It may not seem like it at first glance, but there is plenty to talk about surrounding the New Orleans Saints despite it being the dead of the offseason.
Right now much of the news and rumors about the Saints involve the new defense under Rob Ryan, which we’ll detail below. We’ll also ask some tough questions about running back Mark Ingram.
Let’s take a look.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Although he was singing the praises of new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, inside linebacker Curtis Lofton said last year’s struggles can’t all be blamed on coaching. That’s an excellent point. Previous coordinator Steve Spagnuolo obviously didn’t work out and some of that falls on him, but the defenders need to play better for this defense to turn things around.
Per Pat Yasinskas:
Gabriel (baton rouge): Why is Ingram considered a bust while Richardson is the future of the Browns franchise? They have near identical stats. Ingram has had 278 attempts for 1,076 yards averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Richardson has had 267 attempts for 950 yards averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Ingram has rushed for 10 touchdowns vs Richardson 11 touchdowns.
Pat Yasinskas: I don’t think Ingram’s a bust, although a lot of Saints’ fans seem to think so. Think he’s a talented guy who just hasn’t gotten a chance to show what he can really do you. Think he gets that chance this year.
We then heard from a regular chatter, who has a strong history of stirring the pot.
CC (Atlanta): Or maybe Ingram has gotten the chance in camp and practice and just not performed well enough. Are you honestly saying the team that drafted him has “not given him a chance”? Nonsense. He hasn’t been good enough to beat out Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory in 2 seasons. As a first round pick, that sounds like *bust* to me.
PY: I think if Atlanta had drafted Ingram he’d be a stud by now. Saints have had a very cluttered backfield.
Per BRIAN ALLEE-WALSH:
“I had visits set up in free agency,’’ said Roby, a third-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2005 out of Indiana University. “I talked to different teams personally, and my agent was talking to teams as well. But once I was able to get everything squared away with New Orleans, once we reached common ground, it was definitely the place I wanted to be.”