Jun 11, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) hand the ball off to running back Mark Ingram during organized team activities at the Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Crystal LoGiudice-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Ingram is Most Important RB to Saints 2013 Success

The New Orleans Saints have a stable of running back ready to contribute once more in 2013, even after the loss of Chris Ivory.

Sean Payton and the coaching staff have stated more than once that the team is looking to get back to the running game more in 2013 rather than relying on the passing game so much.

Meaning Mark Ingram’s time is now.

The “Bust” label has been thrown around a lot in regards to Ingram, but it’s hard for any back to put up ridiculous statistics when he rarely sees handoffs because the offense is in love with the passing game.

Last year, Ingram carried the ball just 156 times and gained 602 yards, scoring five times. Not horrendous numbers by any means, but more has been expected of him at this point.

More is what you’ll get in 2013. Ingram is going to receive the majority of the carries, and if the coaching staff is smart, it’ll be by a wide margin. Ingram is the type of runner who gets better as you keep feeding him the ball.



While Darren Sproles is a nice change of pace and Pierre Thomas has handled the load well thanks to his versatility, 2013 has to go to Ingram. If the coaching staff ups his carry total from 2012 by 50 or more touches he’s a candidate to burst through the 1,000 yard mark.

There’s no excuse for Ingram to have a down year. He plays in a vertical passing offense where defense cannot afford to commit a lot of resources to stop him. The Saints need his bruising running style to carry the load and keep the defense off the field.

Ingram is the most important running back for the Saints in 2013.

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  • Al Martin

    i hope he proves me wrong

  • MIke MiC

    come on man that’s garbage. i feel your points but Pierre is the #1,
    SProles the #2 ( as far as RBs go ) and Ingram has the spot that should
    have been Chris Ivory’s. I wish Ingram the best but if it don’t happen
    this year it might not happen at all. it isn’t like he’s getting so many
    touches that he’s getting pounded, dude just aint getting it done
    unfortunately. Pierre is way underrated but its cool cuz Sean Peyton knows !

  • Tom

    Really wish that they would’ve kept Ivory, and traded Ingram. Alabama’s offensive line made Ingram look much better than he probably is. In college his o line dominated every Saturday.

  • Ej White

    Your article is dead on. 1st if you guys will admit, every since being knocked out by the 49ers two years ago P. Thomas hasn’t been himself. Couple that with his age and field mileage, he on the downside of his career. D. Sproles is also hitting around the 30 yr old mark. The satellite back suits his longevity fine, but as a lead back he along with Thomas wouldn’t last. If you calculate Ingram’s (ypca) yards per carry average, Ingram should indeed get 200-250 carries this season. Who Dat!!!

    • John Cramer

      That would be 200-250 wasted plays for about a hundred yards.

  • John Cramer

    You have to be kidding.Ingram IS a bust and a complete waste of a down.Bruising running style?you make me laugh.He falls down if a cheerleader waves at him.

  • 83Bulldog

    Lots of talk about a lack of a lead runner. Without a left tackle on top of that, maybe the O-line coach needs to be reviewed. I realize Breez and his arm is the mainstay of that offense. But, a sound runner or running game would add a volume of stability to what they’ve already got. Suspect run blocking from an O-Line or not.