1993 New Orleans Saints season
|1993 New Orleans Saints season|
|Head coach||Jim Mora|
Jim Finks (resigned July 14)|
|Home field||Louisiana Superdome|
|Division place||2nd NFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1993 New Orleans Saints season was the team's 27th as a member of the National Football League (NFL). They were unable to match their previous season's output of 12–4, winning only eight games, despite starting the season 5–0. The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in four years.
Quarterback Bobby Hebert, who was the Saints' starter from late 1985 through 1992, save for a season-long holdout in 1990, signed as a free agent with the division rival Atlanta Falcons. Wade Wilson, who had fallen out of favor with the Minnesota Vikings after the hiring of coach Dennis Green in 1992, was signed as Hebert's replacement.
During a loss to the New York Giants on Monday Night Football, fans in the Louisiana Superdome let out a sarcastic cheer when Wilson was injured. The incident enraged coach Jim Mora, who let loose with a tirade during his post-game press conference.
Jim Finks, the club's president and general manager since January 1986, was diagnosed with lung cancer in April. He was limited to consulting with team officials by telephone since undergoing chemotherapy. During his absence, most of Finks' day-to-day duties were handled by vice president of administration Jim Miller. On July 14, Finks resigned from all his duties to concentrate on the treatment of his illness.
|1993 New Orleans Saints draft|
|1||8||Willie Roaf * †||Offensive tackle||Louisiana Tech|
|1||20||Irv Smith||Tight end||Notre Dame|
|2||53||Reggie Freeman||Linebacker||Florida State|
|4||89||Lorenzo Neal *||Fullback||Fresno State|
|4||109||Derek Brown||Running back||Nebraska|
|5||137||Tyrone Hughes *||Cornerback||Nebraska|
|6||165||Ronnie Dixon||Defensive tackle||Cincinnati|
|7||193||Othello Henderson||Defensive back||UCLA|
|8||221||Jon Kirksey||Defensive tackle||Sacramento State|
|Made roster Pro Football Hall of Fame Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1993 New Orleans Saints staff|
| Front office
| Defensive coaches
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||September 5, 1993||Houston Oilers||W 33–21|| |
|2||September 12, 1993||at Atlanta Falcons||W 34–31|| |
|3||September 19, 1993||Detroit Lions||W 14–3|| |
|4||September 26, 1993||San Francisco 49ers||W 16–13|| |
|5||October 3, 1993||at Los Angeles Rams||W 37–6|| |
|7||October 17, 1993||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 37–14|| |
|8||October 24, 1993||Atlanta Falcons||L 26–15|| |
|9||October 31, 1993||at Phoenix Cardinals||W 20–17|| |
|11||November 14, 1993||Green Bay Packers||L 19–17|| |
|12||November 22, 1993||at San Francisco 49ers||L 42–7|| |
|13||November 28, 1993||at Minnesota Vikings||W 17–14|| |
|14||December 5, 1993||at Cleveland Browns||L 17–13|| |
|15||December 12, 1993||Los Angeles Rams||L 23–20|| |
|16||December 20, 1993||New York Giants||L 24–14|| |
|17||December 26, 1993||at Philadelphia Eagles||L 37–26|| |
|18||January 2, 1994||Cincinnati Bengals||W 20–13|| |
|(2) San Francisco 49ers||10||6||0||.625||473||295||L2|
|New Orleans Saints||8||8||0||.500||317||343||W1|
|Los Angeles Rams||5||11||0||.313||221||367||W1|
- 1993 New Orleans Saints
- Plaschke, Bill (July 7, 1993). "Toughest Test: Football Executive Jim Finks Has Always Tackled Difficult Projects, but Now Battles Lung Cancer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "Finks Resigns to Fight Battle With Cancer". Los Angeles Times. July 15, 1993. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
- "1993 New Orleans Saints Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
- "All-Time Roster". NewOrleansSaints.com. Retrieved February 28, 2011.