2003 New Orleans Saints season

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2003 New Orleans Saints season
Owner Tom Benson
Head coach Jim Haslett
General manager Mickey Loomis
Home field Louisiana Superdome
Division place2nd NFC South
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers G LeCharles Bentley
RB Deuce McAllister
AP All-Pros RB Deuce McAllister (1st team)

The 2003 season was the New Orleans Saints' 37th in the National Football League and their 28th playing home games at the Louisiana Superdome. They failed to improve on their 9–7 record from 2002 and finished with a record of 8–8. [1]


This was the season of the River City Relay, a play that has gone down in NFL lore from a week 16 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Saints were 7–7 and needed a victory to keep their postseason hopes alive. The Jaguars held a 20–13 lead with seven seconds left in regulation, and the Saints had possession on their own 25. In a scene evoking memories of The Play, Aaron Brooks passed to Donté Stallworth for 42 yards, Stallworth lateraled to Michael Lewis for 7 yards, Lewis lateraled to Deuce McAllister for 5 yards, and McAllister lateraled to Jerome Pathon for 21 yards and a touchdown. The score was 20–19, leaving only the extra point to force overtime. However, in an unlikely twist, John Carney, who in his career made 98.4% of extra points attempted and had not missed one in a full decade, inexplicably missed the kick wide right, causing the Saints to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season and 10th time in the past 11.


NFL Draft

2003 New Orleans Saints draft
16 Johnathan Sullivan   Defensive tackle Georgia
237 Jon Stinchcomb  *  Offensive tackle Georgia
386 Cie Grant   Linebacker Ohio State
4102 Montrae Holland   Guard Florida State
5155Melvin Williams  Defensive end Kansas State
6203 Kareem Kelly   Wide receiver USC
7231 Talman Gardner   Wide receiver Florida State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career




2003 New Orleans Saints staff
Front office
  • Owner – Tom Benson
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Mickey Loomis
  • Senior Football Administrator – Russ Ball
  • Director of Player Personnel – Rick Mueller
  • College Scouting Coordinator – Rick Thompson

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Al Everest

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Rock Gullickson
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Jerry Palmieri


2003 New Orleans Saints final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season


During the 2003 regular season, the Saints’ non-division opponents were primarily from the NFC East and AFC South based on the NFL schedule rotation. They also played the Seattle Seahawks and Chicago Bears based on the teams' 2002 divisional placement. Their non-conference opponents were from the AFC South.

1September 7at Seattle Seahawks L 10–270–1
2September 14 Houston Texans W 31–101–1
3September 21at Tennessee Titans L 12–271–2
4September 28 Indianapolis Colts L 21–551–3
5October 5at Carolina Panthers L 13–191–4
6October 12 Chicago Bears W 20–132–4
7October 19at Atlanta Falcons W 45–173–4
8October 26 Carolina Panthers L 20–233–5
9November 2at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–144–5
11November 16 Atlanta Falcons W 23–205–5
12November 23at Philadelphia Eagles L 20–335–6
13November 30at Washington Redskins W 24–206–6
14December 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 7–146–7
15December 14 New York Giants W 45–77–7
16 December 21 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 19–207–8
17December 28 Dallas Cowboys W 13–78–8


NFC South
(3) Carolina Panthers 1150.6885–19–3325304W3
New Orleans Saints 880.5003–37–5340326W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 790.4382–46–6301264L2
Atlanta Falcons 5110.3132–44–8299422W2

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