August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (28) against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second half of a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The Jaguars defeated the Saints 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
The odds don’t look very promising for the New Orleans Saints, starting 0-2 for the first time since 2007. What’s interesting is that fingers are being pointed all across the board as to whom to blame. It stands that as an entire unit, the Saints have many layers to mend.
After watching both failures this season by the Saints, it seems that running back Mark Ingram hasn’t really done his part to help the offense. And when this happens, Saints quarterback Drew Brees has to reach out on a limb to gain first downs on long conversion attempts.
In the event that Ingram doesn’t push as hard as he can on Sunday’s game versus the Chiefs, other players will be getting more reps to pick up his passive plays.
Currently the Saints have an abundant supply of running backs in their arsenal. Pierre Thomas, for instance, looked great during the preseason and has more game time experience as well as being able to handle playing receiver.
Other options include Darren Sproles, Chrisy Ivory and Travaris Cadet. Ivory’s biggest issue is his health, while both he and Cadet have not carried the ball so far in the first two games.
Because of the depth New Orleans has at running back, it’s time to start making some moves and to start exploring other options, taking full advantage of their quality running backs.