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Cover Team SpiritWhat's new with the New Orleans Saints? That's what this page is all about.

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That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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20132016 Season Roundup: The Saints set a record in 2016, but not one the fans like to boast about. They became the first NFL club to go 7–9 three years in a row. Seven of those losses were games they could have won with a big play and a little luck in the 4th quarter. Drew Brees had another sensational season with over 5,000 passing yards and 37 touchdowns. But the defense gave up 454 points, and it’s hard to win games when you’re always playing catch-up.

2016 Season Preview: Forget about the New Orleans offense—it’s excellent thanks to Drew Brees and a talented group of runners and receivers. The defense has to step up in 2016 for the Saints to return to the playoffs. The secondary has great potential, with Delvin Breaux, Kenny Vacarro and Jarius Byrd. Closer to the line is where the improvement must come from. The rebuilding starts with Cameron Jordan and rookie Sheldon Rankins.

2013January 3, 2016: Drew Brees became the first quarterback in history to throw for 4,500 yards six years in a row.

December 6, 2015: Stephone Anthony became the first player ever to return a blocked extra-point kick for a two-point score.

November 1, 2015: Drew Brees passed for 7 touchdowns in a wild 52–49 win over the Giants. Eli Manning threw 6 TD passes for New York. Their 13 total scoring passes broke a record that had lasted since 1969. The 101 points was the third-highest total in NFL history.

2015 Season Preview: Age and injuries may finally be catching up with Drew Brees. One of his favorite receivers, Jimmy Graham, left as a free agent. The New Orleans offense is still above-average, however, so a lot will depend on the defense, which should be better against the pass this year.

2013December 28, 2014: Drew Brees tied with Ben Roethlisberger of the league lead in passing yards. Brees also joined Hall of Famers Sonny Jurgensen and Dan Marino as the only QBs to lead the league 5 times.

September 1, 2014: No team in the NFC has better balance or talent than New Orleans. Drew Brees has new receivers to work with, and many believe this will be the breakout year for running back Mark Ingram. A defense geared toward stopping the pass is another strength of the Saints.

2013October 6, 2013: Jimmy Graham tied an NFL record for tight ends with his fourth 100-yard receiving day in a row. It was the second time in his career that Graham had four consecutive 100-yard games.

September 4, 2013: The return of coach Sean Payton should have a positive effect on an already-good offense. Drew Brees is one of the game's best quarterbacks and Jimmy Graham has become an elite tight end. The defense has nowhere to go but up. It allowed more than 7,000 yards in 2012—more than any team in history. Linebacker Victor Butler—an unknown backup for the Cowboys—is one of the newcomers the Saints are hoping will make a difference.

2013February 2, 2013: Without their head coach—who was suspended by the league for a year—the Saints defense crumbled. New Orleans became the first team in history to give up more than 7,000 yards in a season. Even so, the powerful offense kept them in the playoff hunt until mid-December. They finished 7–9.

Summer, 2012: The Saints have the NFL's hottest quarterback in Drew Brees. However, they are missing their head coach, Sean Payton, who is a genius at calling plays. Can the offense put up numbers in 2012 like it did last year?

     
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When George Rogers came out of college, some people were saying he was the best running back they ever saw. (Author's Collection)

 

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Am I crazy or does Bobby Hebert look like he's 11 on this card? (Topps, Inc.)

 

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Roman Harper signed this photo. He was a big reason the Saints became a Super Bowl contender. (Author's Collection)

 

George Rogers — Running Back
Born: 12/8/1958
Played for Team: 1981 to 1984
The Saints selected George Rogers with the first pick in the 1981 draft, and he rewarded them by leading the NFL in rushing with 1,647 yards. At the time, that was the most ever by a rookie. Rogers was the first of five Heisman Trophy winners drafted by the Saints in the first round. The others were Danny Wuerffel, Ricky Williams, Reggie Bush, and Mark Ingram.


Eric Martin — Receiver
Born: 11/8/1961
Played for Team: 1985 to 1993
In 1987, Eric Martin helped the Saints reach the playoffs for the first time with 44 catches and seven touchdowns. From 1988 to 1993, he was one of the NFL's most consistent receivers. Martin caught more than 60 passes each year, including a high of 85 in 1988.


Bobby Hebert — Quarterback
Born: 8/19/1960
Played for Team: 1985 to 1992
Bobby Hebert was a Louisiana native who was nicknamed the "Cajun Cannon." After leading the Saints to their first winning season and first trip to the playoffs, Hebert became a folk hero to New Orleans fans.


Aaron Brooks — Quarterback
Born: 3/24/1976
Played for Team: 2000 to 2005
In his rookie season, Aaron Brooks took over the starting job after an injury to Jeff Blake. He helped the team win the NFC West, and then beat the St. Louis Rams in the playoffs—a year after the Rams had won the Super Bowl. During that game, the Saints lost Ricky Williams and Joe Horn, but Brooks threw four touchdown pass to give New Orleans its first-ever postseason victory.


Roman Harper — Defensive Back
Born: 12/1//1982
First Year with Team: 2006
Roman Harper was one of the young defensive stars that helped the Saints win their first Super Bowl. He was good at covering pass receivers and had a special talent for sacking the quarterback. Opponents were never be sure where he would line up. Harper was a Pro Bowl pick in 2009 and 2010.

     
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Archie looks a little like his son, Peyton, in this picture, doesn't he? (Topps, Inc.)

 

JOE COLLEGE
During the 1970s, one of the Saints' most reliable players was linebacker Joe Federspiel. After his playing days, that same quality made Federspiel one of the top college football umpires in the Southeast Conference (SEC).


PERFECT TIMING
Seven games into the 1970 season, the Saints fired their coach, Tom Fears, and hired J.D. Roberts to replace him. In Roberts's first game, the Saints beat the Detroit Lions on Tom Dempsey's famous 63-yard field goal.


ARCHIE! ARCHIE!
In Archie Manning's first NFL game, he led the Saints to victory over the powerhouse Los Angeles Rams with a touchdown run on the last play. A few weeks later, Manning stunned the Super Bowl-bound Dallas Cowboys 24–14.

     
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All hail Drew Brees, the NFL's new single-season passing champion! (Black Book Partners)

 

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Defensive tackles almost never lead the league in sacks, but La'Roi Glover made it happen in 2000. (Topps, Inc.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1981 — George Rogers — 1,674


RECEIVING YARDS
No Saint has led the league in receiving yards.


PASSING YARDS
2006 — Drew Brees — 4,418
2008 — Drew Brees — 5,069
2011 — Drew Brees — 5,476
2012 — Drew Brees — 5,177
2014 — Drew Brees — 4,952 (tied with abother player)
2015 — Drew Brees — 4,870
2016 — Drew Brees — 5,208


RUSHING TDs
2013 — Jimmy Graham — 16


RECEIVING TDs
No Saint has led the league in receiving touchdowns.


PASSING TDs
2008 — Drew Brees — 34 (tied for NFL lead)
2009 — Drew Brees — 34
2011 — Drew Brees — 46
2012 — Drew Brees — 43


POINTS
No Saint has led the league in points.


INTERCEPTIONS
2009 — Darren Sharper — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
1967 — Dave Whitsell — 10 (tied for NFL lead)


SACKS
1991 — Pat Swilling — 17
2000 — La'Roi Glover — 17

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
2006 NFC Championship Chicago Bears Lost 39–14
2009 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Won 31–28 (OT)
2009 Super Bowl XLIV Indianapolis Colts Won 31–17
 
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