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The 1977 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 11th as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to improve on their previous season's output of 4–10, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season, as Coach Hank Stram was fired following the season. In his two years as Coach the Saints only won seven games.

1977 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachHank Stram
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record3–11
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
The Saints playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium in 1977

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1977 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Joe Campbell  Defensive end Maryland
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[2]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1977 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • Vice President of Administration – Harry Hulmes
  • Vice President and Treasurer – Eddie Jones

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Alvin Roy

[3]

RosterEdit

1977 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

The season's first victory for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the franchise's first overall, did not come until week 13 on the road against the Saints. The Bucs led at halftime by a score of 13–0. Dave Green had two field goals, while Gary Huff threw a touchdown pass to Morris Owens. Upon their arrival to Tampa Bay, the Bucs were greeted by 8,000 fans.[4]

The Saints were 11-point favorites before the game,[5] and fans booed as the Buccaneers scored. "Eleven years I've supported this franchise!" one shouted, adding, "With all this money I've spent on this lousy team I could have bought some land in Colombia and raised pot". Losing to a team with a 0-26 losing streak was so humiliating that safety Tom Myers said, "We've been made the laughingstocks of the business ... I'm too embarrassed to say that I play for the team that got beat by Tampa Bay". Said head coach Hank Stram, "We're all very ashamed of what happened today. Ashamed for our people, for our fans, the organization, everybody. It is my worst coaching experience". Team owner John Mecom said during the loss that the Saints "is a poorly coached team",[6] and Stram was fired the next week.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 Green Bay Packers L 24–20
56,250
2 September 25, 1977 at Detroit Lions L 23–19
51,458
3 October 2, 1977 at Chicago Bears W 42–24
51,488
4 October 9, 1977 San Diego Chargers L 14–0
53,942
5 October 16, 1977 at Los Angeles Rams L 14–7
46,045
6 October 23, 1977 at St. Louis Cardinals L 49–31
48,417
7 October 30, 1977 Los Angeles Rams W 27–26
59,023
8 November 6, 1977 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–7
53,482
9 November 13, 1977 San Francisco 49ers L 10–7
41,564
10 November 20, 1977 Atlanta Falcons W 21–20
43,135
11 November 27, 1977 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–17
33,702
12 December 4, 1977 New York Jets L 16–13
40,464
13 December 11, 1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 33–14
40,124
14 December 18, 1977 at Atlanta Falcons L 35–7
36,895

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Los Angeles Rams(2) 10 4 0 .714 4–2 8–4 302 146 L1
Atlanta Falcons 7 7 0 .500 3–3 7–5 179 129 W1
San Francisco 49ers 5 9 0 .357 3–3 5–7 220 260 L3
New Orleans Saints 3 11 0 .214 2–4 3–9 232 336 L4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 1977 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "1977 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved November 4, 2014.
  4. ^ Numbelivable!, p.111, Michael X. Ferraro and John Veneziano, Triumph Books, Chicago, Illinois, 2007, ISBN 978-1-57243-990-0
  5. ^ Martz, Ron (1977-12-12). "BUCS WIN: Saints historic victims 33-14". St. Petersburg Times. pp. 1C, 6C. Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  6. ^ Martz, Ron (1977-12-13). "Well, forget about encouraging words". St. Petersburg Times. p. 1C. Retrieved 2019-02-14.