August 9, 2011; Metairie, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Chris Ivory (29) during training camp practice at the New Orleans Saints practice facility. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
What was thought to be a dream at the beginning of the season with having a loaded backfield for the New Orleans Saints has turned into a nightmare of an apparently crowded one and everyone is starting to take notice.
New Orleans Saints fans were the first to see something odd when once celebrated rookie running back Chris Ivory was becoming an afterthought when it came to be active for a game, much less the field.
Theories have been kicked around as to why such as it was interim head coach Aaron Kromer just trying to stick with the known backs of Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and Mark Ingram to Ivory’s poor performance in pass protection and fumble issues during preseason and training camp.
Whatever the case is, Ivory has only been active for one game and never saw one offensive snap. While fans maybe frustrated, Ivory has gone public with his as well since the start of the season.
He first hinted to it with Times-Picayune/NOLA.com Saints beat writer Larry Holder and then recently went on local radio station WWL 870 AM to speak about it as well. Even ProFootballTalk.com has gotten in on the action showcasing the story.
Ivory told reporter Kristian Garic that he was “frustrated” and really didn’t have an answer as to why he’s not playing because the team isn’t communicating their thoughts to him.
Ivory gave no comment when asked if he’ll request a trade, but he didn’t have to. Conventional wisdom says that that is where this could end at as the trade deadline in the NFL looms close.
Of course, the Saints would be lucky to get a lower round pick for Ivory since he hasn’t played at all this season and the Saints have nothing to really bargain with.