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1997 New Orleans Saints season

The 1997 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise’s 31st season in the National Football League, and 24th at the Louisiana Superdome. The team improved upon its 1996 record of 3–13, winning six games, but failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fifth consecutive season.

1997 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachMike Ditka
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record6–10
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Willie Roaf

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1997 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Chris Naeole  Guard Colorado
2 33 Rob Kelly  Defensive back Ohio State
2 39 Jared Tomich  Defensive end Nebraska
3 62 Troy Davis  Running back Iowa State
4 99 Danny Wuerffel  Quarterback Florida
4 116 Keith Poole  Wide receiver Arizona State
6 165 Nicky Savoie  Tight end LSU
      Made roster  

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • President/General Manager/Chief Operating Officer – Bill Kuharich
  • Vice President of Football Operations/Assistant General Manager – Chet Franklin
  • Director of College Scouting – Bruce Lemmerman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

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RosterEdit

1997 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 August 31, 1997 at St. Louis Rams L 38–24
64,575
2 September 7, 1997 San Diego Chargers L 20–6
65,760
3 September 14, 1997 at San Francisco 49ers L 33–7
61,838
4 September 21, 1997 Detroit Lions W 35–17
50,016
5 September 28, 1997 at New York Giants L 14–9
68,891
6 October 5, 1997 at Chicago Bears W 20–17
58,865
7 October 12, 1997 Atlanta Falcons L 23–17
65,619
8 October 19, 1997 Carolina Panthers L 13–0
50,963
9 October 26, 1997 San Francisco 49ers L 23–0
60,443
10 Bye
11 November 9, 1997 at Oakland Raiders W 13–10
40,091
12 November 16, 1997 Seattle Seahawks W 20–17
50,493
13 November 23, 1997 at Atlanta Falcons L 20–3
48,620
14 November 30, 1997 at Carolina Panthers W 16–13
57,957
15 December 7, 1997 St. Louis Rams L 34–27
54,803
16 December 14, 1997 Arizona Cardinals W 27–10
45,517
17 December 21, 1997 at Kansas City Chiefs L 25–13
66,772

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) San Francisco 49ers 13 3 0 .813 375 265 L1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 265 314 L2
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 320 361 L1
New Orleans Saints 6 10 0 .375 237 327 L1
St. Louis Rams 5 11 0 .313 299 359 W1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "1997 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved June 23, 2012.