1981 New Orleans Saints schedule

Season statistics

Offense Defense
Record Playoff record Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs Total yards Pass yards Rush yards Turnovers First downs
4-12-0 0-0 4705 2419 2286 47 280 5253 3337 1916 34 303
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The New Orleans Saints' fifteenth season was in 1981, playing their home games at Louisiana Superdome. During the offseason they hired Bum Phillips to lead the team. During his time in the AFL and NFL he was head coach for six years. They finished the season 4-12-0, 2-6-0 at home and 2-6-0 on the road. At the end of the season, George Rogers was awarded with the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year award.


Week Opponent Score Notes
Week 1 @ Atlanta Falcons 0-27
Week 2 Los Angeles Rams 23-17
Week 3 @ New York Giants 7-20
Week 4 @ San Francisco 49ers 14-21
Week 5 Pittsburgh Steelers 6-20
Week 6 Philadelphia Eagles 14-31
Week 7 @ Cleveland Browns 17-20
Week 8 Cincinnati Bengals 17-7
Week 9 Atlanta Falcons 10-41
Week 10 @ Los Angeles Rams 21-13
Week 11 @ Minnesota Vikings 10-20
Week 12 @ Houston Oilers 27-24
Week 13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14-31
Week 14 @ St. Louis Cardinals 3-30
Week 15 Green Bay Packers 7-35
Week 16 San Francisco 49ers 17-21

1981 New Orleans Saints Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Bum Phillips Offensive Coordinator: King Hill Defensive Coordinator: Wade Phillips Wide Receivers Coach: Lamar McHan Offensive Line Coach: Joe Spencer Tight Ends Coach: Andy Everest Offensive Backfield Coach: John Levra Defensive Line Coach: Willie Zapalac Linebackers Coach: John-Paul Young Defensive Backfield Coach: Lance Van Zandt Special Teams Coach: Harold Richardson, John-Paul Young Strength Coach: Russell Paternostro Owner: John Mecom