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The 1996 New Orleans Saints Season

1996 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 1 49ers L 11-27
Sep 8 Panthers L 20-22
Sep 15 Bengals L 15-30
Sep 22 Cardinals L 14-28
Sep 29 Ravens L 10-17
Oct 6 Jaguars W 17-13
Oct 13 Bears W 27-24
Oct 20 Panthers L 7-19
Oct 27 BYE
Nov 3 49ers L 17-24
Nov 10 Oilers L 14-34
Nov 17 Falcons L 15-17
Nov 24 Buccaneers L 7-13
Dec 1 Rams L 10-26
Dec 8 Falcons L 15-31
Dec 15 Giants W 17-3
Dec 28 Rams L 13-14

3 Wins 13 Loses
Coach: Jim Mora (first 8 games, Rick Ventura last 8 games)
First Round Draft Pick: Alex Molden Defensive back, Oregon

No More Mora

A season that many (including myself) thought the Saints would really make a go of it. What happened was nothing short of a disaster. The Saints started 0-5 for the second year in a row and Jim Mora- the only head coach to ever bring them to the playoffs – quit midway through the season after a disappointing loss to Carolina.
Rick Ventura agreed to take over only after no one else would.
About the only bright spot was kicker Doug Brien’s performance of the year. 21 of 25 FGs on the year. 3 of which were over 50 yards. One of these was a 54 yard’er against Chicago.
Mario Bates led the team for the 3rd straight season with 584 yards. Wayne Martin led the team with 11 sacks. He was chosen as an alternate for the Pro Bowl while Willie Roaf made his 3rd
consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl.


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