1978 New Orleans Saints season

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1978 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Dick Nolan
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1978 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints 12th season. Quarterback Archie Manning put together one of his finest seasons earning The NFC Player of the Year as the Saints flirt all year with .500, before finishing with a franchise best 7-9 mark under new head coach Dick Nolan.

Offseason[edit]

  • On August 5, the NFL played its first game in Mexico City. The New Orleans Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 14–7.[1]

NFL draft[edit]

Main article: 1978 NFL draft
1978 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Wes Chandler *  Wide receiver Florida
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1978 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President – Eddie Jones
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Harry Hulmes

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Paul Wiggin
  • Defensive Line – Tom Pratt
  • Linebackers – Ed Beard
  • Defensive Backs – Chet Franklin

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Whitey Campbell

Strength and conditioning

  • Conditioning – Bob Hill

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Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 Minnesota Vikings W 31–24
54,187
2 September 10, 1978 at Green Bay Packers L 28–17
54,336
3 September 17, 1978 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–17
49,242
4 September 24, 1978 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–18
40,455
5 October 1, 1978 Los Angeles Rams L 26–20
61,659
6 October 8, 1978 Cleveland Browns L 24–16
50,158
7 October 15, 1978 at San Francisco 49ers W 14–7
37,671
8 October 22, 1978 at Los Angeles Rams W 10–3
47,574
9 October 29, 1978 New York Giants W 28–17
59,807
10 November 5, 1978 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–14
48,526
11 November 12, 1978 Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
70,323
12 November 19, 1978 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–7
57,920
13 November 26, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–17
55,121
14 December 3, 1978 San Francisco 49ers W 24–13
50,068
15 December 10, 1978 Houston Oilers L 17–12
63,169
16 December 17, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10
51,207

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 316 245 W1
Atlanta Falcons(4) 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 240 290 L1
New Orleans Saints 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 281 298 W1
San Francisco 49ers 2 14 0 .125 0–6 1–11 219 350 L1

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.284
  2. ^ "1978 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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