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1974 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach John North
Home Field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record 5–9
Place 3rd NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1973 1975

The 1974 New Orleans Saints season was the team’s eighth as a member of the National Football League (NFL). This was their final season at Tulane Stadium as the Louisiana Superdome opened the following season. They matched their previous season's output of 5–9.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eighth consecutive season.

Despite another losing record, the Saints defeated two of the NFC's four playoff entries, ousting the Los Angeles Rams 20–7 in week 10 and the St. Louis Cardinals 14–0 in week 13, both at home. The win over the Cardinals was the Saints’ final game at Tulane Stadium.

The Saints ended an 18-game winless streak on the road when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons in week six. However, they would not win again away from New Orleans until 1976. From 1972 through 1975, the Saints were 1–26–1 on the road.

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1974 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 13 Rick Middleton  Linebacker Ohio State
2 36 Paul Seal  Tight end Michigan
4 88 Rod McNeill  Running back USC
5 113 Joel Parker  Wide receiver Ohio State
5 121 Terry Schmidt  Cornerback Ball State
8 201 Alvin Maxson  Running back Southern Methodist
9 217 Phil LaPorta  Offensive tackle Penn State
10 235 Frosty Anderson  Wide receiver Nebraska
10 242 Tommy Thibodeaux  Guard Tulane
11 270 Kent Merritt  Wide receiver Virginia
12 295 Jim Buckmon  Defensive end Pittsburgh
13 320 Mike Truax  Linebacker Tulane
14 348 Kent Marshall  Defensive back Texas Christian
15 373 Larry Cipa  Quarterback Michigan
15 391 Jim Polak  Center Purdue
16 398 Don Coleman  Linebacker Michigan
17 426 Marvin Williams  Wide receiver Western Illinois
      Made roster  

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PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1974 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John W. Mecom, Jr.
  • Assistant to the President – Fred Williams
  • Executive Vice President – Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
  • Vice President of Administration – Harry Hulmes
  • Business Manager and Treasurer – Eddie Jones
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Ernie Hefferle
  • Director of Player Personnel – Bob Whitman

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  • Quarterbacks – Lamar McHan
  • Offensive Backs – Bob Ledbetter
  • Receivers – Jim Phillips
  • Offensive Line – Wimp Hewgley
Defensive coaches



RosterEdit

1974 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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Rookies in italics

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15 San Francisco 49ers L 17–13
65,071
2 September 22 at Los Angeles Rams L 24–0
64,178
3 September 29 Atlanta Falcons W 14–13
62,273
4 October 6 at Chicago Bears L 24–10
45,818
5 October 13 at Denver Broncos L 33–17
50,881
6 October 20 at Atlanta Falcons W 13–3
47,217
7 October 27 Philadelphia Eagles W 14–10
64,257
8 November 3 at Detroit Lions L 19–14
43,256
9 November 10 Miami Dolphins L 21–0
74,289
10 November 17 Los Angeles Rams W 20–7
57,287
11 November 25 Pittsburgh Steelers L 28–7
71,907
12 December 1 at Minnesota Vikings L 29–9
44,202
13 December 8 St. Louis Cardinals W 14–0
57,152
14 December 15 at San Francisco 49ers L 35–21
40,418

StandingsEdit

NFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Los Angeles Rams 10 4 0 .714 5–1 7–3 263 181
San Francisco 49ers 6 8 0 .429 4–2 6–5 226 236
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 3–3 5–6 166 263
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 0–6 3–8 111 271

ReferencesEdit

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