New Orleans Saints Running Back Controversy: Mark Ingram (Part 3 of 5)

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Ingram had 9 games in 2009 in which he rushed for at least 100 yards, and he also caught 32 passes for 334 yards and 3 more touchdowns. His 2009 season was good enough for him to be voted the Heisman Trophy winner. Ingram is Alabama’s first and only Heisman Trophy winner.

In 2010, Ingram had minor knee surgery that sidelined him for the first 2 games of the season. He came back from his surgery and still ran for 875 yards on 158 carries for 5.5 yard per carry average and 13 touchdowns. Ingram added another 282 yards and a touchdown on 21 receptions.

Ingram possesses a rare combination of power and quickness. He has been compared to Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, because of his compact running style and overwhelming toughness.

In my opinion, Ingram has the power and toughness to run between the tackles and the quickness, balance, and agility to break the big play on the outside.

Ingram hasn’t let the lockout stop him from working out with his teammates. He wants to develop that chemistry and cohesiveness with his teammates, which is needed in a team that is going to be a Superbowl contender.

It appears to me that Mark Ingram has come to New Orleans to compete for playing time and is showing the desire to play a significant role in the New Orleans Saints high powered offense.

Mark Ingram I would like to welcome you the Who Dat family…WHO DAT! GEAUX SAINTS!

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  • dathrone

    I was and still am disappointed with this pick. We have a already crowded back field and move up to draft another. Ingram gives us exactly with Pierre gives us which we just re-signed. We should have saved the money to re-sign Lance Moore. Not go out and get a guy who may not even be better than what we have already.

    • Gene Higginbotham

      Dathrone like Bruce I see where you’re coming from. I was in shock myself when the Saints traded back into the first round to get Ingram. As Bruce said though, it seems you can never have enough running backs and it will bring out the best in that group come training camp.

      I really think they will retain Lance Moore since he has shown consistent play the last few seasons. He is in a similar situation that Pierre Thomas was in recently. Plus, Drew Brees really likes Lance and his opinions do carry some weight.

      Thanks again for reading WDD. Who Dat!!

  • Bruce

    Dathrone…I totally understand your position on this, but I think we learned last year that injuries at the running back position can completely derail a superior superbowl contender. Running back by committee seems the best option in the NFL today. And possibly bring out the competitiveness out in all the running backs. And if it doesn’t help our beloved Saints the way I think it will, I will be the first to say I was wrong….
    I am proud to be a fan like you Dathrone and appreciate you sharing your comments…I also am hoping that the Saints are able to retain Lance Moore…WHO DAT!!