The New Orleans Saints, last season were missing something from their offense the explosive rushing attack. Something the team had upon winning their first Super Bowl Championship.
The one time rushing arsenal once threaten all opposing defensive units on the field was suddenly lost.
Named the three-headed monster the Saints running game was extremely explosive out of the backfield in 2009. Their opponents were left clueless on what to anticipate from the Saints offense. The three highly talented backs consisted of Mike Bell, Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas each demonstrating a different fiery force from the backfield creating the powerful rushing attack.
It’s time for the Saints to recapture the flame back in their running game with the addition of the former Heisman trophy winner and the Saints first round draft selection running back Mark Ingram .
With Bell moving to play for the Cleveland Browns last season and injuries to both Bush and Thomas the Saints relied on rookie running back Chris Ivory to perform.
Ivory did exactly that and was a very pleasant surprise as a rookie. He had two 100-yard games, a 99-yard game and averaged a whopping 5.2 yards per carry. Ivory offered nothing much passing threat in his game, which held the offense down a bit at times when needed last season. But he ran extremely hard pounding the ball in a straight line and leaving it all on the field. However, he suffered a serious foot injury at the end of the year himself. Leaving uncertainties of how ready Ivory will be for the 2011 season.
NFL fans know what the featured backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas can create to damage opponents’ defense if they’re both completely healthy. In 2009 their Super Bowl run the running backs combined for 1,837 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Together each of them will continue to provide a one-two punch from the backfield the power back Thomas will lead in attempts while Bush will become the multi-dimensional back Saints love to see and defenses dread. Bush is a free agent but he claims he will do what it takes to stay with the Saints and is committed to be part of the team once the season begins and the lockout ends.
Saints coach Sean Payton loves creating the inside running game. Not only does it wear down the defensive units, but it also opens things up for Drew Brees and the passing attack.
This is exactly where the young talented rookie Ingram will restore some crush in the rush. And New Orleans surely expects Ingram to bring what Ivory brought to the table and lots more. Also a fumbler, Ivory could end up being a one-hit-wonder.
The Associated Press reports Saints quarterback Brees said he believes that running back Mark Ingram could have a big impact in the offense next season. He said” Ingram has looked great during player-organized workouts. Mark Ingram has been participating in seven-on-seven drills with teammates in an effort to familiarize himself with the Saints' offense.”
He looks great. There's no doubt he's been working and he's in shape," Drew Brees said. "He can play a pretty significant role on our offense." It's a positive sign for Ingram's chances of making an instant impact. The first-rounder insists he was not offended by Reggie Bush's Twitter tantrum after the draft. "He's always been real cool with me," said Ingram, "real encouraging, real positive."
The offseason there was some movement from the Saints. They recently signed a contract extension with Thomas but left Bush as a free agent. Now it may appear Ingram may be the one in line for the bulk of the workload. But let’s of course try to take the realistic approach unlikely to happen to him as a rookie unless Ingram simply takes the NFL by storm.
Ingram is indeed a true workhorse, a rare for a running back in nowadays. He runs with power, leverage and has tremendous competitive qualities. Ingram wants the football when it matters most and is the type of runner who can put the opponent away. He also has some ability and upside in the passing game, which is obviously a must in this Drew Brees-led offense.
Ingram recently was awarded for his college efforts once again for his efforts in college not by only capture the Heisman the same year of his Championship with Alabama. But he is now on the cover of EA Sports NCAA Football 12. Ingram can only know where all the critics may have said in the prior to the draft and the many teams that past him saying that he’s not a traditional first round running back
Ingram is expected to bring power and consistency to the running game and offense of the Saints. Ingram may first fit as to the Saints as there featured three-down back and a great inside rusher who can blast outside under the right conditions. With the type offense Brees and the Saints run and with Ingram’s ability to catch and block he well will get him plenty of playing time no matter who else is in the backfield.
He may just create the special impact the Saints need to get their offense game back on track and filling in the missing piece puzzle that drove them to the Super Bowl in 2009.
Ingram has the talent to shine as a rookie and become a star play in the NFL for many years to come and he make major impact in the Saints rushing attack.