1990 New Orleans Saints season
|1990 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head coach||Jim Mora|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Louisiana Superdome|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFC Wild Card|
The Saints, with a record of eight wins and eight losses, became the 5th team in NFL history at or below .500 to qualify for postseason play.
The NFL added a third Wild Card team per division in 1990; the league seems to celebrate these additions by inviting a truly undeserving team to the party in the first year. [...] The Niners and Giants were clearly the best teams in the conference. The Eagles, Redskins, and Bears were also good. Everyone else would have packed their bags at Halloween if it weren't for the additional postseason bid.
With two weeks to play, that final bid apparently belonged to the Cowboys. Jimmy Johnson's boys were 7–7 with two games to play and were on a three-game winning streak. The Saints were 6–8 and were about to play the Niners. Four teams from the NFC East? Why not: the other divisions were lousy.
As fate would have it, the Saints would beat a Niners team with little to play for, while the Cowboys would lose to the Eagles and Falcons in the final weeks. So instead of seeing the playoff debuts of Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith, the 1990 Wild Card game gave us (drum roll please:) Steve Walsh, John Fourcade, and Ironhead Heyward. The Bears made short work of the Saints in the playoffs, intercepting Walsh and Fourcade three times in a 16–6 win.
That Saints team featured one of the great linebacking corps of history: Sam Mills, Rickey Jackson, Pat Swilling, and Vaughn Johnson [sic]. They had some winning seasons and playoff appearances ahead of them. But they would never win a playoff game, and they'll best be remembered for keeping the real rising powerhouse of the NFC out of the postseason for a year.
This article is inaccurate about the Cowboys, however, as Aikman had suffered a season-ending injury, leaving backup quarterback Babe Laufenberg to start (and lose) Dallas' final two regular season games, which combined with the Saint's Monday Night victory over the Rams in the season finale, put the Saints into the playoffs.
|1990 New Orleans Saints draft|
|1||14||Renaldo Turnbull *||Defensive end||West Virginia|
|2||44||Vince Buck||Defensive back||Central State (OH)|
|3||71||Joel Smeenge||Defensive end||Western Michigan|
|5||125||Charles Arbuckle||Tight end||UCLA|
|6||158||James Williams||Linebacker||Mississippi State|
|8||210||Derrick Carr||Defensive end||Bowling Green|
|9||233||Broderick Graves||Running back||Winston-Salem State|
|9||236||Lonnie Brockman||Linebacker||West Virginia|
|10||260||Gary Cooper||Wide receiver||Clemson|
|10||267||Ernest Spears||Defensive back||USC|
|11||287||Webbie Burnett||Defensive tackle||Western Kentucky|
|1990 New Orleans Saints staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1990 New Orleans Saints final roster|
|1||September 10, 1990||San Francisco 49ers||L 12–13||
|2||September 16, 1990||at Minnesota Vikings||L 3–32||
|3||September 23, 1990||Phoenix Cardinals||W 28–7||
|5||October 7, 1990||at Atlanta Falcons||L 27–28||
|6||October 14, 1990||Cleveland Browns||W 25–20||
|7||October 21, 1990||at Houston Oilers||L 10–23||
|8||October 28, 1990||Detroit Lions||L 10–27||
|9||November 4, 1990||at Cincinnati Bengals||W 21–7||
|10||November 11, 1990||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 35–7||
|11||November 18, 1990||at Washington Redskins||L 17–31||
|12||November 25, 1990||Atlanta Falcons||W 10–7||
|13||December 2, 1990||at Dallas Cowboys||L 13–17||
|14||December 9, 1990||at Los Angeles Rams||W 24–20||
|15||December 16, 1990||Pittsburgh Steelers||L 6–9||
|16||December 23, 1990||at San Francisco 49ers||W 13–10||
|17||December 31, 1990||Los Angeles Rams||W 20–17||
|(1) San Francisco 49ers||14||2||0||.875||4–2||10–2||353||239||W1|
|(6) New Orleans Saints||8||8||0||.500||4–2||6–6||274||275||W2|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||11||0||.313||2–4||3–9||345||412||L4|
|Wildcard||January 6, 1991||at Chicago Bears (3)||L 6–16||
Awards and records
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- NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. Workman Publishing Company. p. 256. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2.
- Football Outsiders: Skin of the Teeth: The Worst Playoff Teams Ever
- "1990 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.