August 17, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) 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
Maybe the better question is New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory in the doghouse with somebody? Mainly since the once favored backfield threat hasn’t seen one offensive snap this season or better yet even been active.
The issue is pretty puzzling considering that Ivory has not only been a fan favorite since his rookie year but the team as well. He blew everyone away with his hard-hitting style of running that made defenders look like bowling pins.
Ivory has drawn praise from not just the home crowd, but opposing coaches as well. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll called him a “stud” after the thumping Ivory gave his defense in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome late in 2010.
A Lisfranc fracture shortly after though derailed Ivory and he was placed on injured reserve. The following season he was placed on the Physically Unable To Perform(PUP) list and was activated for Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams.
He had his best game that season in a Week 17 game against the Carolina Panthers where he had 19 carries for 127 yards and one touchdown. Ivory appeared to be back and his role was thought to be more prominent for this season.
Yet Ivory’s training camp didn’t go very well especially when it came to ball security where reports were that his fumbling problem was raising a few eyebrows among the coaching staff.
Another issue that became apparent during the preseason was that Ivory wasn’t doing well in pass protection and was missing assignments when it came to picking up blitzes.
Rookie running back Travaris Cadet was gaining attention during preseason though and the debate began who the Saints would keep and most thought it would be Ivory with Cadet going to the practice squad.
In a surprise move the Saints decided to have five running backs on their roster with Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram, Pierre Thomas, Ivory, and Cadet. Fans were licking their chops to see how the offense would use this five-headed monster.