Bum Phillips began the season by trading away not one but two first round picks. One for Jets standout Quarterback Richard Todd (traded for the Saints 1st round in 1984) and the other for battering ram Earl Campbell from Houston (in exchange for the Saints 1st round 1985 pick)-The team already had very able running backs in George Rodgers, Wayne Wilson and Hokie Gajan. Defensive lineman Jumpy Geathers was taken in the second. The arrival of Todd only prompted Ken Stabler to retire 8 games into the season. Some other names taken in the draft where center Joel Hilgenburg from Iowa and Punter Brian Hanson of Sioux Falls.
Highlights of the season included the Saints first-ever Prime
time victory on Monday Night. A 27-24 win over Pittsburgh and a
last second 53 yard field goal against the Browns. On a less
positive note, we blew a 27-6 lead over Dallas (Hokie Gajan did
have a 62 yard score) and we dropped 3 of the last 4 games of the
season to miss the playoffs yet again.
George Rodgers had 914 yards rushing and Hokie Gajan averaged almost 6 yards a carry on 615 yards and 5 tds. Hokie also led the team in receiving with 35 catches and another 2 scores. Jeff Groth and Wayne Wilson were right behind with 33 grabs each. Receiver Tyrone Young had the most yards with 597 (29 catches and 3 scores). Morten Andersen led the team in scoring with 94 points.
Rickey Jackson led the team in sacks with 12. He, along with Bruce Clark (10.5 sacks) and rookie punter Brian Hanson (43.8 yard average) made the Pro Bowl.
As a side note, it was on November 26, after a 35-3 thrashing at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers, owner John Mecom had enough. after the loss he announced that the New Orleans Saints were up for sale for a non-negotiable 75 million dollars.
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