1978 New Orleans Saints season

The 1978 New Orleans Saints season was the Saints’ twelfth season. Quarterback Archie Manning put together one of his finest seasons, earning the NFC Player of the Year award and becoming the Saints’ first Pro Bowl representative since the NFL–AFL merger[1] as the Saints finished with a franchise-best 7–9 mark under new head coach Dick Nolan. Seven of the Saints’ losses came against teams that qualified for the playoffs (including both Super Bowl XIII teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys), whilst all nine losses came against teams who finished at or above .500.

NFL team season

1978 New Orleans Saints season
Head coach Dick Nolan
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd NFC West
Playoff finish Did not qualify
Pro Bowlers QB Archie Manning

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  • On August 5, the NFL played its first game in Mexico City. The Saints beat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 14–7.[2]
Main article: 1978 NFL draft

1978 New Orleans Saints draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Wes Chandler *  Wide receiver Florida
2 33 James Taylor  Offensive tackle Missouri
3 60 Barry Bennett  Defensive tackle Concordia College
4 87 Don Schwartz  Defensive back Washington State
5 115 Eric Felton  Defensive back Texas Tech
6 157 Francis Chesley  Linebacker Wyoming
8 199 Brooks Williams  Tight end North Carolina
9 226 Richard Carter  Defensive back North Carolina State
11 283 Nathan Besaint  Defensive tackle Southern
11 285 Dave Riley  Running back West Virginia
12 310 Larry Hardy  Tight end Jackson State

      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


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