American Football Database
1977 New Orleans Saints season
Head Coach Hank Stram
Home Field Louisiana Superdome
Record 3–11
Place 4th NFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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1976 1978
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The Saints playing against the Philadelphia Eagles at Veterans Stadium in 1977

The 1977 New Orleans Saints season was the team's eleventh 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, while coach Hank Stram was fired following the season. In his two seasons as coach the Saints only won seven games.


NFL draft

1977 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 7 Joe Campbell  Defensive end Maryland
2 34 Mike Fultz  Defensive tackle Maryland
3 64 Robert Watts  Linebacker Boston College
5 118 Dave LaFary  Offensive tackle Purdue
5 135 Andy Spiva  Linebacker Tennessee
6 147 Cliff Parsley  Punter Oklahoma State
6 162 Tom Schick  Guard Maryland
7 174 Greg Boykin  Running back Northwestern
8 201 Jimmy Stewart  Running back Tulsa
9 231 Dave Knowles  Tackle Indiana
10 258 Rafael Septién[lower-alpha 1] *  Kicker Southwestern Louisiana
11 285 John Blain  Tackle San José State
12 315 Oakley Dalton  Defensive tackle Jackson State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




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

  • Special Teams – Whitey Campbell

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Alvin Roy



1977 New Orleans Saints roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


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Rookies in italics

Regular season

The first victory overall for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, did not come until week 13 on the road against the Saints, almost two seasons after their first game against the Houston Oilers in 1976. 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.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18, 1977 Green Bay Packers L 24–20
2 September 25, 1977 at Detroit Lions L 23–19
3 October 2, 1977 at Chicago Bears W 42–24
4 October 9, 1977 San Diego Chargers L 14–0
5 October 16, 1977 at Los Angeles Rams L 14–7
6 October 23, 1977 at St. Louis Cardinals L 49–31
7 October 30, 1977 Los Angeles Rams W 27–26
8 November 6, 1977 at Philadelphia Eagles L 28–7
9 November 13, 1977 San Francisco 49ers L 10–7
10 November 20, 1977 Atlanta Falcons W 21–20
11 November 27, 1977 at San Francisco 49ers L 20–17
12 December 4, 1977 New York Jets L 16–13
13 December 11, 1977 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 33–14
14 December 18, 1977 at Atlanta Falcons L 35–7


Template:1977 NFC West standings


  1. 1977 New Orleans Saints
  2. "1977 New Orleans Saints draftees". Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. "All-Time Roster". 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.
  6. Martz, Ron (1977-12-13). "Well, forget about encouraging words". St. Petersburg Times: p. 1C.


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