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The 1975 New Orleans Saints Season

The 1975 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 21 Redskins L 3-41
Sep 28 Bengals L 0-21
Oct 5 Falcons L 7-14
Oct 12 Packers W 20-19
Oct 19 49ers L 21-35
Oct 26 Rams L 14-38
Nov 2 Falcons W 23-7
Nov 9 Raiders L 10-48
Nov 16 Vikings L 7-20
Nov 23 49ers L 6-16
Nov 30 Browns L 16-17
Dec 7 Rams L 7-14
Dec 14 Giants L 14-28
Dec 21 Bears L 17-42

2 Wins 12 Loses
Coach: John North (first 6 games) Ernie Hefferle (final 8 games)
First Round Draft Pick: Larry Burton Wide Receiver, Purdue

The 1975 New Orleans Saints NFL season was, definitely a Saints season to forget.
About the only positive side of the year was the opening of the Louisiana Superdome. After 4 years of construction, the Saints moved from Tulane Stadium into one of the NFL’s largest indoor stadiums. The first regular season game was a disaster though, getting blanked by the Bengals 21-0. As a matter of fact, they would manage only 1 win during the season at home (the last second fieldgoal of Rick Szaro in the Green Bay Game).

For the second season in a row, the offense struggled. Three games into the season the Saints could only muster 10 points. The fourth game they squeaked by Green Bay 20-19. Two games (i.e. loses) later, North was looking for job and Hefferle took over on an interim basis. His first game was a win over the Falcons when rookie WR Larry Burton went wild with 159 yards and 4 catches. It was a 23-7 victory.
Unfortunately, the rest of the season couldn’t produce another win.

Rookie Mike Strachen, a 9th round pick from Iowa, led the team in rushing with 668 yards and a 4.1 yards per carry average. Second year man Alvin Maxson led in receiving with 41 catches. Paul Seal had the most yards with 414. Tommy Myers had 5 interceptions.

One other side note. This year was the last of the original Saints. It was to be offensive lineman Jake Kupp’s last. Kupp had been chosen in the Expansion draft from Washington and was the last player still on the roster from the inaugural season.

 


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