The 1974 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule
|Sept 15||49ers||L 13-17|
|Sep 22||Rams||L 0-24|
|Sep 29||Falcons||W 14-13|
|Oct 6||Bears||L 10-24|
|Oct 13||Broncos||L 17-33|
|Oct 20||Falcons||W 13-3|
|Oct 27||Eagles||W 14-10|
|Nov 3||Lions||L 14-19|
|Nov 10||Dolphins||W 20-7|
|Nov 17||Rams||L 7-28|
|Nov 25||Steelers||L 13-24|
|Dec 1||Vikings||L 9-29|
|Dec 8||Cardinals||W 14-0|
|Dec 15||49ers||L 21-35|
5 Wins 9 Loses
Coach: John North
First Round Draft Pick: Rick Middleton, Linebacker, Ohio St.
With wins over the Eagles, Rams, a sweep of the Falcons and the second shut out in team history (a 14-0 blanking of the Cardinals), John North’s crew posted yet another 5 win season.
Despite rumors that he would be traded, Archie Manning remained the apparent starter during the season. Back-ups Bobby Scott and arry Cipa where both given playing time in an effort to jump
start a struggling offense- we where shut out twice and scored over 20 points in only one game.
Rookie Alvin Maxson was the surprise of season. An eighth round draft pick from Southern Methodist, Maxson led the club in rushing with 714 yards on 165 carries- a 4.3 average and in receiving with 42 catches. Another rookie, Joel Parker from Florida was right behind him with 41 grabs — his 4 TD’s were tops on the team also. Bob Newland lead in receiving yards with but 490.
Terry Schmidt and Ernie Jackson each had 4 interceptions on the year. Tommy Myers had 3.
Archie Manning did a lot of running in 1974