1998 New Orleans Saints season

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1998 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Mike Ditka
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1997 1999 >

The 1998 New Orleans Saints season was the team’s 32nd as a member of the National Football League (NFL).[1]

The Saints failed to qualify for the playoffs for the sixth straight year, and after a promising start of 3–0 only equalled their 6–10 record of the previous season. In the process the Saints lost to the 0–7 Carolina Panthers and were to follow this up the following season against the expansion Browns to become the only team since the NFL/AFL merger to lose to the last winless team in successive seasons.[2] Ironically, the only other time the Saints have been the last winless team’s victim was another expansion team’s first win, that of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1998 NFL Draft
1998 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Kyle Turley *  Offensive tackle San Diego State
2 40 Cam Cleeland  Tight end Washington
4 97 Fred Weary  Cornerback Florida
4 99 Julian Pittman  Defensive end Florida State
5 132 Wilmont Perry  Running back Livingstone
6 161 Chris Bordano  Linebacker SMU
7 204 Andy McCullough  Wide receiver Tennessee
7 239 Ron Warner  Defensive end Kansas
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1998 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • President/General Manager/Chief Operating Officer – Bill Kuharich
  • Vice President of Football Operations/Assistant General Manager – Chet Franklin
  • Director of College Scouting – Bruce Lemmerman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Zaven Yaralian
  • Defensive Line – Walt Corey
  • Linebackers – Jack Del Rio
  • Defensive Assistant – Ned James

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 at St. Louis Rams W 24–17
56,943
2 September 13, 1998 Carolina Panthers W 19–14
51,915
3 Bye
4 September 27, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts W 19–13
48,480
5 October 4, 1998 New England Patriots L 27–30
56,172
6 October 11, 1998 San Francisco 49ers L 0–31
62,811
7 October 18, 1998 at Atlanta Falcons L 23–31
60,774
8 October 25, 1998 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 9–3
52,695
9 November 1, 1998 at Carolina Panthers L 17–31
62,514
10 November 8, 1998 at Minnesota Vikings L 24–31
63,779
11 November 15, 1998 St. Louis Rams W 24–3
46,430
12 November 22, 1998 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–31
68,429
13 November 29, 1998 at Miami Dolphins L 10–30
73,216
14 December 6, 1998 Dallas Cowboys W 22–3
65,065
15 December 13, 1998 Atlanta Falcons L 17–27
61,678
16 December 20, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals L 17–19
51,617
17 December 27, 1998 Buffalo Bills L 33–45
39,707

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
(2) Atlanta Falcons 14 2 0 .875 442 289
(4) San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 479 328
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 305 359
Carolina Panthers 4 12 0 .250 336 413
St. Louis Rams 4 12 0 .250 285 378

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