List of New Orleans Saints head coaches

The New Orleans Saints are a professional American football team based in New Orleans, Louisiana. They are a member of the South Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The NFL awarded the city of New Orleans the 16th franchise in the league in November 1, 1966, All Saints Day, five months after the 89th United States Congress approved the merger of the NFL with the American Football League (AFL) in June of that year. In January 1967, the team was given the current "New Orleans Saints" name, and began playing in their first season in September of that year. Since the franchise's creation, it has been based in New Orleans. The team's home games were originally played at Tulane Stadium from 1967 to 1974, it was demolished in 1979, when the team relocated its home games to its current stadium, the Louisiana Superdome.[1]

The New Orleans Saints have had 16 head coaches in their franchise history—ten full-time coaches and six interim coaches. Sean Payton has been the head coach of the Saints since 2006. Payton served as the assistant head coach/passing game coordinator and assistant head coach/quarterbacks for the Dallas Cowboys for three seasons before he joined the Saints in 2006.[2] In the 2009 season, he led the team to its second NFC Championship Game and first NFC Championship title, Super Bowl (XLIV) appearance, and NFL Championship.[3] Tom Fears, the franchise's first head coach serving from 1967 to 1970, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1970,[4] and is the only coach to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while spending his entire coaching career with the Saints. Hank Stram, who coached the Saints from 1976 to 1977, and Mike Ditka, who coached the Saints from 1997 to 1999, were also inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2003 and 1988, respectively.[5][6] Jim E. Mora has coached the most games for the Saints, with 167. Payton has the highest winning percentage while coaching the Saints, with .646, and his 62 wins with the franchise are second only to Mora's 93. J. D. Roberts has the lowest winning percentage (.219) and fewest wins (seven) for a full-time coach. Jim Haslett, Mora, and Payton are the only head coaches to lead the Saints into the playoffs. Mora, Haslett, and Payton have won the AP Coach of the Year Award and the Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year.[1]

Key

# Number of coaches[N 1]
GC Games coached
W Wins
L Losses
T Ties
Win% Winning percentage
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a coach
00 Elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a player
00* Spent entire NFL head coaching career with the Saints

Coaches

Note: Statistics are correct through the 2012 NFL season.

# Name Term[N 2] Regular Season Playoffs Achievements[1] Reference
GC W L T Win% GC W L Win%
1 Tom Fears* 19671970* 49 13 34 2 .277 [7]
2 J.D. Roberts* 19701972* 35 7 25 3 .219 [8]
3 John North* 19731975* 34 11 23 0 .324 [9]
4 Ernie Hefferle* 1975* 8 1 7 0 .125 [10]
5 Hank Stram 19761977 28 7 21 0 .250 [11]
6 Dick Nolan 19781980 44 15 29 0 .341 [12]
7 Dick Stanfel* 1980* 4 1 3 0 .250 [13]
8 Bum Phillips 19811985 69 27 42 0 .391 [14]
9 Wade Phillips 1985 4 1 3 0 .250 [15]
10 Jim E. Mora 19861996 167 93 74 0 .557 4 0 4 .000 AP NFL Coach of the Year (1987)
UPI NFL Coach of the Year (1987)
[16]
11 Rick Venturi 1996 8 1 7 0 .125 [17]
12 Mike Ditka 19971999 48 15 33 0 .313 [18]
13 Jim Haslett 20002005 96 45 51 0 .469 2 1 1 .500 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2000) [19]
14 Sean Payton*[N 3] 20062011* 96 62 34 0 .646 8 5 3 .625 AP NFL Coach of the Year (2006) [20]
15 Aaron Kromer*[N 4] 2012* 6 2 4 0 .333
16 Joe Vitt[N 5] 2012 10 5 5 0 .500

Notes


References

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