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All-Time Teams: New Orleans Saints



Introduction

In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.


1. Each team roster will consist of the following:

Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C

Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S

Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner

Coach - 1 Head Coach


2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.


3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.


4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.


5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.


6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.


Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!


New Orleans Saints All-Time Team


Franchise Information

First Season: 1967

Record: 396-450-5 (46.81 W-L%)

Playoff Record: 10-13

Super Bowls Won: 1 (2009)

Passing Leader: Drew Brees 6,017/8,742 | 68,010 Yds | 491 TD

Rushing Leader: Mark Ingram 1,389 Att | 6,267 Yds | 51 TD

Receiving Leader: Marques Colston 711 Rec | 9,759 Yds | 72 TD

Sack Leader: Rickey Jackson 123 Sk

Interception Leader: Dave Waymer 37 Int

Scoring Leader: Morten Anderson 1,318 Points

Winningest Coach: Sean Payton 152-89


QB: Drew Brees (2006-2020)

Record: 142-86 | 68.8 Cmp% | 68,010 Yds | 491 TD | 190 Int | 386 Rush Yds | 21 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2016 and 2017 (440, 413, 468, 456, 471, 386) | Led League in Cmp% 2009, 2010, 2011, 2017, 2018 and 2019 (70.6%, 68.1%, 71.2%, 72%, 74.4%, 74.3%) | Led League in Yds 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016 (4,418, 5,069, 5,476, 5,177, 4,952, 4,870, 5,208) | Led League in TD 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012 (34, 34, 46, 43) | Led League in Yds/A 2017 (8.1) | Led League in Yds/G 2006, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016 (276.1, 316.8, 342.3, 323.6, 309.6, 325.5) | Led League in QB Rating 2009 and 2018 (109.6, 115.7) | 12x Pro-Bowl (06, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19) | 1x All-Pro (06) | 2008 and 2011 Offensive Player of the Year | 2009 Bert Bell | 2006 Walter Payton Man of the Year | 2009 Super Bowl Champion


Obviously, I'm going with Drew Brees at quarterback for the Saints. He's one of the most prolific passers in NFL history. Brees led the Saints to nine playoff appearances and a Super Bowl championship in 2009. He led the league in completions six times, completion percentage six times, yards seven times, touchdowns four times, yards per attempt once, yards per game six times and quarterback rating twice. Brees is the only quarterback in history to throw for over 5,000 yards in a single season more than once, something he did five different times. He's obviously the franchise record holder in all major passing categories and currently ranks second in completions, yards and touchdowns in NFL history, behind only Tom Brady. Brees was named to his lone All-ProTeam in 2006 and was named the Offensive Player of the Year in 2008 and 2011. He will surely be a first ballot Hall of Famer.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Archie Manning (1971-1982) | Record: 35-91-3 | 55.4 Cmp% | 21,734 Yds | 115 TD | 156 Int | 2,058 Rush Yds | 18 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 1972 (230) | 2x Pro-Bowl (78, 79)

  2. Bobby Herbert (1985-1992) | Record: 49-26 | 58.5 Cmp% | 14,630 Yds | 85 TD | 75 Int | 452 Rush Yds

  3. Aaron Brooks (2000-2005) | Record: 38-44 | 56.4 Cmp% | 19,156 Yds | 120 TD | 84 Int | 1,410 Rush Yds | 13 Rush TD


RB: Deuce McAllister (2001-2008)

4.3 Yds/A | 6,096 Yds | 49 TD | 234 Rec | 1,720 Rec Yds | 5 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (02, 03)


First up at running back is Deuce McAllister. He was the franchise leader in yards going into this season, although that was just passed by Mark Ingram. McAllister had over 1,000 yards in four different seasons and double-digit touchdowns twice. His career high in yards came in 2003 when he rushed for over 1,600 yards. McAllister was voted to the Pro-Bowl in both 2002 and 2003. He gets the slight edge over Ingram for having more 1,000-yard seasons and more double-digit touchdown seasons.


RB: Alvin Kamara (2017-Present)

4.6 Yds/A | 4,238 Yds | 47 TD | 373 Rec | 3,263 Rec Yds | 20 Rec TD | Led League in Yds/A 2017 (6.1) | Led League in RRTD 2020 (21) | 5x Pro-Bowl (17, 18, 19, 20, 21) | 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year


The current star of the Saints, Alvin Kamara, is the other starting running back here. Kamara has averaged over 5 yards per attempt and has consistently been one of the most dangerous backs on the ground and through the air. He's had over 1,300 yards from scrimmage in every one of his seasons with the Saints and led the league in yards per attempt in 2017 and combined rushing and receiving touchdowns in 2020. Kamara has been named to the Pro-Bowl in all five of his seasons and was named the 2017 Offensive Rookie of the Year.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Chuck Muncie (1976-1980) | 4.3 Yds/A | 3,393 Yds | 28 TD | 125 Rec | 1,086 Rec Yds | 1 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (79)

  2. George Rogers (1981-1984) | 4.3 Yds/A | 4,267 Yds | 23 TD | 44 Rec | 292 Rec Yds | Led League in Yds 1981 (1,674) | Led League in Yds/G 1981 (104.6) | 2x Pro-Bowl (81, 82) | 1x All-Pro (81) | 1981 Offensive Rookie of the Year

  3. Rueben Mayes (1986-1990) | 4.1 Yds/A | 3,408 Yds | 23 TD | 55 Rec | 388 Rec Yds | 2x Pro-Bowl (86, 87) | 1986 Offensive Rookie of the Year

  4. Dalton Hilliard (1986-1993) | 3.7 Yds/A | 4,164 Yds | 39 TD | 249 Rec | 2,233 Rec Yds | 14 Rec TD | Led League in RRTD 1989 (18) | 1x Pro-Bowl (89)

  5. Craig Heyward (1988-1992) | 4.2 Yds/A | 1,813 Yds | 13 TD | 67 Rec | 488 Rec Yds | 1 Rec TD

  6. Pierre Thomas (2007-2014) | 4.6 Yds/A | 3,745 Yds | 28 TD | 327 Rec | 2,608 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD

  7. Mark Ingram (2011-2018, Present) | 4.5 Yds/A | 6,267 Yds | 51 TD | 248 Rec | 1,736 Rec Yds | 5 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (14, 17)


WR: Marques Colston (2006-2015)

711 Rec | 9,759 Yds | 72 TD


Marques Colston has more receptions for more yards and more touchdowns than anyone else in Saints history. Colston had six different seasons of at least 1,000 yards and twice he had double digit touchdowns. He was Drew Bree's favorite target for the majority of his career and won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009. It's a shame he was never named to the Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.


WR: Joe Horn (2000-2006)

523 Rec | 7,622 Yds | 50 TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (00, 01, 02, 04)


Next up is Joe Horn. Horn held all of the franchise receiving records before they were broken by Marques Colston. He had over 1,000 yards in four different seasons and twice went over 10 touchdowns. Horn was voted to the Pro-Bowl in four straight seasons from 2000-2004.


WR: Michael Thomas (2016-Present)

510 Rec | 5,950 Yds | 32 TD | Led League in Rec 2018 and 2019 (125, 149) | Led League in Yds 2019 (1,725) | Led League in Yds/G 2019 (107.8) | 3x Pro-Bowl (17, 18, 19) | 2x All-Pro (18, 19) | 2019 Offensive Player of the Year


Michael Thomas clearly has the ability to become the greatest receiver in Saints history if he can get healthy and get back to form. Thomas led the league in receptions twice, yards once and yards per game once as well. He had over 100 receptions three times and went over 1,000 yards four times. His 149 receptions in 2019 are the most ever in a single season in NFL history.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Danny Abramowicz (1967-1973) | 309 Rec | 4,875 Yds | 37 TD | Led League in Rec 1969 (73) | 1x All-Pro (69)

  2. Wes Chandler (1978-1981) | 182 Rec | 2,801 Yds | 15 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (79)

  3. Eric Martin (1985-1993) | 532 Rec | 7,845 Yds | 48 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (88)

  4. Devery Henderson (2004-2012) | 245 Rec | 4,377 Yds | 20 TD | Led League in Yds/Rec 2006 and 2008 (23.3, 24.8)

  5. Lance Moore (2006-2013) | 346 Rec | 4,281 Yds | 38 TD


TE: Jimmy Graham (2010-2014)

386 Rec | 4,752 Yds | 51 TD | Led League in TD 2013 (16) | 3x Pro-Bowl (11, 13, 14) | 1x All-Pro (13)


Jimmy Graham is the obvious choice at tight end. He's been one of the most dominant tight ends in the NFL for the past decade. Graham broke onto the scene with the Saints in 2010 and went on to have two 1,000 yards seasons and three times he had over 10 touchdowns. He even led the whole league in touchdowns in 2013 with 16. Graham was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 2011, 2013 and 2014 and was named to the All-Pro Team in 2013.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Henry Childs (1974-1980) | 207 Rec | 3,224 Yds | 27 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (79)

  2. Hoby Brenner (1981-1993) | 267 Rec | 3,849 Yds | 21 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (87)


OT: Willie Roaf (1993-2000)

Started 131 of 131 Games | 7x Pro-Bowl (94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 00) | 2x All-Pro (94, 95) | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2012


The great Willie Roaf is first up on the offensive line for the All-Time Saints. Roaf started every game in six seasons and started over 130 games with the Saints in total. He was voted to seven straight Pro-Bowls from 1994-2000 and the All-Pro Team in 1994 and 1995. Roaf was also named to both the Hall of Fame All-1990s and All-2000s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012. He's easily one of the best offensive tackles in NFL history.


OT: Stan Brock (1980-1992)

Started 182 of 186 Games


I almost went with Terron Armstead here, but I'm going with Stan Brock because he started over 100 more games than Armstead. Brock started every game in 9 different seasons with the Saints from 1980-1992. He never made a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team, but he was a force on the offensive line for the Saints for 13 seasons. Armstead has made the Pro-Bowl in three different seasons, but he's struggled to stay healthy and has never started every game in the same season, so I'm giving the slight edge to Stan Brock. No other lineman has played in more games in a Saints uniform than Brock.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Kyle Turley (1998-2002) | Started 79 of 79 Games | 1x All-Pro (00)

  2. Jon Stinchcomb (2003-2010) | Started 80 of 90 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (09)

  3. Jammal Brown (2005-2008) | Started 58 of 58 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (06, 08) | 1x All-Pro (06)

  4. Zach Strief (2006-2017) | Started 94 of 158 Games

  5. Jermon Bushrod (2007-2012, 2018) | Started 68 of 77 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (11, 12)

  6. Terron Armstead (2013-Present) | Started 93 of 97 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (18, 19, 20)

  7. Ryan Ramczyk (2017-Present) | Started 73 of 73 Games | 1x All-Pro (19)


OG: Jahri Evans (2006-2016)

Started 169 of 169 Games | 6x Pro-Bowl (09, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14) | 4x All-Pro (09, 10, 11, 12) | Hall of Fame 2010s Team


Jahri Evans is the obvious choice at offensive guard. The Bloomsburg product started every game in nine different seasons on his way to starting over 160 games with the Saints. He was voted to six Pro-Bowls and four All-Pro Teams, as well as the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. Jahri Evans should be inducted into the Hall of Fame one day. It's more than deserved.


OG: Andrus Peat (2015-Present)

Started 79 of 84 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (18, 19, 20)


This is a similar situation to Brock and Armstead. Andrus Peat and Jim Dombrowski both have great claims to this spot. Dombrowski started over 130 games, including starting every game in seven seasons, but was never named to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team. Andrus Peat has been dominant for the Saints since 2015 and was voted to the Pro-Bowl three different times, but he's struggled to stay healthy and has never started every game in a season. In this case, I think Peat's dominance when healthy outweighs Dombrowski's solid consistency.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Jake Kupp (1967-1975) | Started 102 of 106 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (69)

  2. Brad Edelman (1982-1989) | Started 87 of 90 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (87)

  3. Jim Dombrowski (1986-1996) | Started 137 of 151 Games

  4. Carl Nicks (2008-2011) | Started 61 of 64 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (10, 11) | 1x All-Pro (11)

  5. Larry Warford (2017-2019) | Started 44 of 44 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (17, 18, 19)


C: Joel Hilgenberg (1984-1993)

Started 97 of 142 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (92)


The starting center of the All-Time Saints is Joel Hilgenberg. Hilgenberg took over the starting role in 1987 and remained a force on the offensive line for the next seven seasons. He started every game in two seasons and was voted to his lone Pro-Bowl in 1992.


Honorable Mentions

  1. John Hill (1975-1984) | Started 134 of 138 Games

  2. Jerry Fontenot (1997-2003) | Started 100 of 100 Games

  3. Jonathan Goodwin (2006-2010, 2014) | Started 61 of 88 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (09)


DE: Cameron Jordan (2011-Present)

2 Int | 13 FF | 10 FR | 107 Sk | 573 Tackles | 137 TFL | 7x Pro-Bowl (13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21) | 1x All-Pro (17) | Hall of Fame All-2010s Team


Cameron Jordan is first up on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan has consistently been one of the best pass rushers in the league since his rookie season in 2011. He's had over 10 sacks in six different seasons and has racked up over 500 tackles. Jordan has been voted to seven Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team and was also named to the Hall of Fame All-2010s Team. Whenever Jordan retires, he'll have a good shot to make the Hall of Fame.


DE: Wayne Martin (1989-1999)

1 Int | 12 FF | 13 FR | 82.5 Sk | 597 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (94)


Wayne Martin gets the other starting defensive end role. He spent 11 seasons with the Saints from 1989-1999 and compiled over 80 sacks and just under 600 tackles. Martin had over 10 sacks in five different seasons and was voted to his only Pro-Bowl in 1994.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Jim Wilks (1981-1993) | 7 FR | 49 Sk

  2. Frank Warren (1981-1994) | 1 Int | 11 FR | 56 Sk | 290 Tackles

  3. Bruce Clark (1982-1988) | 1 Int | 9 FR | 39.5 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (84)

  4. Renaldo Turnball (1990-1996) | 1 Int | 9 FF | 7 FR | 44.5 Sk | 229 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (93) | 1x All-Pro (93)

  5. Joe Johnson (1994-2001) | 13 FF | 7 FR | 50.5 Sk | 384 Tackles | 27 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (98) | 2000 Comeback Player of the Year

  6. Charles Grant (2002-2009) | 1 Int | 17 FF | 5 FR | 47 Sk | 430 Tackles | 66 TFL

  7. Will Smith (2004-2012) | 2 Int | 20 FF | 6 FR | 67.5 Sk | 463 Tackles | 85 TFL | Led League in FF 2004 (06) | 1x Pro-Bowl (06)


DT: La’Roi Glover (1997-2001)

1 Int | 11 FF | 5 FR | 50 Sk | 275 Tackles | 41 TFL | Led League in Sk 2000 (17) | 2x Pro-Bowl (00, 01) | 1x All-Pro (00) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team


The great La'Roi Glover gets the first spot at defensive tackle. He spent five seasons with the Saints, racking up 50 sacks and 41 tackles for loss. Glover led the league in sacks in 2000 and twice had over 10 sacks in a single season. He was voted to two Pro-Bowls, one All-Pro Team and the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team.


DT: Derland Moore (1973-1985)

1 Int | 7 FR | 48 Sk


Moore spent 13 seasons with the Saints from 1973-1985 and had multiple sacks in all but three of them. He was a consistent force on the defense and one of the franchise's first great defenders. Moore was surprisingly never voted to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Dave Rowe (1967-1970) | 3 FR | 16.5 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (68)

  2. Elex Price (1973-1980) | 1 Int | 6 FR | 32 Sk


LB: Rickey Jackson (1981-1993)

7 Int | 38 FF | 27 FR | 123 Sk | 1,104 Tackles | Led League in FF 1984 and 1986 (4, 6) | Led League in FR 1990 (7) | 6x Pro-Bowl (83, 84, 85, 86, 92, 93) | Hall of Fame Class 2010


Now to the strongest position group in Saints history. The Saints linebackers from the late 1980s to early 1990s is often considered the best linebacker group on a single team in NFL history. The group was nicknamed "The Dome Patrol" and all three linebacker spots are filled with former members. First up is Rickey Jackson. Jackson spent 13 seasons in New Orleans and compiled 123 sacks, which is still the franchise record. He was the leader of "The Dome Patrol" and led the league in forced fumbles twice and fumble recoveries once as well. He racked up over 1,000 tackles with the Saints and was named to six different Pro-Bowls. Jackson was inducted into the Pro-Bowl in 2010.


LB: Pat Swilling (1986-1992)

3 Int | 24 FF | 7 FR | 76.5 Sk | 354 Tackles | Led League in Sk 1991 (17) | 4x Pro-Bowl (89, 90, 91, 92) | 2x All-Pro (91, 92) | 1991 Defensive Player of the Year


Another member of "The Dome Patrol", Pat Swilling, is up next. Swilling has over 75 sacks with the Saints and led the league in 1991 with 17. He was voted to four straight Pro-Bowls from 1989-1992 and two straight All-Pro Teams from 1991-1992. Swilling was even named the 1991 Defensive Player of the Year. I believe he has a good case for a bust in the Hall of Fame and he deserves more consideration from voters.


LB: Sam Mills (1986-1994)

4 Int | 16 FF | 17 FR | 10.5 Sk | 934 Tackles | 4x Pro-Bowl (87, 88, 91, 92) | Hall of Fame Class 2022


The final linebacker spot came down to the last two members of "The Dome Patrol", Sam Mills and Vaughan Johnson. I give the slight edge to Sam Mills. He racked up just under 1,000 tackles with the Saints and was voted to four Pro-Bowls, coming in 1987, 1988, 1991 and 1992. In 1992, all four members of "The Dome Patrol" were voted to the Pro-Bowl. This is the only time in NFL history that four linebackers from the same team were voted to the same Pro-Bowl. Sam Mills was finally inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2022.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Joe Federspiel (1972-1980) | 5 Int | 10 FR | 7.5 Sk

  2. Vaughan Johnson (1986-1993) | 4 Int | 11 FF | 12 Sk | 664 Tackles | 4x Pro-Bowl (89, 90, 91, 92)

  3. Mark Fields (1995-2000) | 2 Int | 8 FF | 5 FR | 23 Sk | 527 Tackles | 10 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)

  4. Keith Mitchell (1997-2001) | 4 Int | 9 FF | 8 FR | 18.5 Sk | 381 Tackles | 20 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (00)

  5. Jonathan Vilma (2008-2013) | 6 Int | 6 FF | 8 FR | 8 Sk | 439 Tackles | 26 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (09, 10)


CB: Marshon Lattimore (2017-Present)

13 Int | 5 FF | 5 FR | 298 Tackles | 5 TFL | 4x Pro-Bowl (17, 19, 20, 21) | 2017 Defensive Rookie of the Year


Current defensive star, Marshon Lattimore, is first up at cornerback for the All-Time Saints. Lattimore has been a great shut down corner since entering the league in 2017 and was even recognized as the Defensive Rookie of the Year. He's intercepted 13 passes and racked up over 200 tackles and has been voted to four Pro-Bowls. Lattimore is well on his way to a great career.


CB: Dave Waymer (1980-1989)

37 Int | 15 FR | 1x Pro-Bowl (87)

The franchise record holder in interceptions, Dave Waymer, is the other starting cornerback here. In six different seasons, Waymer had at least four interceptions and he was voted to his lone Pro-Bowl in 1987.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Johnnie Poe (1981-1987) | 17 Int | 6 FR | 1 Sk

  2. Fred Thomas (2000-2007) | 13 Int | 9 FF | 6 FR | 5 Sk | 451 Tackles | 15 TFL


S: Tom Myers (1972-1981)

36 Int | 15 FR | 2 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (79)


First up at safety is Tom Myers. His 36 interceptions are second only to Dave Waymer in franchise history. Myers had at least five interceptions in four different seasons and was voted to his lone Pro-Bowl in 1979. He was one of the first great defensive backs in franchise history.


S: Roman Harper (2006-2013, 2016)

7 Int | 15 FF | 3 FR | 17 Sk | 685 Tackles | 38 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (09, 10)


I'm coming back to the modern era for the other safety position. Roman Harper was a leader on the defense for nine seasons in New Orleans, including the Super Bowl championship winning team in 2009. He racked up just under 700 tackles and was great as the last line of defense. He was voted to the Pro-Bowl in both 2009 and 2010. I almost went with Sammy Knight here, as he was better at picking off the quarterback, but I give the edge to Harper for being a keystone to the Saints best seasons in franchise history.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Dave Whitsell (1967-1969) | 19 Int | 2 FR | Led League in Int 1967 (10) | 1x Pro-Bowl (67)

  2. Brett Maxie (1985-1993) | 15 Int | 5 FR | 3 Sk | 438 Tackles

  3. Gene Atkins (1987-1993) | 21 Int | 11 FF | 13 FR | 7 Sk | 462 Tackles

  4. Sammy Knight (1997-2002) | 28 Int | 5 FF | 10 FR | 5 Sk | 570 Tackles | 18 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (01)

  5. Darren Sharper (2009-2010) | 9 Int | 1 FR | 0.5 Sk | 87 Tackles | 1 TFL | Led League in Int 2009 (9) | 1x Pro-Bowl (09) | 1x All-Pro (09) | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team

  6. Malcom Jenkins (2009-2013, 2020-Present) | 10 Int | 8 FF | 5 FR | 8 Sk | 529 Tackles | 19 TFL


K: Morten Anderson (1982-1994)

77.6 FG% | 60 Long | 1,318 Points | Led League in FGM 1987 (28) | Led League in FG% 1986 (86.7%) | Led League in Long 1991 (60) | 6x Pro-Bowl (85, 86, 87, 88, 90, 92) | 2x All-Pro (86, 87) | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2017


One of only two pure kickers in the Hall of Fame, Morten Anderson, is up next. Anderson led the league in field goals made once, field goal percentage once and long once as well. He's the franchise leader in points and was named to six Pro-Bowls and two All-Pro Teams. Anderson was also named to both the Hall of Fame All-1980s and All-1990s Teams and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2017.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Tom Dempsey (1969-1970) | 53.3 FG% | 63 Long | 169 Points | Led League in Long 1969 and 1970 (55, 63) | 1x Pro-Bowl (69)

  2. John Carney (2001-2006, 2009-2010) | 82.8 FG% | 53 Long | 768 Points

  3. Wil Lutz (2016-2020) | 86.6 FG% | 58 Long | 679 Points | 1x Pro-Bowl (19)


P: Thomas Morstead (2009-2020)

32,190 Punt Yds | 70 Long | 46.5 Yds/Punt | 1x Pro-Bowl (12)


Thomas Morstead was a great punter with the Saints for 12 seasons, including winning the Super Bowl with the team in his rookie season. He averaged over 46 yards per punt and was voted to his only Pro-Bowl in 2012.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Brian Hansen (1984-1988) | 15,256 Punt Yds | 66 Long | 42 Yds/Punt | 1x Pro-Bowl (84)

  2. Tommy Barnhardt (1987-1994) | 21,880 Punt Yds | 65 Long | 42.5 Yds/Punt | Led League in Punt Yds 1991 (3,743)


Returner: Tyrone Hughes (1993-1996)

1,060 Punt Rt Yds | 2 Punt Rt TD | 9.1 Yds/Punt Rt | 5,717 Kick Rt Yds | 3 Kick Rt TD | 25 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 1993 (503) | Led League in Punt Rt TD 1993 (2) | Led League in Yds/Punt Rt 1993 (13.6) | Led League in Kick Rt Yds 1994, 1995 and 1996 (1,556, 1,617, 1,791) | Led League in Kick Rt TD 1993 (1) | Led League in Kick Rt Long 1993 (99) | 1x Pro-Bowl (93)


Tyrone Hughes gets the nod at returner here. He led the league in punt return yards once, punt return touchdowns once, yards per punt return once, kick return yards three times, kick return touchdowns once and kick return long once as well. Hughes was voted to the Pro-Bowl in 1993. Michael Lewis was also great and has a good claim to this spot.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Michael Lewis (2001-2006) | 1,482 Punt Rt Yds | 1 Punt Rt TD | 10.4 Yds/Punt Rt | 5,903 Kick Rt Yds | 3 Kick Rt TD | 24.3 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 2002 (625) | Led League in Kick Rt Yds 2002 (1,807) | Led League in Kick Rt TD 2002 (2) | 1x Pro-Bowl (02) | 1x All-Pro (02)

  2. Reggie Bush (2006-2010) | 720 Punt Rt Yds | 4 Punt Rt TD | 7.8 Yds/Punt Rt | Led League in Punt Rt TD 2008 (3)


Head Coach: Sean Payton (2006-2021)

Regular Season: 152-89 | 63.1 W-L% | Playoffs: 9-8 | 2006 Coach of the Year | 2009 Super Bowl Champion


There's no other option at head coach than Sean Payton. Payton is the franchise record holder in wins and has won over 60% of his games. He's guided to the Saints to nine playoff appearances and won the Super Bowl in 2009, the only one in franchise history. Prior to Payton taking over as head coach, the Saints had only made the playoffs five times in their 40 years of existence. He was also named the 2006 coach of the year and will one day get a bust in Canton.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Jim Mora (1986-1996) | Regular Season: 93-74 | 55.7 W-L% | Playoffs: 0-4 | 1987 Coach of the Year

  2. Jim Haslett (2000-2005) | Regular Season: 45-51 | 46.9 W-L% | Playoffs: 1-1 | 2000 Coach of the Year

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