1967 New Orleans Saints season

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1967 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Tom Fears
General manager Bert Rose
Owner John Mecom Jr.
Home field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Division place 4th Capitol
League place 15th
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Dave Whitsell
AP All-Pros Dave Whitsell
Team MVP Dave Whitsell
Team ROY Danny Abramowicz

The 1967 New Orleans Saints season was the inaugural season for the franchise. The team went 3–11, finishing in last place in the four-team NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division.

Offseason[edit]

Expansion draft[edit]

The Saints made a splash in the expansion draft by selecting Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung. Lombardi was distraught when the Saints selected Hornung in the draft.[1] In later years, Hornung revealed that he spoke to Saints coach Tom Fears prior to the draft. Fears was a former assistant in Green Bay and Fears felt that Hornung would help sell tickets in New Orleans.[1] Several weeks later, the Saints also signed Packers running back Jim Taylor. Taylor had felt underpaid and under-appreciated under Lombardi.[2] An examination at the Scripps Clinic in California found the severing of the fifth, sixth, and seventh vertebrae, and damaged nerve roots in the spinal cord of Hornung. It was decided that Hornung would retire and he never played a game for the Saints.[2]

NFL draft[edit]

1967 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 26 Les Kelley  Linebacker Alabama
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Roster[edit]

1967 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Staff[edit]

1967 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Bert Rose
  • Director of Player Personnel – Vic Schwenk

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



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Pre-season[edit]

The Saints played six pre-season games, finishing with a record of 5–1.

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 Wednesday, August 2 10:05 p.m. at Los Angeles Rams L 7–16 0–1 Anaheim Stadium 26,364
2 Saturday, August 12 8:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals W 23–14 1–1 State Fair Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana) 25,500
3 Saturday, August 19 8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17 2–1 Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 35,000
4 Saturday, August 26 10:30 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers W 24–10 3–1 Civic Stadium (Portland, Oregon) 23,348
5 Saturday, September 2 7:00 p.m. at Miami Dolphins W 20–17 4–1 Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, South Carolina) 11,214
6 Saturday, September 9 8:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 27–14 5–1 Tulane Stadium 67,486

Regular season[edit]

Things couldn't have looked better for the Saints and their inaugural season. A 5–1 preseason record was followed by a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by rookie John Gilliam to begin the 1967 season against the Los Angeles Rams. (There is a rumor in the annals of New Orleans Saints legends that following this play many fans allegedly heard another fan in Tulane Stadium shout out aloud "This is going to be the greatest football team in history!" – thus jinxing the Saints for their first 20 years of existence). Apparently the Rams were not informed of this declaration as they quickly recovered from the opening blow to win 27–13. The first-ever win for the Saints came in week 8 when rookie wide receiver Flea Roberts scored 3 touchdowns in a 31–24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. With additional triumphs over Atlanta and Washington the 3 wins for the year matched the most for an expansion team. Former Green Bay great Jim Taylor led the team with 390 yards rushing and 17th round pick rookie Danny Abramowicz from Xavier College led in receiving with 50 grabs for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensive back Dave Whitshell led the team as well as the NFL in interceptions with 10 steals—still a New Orleans Saint season record.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 Sunday, September 17 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Rams L 13–27 0–1 Tulane Stadium 80,879
2 Sunday, September 24 1:30 p.m. Washington Redskins L 10–30 0–2 Tulane Stadium 74,937
3 Sunday, October 1 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Browns L 7–42 0–3 Tulane Stadium 77,045
4 Sunday, October 8 12:30 p.m. at New York Giants L 21–27 0–4 Yankee Stadium 62,670
5 Sunday, October 15 1:35 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys L 10–14 0–5 Cotton Bowl 64,128
6 Sunday, October 22 3:00 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 13–27 0–6 Kezar Stadium 34,285
7 Sunday, October 29 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–14 0–7 Tulane Stadium 68,911
8 Sunday, November 5 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles W 31–24 1–7 Tulane Stadium 59,596
9 Sunday, November 12 1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys L 10–27 1–8 Tulane Stadium 83,437
10 Sunday, November 19 12:15 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–48 1–9 Franklin Field 60,751
11 Sunday, November 26 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 27–24 2–9 Tulane Stadium 83,437
12 Sunday, December 3 1:00 p.m. at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–31 2–10 Busch Memorial Stadium 41,171
13 Sunday, December 10 1:05 p.m. at Baltimore Colts L 10–30 2–11 Memorial Stadium 60,238
14 Sunday, December 17 12:15 p.m. at Washington Redskins W 30–14 3–11 District of Columbia Stadium 50,486

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1: vs. Los Angeles Rams[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Rams 3 10 7 7 27
Saints 7 3 3 0 13
  • Date: Sunday, September 17
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 80,879
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), relative humidity 66%, wind 7 mph (11 km/h)

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Redskins 6 14 0 10 30
Saints 3 7 0 0 10
  • Date: Sunday, September 24
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 74,937
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 63%, wind 6 mph (9.7 km/h)

Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Browns 7 7 14 14 42
Saints 0 7 0 0 7
  • Date: Sunday, October 1
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 77,045
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 68%, wind 8 mph (13 km/h)

Week 4: at New York Giants[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 7 7 7 0 21
Giants 7 7 6 7 27
  • Date: Sunday, October 8
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Game attendance: 62,670
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), relative humidity 60%, wind 10 mph (16 km/h)

Week 5: at Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 3 0 10
Cowboys 7 7 0 0 14
  • Date: Sunday, October 15
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
  • Game start: 1:35 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 64,128
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 83%, wind 13 mph (21 km/h)

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 6 7 0 13
49ers 3 7 7 10 27
  • Date: Sunday, October 22
  • Location: Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. PT
  • Game attendance: 34,285
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 11 mph (18 km/h)

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Steelers 0 0 0 14 14
Saints 3 7 0 0 10
  • Date: Sunday, October 29
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 68,911
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), relative humidity 75%, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)

Week 8: vs. Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 10 0 14 24
Saints 7 7 10 7 31
  • Date: Sunday, November 5
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 59,596
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), relative humidity 61%, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Cowboys 7 7 10 3 27
Saints 7 0 3 0 10
  • Date: Sunday, November 12
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 83,437
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), relative humidity 88%, wind 6 mph (9.7 km/h)

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 7 0 14 21
Eagles 3 28 10 7 48
  • Date: Sunday, November 19
  • Location: Franklin Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:15 p.m. ET
  • Game attendance: 60,751
  • Game weather: 44 °F (7 °C), relative humidity 53%, wind 19 mph (31 km/h)

Week 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 0 21 0 3 24
Saints 3 7 7 10 27
  • Date: Sunday, November 26
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 83,437
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 84%, wind 10 mph (16 km/h)

Week 12: at St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 3 3 7 7 20
Cardinals 7 0 10 14 31
  • Date: Sunday, December 3
  • Location: Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 41,171
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 16 mph (26 km/h), wind chill 24

Week 13: at Baltimore Colts[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Saints 0 0 10 0 10
Colts 7 10 3 10 30
  • Date: Sunday, December 10
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Game start: 2:05 p.m. ET
  • Game attendance: 60,238
  • Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C), relative humidity 78%, wind 14 mph (23 km/h)

Week 14: at Washington Redskins[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Saints 0 7 9 14 30
Redskins 0 0 7 7 14

Standings[edit]

NFL Capitol
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 9 5 0 .643 4–2 8–2 342 268 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 3–2–1 5–4–1 351 409 W1
Washington Redskins 5 6 3 .455 2–3–1 4–5–1 347 353 L1
New Orleans Saints 3 11 0 .214 2–4 2–8 233 379 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 407, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. ^ a b When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 408, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. ^ "1967 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  4. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 

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