Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram (22) celebrates after scoring a two-point conversion against the Seattle Seahawks during the second half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports – Zach Strief Explains Mark Ingram’s Early Season Struggles
It is no secret that Mark Ingram as well as other other Saints running backs struggled to run between the tackles last season. Part of the reason is the change in Coach for the Oline as well as the change by Coach Brett Ingall to a zone blocking scheme. A zone blocking scheme requires different footwork which was less instinctual for the Saints offensive linemen. It took a while for the changes to set in and become second nature. And the two changes to left tackle from the beginning of the season to the final play did not accelerate the process. Nonetheless, fair minded tape study will lead one to conclude the Saints were running the ball better after Week 16 of last season. And Ingram especially began to run the ball better behind Strief and Evans and made enormous strides this year.
In this interview excerpt, Zach Strief explains Mark Ingram’s Early Season Struggles and states part of the reason was the learning curve for Ingram’s blockers
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