I "love" the hate of Bobby Hebert, but there is NO Quarterback in NFL history who could have possibly overcome the play-calling of Carl Smith. NONE! I could sit in the stands and call the next play, based on down, distance and formation. Hebert, for the most part, did not have the authority to just change plays at the line, and if he did, it was only to a check-down play that the Defense ALSO had covered cold.
Carl Smith was the heaviest albatross ever associated with the Saints, it is not even close. Jim Mora should have fired him countless times, but was too "loyal" to do so.
Jim Mora was a very good coach. His misfortune was playing in the same division as San Francisco. Admittedly, he was too conservative on offense.
He was adversely affected by the passing of Jim Finks, who provided stability to the organization. Mora needed a strong general manager. The death of Finks left a void that was never filled. At the end, Mora had totally burned out. He never should have returned his last year.
And as much as I admired Finks, who was the first choice of most owners to replace Rozelle as commissioner but was blocked by new owners like Jerry Jones, the Walsh trade killed our championship aspirations.