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.

Offseason[edit]

Organizational changes[edit]

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.

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1986 NFL Draft
1986 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Jim Dombrowski  Offensive tackle Virginia
2 31 Dalton Hilliard *  Running back LSU
3 57 Rueben Mayes *  Running back Washington State
3 60 Pat Swilling *  Linebacker Georgia Tech
3 62 Barry Word  Running back Virginia
4 88 Kelvin Edwards  Wide receiver Liberty
5 115 Reggie Sutton  Defensive back Miami (FL)
6 142 Bob Thompson  Wide receiver Youngstown State
7 173 Gill Fenerty  Running back Holy Cross
8 200 Filipo Mokofisi  Linebacker Utah
9 226 Merlon Jones  Linebacker Florida A&M
10 253 Jon Dumbauld  Defensive end Kentucky
11 284 Pat Swoopes  Defensive tackle Mississippi State
12 311 Sebastian Brown  Wide receiver Bethune-Cookman
‹See Tfm›      Made roster  ‹See Tfm›  *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1986 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

  • 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
San Francisco 49ers(3) 10 5 1 .656 3–2–1 6–5–1 374 247 W3
Los Angeles Rams(5) 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

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1986 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1986 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.