1967 New Orleans Saints season

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1967 New Orleans Saints season
Owner John Mecom Jr.
Head coach Tom Fears
General manager Bert Rose
Home field Tulane Stadium
Results
Record3–11
Division place4th Capitol
League place15th
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers Dave Whitsell
AP All-Pros Dave Whitsell (2nd team)
Team MVPDave Whitsell
Team ROY Danny Abramowicz

The 1967 New Orleans Saints season was the inaugural season for the franchise. The team went 3–11, finishing in last place in the four-team NFL Eastern Conference Capitol Division.

Contents

Personnel

Staff

1967 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • President – John Mecom Jr.
  • Executive Vice-President / general manager – Bert Rose
  • Director of Player Personnel – Vic Schwenk
  • Director of Player Relations – George Owen
  • Director of Promotions and Special Events – Bill Smythe
  • Director of Public Relations – Donald Smith
    • Public Relations Assistant – Patricia Cross
    • Public Relations Consultant – Jim Hall
  • Business Manager – Carroll Martin
  • College Scouting –
    • North Central Area Scout – Dave Smith
    • Northeastern Area Scout – Ray Masters
    • South Central Area Scout – Al Tabor
    • Southeastern Area Scout – Henry Lee Parker
    • Western Area Scout – Ray Newman
  • Comptroller – Cyril Nelson
  • Entertainment Director – Tommy Walker
  • Ticket Manager – Henry Simoneaux

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches


Strength and conditioning

  • Trainer – Fred Peterson
    • Assistant Trainer – Bill Cuthbertson
  • Equipment Manager – Charlie Shepherd
    • Assistant Equipment Manager – Wallace Brown

Roster

1967 New Orleans Saints final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Taxi squad
n/a


Rookies in italics
, 0 taxi squad

Offseason

Expansion draft

The Saints made a splash in the expansion draft by selecting Green Bay Packers running back Paul Hornung. Lombardi was distraught when the Saints selected Hornung in the draft. [1] In later years, Hornung revealed that he spoke to Saints coach Tom Fears prior to the draft. Fears was a former assistant in Green Bay and Fears felt that Hornung would help sell tickets in New Orleans. [1] Several weeks later, the Saints also signed Packers running back Jim Taylor. Taylor had felt underpaid and under-appreciated under Lombardi. [2] An examination at the Scripps Clinic in California found the severing of the fifth, sixth, and seventh vertebrae, and damaged nerve roots in the spinal cord of Hornung. It was decided that Hornung would retire and he never played a game for the Saints. [2]

NFL draft

1967 New Orleans Saints draft
RoundPickPlayerPositionCollegeNotes
11 Selection traded to Baltimore Colts
126 Les Kelley  HB Alabama
227 Bo Burris  QB-S Houston
252 John Gilliam  * FL South Carolina State
253 Dave Rowe  OT Penn State
354 Selection traded to Baltimore Colts
379 Del Williams  C-G Florida State
380 Ben Hart  SE Oklahoma
481 Ron Widby  * P Tennessee
4106 Bill Carr  C Florida
4107 Tom Stangle  E Dayton
5108 Don McCall  HB Southern California
5133 John Douglas  DB Texas Southern
6134 George Harvey  G Kansas
6159 Bo Wood  LB North Carolina
7160 Gary Hertzog  G Willamette
7185 Bob McKelvey  FB-LB Northwestern
8186 Sam Harris  TE Colorado
8211 Barry Siler  LB Albion College
9212 Tim Lavens  TE Idaho
9237 Eugene Ross  DB Oklahoma
10238 Charlie Brown  FL-SE Missouri
10263 Roosevelt Robertson  FL North Carolina College
11264 Jim Benson  G Florida State
11288 Bernard Corbin  S Alabama A&M
12289 Ronnie Pack  G Texas Tech
12315 John Robinson  FL Tennessee A&I
13316 Bill Stetz  LB Boston College
13341 Gary Grossnickle  S Missouri
14342 Jim Hester  TE North Dakota
14367 George Stetter  DB Virginia
15368 John Snow  OT Wake Forest
15393 Darrell Johnson  RB Lamar Tech
16394 Marcus Rhoden  FL-SE Mississippi State
16419 Bruce Cortez  DB Parsons College
17420 Danny Abramowicz  SE Xavier (Ohio)
17438 Billy Bob Stewart  FB-LB Southern Methodist Selection acquired from Baltimore Colts
17445 Jimmy Walker  DB-FL Providence
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Pre-season

The Saints played six pre-season games, finishing with a record of 5–1.

WeekDateKickoff (CT)OpponentResultRecordGame SiteAttendance
1Wednesday, August 210:05 p.m.at Los Angeles Rams L 7–160–1 Anaheim Stadium 26,364
2Saturday, August 128:00 p.m. St. Louis Cardinals W 23–141–1 State Fair Stadium (Shreveport, Louisiana)25,500
3Saturday, August 198:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–172–1 Tiger Stadium (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)35,000
4Saturday, August 2610:30 p.m.at San Francisco 49ers W 24–103–1 Civic Stadium (Portland, Oregon)23,348
5Saturday, September 27:00 p.m.at Miami Dolphins W 20–174–1 Johnson Hagood Stadium (Charleston, South Carolina)11,214
6Saturday, September 98:00 p.m. Atlanta Falcons W 27–145–1 Tulane Stadium 67,486

Regular season

Things couldn't have looked better for the Saints and their inaugural season. A 5–1 preseason record was followed by a 94-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by rookie John Gilliam to begin the 1967 season against the Los Angeles Rams. (There is a rumor in the annals of New Orleans Saints legends that following this play many fans allegedly heard another fan in Tulane Stadium shout out aloud "This is going to be the greatest football team in history!" – thus jinxing the Saints for their first 20 years of existence). Apparently the Rams were not informed of this declaration as they quickly recovered from the opening blow to win 27–13. The first-ever win for the Saints came in week 8 when [3] wide receiver Flea Roberts scored 3 touchdowns in a 31–24 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. With additional triumphs over Atlanta and Washington the 3 wins for the year matched the most for an expansion team. Former Green Bay great Jim Taylor led the team with 390 yards rushing and 17th round pick rookie Danny Abramowicz from Xavier College led in receiving with 50 grabs for 721 yards and 6 touchdowns. Defensive back Dave Whitshell led the team as well as the NFL in interceptions with 10 steals—still a New Orleans Saint season record.

Schedule

WeekDateOpponentResultRecordVenueAttendance
1September 17 Los Angeles Rams L 13–270–1 Tulane Stadium 80,879
2September 24 Washington Redskins L 10–300–2Tulane Stadium74,937
3October 1 Cleveland Browns L 7–420–3Tulane Stadium77,045
4October 8at New York Giants L 21–270–4 Yankee Stadium 62,670
5October 15at Dallas Cowboys L 10–140–5 Cotton Bowl 64,128
6October 22at San Francisco 49ers L 13–270–6 Kezar Stadium 34,285
7October 29 Pittsburgh Steelers L 10–140–7Tulane Stadium68,911
8November 5 Philadelphia Eagles W 31–241–7Tulane Stadium59,596
9November 12 Dallas Cowboys L 10–271–8Tulane Stadium83,437
10November 19at Philadelphia Eagles L 21–481–9 Franklin Field 60,751
11November 26 Atlanta Falcons W 27–242–9Tulane Stadium83,437
12December 3at St. Louis Cardinals L 20–312–10 Busch Memorial Stadium 41,171
13December 10at Baltimore Colts L 10–302–11 Memorial Stadium 60,238
14December 17at Washington Redskins W 30–143–11 District of Columbia Stadium 50,486

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. Los Angeles Rams

1234Total
Rams3107727
Saints733013
  • Date: Sunday, September 17
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 80,879
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), relative humidity 66%, wind 7 mph (11 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 2: vs. Washington Redskins

1234Total
Redskins61401030
Saints370010
  • Date: Sunday, September 24
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 74,937
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 63%, wind 6 mph (9.7 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 3: vs. Cleveland Browns

1234Total
Browns77141442
Saints07007
  • Date: Sunday, October 1
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 77,045
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 68%, wind 8 mph (13 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 4: at New York Giants

1234Total
Saints777021
Giants776727
  • Date: Sunday, October 8
  • Location: Yankee Stadium, New York City, New York
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. ET
  • Game attendance: 62,670
  • Game weather: 55 °F (13 °C), relative humidity 60%, wind 10 mph (16 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 5: at Dallas Cowboys

1234Total
Saints073010
Cowboys770014
  • Date: Sunday, October 15
  • Location: Cotton Bowl, Dallas, Texas
  • Game start: 1:35 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 64,128
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 83%, wind 13 mph (21 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers

1234Total
Saints067013
49ers3771027
  • Date: Sunday, October 22
  • Location: Kezar Stadium, San Francisco, California
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. PT
  • Game attendance: 34,285
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 11 mph (18 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 7: vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

1234Total
Steelers0001414
Saints370010
  • Date: Sunday, October 29
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 68,911
  • Game weather: 67 °F (19 °C), relative humidity 75%, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 8: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

1234Total
Eagles01001424
Saints7710731
  • Date: Sunday, November 5
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:30 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 59,596
  • Game weather: 50 °F (10 °C), relative humidity 61%, wind 12 mph (19 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 9: vs. Dallas Cowboys

1234Total
Cowboys7710327
Saints703010
  • Date: Sunday, November 12
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 83,437
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18 °C), relative humidity 88%, wind 6 mph (9.7 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 10: at Philadelphia Eagles

1234Total
Saints0701421
Eagles32810748
  • Source:

Week 11: vs. Atlanta Falcons

1234Total
Falcons0210324
Saints3771027
  • Date: Sunday, November 26
  • Location: Tulane Stadium, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 83,437
  • Game weather: 72 °F (22 °C), relative humidity 84%, wind 10 mph (16 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 12: at St. Louis Cardinals

1234Total
Saints337720
Cardinals70101431
  • Date: Sunday, December 3
  • Location: Busch Memorial Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. CT
  • Game attendance: 41,171
  • Game weather: 34 °F (1 °C), relative humidity 87%, wind 16 mph (26 km/h), wind chill 24
  • Source:

Week 13: at Baltimore Colts

1234Total
Saints0010010
Colts71031030
  • Date: Sunday, December 10
  • Location: Memorial Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Game start: 2:05 p.m. ET
  • Game attendance: 60,238
  • Game weather: 40 °F (4 °C), relative humidity 78%, wind 14 mph (23 km/h)
  • Source:

Week 14: at Washington Redskins

1234Total
Saints0791430
Redskins007714
  • Source:

Standings

NFL Capitol
WLTPCTDIVCONFPFPASTK
Dallas Cowboys 950.6434–28–2342268L1
Philadelphia Eagles 671.4623–2–15–4–1351409W1
Washington Redskins 563.4552–3–14–5–1347353L1
New Orleans Saints 3110.2142–42–8233379W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

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