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This Week in Saints History: February 6-12

February 6th

1976—Saints hire Jim Garrett as an assistant coach. Initially the special teams coach, he was shifted to defensive backs coach when head coach Hank Stram later hired Whitey Campbell for that role. Saints also hire Dick Wood as QBs coach.

1978—Dick Nolan is hired as Saints head coach. He served the previous season as Saints linebackers coach and was San Francisco head coach from 1968-75. Eddie Jones is named Executive V.P. and Harry Hulmes is named V.P. of player personnel.

1983—NFC wins Pro Bowl, 20-19, with Saints running back George Rogers participating.

1985—Saints defensive backs coach Lance Van Zandt steps down to take the same position with the St. Louis Cardinals.

1994—NFC wins Pro Bowl, 17-3. Three Saints participate in the contest: kick returner Tyrone Hughes, linebacker Renaldo Turnbull and linebacker Rickey Jackson (sixth time).

1996—Long-time special teams coach Joe Marciano resigns from the Saints to go to Tampa Bay. He is replaced by Chalmette native Bobby April.

2000—NFC wins Pro Bowl, 51-31. The only Saints participant is tackle William Roaf (his sixth time).

2010—It is formally announced that former Saints LB Rickey Jackson will be a Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee.

Today's birthdays:

Bill Roe—Born in 1958 (Linebacker 1987), a strike replacement player

February 7th

1976—Saints hire Dick Stanfel as offensive line coach.

1988—AFC defeats NFC in Pro Bowl, 15-6. Several Saints played in the game including kicker Morten Andersen, tight end Hoby Brenner, guard Brad Edelman, linebacker Sam Mills and cornerback Dave Waymer. For the second straight year, running back Rueben Mayes could not play due to injury.

1993—AFC wins Pro Bowl in overtime, 23-20. Saints players in the contest included kicker Morten Andersen, center Joel Hilgenberg, and all four Saints starting linebackers—Rickey Jackson, Vaughan Johnson, Sam Mills and Pat Swilling. This game marks only the second time in Pro Bowl history that four starters from the same team and same general position played together.

1999—AFC wins Pro Bowl, 23-10. Saints defensive end Joe Johnson plays in contest while tackle William Roaf is also named to the NFL squad but cannot play due to injury.

2010—Saints play in their first-ever Super Bowl. Their opponent, the Indianapolis Colts led by New Orleans native Peyton Manning, fell to New Orleans, 31-17.

The Colts lead 10-6 at halftime but Saints convert an on-sides kick to start second half. The following drive results in a Pierre Thomas 16-yard TD catch. Later, Colts RB Joseph Addai scores on a TD run. Then Garrett Hartley becomes the first to kick three 40-plus yard field goals in a Super Bowl.

After Colts kicker Matt Stover misses a 51-yard FG in the 4th quarter, the Saints take lead with 5:46 to go on a two-yard TD catch by TE Jeremy Shockey. Then WR Lance Moore is given credit after instant replay for a 2-point conversion.

The game is sealed with 3:24 to go on Tracy Porter's 74-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Saints QB Drew Brees is named Super Bowl XLIV MVP after he ties a Super Bowl record with 32 completions. Porter's INT is the only turnover in the entire game.

2012—Saints officially announce Steve Spagnuolo as defensive coordinator. They also hire assistant coaches Ken Flajole (secondary) and Andre Curtis (assistant secondary).

Today's birthdays:

Billy Joe Tolliver—Born in 1966 (Quarterback 1998-2000)

February 8th

1969—Saints hire Don Heinrich as offensive backs coach.

1978—Saints fire QB coach Dick Wood, who joins the Atlanta Falcons, and also hire Ed Beard as new linebackers coach.

2004—NFC beats AFC in a shoot-out Pro Bowl, 55-52. The two Saints in contestare running back Deuce McAllister and guard/center LeCharles Bentley.

2009—NFC wins Pro Bowl, 30-21, over AFC. Two Saints players in the game are quarterback Drew Brees and tackle Jammal Brown.

Today's birthdays:

Jamie Martin—Born in 1970 (Quarterback 2006-07)

Marv Montgomery—Born in 1948 (Tackle 1976-77)

February 9th

1969—Veteran defensive end Doug Atkins receives Vince Lombardi Award as NFL's most dedicated player. It was the first time Atkins ever wore a tuxedo, a size 56 long.

1971—Saints hire Ken Shipp as offensive coordinator.

1977—Saints hire Rich Kotite as quality control coach.

1981—Saints hire Lance Van Zandt as defensive backs coach.

2002—AFC wins Pro Bowl, 38-30, over NFC. Saints participants include wide receiver Joe Horn, defensive tackle La'Roi Glover, and safety Sammy Knight.

2010—New Orleans celebrates the Saints first-ever Super Bowl win with a victory parade that started at the Superdome and ended near Mardi Gras World. Police estimate some 800,000 people attended the event dubbed Lombardi Gras. It is easily a record crowd for any organized parade in city history.

Today's birthdays:

Howard Stevens—Born in 1950 (Running back/Punt returner 1973-74), was the shortest player in Saints history listed generously at 5-foot-5.

February 10th

1967—NFL expansion draft is held for the Saints who selected three unprotected players from 14 NFL teams (Atlanta was exempt since the Falcons has been in the league only one year). A total of 28 of the 42 players selected would make the Saints regular season roster.

The event was held in suite 38A of the Waldorf Towers in New York City. The club also debuted its uniform design there with a black jersey with the number 40 on it plus gold pants.

1971—Saints hire Bud Whitehead as defensive backs coach; he previously worked for Florida State University.

1976—Saints hire Buck Buchanan as defensive line coach. He was an accomplished defensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs under Hank Stram. The Saints also hire Whitey Campbell as special teams coach.

1987—Saints hire Paul Boudreau as offensive line coach.

2007—AFC wins Pro Bowl 31-28 over NFC. Three Saints in the contest are quarterback Drew Brees, tackle Jammal Brown, and defensive end Will Smith.

Today's birthdays:

Wayne Gandy—Born in 1971 (Tackle 2003-05)

Joe Marciano—Born in 1954 (Special teams coach 1986-95)

Mel Mitchell—Born in 1979 (Safety 2002-05)

Willy Robinson—Born in 1956 (Assistant coach 2005)

Jim Rourke—Born in 1957 (Tackle 1985)

Bennie Thompson—Born in 1963 (Safety/special teams coverage 1989-91), he was a one-time Pro Bowler

February 11th

1999—Rick Venturi (pictured right) moves back to linebackers coach with Carlos Mainord becoming new defensive backs coach.

2000—Saints sign free agent quarterback Jeff Blake.

Today's birthdays:

Jabari Greer—Born in 1982 (Cornerback 2009-present), he as a member of Super Bowl XLIV team

February 12th

1969—Saints hire Billy Ray Barnes as receivers coach.

1971—Saints sign Tulane linebacker Ray Hester as an undrafted free agent.

1974—Saints hire Doug Shively as linebackers coach; he would stay on staff for two seasons.

2006—NFC wins Pro Bowl 23-17 over AFC. The only Saints player in contest is guard/center LeCharles Bentley.


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