Key Moments in Saints History
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Nov. 1 - National Football League awarded 16th franchise to New Orleans as NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle made the announcement at New Orleans' Ponchartrain Hotel ... the New Orleans States-Item headline that afternoon was "N.O. Goes Pro!"; Dec. 15 - John W. Mecom, Jr. becomes majority stockholder-president of franchise; Dec. 22 - Victor E. Schwenk appointed director of player personnel; Dec. 27 - Tom Fears named franchise's 1st head coach.
Jan. 9 - New Orleans' NFL franchise nicknamed Saints; Jan. 27 - Saints signed 1st player, former Ole Miss & L.A. Rams kicker Paige Cothren; Feb. 9 - Saints select 42 players in expansion draft; March 8 - 1st season-ticket drive launched ... Saints sell 20,000 on 1st day & 33,400 before 1st game; March 14 - Saints make Alabama FB Leslie Kelley top choice in NFL draft; July 1 - Rookies report for 1st training camp at San Diego's Cal Western; July 6 - FB great Jim Taylor signs with Saints; July 10 - Veterans join rookies at training camp; July 16 - DE Doug Atkins joined Saints in trade with the Chicago Bears; July 20 - Bert Rose named general manager; Aug. 2 - Saints lost to Los Angeles Rams, 16-7, in 1st preseason game at Anaheim, Calif.; Aug. 12 - Saints score 1st preseason victory by beating the St. Louis Cardinals, 23-14, at Shreveport, La.; Sept. 9 - Saints record 1st preseason win in New Orleans, downing the Atlanta Falcons, 27-14 ... the victory gave New Orleans a 5-1 preseason record, best ever for a 1st-year expansion team; Sept. 17 - Saints open 1st regular season schedule in style as rookie RB John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a TD, but lost to the Los Angeles Rams, 27-13 in front of 80,879 at Tulane Stadium; Nov. 5 - Saints record first regular season win, beating the Philadelphia Eagles, 31-24, as Walt Roberts scores 3 TDs; Dec. 17 - Saints defeat the Washington Redskins, 30-14, to wind up with a 3-11 record, which tied the record for most wins by a 1st-year expansion franchise.
Jan. 30 - Saints select DT Kevin Hardy as 1st choice in NFL draft; March 29 - Victor E. Schwenk named general manager; Sept. 10 - FB Jim Taylor announces retirement.; Dec. 15 - Saints beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, in season's final game to emerge with 4-9-1 record and 3rd place finish in Century Division ... Saints' 2-year record of 7-20-1, was best ever for an expansion club.
Jan. 28 - Saints select G John Shinners in 1st round of NFL draft; Feb. 9 - 16-year veteran Doug Atkins receives Vince Lombardi Award as NFL's most dedicated player; Aug. 6 - K Tom Dempsey signed by the Saints; Oct. 5 - In Los Angeles vs. the Rams, rookie Tom Dempsey kicks a 55-yard FG, the Saints longest field goal to date ... the kick was the NFL's longest that season and 1 yard shy of tying the NFL mark; Nov. 2 - Saints snap 6-game losing streak at St. Louis, 51-42 ... the game set NFL record of most total passing TDs in a game as the Saints' Billy Kilmer and the Cardinals' Charlie Johnson connected on 6 each; Nov. 16 - Tom Dempsey sets Saints record with 4 FGs against the N.Y. Giants, hitting his 4th with :11 left in the game to pull out a 25-24 victory; Dec. 21 - Saints close 3rd season with 27-24 win over Pittsburgh to bring record to 5-9 ... Danny Abramowicz wins NFL receiving honors with 73 catches for 1,015 yards and 7 TDs ... DE Doug Atkins retired after 17 NFL seasons.
Jan. 16 - In realignment of NFC, Saints form Western Division with the Los Angeles Rams, San Francisco 49ers & the Atlanta Falcons; Jan. 27 - Saints selected Texas Southern WR Ken Burrough with the club's 1st choice in the NFL draft; Aug. 8 - Saints head coach Tom Fears, a 9-year star WR with the L.A. Rams, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio ... on the same day, the Saints beat the Minnesota Vikings in the Hall of Fame Game, the franchise's 1st appearance in the contest; Nov. 3 - J.D. Roberts replaces Tom Fears to become the 2nd head coach in Saints' history; Nov. 8 - Saints' Tom Dempsey kicked a NFL-record 63-yard field goal on the game's final play to defeat Detroit, 19-17 in Roberts' 1st game as head coach ... the holder was Joe Scarpati & Jackie Burkett was the snapper ... Dempsey, born without toes on his right foot, wore a heavy square-toed kicking shoe. Dec. 21 - Saints finish year with 2-11-1 record.
Jan. 28 - Saints drafted Ole Miss QB Archie Manning with the 2nd overall selection in the NFL draft after club traded QB Billy Kilmer to Washington for LB Tom Roussel plus 4th & 8th round picks in 1972 draft; Aug. 11 - Construction began on the Louisiana Superdome; Sept. 19 - Saints upset L.A. Rams in season opener in New Orleans, 24-20 ... rookie QB Archie Manning made 1st regular-season start & ran for 1-yard TD on the final play after he completed 16-of-29 passes for 218 yards & 1 TD; Oct. 17 - Archie Manning rushed for 2 TDs as Saints defeated the eventual Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys, 24-20 before 83,088 at Tulane Stadium; Dec. 10 - General manager Victor E. Schwenk relieved of his duties; Dec. 19 - Saints finish season with 4-8-2 record.
Jan. 7 - Richard F. Gordon retired from U.S. Navy aerospace program & was appointed executive VP of the Saints; Feb. 1 - Saints selected Georgia G Royce Smith in 1st round of NFL draft; Sept. 25 - Saints made 1st appearance on ABC's Monday Night Football, losing to the Kansas City Chiefs, 20-17; Dec. 17 - Saints finished season 2-11-1.
Jan. 29 - Saints traded 1st round draft choice to the Baltimore Colts for DE Billy Newsome ... Saints selected Oklahoma DE Derland Moore as the club's 1st selection in the 2nd round; Aug. 26 - John North replaced J.D. Roberts & became the 3rd head coach in Saints' history; Sept. 25 - Saints traded WR Danny Abramowicz to the San Francisco 49ers for their 4th & 5th round selections in the 1974 draft; Nov. 4 - Saints scored 1st-ever shutout as they blanked Buffalo, 13-0 in Tulane Stadium ... Saints held Buffalo RB O.J. Simpson to his lowest rushing total of the season - 79 yards on 20 carries - as Simpson finished the year with then-NFL record 2,003 yards. Dec. 16 - Saints finished season with a 5-9 mark, which tied the best record to date for the franchise.
Jan. 29 - Saints picked Ohio State LB Rick Middleton with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; Dec. 8 - Saints shut out the St. Louis Cardinals, 14-0 in the franchise's final game in Tulane Stadium ... Saints ended their 8-season stay in Tulane Stadium with a 23-32-1 home record; Dec. 15 - Saints finished the season with a 5-9 record, which again tied the best mark in club history.
Jan. 28 - Saints selected Purdue WR Larry Burton as the club's 1st pick in the 1st round of the NFL draft ... the Saints then traded DE Billy Newsome to the Jets for their 1st round pick & selected Ohio State T Kurt Schumacher; Aug. 3 - Louisiana Superdome is dedicated; Aug. 9 - The 1st football game is played in the Louisiana Superdome as the Houston Oilers beat the Saints, 13-7 in a preseason contest before 72,434; Sept. 28 - In the 1st regular season NFL game in the Superdome, the Saints lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 21-0, before 52,531 spectators. Oct. 27 - Ernie Hefferle, Saints' director of pro personnel, named as interim head coach after John North was relieved of his duties ... Hefferle became the 4th head coach in Saints history; Dec. 21 - Saints finished season with 2-12 record.
Jan. 20 - Saints hired Hank Stram as the club's 5th head coach; Jan. 26 - New Orleans hosted the NFC-AFC Pro Bowl game; March 30 - Saints lost T Dave Thompson and RB Morris LaGrand to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers & DE Joe Owens to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFL expansion draft; April 2 - Saints trade LB Rick Middleton to the San Diego Chargers for QB Bobby Douglas & a 3rd-round draft choice; April 8 - Saints selected California RB Chuck Muncie in the 1st round of the NFL draft; July 24 - Former FB Jim Taylor, who played the final season of his career with the Saints in 1967, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Sept. 26 - Head coach Hank Stram gained his 1st victory with the Saints, 27-17 on the road over his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs; Nov. 21 - Saints beat Seattle Seahawks on the road, 51-27 to tie the club record for most points scored in a game; Dec. 12 - Saints end season with 4-10 overall record.
May 3 - Saints selected Maryland DE Joe Campbell as the club's 1st selection in the NFL draft; Dec. 18 - Saints ended season with 5-11 record ... RB Chuck Muncie set club season rushing mark with 811 yards and TE Henry Childs set the Saints season TD record with 9.
Jan. 28 - Hank Stram is relieved of his duties as Saints head coach; Feb. 6 - Dick Nolan is selected as the Saints' 6th head coach; May 2 - Florida WR Wes Chandler was the Saints' 1st selection in the NFL draft; June 11 - QB Archie Manning won the NFL's Byron (Whizzer) White Award for his contributions to team, community & country; Aug. 5 - Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 14-7 in an exhibition game in Mexico City, the 1st NFL game played south of the U.S. border; Dec. 17 - Saints ended season with a club-record 7-9 record. QB Archie Manning named NFC MVP by both The Sporting News & UPI & was selected to the Pro Bowl.
May 3 - Saints selected Texas K Russell Erxleben with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; June 5 - Saints moved administrative offices from Lee Circle to Louisiana Superdome; Oct. 14 - Saints set club record for points in one half with 42 points in the 2nd half (on 6 straight possessions) in 42-14 win at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Oct. 28 - Saints moved into undisputed 1st place lead in NFC West with 14-10 win at the Washington Redskins ... the Saints stopped Washington a total of 18 times with goal to go and 7 times within the 2 yard line in defensive masterpiece; Dec. 3 - RB Chuck Muncie rushed for 128 yards vs. the Oakland Raiders in a Monday Night Football matchup at the Superdome to become first Saint to surpass 1,000-yard milestone on the way to a 1,198-yard season ... Saints saw 35-14 lead disappear in 42-35 loss to the Raiders; Dec. 16 - Saints ended the season with a club-record 8-8 record after beating eventual NFC champion Rams, 29-14; Dec. 20 - Steve Rosenbloom was selected as executive VP & general manager of the Saints.
Jan. 27 - RB Chuck Muncie is selected as Pro Bowl MVP as NFC won, 37-27 ... Saints had a club-record 5 Pro Bowl players as QB Archie Manning, S Tommy Myers, WR Wes Chandler & TE Henry Childs joined Muncie in Hawaii; April 29 - Saints selected Colorado T Stan Brock with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; Oct. 7 - Saints traded RB Chuck Muncie to the San Diego Chargers for their No. 2 pick in 1981, which the Saints later used to select PIttsburgh LB Rickey Jackson; Nov. 24 - After 27-7 loss to the L.A. Rams in a Monday Night Football game at the Superdome, head coach Dick Nolan was relieved of his duties; Nov. 25 - Dick Stanfel replaced Dick Nolan & became the Saints' 7th head coach; Dec. 21 - Saints ended the season 1-15.
Jan. 20 - General manager Steve Rosenbloom & VP of player personnel Dick Steinberg resigned; Jan. 22 - O.A. (Bum) Phillips is announced as the Saints' 8th head coach; April 28 - Saints select South Carolina RB & 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers with the 1st overall choice in NFL draft ... Rogers is 1 of 17 selections by Saints; Nov. 8 - Saints defeated NFC West rival L.A. Rams, 21-13 at Anaheim Stadium to complete series sweep for 1st time in Saints history; Dec. 20 - RB George Rogers gained 107 yards in 21-17 loss to San Francisco & became the NFL's rushing champion (& all-time rookie rusher) with 1,674 yards on the season ... Saints finished with a 4-12 mark.
Jan. 31 - RB George Rogers played for the NFC in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu; Feb. 17 - Head Coach O.A. (Bum) Phillips is named general manager in addition to his coaching title; April 27 - Saints took Georgia WR Lindsay Scott with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; Aug. 7 - Former DE Doug Atkins, who played the final 3 seasons of his career with the Saints from 1967-69, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Aug. 25 - Veteran QB Ken Stabler signed with Saints as a free agent. Sept. 17 - Veteran QB Archie Manning was traded to the Houston Oilers for T Leon Gray; Sept. 20 - NFL players went on strike ... 7 games were cancelled due to the strike; Nov. 21 - NFL games resumed as the Saints defeated Kansas City, 27-17 at the Superdome; Dec. 19 - RB George Rogers ran for 166 yards on the road at the Dallas Cowboys, which set the Saints single-game rushing record.
Jan. 2 - Saints defeat Atlanta, 35-6 in the Superdome in a rescheduled game that concluded the 9-game season with a 4-5 record ... Saints narrowly missed the playoffs in a complicated labyrinth of tie-breakers; July 30 - Saints play in Hall of Fame Game for 2nd time in franchise history as the Pittsburgh Steelers won, 27-14 at Canton, Ohio; Sept. 4 - RB George Rogers set team single game rushing record with 206 yards on 24 carries in 38-17 opening day win over the St. Louis Cardinals at the Superdome; Sept. 18 - Saints defeated the Chicago Bears, 34-31 at the Superdome in OT for the 1st sudden death victory in franchise history; Dec. 18 - Saints narrowly miss the NFC playoffs when the L.A. Rams' Mike Lansford kicked a 42-yard FG with :06 left for a 26-24 victory at the Superdome ... the Saints finished the season 8-8 (tied franchise record) with the NFC's top-ranked overall defense & the NFL's top defense against the pass, both franchise firsts.
Feb. 18 - Saints acquired veteran QB Richard Todd from the New York Jets in exchange for the Saints top choice in the 1984 NFL draft; May 1 - Saints selected Wichita State DT James Geathers in the 2nd round as their 1st selection in the NFL draft; Oct. 9 - Saints acquired RB Earl Campbell from Houston for Saints 1st round draft choice in 1985; Oct. 22 - QB Ken Stabler announced his retirement; Nov. 19 - Saints record 1st-ever win on prime time with a 27-24 Monday Night Football victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Superdome; Nov. 26 - Saints owner John W. Mecom Jr. announced that the Saints were for sale for the non-negotiable price of $75 million; Dec. 15 - Saints finished the season 7-9.
Jan. 27 - LB Rickey Jackson, DE Bruce Clark & P Brian Hansen represented the Saints at the Pro Bowl at Honolulu; Feb. 14 - Negotiations for the sale of the Saints between John Mecom, Jr. & Chicago's A.N. Pritzker broke off, thrusting Tom Benson, negotiating in a secondary position for several weeks, to the forefront; March 12 - New Orleanian Tom Benson reached agreement with John Mecom, Jr. for the sale of the Saints; April 26 - Saints traded RB George Rogers and their 5th, 10th, & 11th round selections in the 1985 draft to the Washington Redskins for their top draft pick; April 30 - Saints took Tennessee LB Alvin Toiles as their 1st selection in the NFL draft; May 31 - Ownership was transferred from John W. Mecom, Jr. to Tom Benson for the sale price of $70.204 million ... Benson became managing general partner of the Saints; Nov. 25 - Saints head coach O.A. (Bum) Phillips resigned as his son, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, was named interim head coach, the 9th head coach in Saints' history.
Jan. 14 - Jim Finks is named president/general manager of the Saints & joined in franchise ownership; Jan. 22 - Interim head coach Wade Phillips & assistant coaches were released from their duties; Jan 28 - Jim Mora is named the Saints' 10th head coach; April 29 - Saints selected Virginia T Jim Dombrowski with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; July 19 - RB Earl Campbell announced his retirement; Sept. 21 - Mel Gray broke team record with 101-yard kickoff return for a TD at San Francisco ... the return was the Saints' 1st for a score since 1977; Nov. 9 - Saints record 5th shutout in team history, holding L.A. Rams' Eric Dickerson to 57 yards, 9 in the 2nd half, in a 6-0 win ... the victory evened the Saints' mark at 5-5 after a 1-4 start; Dec. 7 - RB Rueben Mayes broke the team's single-game record with 207 yards vs. the Miami Dolphins, but his final gain was called back along with the winning TD ... the Saints lost 31-27 thriller as Mayes finished with 203 rushing yards. Dec. 21 - Saints finished the season with a 7-9 mark ... RB Rueben Mayes finished the year with 1,353 yards rushing (4th in the NFL) & is named consensus Rookie of the Year ... he was named to the Pro Bowl along with LB Rickey Jackson & K Morten Andersen.
April 28 - Saints selected Brigham Young DE Shawn Knight as their 1st pick in the NFL draft; Aug. 17 - FB Hokie Gajan, who attempted to come back from a 1985 knee injury, retired following an injury to his other knee; Sept. 21 - NFL Players Association announced that players would be on strike following the weekend's games; Oct. 4 - Saints defeated the L.A. Rams 37-10 in Superdome before 29,745 fans in club's 1st replacement game ... Saints QB John Fourcade, a New Orleans native, led team to the win with 2 TD passes; Oct 15 - NFL Players Association announced that the strike is over, but not in time to play the coming weekend's games; Oct. 18 - Saints beat Chicago, 19-17 on 4 Florian Kempf FGs in the final replacement game played by the Saints ... the replacements posted a 2-1 record; Oct. 25 - Saints fall to San Francisco, 24-22 in a Superdome thriller ... following the game, head coach Jim Mora made his highly-publicized "coulda, woulda, shoulda" proclamation to the media; Nov. 1 - On the franchise's 22nd birthday, Saints posted the largest margin of victory in team history, shuting out Atlanta 38-0 ... the win was the 1st in team-record 9 consecutive triumphs to close out the season; Nov. 29 - Saints held on with 2 magnificent goal-line stands in the 4th quarter to defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 20-16 ... the victory ensured Saints' 1st-ever winning record ever; Dec. 6 - Saints beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 44-34 to lock up team's 1st-ever playoff appearance; Dec. 13 - Saints won 7th straight, 24-10 over the Houston Oilers which gave the Saints home field in the NFC Wild Card game; Dec. 20 - Down 24-3 in the 2nd quarter, the Saints rallied behind backup QB Dave Wilson for a 31-24 win, the biggest come-from-behind effort in Saints' history; Dec. 27 - Saints beat Green Bay, 33-24 to finish the season with 12-3 record ... later that night, the San Francisco 49ers won their final game which kept the Saints from winning their 1st-ever division title & gaining home-field advantage in the NFC playoffs... the Saints were set to host the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Wild Card game.
Jan. 3 - Saints jump out to a 7-0 lead, but the Minnesota Vikings took a 31-10 halftime advantage on the way to a 44-10 win over New Orleans in the NFC Wild Card game at the Superdome ... RB Rueben Mayes sustained torn ligaments in his knee, requiring surgery; Feb. 7 - A club-record 6 Saints: K Morten Andersen, TE Hoby Brenner, G Brad Edelman, RB Rueben Mayes, LB Sam Mills, CB Dave Waymer were tabbed for the Pro Bowl in Honolulu ... president/general manager Jim Finks was honored as the NFL Executive of the Year & head coach Jim Mora was named NFL Coach of the Year; April 24 - The Saints took FB Craig Heyward as their 1st selection in the NFL draft; Nov. 20 - Saints score biggest win in team history in 42-0 win over the Denver Broncos ... the win clinched the Saints' 2nd consecutive winning season; Dec. 11 - Saints finish the season with a 10-6 record.
March 22 - NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, who presided over the league for 29 years, announced his retirement at the NFL meetings in Palm Springs, Calif.; April 23 - The Saints selected Arkansas DE Wayne Martin with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; July 6 - NFL owners meet in Chicago for a 1st vote for a successor to retiring commissioner Pete Rozelle ... Saints president/general manager Jim Finks, the only candidate, falls just short of the votes needed for election; Sept. 10 - Saints score only opening-day shutout in team history with 28-0 win over Dallas in the Superdome; Oct. 26 - Meeting in Cleveland, NFL owners select lawyer Paul Tagliabue to succeed Pete Rozelle as league commissioner; Nov. 20 - Commissioner Paul Tagliabue appoints Saints president/general manager Jim Finks as chairman of the NFL Competition Committee; Dec. 24 - A 41-6 win over Indianapolis gave the Saints a 9-7 record, the Saints' 3rd consecutive winning season ... RB Dalton Hilliard, along with LBs Vaughan Johnson & Pat Swilling were selected to represent the Saints in the Pro Bowl ... T Kevin Haverdink & CB Robert Massey were named to several all-rookie teams.
Feb. 23 - Saints announce preseason schedule, which includes participation in American Bowl 1990 with the Oakland Raiders, played in Wembley Stadium in London, England; April 22 - Saints selected DE Renaldo Turnbull with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; Aug. 5 - Saints beat the Oakland Raiders, 17-10 in American Bowl in London's Wembley Stadium; Dec. 31 - On New Year's Eve, a national TV audience saw the Saints' Morten Andersen kick a 24-yard FG with :02 left to beat the L.A. Rams, 20-17 which evened the Saints' final record at 8-8 & gave them a berth in the NFC playoffs.
Jan. 6 - The Chicago Bears defeat the Saints, 16-6 in the NFC Wild Card game in Chicago's Soldier Field; Feb. 3 - LBs Vaughan Johnson & Pat Swilling represented the Saints in the Pro Bowl, along with K Morten Andersen ... DE Renaldo Turnbull led NFC rookies with 11 sacks as he was selected to several all-rookie teams; April 21 - The Saints took Miami (Fla.) WR Wesley Carroll with their 1st pick in the 2nd round of the NFL draft; July 27 - Former RB Earl Campbell, who played the final 2 seasons of his career with the Saints from 1984-85, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Sept. 8 - The Saints defeated the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-0 for 1st 2-0 start in team history ... the Saints won 7 straight games; Dec. 16 - A 27-0 win over the L.A. Raiders broke a 4-game losing streak, clinched a playoff spot and kept the Saints in the hunt for the NFC West title; Dec. 22 - In Phoenix, the Saints beat the Cardinals 27-3 & won their 1st-ever NFC West title with a 11-5 record ... the Saints defense allowed the fewest points in the league & were 2nd in yards allowed; Dec. 29 - Vying for the Saints' 1st-ever playoff victory, the Falcons came from behind to defeat New Orleans, 27-20 in the Superdome.
Feb. 2 - A total of 4 Saints were chosen for the NFC squad in the Pro Bowl ... LBs Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills & Pat Swilling were named starters for the NFC, the most LBs from 1 team in history ... special teams player Bennie Thompson also made the trip to Honolulu; Dec. 3 - A close 22-14 win over the Atlanta Falcons finished a 3-game, 11-day stretch which put the Saints in the playoffs for the 3rd consecutive year; Dec. 26 - The Saints clinched the home-field advantage in the NFC Wild Card game with a 20-0 win over the N.Y. Jets on the road ... the Saints finished with a team-record 12-4 mark ... the club led the NFL in least points allowed with a club-record 202 ... New Orleans also led the NFL in most sacks (57) & least sacks allowed (15), the 1st time since 1977 that a club led in both categories.
Jan. 3 - With the Saints holding a 20-7 in the 3rd quarter, the Philadelphia Eagles roared back with 26 4th-quarter points to win the NFC Wild Card game, 36-20 over the Saints at the Superdome; Feb. 7 - A club record-tying 6 Saints: LBs Rickey Jackson, Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills & Pat Swilling, K Morten Andersen & C Joel Hilgenberg participated in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu; April 25 - LB Pat Swilling was traded by the Saints to the Detroit Lions for the their 1st & 4th round picks in the 1993 draft ... the Saints picked T William Roaf with the 8th overall selection; April 29 - At a press conference, Saints owner Tom Benson announces that president/general manager Jim Finks has been diagnosed with cancer. Finks entered the hospital on April 26, after the NFL draft ... Benson takes over temporarily in Finks' position during his absence; April 30 - The disease that afflicted Saints president/general manager Jim Finks was confirmed as lung cancer.; May 19 - A sports bill calling in part for renovations to the Louisiana Superdome and a new practice facility for the Saints passes state lawmakers in a vote in Baton Rouge; July 14 - Saints president/general manger Jim Finks resigned; July 31 - The Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles, 28-16 in Tokyo, Japan in the 3rd international exhibition game the Saints have played; Sept. 12 - Saints establish a club record with 557 yards of total offense in a 34-31 road victory over the Atlanta Falcons; Oct. 3 - The Saints defeated the L.A. Rams 37-6 in Anaheim, which improved their record to 5-0 & tied best-ever start in team history; Dec. 28 - A total of 3 Saints, LBs Renaldo Turnbull & Rickey Jackson & PR/KR Tyrone Hughes were chosen to represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl ... Hughes was the 4th rookie in club history to receive the honor.
Jan. 2 - The Saints close out the 1993 season with a 21-14 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals for an 8-8 record; Jan. 4 - Bill Kuharich is promoted to VP of football operations; April 24 - The Saints chose Louisville DE Joe Johnson with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; May 8 - After battling lung cancer for more than a year, former Saints president/general manager Jim Finks passed away at his Metairie home at the age of 66; Oct. 23 - The Saints beat the L.A. Rams, 37-34 at the Superdome as Tyrone Hughes returned 2 kickoffs for TDs on his way to setting or tying 7 team & 4 NFL records; Dec. 24 - The Saints finish the season with a 7-9 record.
Jan. 26 - An early morning fire caused severe damage at the club's Saints Drive practice facility ... the 2-alarm fire forced the team to move its operation out of the main building that was constructed in 1967; Jan. 31 - Former Buffalo Bills LB Jim Haslett is hired as LBs coach for the Saints; Feb. 5 - DE Wayne Martin & T William Roaf participated in Pro Bowl; March 13 - The Superdome Commission approves the sale of $14.5 million in bonds that will go toward the construction of a new practice facility for the Saints in Metairie; April 22 - The Saints selected Washington State LB Mark Fields with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; June 8 - Groundbreaking ceremonies are held for the Saints' new practice facility on 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie; July 29 - The late Jim Finks, who served as the Saints' president/general manager from 1986-93, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio; Dec. 24 - The Saints close the season with a 7-9 mark for the 2nd straight season.
Jan. 12 - Bill Kuharich, VP of football operations was promoted to VP/general manager; Jan. 30 - Jim Haslett was promoted to defensive coordinator; Feb. 4 - T William Roaf & CB Eric Allen participated in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu; April 15 - For the 1st time in club history, the entire Saints organization is housed under one roof with the move to the club's new facility at 5800 Airline Drive in Metairie; April 20 - The Saints select Oregon CB Alex Molden with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; Oct. 21 - After a 19-7 defeat to the Carolina Panthers a day earlier, Saints head coach Jim Mora, the longest-tenured coach in all of professional sports, resigned after 10 1/2 years with the club ... Mora, who led the Saints to their 1st winning seasons & 1st-ever playoff appearances, ended his stay with a short statement thanking owner Tom Benson and the Saints fans for their support; Oct. 23 - Rick Venturi, the Saints' LB coach, was named interim head coach, the 11th head coach in team history; Dec. 12 - T William Roaf was selected as a starter for the NFC in the Pro Bowl, his 3rd consecutive selection ... DT Wayne Martin was chosen to the NFC team as an alternate; Dec. 21 - The Saints finished the season with a 3-13 record.
Jan. 28 - Bill Kuharich was promoted to president/general manager/chief operating officer of the Saints ... Mike Ditka, who won Super Bowl XX as a head coach, SB XIII as an assistant coach & SB VI as a player, was named the Saints' 12th head coach in the club's history; April 19 - The Saints selected Colorado G Chris Naeole with their 1st pick in the NFL draft; Oct. 19 - The Saints were shut out by the Carolina Panthers, 13-0 which snapped the club's 216 consecutive game scoring streak, the 5th-longest in NFL history & the 2nd-longest active streak; Nov. 16 - In the then-shortest OT game in NFL history, the Saints beat the Seattle Seahawks, 20-17 on a Doug Brien 38-yard FG just 17 seconds into extra time; Dec. 21 - The Saints finish the season with a 6-10 mark.
April 18 - The Saints selected San Diego State T Kyle Turley as their 1st pick in the NFL draft; Dec. 27 - The Saints finish the season with a 6-10 record.
Jan. 21 - Dick Stanfel, who served as OL coach for the Saints from 1997-98 & 1976-80 & was head coach for the final 4 games of 1980, announced his retirement; April 17 - The Saints acquired the 5th overall selection from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the Saints' 1st & 3rd through 7th round draft choices in 1999 & New Orleans' 1st & 3rd round picks in 2000 ... with the 5th overall pick, the Saints selected 1998 Heisman Trophy winner & Texas RB Ricky Williams ... it was the 1st time in NFL history that 1 player was a team's entire draft class; May 19 - Charles Bailey is named assistant general manager; Dec. 7 - Saints owner Tom Benson released a statement that said, "I will take whatever steps necessary at the end of the regular season to make the New Orleans Saints a winning franchise."
Jan. 2 - The Saints finish the 1999 season with a 3-13 overall record; Jan. 5 - Saints owner Tom Benson fired 22 employees, including president/general manager Bill Kuharich & head coach Mike Ditka; Jan. 27 - Following through on his promise to "take whatever steps are necessary ...", Saints owner Tom Benson hired Randy Mueller as General Manager of Football Operations & Arnold D. Fielkow as Director of Administration; Feb. 3 - Former Saints assistant coach & defensive coordinator Jim Haslett was named as the Saints' 13th head coach in the club's history; Feb. 23 - Saints signed former San Diego Chargers DT Norman Hand to a 5-year deal ... it was the 8th free agent acquisition of 2000, marking the busiest offseason in club history & placing them at the top of the league in free agent activity; March 9 - Saints named Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. as their new summer training camp home; April 15 - Saints picked Kansas State DE Darren Howard in the 2nd round with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; July 31 - The club traded LB K.D. Williams & the 3rd round selection in the 2001 NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers for QB Aaron Brooks & TE Lamont Hall; Oct. 8 - After a 1-3 start, the Saints began a 6-game win streak, 31-10 at the Chicago Bears, the 4th-longest win streak in club history; Nov. 26 - Saints beat the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams on the road, 31-24 for franchise's 200th all-time victory; Dec. 3 - Saints QB Aaron Brooks set the club passing yards mark (441) vs. the Denver Broncos in the Superdome in a 38-23 loss; Dec. 10 - Saints set club record for road victories with a 7-1 mark after a 31-27 comeback win at the San Francisco 49ers ... Saints also set NFL record for best road record turnaround after an 0-8 record in 1999; Dec. 17 - Saints all but wrapped up NFC playoff berth after 23-7 victory over Atlanta in the Superdome; Dec. 18 - Saints clinched 2nd NFC West title after St. Louis lost, 38-35 at Tampa Bay ... the Saints were the 7th team since 1990 to go from last place to a division title the next season; Dec. 24 - Saints wrapped up the regular season with a 10-6 mark after they overcame injuries to 8 starters ... Saints head coach Jim Haslett was selected Coach of the Year by several organizations...the Saints defense set a club mark with 66 sacks, tied for the 6th-most in NFL history ... DT La'Roi Glover captured the NFL sack title with a club record-tying 17.0 while DE Darren Howard had a club rookie record 11.0 sacks ... WR Joe Horn set club marks for receptions (94) & reception yards (1,340) ... RB Ricky Williams had the 6th 1,000-yard rushing season in club annals; Dec. 28 - DE Joe Johnson selected as the NFL Comeback Player of the Year by the Associated Press after he missed 1999 with a ruptured patellar tendon in his right knee suffered during training camp; Dec. 30 - Saints won in postseason for the 1st time ever, 31-28 over the St. Louis Rams in a NFC Wild Card Playoff game in the Superdome ... WR Willie Jackson tied a NFL postseason mark with 3 TD catches & QB Aaron Brooks threw 4 TD passes ... the win was clinched after the Saints' Brian Milne recovered a fumbled fair catch by the Rams' Az-Zahir Hakim with 1:51 remaining after a New Orleans punt.
Jan. 6 - Saints lost in the NFC Divisional Playoff at the Minnesota Vikings, 34-16 to end the club's storybook 2000 season ... Saints RB Chad Morton tied a NFL postseason mark with 13 catches ... Saints head coach Jim Haslett was selected as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press; Feb. 4 - A club record-tying 6 Saints participated in the Pro Bowl in Honolulu: DT La'Roi Glover, DE Joe Johnson & T William Roaf started while WR Joe Horn, LB Mark Fields & LB Keith Mitchell were selected as reserves; April 21 - Saints picked Ole Miss RB Deuce McAllister with their 1st selection in the NFL draft; May 7 - Saints and Nicholls State University reached a four-year deal to keep training camp at the Thibodaux, La. school; Sept. 13 - The NFL postpones the entire league schedule for the weekend of Sept. 16-17 after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11; Sept. 30 - Saints played the 1st NFL game in New York after the attacks in a 21-13 loss at the N.Y. Giants; Oct. 28 - Saints pulled off 2nd-biggest comeback in club history (trailed by 18 points twice) to win at the St. Louis Rams, 34-31.
Jan. 6 - Saints concluded 2001 season with 7-9 mark; Feb. 9 - S Sammy Knight and DT La'Roi Glover started in the Pro Bowl; March 7 - Owner Tom Benson announced that he will start an Arena Football League team, the New Orleans VooDoo; March 8 - Saints traded RB Ricky Williams to the Miami Dolphins for a first-round selection in the 2002 draft and a conditional third-round selection in 2003 (upgraded to a first-round pick in 2003 based on Williams' performance); March 26 - Saints traded T William Roaf to the Kansas City Chiefs for a conditional 4th round pick in the 2003 draft (upgraded to a third-round pick in 2003 with Roaf's playing time); April 20 - Saints picked Tennessee WR Donte' Stallworth with their first selection in the NFL draft; May 9 - Saints released General Manager of Football Operations Randy Mueller from his contract; May 13 - Saints promoted Mickey Loomis to General Manager of Football Operations from Director of Football Administration; Aug. 7 - Signed Coach Jim Haslett to a multi-year contract extension; Sept. 7- Signed QB Aaron Brooks to a six-year contract extension; Sept. 22 - Saints charge back from 20-point deficit vs. Bears at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. QB Aaron Brooks tossed three TDs in the final three quarters, including a 29-yard scoring toss to WR Donte' Stallworth with 1:11 remaining that proved to be the game-winner. The victory was the 20th of Coach Jim Haslett's coaching career; Sept. 29 - WR Donte' Stallworth became the first rookie in 20 years to catch a touchdown in his first four NFL games; Oct. 13 - At Washington, WR Michael Lewis became the seventh player in NFL history - and the first in team record books - to return a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in the same game. His 286 return yards vs. the Redskins ranked as the second-highest in Saints history. Lewis was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts in the 43-27 victory; Oct. 20 - Saints improve to 6-1 with 35-27 win over San Francisco in the Superdome. In the win over the 49ers, QB Aaron Brooks passed for three touchdowns and ran for another and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Five of New Orleans' first six victories came over playoff teams from 2001; Dec. 8 - WR Donte' Stallworth hauls in a 28-yard touchdown at Baltimore, giving him a team rookie-record seven scoring catches for the seasn. He finishes the year with eight; Dec. 29 - RB Deuce McAllister rushed for 117 yards on 28 carries in finale vs. Carolina, his eighth 100-yard performance of the season (second-most in club history to the nine RB George Rogers posted in 1981) ... WR Michael Lewis finished the season with an NFL-record 2,432 yards of combined kickoff and punt return yardage. Lewis posted 1,807 yards in kickoff returns and 625 yards in punt returns - both team records ... K John Carney finished the year with a team-record 130 points. He also tied a team mark with 31 field goals, pulling even with K Morten Andersen's total in 1985 ... Saints conclude 2002 season at 9-7.
Feb. 2 - Saints represented in Pro Bowl by WR Joe Horn, RB Deuce McAllister, kick/punt returner WR Michael Lewis and special teams ace RB Fred McAfee; March 5 - Saints sign three free agents: CB Ashley Ambrose (four-year contract), T Wayne Gandy (six-year contract) and LB Orlando Ruff (three-year contract); March 7 - Saints sign free agent P Mitch Berger, agree to terms with K John Carney, March 13 - Saints trade 2003 sixth-round pick to Minnesota for QB Todd Bouman; March 21 - Saints trade T Kyle Turley to St. Louis for a second-round pick in 2004; April 14 - Saints sign free agent TE Ernie Conwell to a five-year contract; April 15 - Club announces 2003 training camp will be held at the team's practice facility in Metairie, La.; April 19 - Saints trade third and seventh-round picks in 2003 and an undisclosed pick in 2004 to New England for S Tebucky Jones; April 26 - The Saints select Georgia DT Johnathan Sullivan sixth overall with their first selection in the NFL draft ... The choice was acquired from Arizona after New Orleans traded the Cardinals its two first-round picks (16th and 17th overall). As part of the deal, the two clubs also swapped second-round picks and the Saints received Arizona's fourth-round selection; May 13 - Owner Tom Benson announces he will bring an Arena Football expansion franchise to the city, the New Orleans VooDoo. The club is to begin play in February, 2004; May 27 - The Saints traded their seventh-round selection in 2004 to the Miami Dolphins for LB Derrick Rodgers; July 26 - Saints begin first-ever training camp at home facility in Metairie, La. Sept. 28 - RB Deuce McAllister rushes for 101 yards on 17 carries vs. the Indianapolis Colts, beginning a franchise-record streak of nine straight 100-yard performances; Oct. 19 - Saints post the third-highest scoring total in franchise history with a 45-17 romp over Atlanta at the Georgia Dome; Nov. 2 - Saints win third straight over defending Super Bowl champion Buccaneers at Tampa Bay, 17-14. In the game, McAllister sets a team record with his sixth straight 100-yard game, and DE Willie Whitehead wins NFC Player of the Week honors with three sacks. Nov. 16 - A 23-20 overtime win over the Atlanta Falcons gives the Saints their 100th victory in the Louisiana Superdome. McAllister sets a team record with 237 yards from scrimmage, including 173 rushing; Nov. 30 - McAllister rushes for 165 yards on 31 carries in a 24-20 victory at Washington, his ninth straight 100-yard game. The streak tied former Chicago RB Walter Payton and Jacksonville RB Fred Taylor for the third-longest in NFL history. He would be held below the milestone the following week vs. Tampa Bay; Dec. 14 - QB Aaron Brooks tossed a career-high five TDs, including a club-record four caught by WR Joe Horn, in a 45-7 victory over the New York Giants in a nationally-televised game on ESPN. It marked the first time since 1989 that New Orleans posted over 40 points twice in the same season; Dec. 21 - In one of the most memorable final plays from scrimmage in NFL history, the Saints pulled off a 75-yard, three-lateral touchdown as time expired to cut Jacksonville's lead to one point. WR Jerome Pathon capped the play with a leap into the end zone, but the PAT attempt by K John Carney sailed wide right, giving the Jaguars a 20-19 victory. Dec. 28 - McAllister had 49 yards in the season-ending victory over Dallas, becoming only the second player in club history to go over 1,600 rushing yards in a season and the first to post over 2,000 total yards from scrimmage ... Saints finish 2003 season at 8-8.
Feb. 8 - Arena Football League's New Orleans VooDoo, also owned by Tom Benson, kickoff inaugural season at the Philadelphia Soul with a 42-34 victory; Saints represented in the Pro Bowl by RB Deuce McAllister and G/C LeCharles Bentley (both did not participate in the game due to injury); March 4 - Saints signed free agent RB Aaron Stecker to a four-year contract and re-signed CB Fred Thomas to a four-year contract; March 8 - Signed free agent DT Brian Young; April 24 - Saints select Ohio State DE Will Smith 18th overall with their first selection in the NFL draft. Saints trade a 2004 second round to Minnesota and receive their 2004 second and fifth round picks. Traded a third round pick to Washington for their second round choice in 2005; Sept. 12 - WR Joe Horn had six receptions for 110 yards in season opener vs. Seattle to become the first Saints wideout to have over 100 yards in 20 games; Sept. 19 - K John Carney hit three field goals and three PATs to put him into 10th place on the NFL's all-time scoring list (1,446); Sept. 26 - In the only OT game of the season, QB Aaron Brooks led the Saints 38 yards on four plays at St. Louis to tie the contest, 25-25 on a FG by K John Carney ... Carney made a 31-yard FG attempt in OT on the Saints' first possession to win, 31-28 and captured NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors; Oct. 4 - Acquired CB Mike McKenzie from Green Bay in a trade for the club's second round pick in 2005 and QB J.T. O'Sullivan. The Saints also received a future conditional draft pick from the Packers; Nov. 14 - RB Deuce McAllister set a personal career mark with TDs in four straight games as the Saints beat Kansas City, 27-20 in the Superdome; Nov. 21 - QB Aaron Brooks broke franchise marks for pass attempts (60) and completions (34) in a 34-13 defeat to Denver in the Superdome; Dec. 12 - P Mitch Berger earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week award after dropping four punts inside the Cowboys 20 in a 27-13 victory at Dallas; Dec. 19 - RB Aaron Stecker retuned the opening kickoff 98 yards at Tampa Bay for a touchdown against his former club and captured NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors ... QB Aaron Brooks hit WR Donte' Stallworth on a seven-yard TD strike with 38 seconds to play for the 21-17 victory; Dec. 22 - WR Joe Horn and P Mitch Berger were voted the NFC squad for the Pro Bowl; Dec. 26 - WR/KR Michael Lewis returned a kickoff 96 yards for a TD in the Saints' 26-13 victory vs. Atlanta in the Superdome and gets NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Jan. 2 - Saints conclude 2004 season with 8-8 record and were the hottest team in the NFC with four straight victories to close out the season after a thrilling 21-18 victory at Carolina ... a potential game-tying 60-yard field goal was blocked by DE Tony Bryant as time expired ... Bryant was the fifth player (and fourth consecutive - tied the NFL record) to capture NFC Special Teams Player of the Week ... WR Joe Horn had a TD catch in the game to set club season receiving TD record (11) ... RB Deuce McAllister rushed for 140 yards as he went over the 1,000-yard mark for the club-record third straight season ... Saints were knocked out of NFC Playoff picture 30 minutes after the conclusion of the game as St. Louis defeated the N.Y. Jets in OT; Jan. 27 - Saints hired Johnny Roland as running backs coach and Willy Robinson as senior defensive assistant/secondary; Feb. 5 - Promoted quarterbacks coach Mike Sheppard to offensive coordinator and hired Turk Schonert as quarterbacks coach; Feb. 17 - Promoted offensive line coach Jack Henry to assistant head coach/running game coordinator and hired Jim Pyne as as assistant offensive line coach; Feb. 22 - Designated DE Darren Howard as club's Franchise Player and re-signed S Jay Bellamy to a three-year deal; March 8 - Signed OL Jermane Mayberry, who had been with Philadelphia, to a four-year contract and signed S Dwight Smith, who had been with Tampa Bay, to a five-year contract; April 23 - Saints select Oklahoma T Jammal Brown 13th overall with their first selection in the NFL draft ... The Saints swapped first round picks with Houston (16th overall) and also sent their third round selection in the 2006 draft to the Texans in the deal.
Jan. 1 - The Saints lose at Tampa Bay and finish season with a 3-13 overall record; Jan. 2 - Head coach Jim Haslett relieved of his duties. The team immediately begins a coaching search; Jan. 10 - Club announces new business management team with the promotions of Rita Benson LeBlanc to Owner/Executive Vice President Administration, Dennis Lauscha to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer, Ben Hales to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Vicky Neumeyer to Vice President/General Counsel, and Mike Stanfield to Vice President of Ticket and Suite Sales; Jan. 17 - The Saints reopened their offices in Metairie; Jan. 18 - Sean Payton was named as the 14th head coach in club history; Feb. 5 - The NFL announces that the Saints will return to the Louisiana Superdome for their first regular-season home game at the stadium since 2004. It was later announced that the Saints will host the Atlanta Falcons Sept. 25 on Monday Night Football; Feb. 15 - Twenty-seven Louisiana business leaders join together to support the New Orleans Saints' return to the Crescent City to form the Saints Business Council; March 14 - The Saints agreed to terms with former San Diego Chargers QB Drew Brees to a five-year contract, perhaps the most notable free-agent acquisition in team history; Saints equipment staff selected as Whitey Zimmerman Memorial Award winner for 2005 in a vote by their peers; April 29 - Saints pick RB Reggie Bush second overall in the NFL Draft. Selecting the Heisman Trophy winner sets off a flurry of excitement throughout the Gulf South area. July 27 - Saints open training camp at Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss. Sept. 10 - Saints open 40th regular season at Cleveland Browns with a 19-14 victory; Sept. 17 - After initially falling behind 13-0 at Green Bay, Saints storm back to open a season with back-to-back road victories for the first time in franchise history; Sept. 25 - In the first contest at the stadium since it was used as a shelter of last resort during Hurricane Katrina, the Saints christened the refurbished Superdome with a 23-3 victory on Monday Night Football. U2 and Green Day performed before the nationally-broadcast game. Nov. 19 - QB Drew Brees threw for a club-record 510 yards in a 31-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at the Superdome. The yardage total is the sixth-highest in NFL history. Dec. 3 - RB Reggie Bush tied a team record with four touchdowns (three rushing and one receiving) in a 34-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Dec. 10 - On the national stage of Sunday Night Football, the Saints improved to 9-4 with a 42-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. QB Drew Brees threw five touchdowns and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Dec. 19 - QB Drew Brees, T Jammal Brown and DE Will Smith voted to the Pro Bowl as starters. The Saints' coaches would join the threesome as the staff for the NFC squad following the season.
Jan. 13 - The Saints defeated the Philadelphia Eagles, 27-24 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at the Louisiana Superdome. RB Deuce McAllister rushed for 143 yards and a TD and added a touchdown reception in the victory, the second postseason win in club history. Jan. 21 - In the team's first appearance in the NFC Championship Game, the Saints were defeated by the Chicago Bears, 39-14. The Saints sliced the Bears' lead to 16-14 in the second half and trailed by four early in the fourth quarter, but a handful of miscues proved to be too much to overcome in the final quarter. Feb. 2 - QB Drew Brees voted co-recipient of the NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. It is one of a number of awards won by Saints personnel following the 2006 season, including Sean Payton as a unanimous choice as NFL Coach of the Year and Executive Vice President/General Manager Mickey Loomis as NFL Executive of the Year by The Sporting News
and Pro Football Weekly
Feb. 1 - NFL announced that the Saints had been selected to participate in the NFL International Series, scheduling New Orleans to play a home game Oct. 26 against the San Diego Chargers at Wembley Stadium in London, England. Feb. 29 - Saints acquire LB Jonathan Vilma from the New York Jets for a fourth-round draft choice in the 2008 NFL Draft. April 8 - owner Tom Benson donated $15 million to The Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio. April 26 - Saints traded first-round (10th overall) and third-round (78th) picks to New England for the seventh overall pick in the NFL Draft and then selected DT Sedrick Ellis with the pick. May 5 - Owner Tom Benson announced plans to purchase WVUE-TV FOX 8 and created Louisiana Media Company. Aug. 31 - With Hurricane Gustav bearing down on New Orleans, the Saints evacuated their football operation to Indianapolis, where they would practice for the full week leading up to the season opener. Sept. 7 - The Saints return to New Orleans and opened the season with a 24-20 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oct. 2 - QB Drew Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September after throwing for 1,343 yards and eight touchdowns in the team's first four games. Oct. 6 - RB Reggie Bush tied an NFL record by returning two punts for touchdowns - one for 64 and another for 71 yards - on Monday Night Football in a 30-27 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the effort. Oct. 26 - Playing in their first regular-season outside of the United States, the Saints defeated the San Diego Chargers 37-32 at London's Wembley Stadium. QB Drew Brees was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns. Nov. 24 - In a 51-29 win over Green Bay, the Saints tied a franchise-record for points scored in a single game. RB Deuce McAllister broke the record for the most touchdowns scored in team history with his 54th on a three-yard run. Dec. 16 - QB Drew Brees was named to the NFC squad for the Pro Bowl. He would later be joined by LT Jammal Brown. Dec. 21 - RB Pierre Thomas tied a team-record by scoring a touchdown in his sixth consecutive game. Dec. 28 - QB Drew Brees finished the season with 5,069 passing yards, the second-most yards in a season in NFL history, trailing only Dan Marino's 5,084 yards in 1984. He also set new team records with 34 touchdown passes, 10 games with 300 or more yards passing and matched his own record with a 96.2 passer rating.
Jan. 6 - QB Drew Brees named Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. Jan. 7 - Defensive Coordinator Gary Gibbs is relieved of his duties after three seasons. Jan. 12 - Pete Carmichael Jr. is promoted to offensive coordinator. The club also announced that Aaron Kromer was promoted to offensive line coach/running game coordinator and Joe Lombardi to quarterbacks coach and hired Bret Ingalls as running backs coach. Jan. 15 - Saints announce the hiring of Gregg Williams as the team's defensive coordinator. Feb. 17 - Saints release all-time leading rusher and touchdown scorer RB Deuce McAllister after eight seasons. March 27 - LB Jonathan Vilma re-signed with the team, inking a five-year contract to keep him in New Orleans. T Jon Stinchcomb re-signed with the club, also signing a five-year contract. March 5 - Saints signed unrestricted free agent CB Jabari Greer. March 12 - FB Heath Evans signed with the Saints as a free agent. March 24 - Saints sign unrestricted free agent FS Darren Sharper. March 30 - Saints announced the team's training camp would be held at their home practice facility in Metairie, La. April 25- Saints use the 14th overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft to select Ohio State CB Malcolm Jenkins. April 30 - Owner Tom Benson and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal announced a lease extension that will keep the Saints in New Orleans through 2025 and provide $85 million to upgrade the Louisiana Superdome. Benson also announced that he would purchase the Dominion Tower and develop a festival plaza outside the stadium. May 19 - The NFL announced that New Orleans has been named as the host for Super Bowl XLVII following the 2012 season. June 19 - Dennis Lauscha promoted to Executive Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. Sept. 13 - Saints opened their season with a 45-27 victory over the Detroit Lions, their most points ever on kickoff weekend. Brees tied a club record with six touchdown passes and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Oct. 1 - Brees named NFC Offensive Player of the Month for September after leading Saints to a 3-0 record and throwing for 1,276 yards and nine TDs. Oct. 25 - Saints improved to 6-0 with a 46-34 win at Miami, where they rebounded from a 24-3 deficit, tying their biggest comeback in franchise history. K John Carney became the fourth player in NFL history to reach 2,000 career points. Oct. 28 - Sharper was named NFC Defensive Player of the Month as he had three interceptions, two returned for touchdowns. Nov. 8 - With their 30-20 win over Carolina, the 8-0 Saints now had the best start in franchise history. Nov. 22 - Following their 38-7 win over Tampa Bay to improve their record to 10-0, New Orleans' 10-game winning streak was the longest in franchise history. Nov. 30 - In a 38-17 Monday night win over New England, where the Patriots averaged a club record 9.6 yards per play, Brees completed 18-of-23 passes for 371 yards with five touchdowns. His career-high passer rating of 158.3, was the only the second perfect rating in club history. Brees was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week. Dec. 19 - After falling 24-17 to Dallas, New Orleans, finally had a blemish on its record after a club-record 13 victories. Brees threw his 121st touchdown pass as a Saint, making him the franchise's all-time record holder and also became only the second NFL quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards in four consecutive seasons. Dec. 27 - With a 21-yard interception return vs. Tampa Bay, Sharper set the NFL single season record for interception return yardage with 376. In the game, Brees completed a club-record 19 straight passes and also tied his club single-season record for touchdowns passes with his 34th. Dec. 29 - Brees, G Jahri Evans, Sharper, T Jon Stinchcomb and LB Jonathan Vilma were named to the Pro Bowl, later to be joined by C Jonathan Goodwin and S Roman Harper for a franchise-record seven total Saints.
Jan. 12 - QB Drew Brees named The Sporting NewsOffensive Player of the Year. Jan. 16 - Saints defeated Arizona 45-14 in the NFC Divisional Playoffs at the Superdome. RB Reggie Bush scored touchdowns on a 46-yard run and an 83-yard punt return. Jan. 24 - Saints defeat Minnesota 31-28 in an overtime thriller in the NFC Championship Game at the Superdome, advancing the Saints to the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history. Feb. 7 - Saints defeat the Indianapolis Colts 31-17 in Super Bowl XLIV in Miami Gardens, Fla. The Saints overcame an early 10-point deficit as Brees was named the game's Most Valuable Player as he completed 32 of 39 passes for 288 yards with two touchdown passee and a 114.5 passer rating, tying the NFL record for completions in a Super Bowl. K Garrett Hartley became the first player in NFL history to boot three field goals of 40-or-more yards in a Super Bowl. April 22 - Saints used the 32nd overall pick in the NFL Draft to select Florida State CB Patrick Robinson. May 11 - The Saints re-signed G Jahri Evans, who appeared in his first Pro Bowl to a seven-year contract. June 16 - The entire Saints organization were presented with their Super Bowl XLIV Championship rings at a ceremony at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. June 25 - WR Joe Horn signed a one-day contract with the club and retired as a Saint.
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