1990 New Orleans Saints season

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1990 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Jim Mora
General manager Jim Finks
Owner Tom Benson
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 2nd NFC West
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at Bears) 6–16

The 1990 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 24th season in the National Football League, the 15th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the fifth under head coach Jim Mora. The team looked to improve on its 9-7 record from 1989 and make the playoffs for the second time in franchise history. The Saints did not improve on their 9-7 record, as they finished the season 8-8. However, the Saints would unexpectedly make the postseason as the final seed in the NFC Playoff Picture. No other non-playoff teams in the NFL had a record above or below .500 during the season, and thus the Saints were awarded the final seed in the playoffs. The Saints became the 5th team in NFL history and first since the merger to finish the season with a .500 record or lower and make the playoffs. They were also the first team to do it since the NFL schedule extended to 16 games. This would later on be accomplished by the 1991 Jets and 2011 Broncos. However, the 2010 Seahawks would break this record, as they finished the 2010 season at 7-9 and clinched their division, becoming the first team in NFL history to win their division despite having a losing record. Ironically, the Saints during that same season saw Seattle in that season's NFC Wild Card game, a game in which they were upset 41-36 on Marshawn Lynch's famous Beastquake play. In the postseason, they would lose to the Chicago Bears 16-6.

The season[edit]

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.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1990 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
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
4 98 DeMond Winston  Linebacker Vanderbilt
5 125 Charles Arbuckle  Tight end UCLA
6 156 Mike Buck  Quarterback Maine
6 158 James Williams  Linebacker Mississippi State
7 183 Scott Hough  Guard Maine
8 207 Gerry Gdowski  Quarterback Nebraska
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
12 320 Chris Port  Guard Duke
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1990 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

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Joe Marciano

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro

[3]

Roster[edit]

1990 New Orleans Saints final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

[3]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1990 San Francisco 49ers L 12–13
68,629
2 September 16, 1990 at Minnesota Vikings L 3–32
56,272
3 September 23, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals W 28–7
61,110
4 Bye
5 October 7, 1990 at Atlanta Falcons L 27–28
57,401
6 October 14, 1990 Cleveland Browns W 25–20
68,608
7 October 21, 1990 at Houston Oilers L 10–23
57,908
8 October 28, 1990 Detroit Lions L 10–27
64,368
9 November 4, 1990 at Cincinnati Bengals W 21–7
60,067
10 November 11, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 35–7
67,865
11 November 18, 1990 at Washington Redskins L 17–31
52,573
12 November 25, 1990 Atlanta Falcons W 10–7
68,629
13 December 2, 1990 at Dallas Cowboys L 13–17
60,087
14 December 9, 1990 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–20
56,864
15 December 16, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers L 6–9
68,582
16 December 23, 1990 at San Francisco 49ers W 13–10
60,112
17 December 31, 1990 Los Angeles Rams W 20–17
68,647

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(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
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 348 365 W2

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 6, 1991 at Chicago Bears (3) L 6–16
60,767

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book. Workman Publishing Company. p. 256. ISBN 0-7611-2480-2. 
  2. ^ "1990 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 

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