1996 New Orleans Saints season

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1996 New Orleans Saints season
Head coachJim Mora
Rick Venturi (interim)
Home fieldLouisiana Superdome
Results
Record3–13
Division place5th NFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify

The 1996 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 30th as a member of the National Football League. They were unable to match their previous season's output of 7–9 and finished with the second worst sixteen-game record in team history at 3-13.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the fourth straight year. It would be Jim Mora's final season as the team's head coach. His exit from the team was highlighted by his infamous "didly poo" rant following an embarrassing Week 8 loss to the Carolina Panthers. [2]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1996 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Alex Molden  Cornerback Oregon
2 40 Je'Rod Cherry  Defensive back California
3 70 Brady Smith  Defensive end Colorado State
4 103 Ricky Whittle  Running back Oregon
5 136 Mercury Hayes  Wide receiver Michigan
5 145 Tom Ackerman  Guard Eastern Washington
5 165 Terry Guess  Wide receiver Gardner–Webb
6 179 Keno Hills  Guard Louisiana–Lafayette
6 204 Toderick Malone  Wide receiver Alabama
7 246 Henry Lusk  Tight end Utah
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Russell Paternostro
  • Strength and Conditioning Assistant – Glenn Mayeaux

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Roster[edit]

1996 New Orleans Saints roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time (CT) TV Announcers Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 27–11 FOX 3:00PM Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville
63,970
2 September 8, 1996 Carolina Panthers L 22–20 FOX 12:00PM Mike Breen & Bill Maas
43,288
3 September 15, 1996 at Cincinnati Bengals L 30–15 FOX 12:00PM Kenny Albert & Tim Green
45,412
4 September 22, 1996 Arizona Cardinals L 28–14 FOX 12:00PM Eric Clemons & Jim Burt
34,316
5 September 29, 1996 at Baltimore Ravens L 17–10 FOX 12:00PM Mike Breen & Bill Maas
61,063
6 October 6, 1996 Jacksonville Jaguars W 17–13 NBC 3:00PM Jim Lampley & Bob Golic
34,231
7 October 13, 1996 Chicago Bears W 27–24 FOX 12:00PM Mike Breen & Bill Maas
43,512
8 October 20, 1996 at Carolina Panthers L 19–7 FOX 12:00PM Thom Brennaman & Ron Pitts
70,888
9 Bye
10 November 3, 1996 San Francisco 49ers L 24–17 ESPN 7:00PM Mike Patrick & Joe Theismann
53,297
11 November 10, 1996 Houston Oilers L 31–14 NBC 12:00PM Dan Hicks & Bart Oates
34,121
12 November 17, 1996 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–15 FOX 12:00PM Kenny Albert & Tim Green
43,119
13 November 24, 1996 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 13–7 FOX 12:00PM Eric Clemons & Scott Case
40,203
14 December 1, 1996 St. Louis Rams L 26–10 FOX 3:00PM Pat Summerall & John Madden
26,310
15 December 8, 1996 Atlanta Falcons L 31–15 FOX 12:00PM Kenny Albert & Tim Green
32,923
16 December 15, 1996 at New York Giants W 17–3 FOX 12:00PM Dick Stockton & Matt Millen
52,530
17 December 21, 1996 at St. Louis Rams L 14–13 FOX 3:00PM Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville
57,681

Standings[edit]

NFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Carolina Panthers 12 4 0 .750 367 218 W7
(4) San Francisco 49ers 12 4 0 .750 398 257 W2
St. Louis Rams 6 10 0 .375 303 409 W2
Atlanta Falcons 3 13 0 .188 309 461 L2
New Orleans Saints 3 13 0 .188 229 339 L1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1996 New Orleans Saints Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. ^ Todd Williams (22 March 2008). "Saints v Panthers hightlights Mora's rant (full version)" – via YouTube.
  3. ^ "1996 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  4. ^ "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Archived from the original on 2012-06-18. Retrieved February 28, 2011.