The 1993 New Orleans Saints Season
1993 New Orleans Saints Season Schedule
|Sep 5||Oilers||W 33-21|
|Sep 12||Falcons||W 34-31|
|Sep 19||Lions||W 14-3|
|Sep 26||49ers||W 16-13|
|Oct 3||Rams||W 37-6|
|Oct 10||BYE WEEK|
|Oct 17||Steelers||L 14-37|
|Oct 24||Falcons||L 15-26|
|Oct 31||Cardinals||W 20-17|
|Nov 7||BYE WEEK|
|Nov 14||Packers||L 17-19|
|Nov 22||49ers||L 7-42|
|Nov 28||Vikings||W 17-14|
|Dec 5||Browns||L 13-17|
|Dec 12||Rams||L 20-23|
|Dec 20||Giants||L 14-24|
|Dec 26||Eagles||L 26-37|
|Jan 2||Bengals||W 20-13|
8 Wins 8 Loses
Coach: Jim Mora
First Round Draft Pick: Willie Roaf Offensive Lineman Louisiana Tech
With the eighth overall pick in the NFL Draft, the 1993 New Orleans Saints took Louisiana Tech offensive tackle Willie Roaf. The Saints acquired the pick by trading All-Pro linebacker Pat Swilling to Detroit. Willie Roaf would play nine seasons with the Saints — seven Pro Bowl appearances — and be named to the 1990s All-Decade Team as well as be enshrined into the NFL Hall of Fame.
Other picks of note were kick returner Tyrone Hughes, fullback Lorenzo Neal, running back Derek Brown and tight end Irv Smith. Wade Wilson was also added as an unrestricted free agent and started off the season red hot as the Saints started off by winning the first 5 games of the season. In the 37-6 blowout of Rams, a new offensive record was posted as the Saints racked up 557 yards of total offense.
Then following the Bye-week, Mr. Wilson abruptly cooled as did the team as a whole. The Saints took a nose dive against the Steelers in week 7 as they where pummeled 14-37. The Saints never regained their composure and lost 8 of their last 11 and for the first time in four seasons, missed the NFL playoffs.
On a better note, the Saints sent 3 to the NFL Pro Bowl. Rookie Tyrone Hughes was named after having 3 returns for scores. Renaldo Turnball (13 sacks) and Rickey Jackson (11 1/2 sacks) also made it.
As a side note, the NFL chose to have not 1, but 2 bye weeks for each team in an effort to extend the season and generate an extra week of income. The idea was scrapped at the end of the season.
Personally, I feel this season was the proverbial “beginning of the end” for the Mora Dynasty.
- Saints Quarterback Wade Wilson in 1993