The 1972 New Orleans Saints NFL Season

1972 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule

Regular Season
Sept 17 Rams L 14-34
Sep 25 (Mon) Chiefs L 20-17
Oct 1 49ers L 2-37
Oct 8 Giants L 21-45
Oct 15 Falcons L 14-21
Oct 22 49ers T 20-20
Oct 29 Eagles W 21-3
Nov 5 Vikings L 6-37
Nov 12 Falcons L 20-36
Nov 19 Lions L 14-27
Nov 26 Rams W 19-16
Dec 3 Jets L 17-18
Dec 10 Patriots L 10-17
Dec 19 Packers L 20-30

2 Wins 11 Loses 1 Ties
Coach: JD Roberts
First Round Draft Pick: Royce Smith Guard, Georgia

A most unimpressive season. Standouts Archie Manning and rookie linebacker Joe Federspiel could do little to salvage the season.

The highlights of the year where few. Though the 1972 draft did produce a couple of standouts that would be mainstays throughout the seasons to come. Third round pick Tommy Myers from Syracuse would eventually become a Pro Bowl safety and the fourth round pick — Joe Federspiel, a middle linebacker from Kentucky, would remain with the Saints for the next 8 years.

This was the year the New Orleans Saints played their first ever Monday Night Football game. It was a loss, but only by 3 points to the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Archie Manning at the controls, the Saints passing game was actually productive. We ranked 6th in total passing yardage as Manning was second only to Joe Namath in passing yards and was first in total completions. His 18 passing touchdowns was second in the NFL as well. Manning’s numbers were respectable. Completing 51 percent of his 448 attempts for 2781 yards, 18 TDs and 21 interceptions. Unfortunately, the running game was just the opposite. It ranked almost last in production. The Saints had only 5 scores on the ground – and 2 of those were Manning’s. Leading rusher Bob Gresham had but 381 yards to his credit. And Manning was next most-productive rushers 351 yards.¬† And for the first time ever, the Saints had someone besides Danny Abramowicz lead the team in receiving. Rookie Bob Newland had 47 catches and 579 yards while Abramowicz had 38 grabs and 688 yards.

Without a doubt the defense was a liability with very few positives to point to.

New Orleans Saints 1972 Team Statistics
1972 New Orleans Saints Team Roster

Saints rookie Bob Pollard in 1972Saints Rookie Bob Pollard
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