1981 New Orleans Saints Season
Get 1981 New Orleans Saints Season essential facts below. View Videos or join the 1981 New Orleans Saints Season discussion. Add 1981 New Orleans Saints Season to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
1981 New Orleans Saints Season
1981 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachBum Phillips
OwnerJohn Mecom, Jr.
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record4-12
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB George Rogers

The 1981 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints' fifteenth season in the National Football League. Hoping past success would bring a bright future to New Orleans the Saints hired Bum Phillips to be their new head coach. With the first pick overall the Saints draft Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers out of South Carolina. Phillips banked on Rogers giving the Saints the same boost that Earl Campbell did when Phillips drafted him out of Texas three years earlier.

Rogers won the Offensive Rookie of the Year, as he rushed all-time rookie record of 1,674 yards, a record which was eclipsed just two years later when Eric Dickerson of the Los Angeles Rams rushed for 1,808. However, the Saints would continue to struggle finishing with a 4-12 record. It was the Saints' thirteenth of fifteen seasons with five or fewer wins, and eighth with double-digit defeats.

Despite the team finishing with a bad record, they did have two special moments. The first was in week eight, when they upset the Cincinnati Bengals, who would go to the Super Bowl after winning the AFC championship. The second came four weeks later when Phillips returned to Houston, where his new team defeated his old one 27-24.

Offseason

NFL draft

1981 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 George Rogers *  Running back South Carolina
2 29 Russell Gary  Defensive back Nebraska
2 51 Rickey Jackson * +  Linebacker Pittsburgh
3 57 Frank Warren  Defensive end Auburn
3 71 Hoby Brenner *  Tight end USC
5 112 Louis Oubre  Guard Oklahoma
5 128 Jerry Boyarsky  Defensive tackle Pittsburgh
6 139 Nat Hudson  Guard Georgia
6 144 Johnnie Poe  Defensive back Missouri
6 166 Glen Redd  Linebacker BYU
7 167 Kevin Williams  Wide receiver USC
8 214 Gene Gladys  Linebacker Penn State
8 215 Kevin Evans  Defensive back Arkansas
9 222 Toussaint Tyler  Running back Washington
10 249 Hokie Gajan  Running back LSU
11 277 Lester Mickens  Wide receiver Kansas
12 305 Jim Wilks  Defensive end San Diego State
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[1]

Personnel

Staff

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at Atlanta Falcons L 27-0
57,406
2 September 13, 1981 Los Angeles Rams W 23-17
62,063
3 September 20, 1981 at New York Giants L 20-7
69,814
4 September 27, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 21-14
44,433
5 October 4, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers L 20-6
64,578
6 October 11, 1981 Philadelphia Eagles L 31-14
52,728
7 October 18, 1981 at Cleveland Browns L 20-17
76,059
8 October 25, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals W 17-7
46,336
9 November 1, 1981 Atlanta Falcons L 41-10
63,637
10 November 8, 1981 at Los Angeles Rams W 21-13
61,068
11 November 15, 1981 at Minnesota Vikings L 20-10
45,215
12 November 22, 1981 at Houston Oilers W 27-24
49,581
13 November 29, 1981 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31-14
62,209
14 December 6, 1981 at St. Louis Cardinals L 30-3
46,923
15 December 13, 1981 Green Bay Packers L 35-7
45,518
16 December 20, 1981 San Francisco 49ers L 21-17
43,639

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(1) 13 3 0 .857 5-1 11-1 357 250 W5
Atlanta Falcons 7 9 0 .438 3-3 6-6 426 355 L3
Los Angeles Rams 6 10 0 .375 2-4 5-7 303 351 L1
New Orleans Saints 4 12 0 .250 2-4 2-10 207 378 L4

Awards and records

  • George Rogers, NFL rushing title, 1,674 yards[2]
  • George Rogers, franchise record, most rushing yards by a rookie, 1,674 yards
  • George Rogers, NFL Record (since broken), most rushing yards by a rookie, 1,674 yards[2]

References

  1. ^ "1981 New Orleans Saints draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 437

External links


  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

1981_New_Orleans_Saints_season
 



 



 
Music Scenes