Saints Defense! New Orleans versus Los Angeles Rams in 1991 at the Dome.
During the 1991 NFL season, the New Orleans Saints defense was arguably at it’s highest point ever in New Orleans Saints History. The Dome Patrol was in it’s heyday against opposing team’s offenses. Here All-Pro Linebacker Pat Swilling and back-up linebacker Renaldo Turnball put the heat on Los Angeles Rams Quarterback Jim Everett. In all the Saints defense had 5 sacks and 1 interception on the day in the 24-7 win at the Super Dome.
The Saints opened the 1991 NFL season with 7 straight victories and ended up with an 11-5 season that year to capture their first ever NFC West division title. Despite losing to Atlanta during the first round of the playoffs it was a pretty good season. The Saints defense led the NFL in fewest points given up and was second in fewest total yards given up. Pat Swilling led the NFL with 17 sacks. The Saints defense racked up 50 sacks as a whole (ranking #3 in the NFL) and the Dome Patrol was well represented in the Pro Bowl as linebackers Pat Swilling, Sam Mills and Vaughn Johnson all got a trip to Honolulu that year.
As the decade of the 1990s began, the New Orleans Saints defense would see it’s last days of glory. By the mid 90s the Dome Patrol would be no more as the 4 All-Pros would gradually make their way elsewhere to other NFL teams. Rickey Jackson left for San Fransisco in 1993 and a Super Bowl with them in 1994. Sam Mills would join the newly formed Carolina expansion team in 1995 and finish his career with 3 very productive years with the Panthers. Pat Swilling would be traded to the Lions in 1993 and Vaughan Johnson would go to Philadelphia after the 1992 season.