New Orleans Saints

3rd NFC South (7-9-0)

Founded: 1967

Stadium: Mercedes-Benz Superdome

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  • Saints WR Thomas aiming to avoid slump

    Michael Thomas set New Orleans Saints rookie records for receptions, yards and touchdowns. The wideout wants to make sure he doesn't succumb to a sophomore slump in 2017.
  • Payton: Saints must improve defense

    Saints coach Sean Payton knows his defense needs to improve next year if New Orleans is to return to the playoffs for the first time in several years. They're targeting "pressure players" in the draft.
  • Brees: I've got a few more years

    Saints quarterback Drew Brees isn't going anywhere. "I got a few more at least," Brees said on Good Morning Football Thursday when asked how much longer he was planning to play in the NFL.
  • Ready for the Pro Bowl?

    The NFL's best will once again compete in the traditional AFC vs. NFC game on Sunday. Can Dak Prescott break a record with a Cowboys-heavy team? Here's what we're watching for.
  • Saints not worried about Brees' contract

    Drew Brees is entering the final year of his contract, but neither the quarterback nor New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis are worried about his deal moving forward.
  • London dates for NFL games at Wembley Stadium announced

    The National Football League has confirmed the dates for the two games to be played at Wembley Stadium as part of the 2017 NFL London Games series.
  • Saints fire Joe Vitt, 4 other coaches

    The New Orleans Saints have fired assistant head coach/linebacker coach Joe Vitt and four other coaches, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
  • Payton is planning to stay with Saints

    As whispers swirl around Sean Payton's future, he openly denies them all. Payton then Monday night issued his most declarative statement to date on his Saints future.
  • Could Payton leave Saints to fill Rams' vacancy?

    With the Los Angeles Rams job open, multiple sources tell NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport that it is a job Saints head coach Sean Payton is monitoring with sincere interest.
  • Jury finds Hayes guilty of manslaughter in Will Smith shooting

    A Louisiana jury has found the man who fatally shot retired New Orleans Saints star Will Smith guilty of manslaughter and guilty of attempted manslaughter.
  • Bucs knock off Saints to stay tied atop NFC South

    The Buccaneers (8-5) remain tied with the Falcons atop the NFC South after knocking off the Saints (5-8) at home. Here's what we learned from Tampa Bay's 16-11 win over New Orleans.
  • Injuries: Redskins' Reed, Saints' Ingram to play

    The Redskins and Saints will have two of their top players available on Sunday. Tight end Jordan Reed (shoulder) and running back Mark Ingram (toe, knee) will play, Ian Rapoport reported.
  • Stafford saves heroics for another day in Lions' win

    Matthew Stafford kept the fourth-quarter heroics in his back pocket on Sunday as the Lions did not trail in the fourth quarter for the first time this season in an impressive 28-13 road win.
  • Saints WR Cooks set to be at center of trade talks

    Expect trade talks centered around Brandin Cooks leading up to the free-agency window, with the speedster no doubt set to draw interest, Ian Rapoport reports.
  • Players knew Sean Payton was 'fired up' to beat Gregg Williams

    Sean Payton didn't shovel dirt on his former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams after the Saints put up 555 yards on the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. New Orleans players, however, knew what the win meant for their coach.
  • Brees, Saints pummel Rams in blowout win

    The New Orleans Saints exploded for 49 points and more than 500 yards, embarrassing the Los Angeles Rams at the Superdome on Saturday.
Draft 2017 more
Pick Player
Rd 1, Pick 11 (11)  
Scoreboard more
Georgia Dome - Wk 17 1 2 3 4 T
New Orleans Saints 10 3 0 19 32
Atlanta Falcons 14 21 3 0 38
Schedule more
Wk Date Opponent Time
12 Sun, Nov 27 Los Angeles 49-21   W
13 Sun, Dec 04 Detroit 13-28   L
14 Sun, Dec 11 @ Tampa Bay 11-16   L
15 Sun, Dec 18 @ Arizona 48-41   W
16 Sat, Dec 24 Tampa Bay 31-24   W
17 Sun, Jan 01 @ Atlanta 32-38   L
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Injuries more
Player (Pos) Injury
No Injuries Reported
Postseason Leaders more
Passing Att Cmp Yds TDs
No Statistics to Report
Rushing Car Yds Avg TDs
No Statistics to Report
Receiving Rec Yds Avg TDs
No Statistics to Report
Transactions more
Date Transaction
1/10 Royce LaFrance (DE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/3 Brian Blechen (LB) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/3 Royce LaFrance (DE) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
1/2 Ashaad Mabry (DT) Reserve/Future (reserve/future).
NFC South more
Team W L T Win %
Atlanta 11 5 0 .688
Tampa Bay 9 7 0 .563
New Orleans 7 9 0 .438
Carolina 6 10 0 .375

Head Coach more

Sean Payton

Regular Season: 94-66

Postseason: 6-4

Experience: 9

Career record: 100-70

Payton was hired as the 14th head coach in Saints history on Jan. 18, 2006 after being a member of the Dallas Cowboys staff since 2003. In 2009, he led the Saints to their first Super Bowl championship by defeating the Indianapolis Colts.

In 2010 Payton led the Saints to their second consecutive postseason appearance and third in five seasons with an 11-5 record, becoming the only the second coach in franchise history to post three double-digit win seasons. It was only the second time in club record books that the Saints had back-to-back 11-win campaigns. He followed that up with a 13-3 campaign in 2011.

In 2012, Payton was suspended as part of the Saints' bounty program from April 1, 2012 to Jan. 22, 2013.

Payton came to Dallas after four years with the New York Giants (1999-2002), the last three as offensive coordinator.

Payton wrapped two coaching stints at San Diego State University (1988-89 and 1992-93) around a stop at Indiana State (1990-91). During his second stretch with the Aztecs, Payton was running backs coach, working with Heisman Trophy runner-up Marshall Faulk before becoming quarterbacks coach.

Following the 1993 season, Payton moved to Miami of Ohio (1994-95) where he was quarterbacks coach and later co-offensive coordinator. He spent 1996 as quarterbacks coach at Illinois before entering the NFL with Philadelphia.

Payton earned a bachelor's degree in communications at Eastern Illinois, where as a quarterback he had 10,665 passing yards, then the third-highest total in NCAA Division I-AA history. He had professional stints with Chicago of the Arena Football League, Ottawa of the Canadian Football League and the Chicago Bears in 1987.

Payton was born Dec. 29, 1963 in San Mateo, Calif., and raised in Naperville, Ill.


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