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1993 New Orleans Saints
1993 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Mora
General managerJim Finks (resigned July 14)
Jim Miller
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record8-8
Division place2nd NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Rickey Jackson
LB Renaldo Turnbull
KR Tyrone Hughes

The 1993 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 27th as a member of the National Football League (NFL). They were unable to match their previous season's output of 12-4, winning only eight games despite starting the season 5-0.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four years.

Quarterback Bobby Hebert, who was the Saints' starter from late 1985 through 1992, save for a season-long holdout in 1990, signed as a free agent with the division rival Atlanta Falcons. Wade Wilson, who had fallen out of favor with the Minnesota Vikings after the hiring of coach Dennis Green in 1992, was signed as Hebert's replacement.[]

During a loss to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, fans in the Louisiana Superdome let out a sarcastic cheer when Wilson was injured. The incident enraged coach Jim Mora, who let loose with a tirade during his post-game press conference.[2]

Offseason

Organizational changes

Jim Finks, the club's president and general manager since January 1986, was diagnosed with lung cancer in April.[3] He was limited to consulting with team officials by telephone since undergoing chemotherapy. During his absence, most of Finks' day-to-day duties were handled by vice president of administration Jim Miller. On July 14, Finks resigned from all his duties to concentrate on the treatment of his illness.[4]

NFL Draft

1993 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 8 Willie Roaf * +  Offensive tackle Louisiana Tech
1 20 Irv Smith  Tight end Notre Dame
2 53 Reggie Freeman  Linebacker Florida State
4 89 Lorenzo Neal *  Fullback Fresno State
4 109 Derek Brown  Running back Nebraska
5 137 Tyrone Hughes *  Cornerback Nebraska
6 165 Ronnie Dixon  Defensive tackle Cincinnati
7 193 Othello Henderson  Defensive back UCLA
8 221 Jon Kirksey  Defensive tackle Sacramento State
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

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Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 5, 1993 Houston Oilers W 33-21
69,029
2 September 12, 1993 at Atlanta Falcons W 34-31
64,287
3 September 19, 1993 Detroit Lions W 14-3
69,039
4 September 26, 1993 San Francisco 49ers W 16-13
69,041
5 October 3, 1993 at Los Angeles Rams W 37-6
50,709
6 Bye
7 October 17, 1993 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 37-14
56,056
8 October 24, 1993 Atlanta Falcons L 26-15
69,043
9 October 31, 1993 at Phoenix Cardinals W 20-17
36,778
10 Bye
11 November 14, 1993 Green Bay Packers L 19-17
69,043
12 November 22, 1993 at San Francisco 49ers L 42-7
66,500
13 November 28, 1993 at Minnesota Vikings W 17-14
53,030
14 December 5, 1993 at Cleveland Browns L 17-13
60,388
15 December 12, 1993 Los Angeles Rams L 23-20
69,033
16 December 20, 1993 New York Giants L 24-14
69,036
17 December 26, 1993 at Philadelphia Eagles L 37-26
50,085
18 January 2, 1994 Cincinnati Bengals W 20-13
58,036

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2)San Francisco 49ers 10 6 0 .625 473 295 L2
New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 317 343 W1
Atlanta Falcons 6 10 0 .375 316 385 L3
Los Angeles Rams 5 11 0 .313 221 367 W1

References

  1. ^ 1993 New Orleans Saints
  2. ^ "Saints Fans Devilish in Booing QB Wilson". The Baltimore Sun. December 26, 1993. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Plaschke, Bill (July 7, 1993). "Toughest Test: Football Executive Jim Finks Has Always Tackled Difficult Projects, but Now Battles Lung Cancer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ "Finks Resigns to Fight Battle With Cancer". Los Angeles Times. July 15, 1993. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ "1993 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  6. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved 2011.

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