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2000 New Orleans Saints season

The 2000 New Orleans Saints season was the franchise's 34th season in the National Football League and the 25th to host games at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Saints were looking to improve on their 3–13 finish from a year earlier under new head coach Jim Haslett.[2] Not only did the Saints do so, but they finished with a 10–6 record to win the NFC West and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 1992. They also won their first ever playoff game in franchise history by defeating the defending Super Bowl champion St. Louis Rams in the Wild Card round. The Saints went no further, though, as they lost to the Minnesota Vikings in the next round.

2000 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Haslett
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record10–6
Division place1st NFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Rams) 31–28
Lost NFC Divisional Playoffs (Vikings) 16–34
Pro Bowlers

This was the only time the Saints made the playoffs under Haslett. For the next four seasons, the Saints fell out of contention. They would not return to the playoffs until 2006.

New wide receiver Joe Horn quickly emerged as a star, catching 94 passes for 1,340 and 9 touchdowns, and he was selected to the Pro Bowl after the season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

2000 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 33 Darren Howard  Defensive end Kansas State
4 96 Terrelle Smith  Fullback Arizona State
5 131 Tutan Reyes  Guard Mississippi
5 158 Austin Wheatley  Tight end Iowa
5 166 Chad Morton  Running back USC
6 168 Marc Bulger *  Quarterback West Virginia
6 195 Michael Hawthorne  Defensive back Purdue
6 200 Sherrod Gideon  Wide receiver Southern Miss
7 228 Kevin Houser  Center Ohio State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

2000 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Al Everest
  • Special Teams Assistant – Joe Baker

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rock Gullickson
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Evan Marcus

RosterEdit

2000 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

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Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance Record
1 September 3, 2000 Detroit Lions L 14–10 FOX
64,900
0-1
2 September 10, 2000 at San Diego Chargers W 28–27 FOX
51,300
1-1
3 September 17, 2000 at Seattle Seahawks L 20–10 FOX
59,513
1-2
4 September 24, 2000 Philadelphia Eagles L 21–7 FOX
64,900
1-3
5 Bye
6 October 8, 2000 at Chicago Bears W 31–10 FOX
66,944
2-3
7 October 15, 2000 Carolina Panthers W 24–6 FOX
50,015
3-3
8 October 22, 2000 at Atlanta Falcons W 21–19 FOX
56,508
4-3
9 October 29, 2000 at Arizona Cardinals W 21–10 FOX
35,016
5-3
10 November 5, 2000 San Francisco 49ers W 31–15 FOX
64,900
6-3
11 November 12, 2000 at Carolina Panthers W 20–10 FOX
72,981
7-3
12 November 19, 2000 Oakland Raiders L 31–22 CBS
64,900
7-4
13 November 26, 2000 at St. Louis Rams W 31–24 FOX
66,064
8-4
14 December 3, 2000 Denver Broncos L 38–23 CBS
64,900
8-5
15 December 10, 2000 at San Francisco 49ers W 31–27 FOX
67,892
9-5
16 December 17, 2000 Atlanta Falcons W 23–7 FOX
64,900
10-5
17 December 24, 2000 St. Louis Rams L 26–21 FOX
64,900
10-6

StandingsEdit

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(3) New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 354 305 L1
(6) St. Louis Rams 10 6 0 .625 540 471 W1
Carolina Panthers 7 9 0 .438 310 310 L1
San Francisco 49ers 6 10 0 .375 388 422 L1
Atlanta Falcons 4 12 0 .250 252 413 W1

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result TV Attendance
Wild Card December 30, 2000 St. Louis Rams W 31–28 ABC
64,900
Divisional January 6, 2001 at Minnesota Vikings L 34–16 FOX
63,881

Player statsEdit

OffenseEdit

PassingEdit

Player Comp Att Pct Yds TD Int Rate
Jeff Blake 184 302 60.9 2,025 13 9 82.7
Aaron Brooks 113 194 58.2 1,514 9 6 85.7

RushingEdit

Player Attempts Yards Avg Yards Long Touchdowns
Ricky Williams 248 1000 4.0 26 8
Jeff Blake 57 243 4.3 20 1
Terry Allen 46 179 3.9 18 2
Aaron Brooks 41 170 4.1 29 2

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ReceivingEdit

Player Attempts Yards Avg Yards Long Touchdowns
Joe Horn 94 1340 14.3 52 8
Ricky Williams 44 409 9.3 24 1
Willie Jackson 37 523 14.1 53 6
Chad Morton 30 213 7.1 35 0
Keith Poole 21 293 14.0 49 1
Andrew Glover 21 281 13.4 39 4

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DefenseEdit

SacksEdit

Player Number
La'Roi Glover 17
Joe Johnson 12
Darren Howard 11
Keith Mitchell 6.5
Willie Whitehead 5.5

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InterceptionsEdit

Player Number Yards Avg Yards Long Touchdowns
Sammy Knight 5 68 13.6 37 2
Alex Molden 3 24 8.0 24 0
Darren Perry 3 3 1.0 3 0

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Awards and recordsEdit

  • Jim Haslett, AP Coach of the Year,[6]
  • Jim Haslett, College and Pro Football Newsweekly Coach of the Year,[6]
  • Jim Haslett, Football Digest Coach of the Year,[6]
  • Jim Haslett, Football News Coach of the Year,[6]
  • Jim Haslett, Pro Football Writers Association Coach of the Year,[6]
  • Jim Haslett, Sports Illustrated Coach of the Year [7]
  • Jim Haslett, USA Today NFC Coach of the Year,[6]

MilestonesEdit

  • Ricky Williams, 1st 1000 rushing yards season

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.129
  3. ^ "2000 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "2000 New Orleans Saints starters and roster". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c d NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 127
  6. ^ a b c d e f NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 201
  7. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 202