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1976 New Orleans Saints NFL Season

 

The 1976 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 12 Vikings L 9-40
Sep 19 Cowboys L 6-24
Sep 26 Chiefs W 27-17
Oct 3 Oilers L 26-31
Oct 10 Falcons W 30-0
Oct 17 49ers L 3-33
Oct 24 Rams L 10-16
Oct 31 Falcons L 20-23
Nov 7 Packers L 27-32
Nov 14 Lions W 16-17
Nov 21 Seahawks W 51-27
Nov 28 Rams L 14-33
Dec 5 Patriots L 6-27
Dec 12 49ers L 7-27

4 Wins 10 Loses
Coach: Hank Stram
First Round Draft Pick: Chuck Muncie RB University of California

Hank Stram’s first season with the Saints was nothing to get fired up about. Archie missed the whole season when he opted to undergo shoulder surgery and missed the entire season , so backups Bobby Scott and Bobby Douglass filled in. Bobby Douglas came to New Orleans via a Rick Middleton trade. Rookie Running backs Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreath-dubbed Thunder & Lightning- provided an adequate running game despite a poor a offensive line. Mucie led the Saints in rushing with 659 yards while Galbreath led in receiving with 54 catches. He also had 8 touchdowns (7 rushing – 1 receiving) to lead in touchdowns scored.
Linebacker Jim Merlo led the defense with 4 interceptions — 2 of them were returned for touchdowns. The defense also managed a not-to-shabby 39 sacks.
There were a couple of exciting moments of this New Orleans Saints season. A 51-27 win over Seattle gave them their biggest margin of victory New Orleans had ever had (until the 1988 game against Denver) along with a 30-0 shutout of Atlanta where Jim Merlo had an 83-yard interception return for a TD. Hank Stram also enjoyed a 27-17 victory over his old team, the Kansas City Chiefs, who he coached to a Super Bowl IV win over the Minnesota Vikings in 1970.

 

  • Chuck Muncie, New Orleans Saints Rookie in 1976
  • Tony Galbreath, New Orleans Saints Rookie in 1976

For the first time in years, the Saints had a respectable ground game in Chuck Muncie and Tony Galbreath