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1967 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach Tom Fears
General Manager Bert Rose
Home Field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record 3–11
Place 4th Capitol
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers Dave Whitsell
Team MVP Dave Whitsell
Team ROY Danny Abramowicz
Timeline
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1966 1968

The 1967 New Orleans Saints season was the inaugural season for the franchise. The team went 3–11, finishing in last place in the four-team NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division.

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1967 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John Mecom Jr.
  • Executive Vice-President / General Manager – Bert Rose
  • Director of Player Personnel – Vic Schwenk
  • Director of Player Relations – George Owen
  • Director of Promotions and Special Events – Bill Smythe
  • Director of Public Relations – Donald Smith
    • Public Relations Assistant – Patricia Cross
    • Public Relations Consultant – Jim Hall
  • Business Manager – Carroll Martin
  • College Scouting –
    • North Central Area Scout – Dave Smith
    • Northeastern Area Scout – Ray Masters
    • South Central Area Scout – Al Tabor
    • Southeastern Area Scout – Henry Lee Parker
    • Western Area Scout – Ray Newman
  • Comptroller – Cyril Nelson
  • Entertainment Director – Tommy Walker
  • Ticket Manager – Henry Simoneaux

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Trainer – Fred Peterson
    • Assistant Trainer – Bill Cuthbertson
  • Equipment Manager – Charlie Shepherd
    • Assistant Equipment Manager – Wallace Brown

RosterEdit

1967 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad
n/a


Rookies in italics
42 Active, 8 Inactive, 7 Practice squad

OffseasonEdit

Expansion draftEdit

The Saints made a splash in the expansion draft by selecting Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung. Lombardi was distraught when the Saints selected Hornung in the draft.[1] In later years, Hornung revealed that he spoke to Saints coach Tom Fears prior to the draft. Fears was a former assistant in Green Bay and Fears felt that Hornung would help sell tickets in New Orleans.[1] Several weeks later, the Saints also signed Packers running back Jim Taylor. Taylor had felt underpaid and under-appreciated under Lombardi.[2] An examination at the Scripps Clinic in California found the severing of the fifth, sixth, and seventh vertebrae, and damaged nerve roots in the spinal cord of Hornung. It was decided that Hornung would retire and he never played a game for the Saints.[2]

NFL draftEdit

1967 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1   Selection traded to Baltimore Colts
1 26 Les Kelley  HB Alabama
2 27 Bo Burris  QB-S Houston
2 52 John Gilliam *  FL South Carolina State
2 53 Dave Rowe  OT Penn State
3 54   Selection traded to Baltimore Colts
3 79 Del Williams  C-G Florida State
3 80 Ben Hart  SE Oklahoma
4 81 Ron Widby *  P Tennessee
4 106 Bill Carr  C Florida
4 107 Tom Stangle  E Dayton
5 108 Don McCall  HB Southern California
5 133 John Douglas  DB Texas Southern
6 134 George Harvey  G Kansas
6 159 Bo Wood  LB North Carolina
7 160 Gary Hertzog  G Willamette
7 185 Bob McKelvey  FB-LB Northwestern
8 186 Sam Harris  TE Colorado
8 211 Barry Siler  LB Albion College
9 212 Tim Lavens  TE Idaho
9 237 Eugene Ross  DB Oklahoma
10 238 Charlie Brown  FL-SE Missouri
10 263 Roosevelt Robertson  FL North Carolina College
11 264 Jim Benson  G Florida State
11 288 Bernard Corbin  S Alabama A&M
12 289 Ronnie Pack  G Texas Tech
12 315 John Robinson  FL Tennessee A&I
13 316 Bill Stetz  LB Boston College
13 341 Gary Grossnickle  S Missouri
14 342 Jim Hester  TE North Dakota
14 367 George Stetter  DB Virginia
15 368 John Snow  OT Wake Forest
15 393 Darrell Johnson  RB Lamar Tech
16 394 Marcus Rhoden  FL-SE Mississippi State
16 419 Bruce Cortez  DB Parsons College
17 420 Danny Abramowicz  SE Xavier (Ohio)
17 438 Billy Bob Stewart  FB-LB Southern Methodist Selection acquired from Baltimore Colts
17 445 Jimmy Walker  DB-FL Providence
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Pre-seasonEdit

The Saints played six pre-season games, finishing with a record of 5–1.

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 Wednesday, August 2 10:05 p.m. at Los Angeles Rams L 7–16 0–1 Anaheim Stadium 26,364
2 Saturday, August 12 8:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals W 23–14 1–1 State Fair Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana) 25,500
3 Saturday, August 19 8:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17 2–1 Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana) 35,000
4 Saturday, August 26 10:30 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers W 24–10 3–1 Civic Stadium (Portland, Oregon) 23,348
5 Saturday, September 2 7:00 p.m. at Miami Dolphins W 20–17 4–1 Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, South Carolina) 11,214
6 Saturday, September 9 8:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 27–14 5–1 Tulane Stadium 67,486

Regular seasonEdit

Things couldn't have looked better for the Saints and their inaugural season. A 5–1 preseason record was followed by a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by rookie John Gilliam to begin the 1967 season against the Los Angeles Rams. (There is a rumor in the annals of New Orleans Saints legends that following this play many fans allegedly heard another fan in Tulane Stadium shout out aloud "This is going to be the greatest football team in history!" – thus jinxing the Saints for their first 20 years of existence). Apparently the Rams were not informed of this declaration as they quickly recovered from the opening blow to win 27–13. The first-ever win for the Saints came in week 8 when [3] wide receiver Flea Roberts scored 3 touchdowns in a 31–24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. With additional triumphs over Atlanta and Washington the 3 wins for the year matched the most for an expansion team. Former Green Bay great Jim Taylor led the team with 390 yards rushing and 17th round pick rookie Danny Abramowicz from Xavier College led in receiving with 50 grabs for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensive back Dave Whitshell led the team as well as the NFL in interceptions with 10 steals—still a New Orleans Saint season record.

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff (CT) Opponent Result Record Game Site Attendance
1 Sunday, September 17 1:30 p.m. Los Angeles Rams L 13–27 0–1 Tulane Stadium 80,879
2 Sunday, September 24 1:30 p.m. Washington Redskins L 10–30 0–2 Tulane Stadium 74,937
3 Sunday, October 1 1:30 p.m. Cleveland Browns L 7–42 0–3 Tulane Stadium 77,045
4 Sunday, October 8 12:30 p.m. at New York Giants L 21–27 0–4 Yankee Stadium 62,670
5 Sunday, October 15 1:35 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys L 10–14 0–5 Cotton Bowl 64,128
6 Sunday, October 22 3:00 p.m. at San Francisco 49ers L 13–27 0–6 Kezar Stadium 34,285
7 Sunday, October 29 1:30 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–14 0–7 Tulane Stadium 68,911
8 Sunday, November 5 1:00 p.m. Philadelphia Eagles W 31–24 1–7 Tulane Stadium 59,596
9 Sunday, November 12 1:00 p.m. Dallas Cowboys L 10–27 1–8 Tulane Stadium 83,437
10 Sunday, November 19 12:15 p.m. at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–48 1–9 Franklin Field 60,751
11 Sunday, November 26 1:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 27–24 2–9 Tulane Stadium 83,437
12 Sunday, December 3 1:00 p.m. at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–31 2–10 Busch Memorial Stadium 41,171
13 Sunday, December 10 1:05 p.m. at Baltimore Colts L 10–30 2–11 Memorial Stadium 60,238
14 Sunday, December 17 12:15 p.m. at Washington Redskins W 30–14 3–11 District of Columbia Stadium 50,486

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Los Angeles RamsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Rams 3 10 7 7 27
Saints 7 3 3 0 13

Week 2: vs. Washington RedskinsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Redskins 6 14 0 10 30
Saints 3 7 0 0 10

Week 3: vs. Cleveland BrownsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Browns 7 7 14 14 42
Saints 0 7 0 0 7

Week 4: at New York GiantsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 7 7 7 0 21
Giants 7 7 6 7 27

Week 5: at Dallas CowboysEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 0 7 3 0 10
Cowboys 7 7 0 0 14

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ersEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 0 6 7 0 13
49ers 3 7 7 10 27

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Steelers 0 0 0 14 14
Saints 3 7 0 0 10

Week 8: vs. Philadelphia EaglesEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Eagles 0 10 0 14 24
Saints 7 7 10 7 31

Week 9: vs. Dallas CowboysEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Cowboys 7 7 10 3 27
Saints 7 0 3 0 10

Week 10: at Philadelphia EaglesEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 0 7 0 14 21
Eagles 3 28 10 7 48

Week 11: vs. Atlanta FalconsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Falcons 0 21 0 3 24
Saints 3 7 7 10 27

Week 12: at St. Louis CardinalsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 3 3 7 7 20
Cardinals 7 0 10 14 31

Week 13: at Baltimore ColtsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Saints 0 0 10 0 10
Colts 7 10 3 10 30

Week 14: at Washington RedskinsEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
• Saints 0 7 9 14 30
Redskins 0 0 7 7 14


StandingsEdit

NFL Capitol
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 9 5 0 .643 4–2 8–2 342 268 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 3–2–1 5–4–1 351 409 W1
Washington Redskins 5 6 3 .455 2–3–1 4–5–1 347 353 L1
New Orleans Saints 3 11 0 .214 2–4 2–8 233 379 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 407, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. 2.0 2.1 When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss, p. 408, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. http://www.nfl.com/player/walterroberts/2524286/profile

External linksEdit

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Related: 1967 AFL Season

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