title, and reached the postseason for the second consecutive year.

The 1991 Saints had 48 defensive takeaways, tied for the most for any team in a single season in the 1990s.[1] Statistics site Football Outsiders calculates that the 1991 Saints had the second-best defense in the NFL (behind the Philadelphia Eagles), and one of the top-ten defenses of all time, in terms of efficiency.[2] "The Saints of course were led by their linebackers," says Football Outsiders, "with Sam Mills, Vaughan Johnson, and Pat Swilling all making the Pro Bowl and Rickey Jackson being awesome without getting a trip to Hawaii. It wasn't really the easiest year to find space on the NFC Pro Bowl defense, was it?"

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft
1991 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 42 Wesley Carroll  Wide receiver Miami (FL)
5 126 Reggie Jones  Cornerback Memphis
6 154 Fred McAfee  Running back Mississippi College
7 182 Hayward Haynes  Guard Florida State
8 210 Frank Wainright  Tight end Northern Colorado
9 237 Anthony Wallace  Running back California
11 293 Scott Ross  Linebacker USC
12 321 Mark Drabczak  Guard Minnesota
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner/General Partner – Tom Benson
  • President/General Manager – Jim Finks
  • Vice President of Administration – Jim Miller
  • Director of Player Personnel – Bill Kuharich

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

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Roster[edit]

1991 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 27–24 1–0
68,492
2 September 8, 1991 at Kansas City Chiefs W 17–10 2–0
74,816
3 September 15, 1991 Los Angeles Rams W 24–7 3–0
68,583
4 September 22, 1991 Minnesota Vikings W 26–0 4–0
68,591
5 September 29, 1991 at Atlanta Falcons W 27–6 5–0
56,556
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1991 at Philadelphia Eagles W 13–6 6–0
64,224
8 October 20, 1991 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–7 7–0
68,591
9 October 27, 1991 Chicago Bears L 20–17 7–1
68,591
10 November 3, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 8–1
58,713
11 November 10, 1991 San Francisco 49ers W 10–3 9–1
68,591
12 November 17, 1991 at San Diego Chargers L 24–21 9–2
48,420
13 November 24, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 23–20 9–3
68,591
14 December 1, 1991 at San Francisco 49ers L 38–24 9–4
62,092
15 December 8, 1991 at Dallas Cowboys L 23–14 9–5
64,530
16 December 16, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders W 27–0 10–5
68,625
17 December 22, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 27–3 11–5
30,928

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 December 28, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 27–20
68,794

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
(3) New Orleans Saints 11 5 0 .688 341 211
(6) Atlanta Falcons 10 6 0 .625 361 338
San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 393 239
Los Angeles Rams 3 13 0 .188 234 390

Playoffs[edit]

NFC Wild Card Game[edit]

Atlanta Falcons 27, New Orleans Saints 20
1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 10 7 10 27
Saints 7 6 0 7 20

at Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, Louisiana

Falcons quarterback Chris Miller completed the game-winning 61-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Michael Haynes with 2:41 left in the contest. Miller completed 18 out of 30 passes for 291 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Awards and records[edit]

  • Pat Swilling, NFL Defensive Player of the Year
  • Led NFL, Fewest Points Allowed, 211 points [6]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1990 to 1999, in the regular season, sorted by descending Takeaways, tied with the 1991 Philadelphia Eagles.
  2. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  3. ^ "1991 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  5. ^ "1991 New Orleans Saints starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. Workman Publishing Company. p. 457. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2. 

External links[edit]