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Coming off a disappointing season, much of the blame was laid on the historically atrocious defense that took the field last season, and rightfully so. However, this doesn’t mean the offense is completely free of blame. Drew Brees, for one, threw a league high 19 interceptions, and the offense was close to the bottom in time of possession. Though the time of possession can also be blamed on the defense, one can also blame it on the lack of a running game which ranked 25th in the league this past season. Even though the New Orleans Saints are defined by a prolific passing game, the running game is what ultimately leads to team success. Since the Brees-Payton era began, the Saints two most successful seasons, the Super Bowl run in 2009 and the 13-3 2011 season, both featured running games ranked in the top 7. And in seasons where the Saints didn’t make the playoffs (2007, 2008, 2012), the running game was ranked in the bottom 5. The lack of a running game also has a residual effect on Brees. In the years Brees hasn’t had a running game, he has posted at least 17 interceptions, including a career high 22 in 2010. So it is suffice to say, that if the Saints have any chance of getting back to the promise land, the running game will have to make an impact, and more specifically Mark Ingram. Ingram, widely regarded as a disappointment or bust by the fan base, has the burden of carrying the Saints’ running game. Though fans are down on him, let’s start by saying he isn’t as bad as one might think. Trent Richardson, a top five pick out of Alabama, is regarded by many experts as one the up and coming premiere backs in the league. However, when looking at the numbers, one can see that Ingram is slightly better. With roughly the same amount of carries, 278 for Ingram and 267 for Richardson, Ingram actually average more yards per carries at 3.9 versus Richardson’s 3.6.  Also, keep in mind that Ingram had only made 9 starts compared to Richardson’s 15. Ingram has one less touchdown and 126 more yards. So right off the bat, Ingram isn’t as bad as the fan base thinks he is. Also, Ingram has a lot working against him. Inherently, he is in a bad system for his skill set. While at Alabama, the offense centered around him and his job was to wear down the defense with twenty plus carries. However, in his two seasons with the Saints, he has only received over 15 carries in a game five times. So, one could argue that a lack of opportunity that has held Ingram back. This aspect should be less of a problem this year with the departure of Chris Ivory via draft day trade. With Ivory gone, the only backs Ingram is competing with are Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, and to a lesser extent Travaris Cadet. The Saints would probably like to see Thomas reduce his workload a bit, but will still do the same type of job as Ingram. Meanwhile, Sproles isn’t a 20 plus carry type back. The Saints would rather use him as the line up everywhere type back to create mismatches. This all sets up nicely for Ingram to come take the starting job. Having said all this, Ingram still has to step his game up and be productive. Maybe the switch from number 28 to number 22, the number he wore at Alabama, will rekindle some of the magic that made him a Heisman winner in college. Whatever the case, the Saints, despite the fact they are regarded as a high flying passing team, need a running game to be truly prolific, which means that it is time for Ingram to put up or shut up in what is a make or break year for the former Heisman winner’s career.

790 the Zone saga ends with firings, contrition, and sour grapes

As was expected, the hosts of the morning show on 790 the Zone in Atlanta, Mayhem in the AM, have been fired, and we’ve all had the chance to ponder just why in the hell we listen to sports talk radio in the first place. The AJC managed to catch up with one of the former hosts on Monday, and the resulting comments were astonishing. AJC radio and tv reporter Rodney Ho spoke with...

Saints are high on their inside linebackers in new 3-4 scheme, Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma picking things up quickly

When the New Orleans Saints brought in defensive coordinator Rob Ryan it was already established that they needed ‘attitude.’ Ryan is there to fix a historically bad defense and in a 3-4 defense, the inside linebackers play big roles. Coach Sean Payton likes what he sees from Curtis Lofton and Jonathan Vilma together as a team. The two have made a seamless transition to...

Gleason accepts apology of fired Atlanta DJs

Former New Orleans Saints player, now champion of ALS awareness, Steve Gleason is responding with class and grace to an Atlanta radio station's mockery of him and his battle with ALS. Tuesday afternoon, Gleason posted this message on his charity's Facebook page: "Regarding the DJ skit in Atlanta yesterday. I would like to thank the public for their support. '...

Saints Nation: 790TheZone Mocks Steve Gleason Recap, Including Audio and Transcript

If you're a Saints fan, it's almost humanly impossible that you weren't clued into the story that pretty much blew up twitter yesterday. I thought I'd recap the entire story in case you missed parts or you just have a sordid personality that cares to revisit something as awful as this was. I know that's how I operate. So I was first clued into this on twitter...

Saints Nation: Who's Hot and Who's Not, Post Mini Camp Edition

The Saints closed their mini camps and voluntary offseason workouts, which featured perfect attendance, and I thought this would be a good time to revisit "who's hot" and "who's not". Here's five players from each category who, at this stage, have stood out as performing well or poorly. The Saints' full training camp starts in late July and that...

Atlanta Sports Shock Jocks Make Fun Of Steve Gleason... Allegedly...

Full disclosure on two fronts: The HQ is a member of Team Gleason and supports ALS research... So, this morning on Atlanta morning-drive sports talk radio... 790 The Zone is an ESPN Radio affiliate, but they do their own morning show from 6-10AM... They've done it for years, and at times, it can be funny... but, honestly, we're talking years ago... This morning...

The Audio Of 790TheZone Making Fun Of Steve Gleason

((HT: 790TheZone/106.1 The Ticket-NewOrleans)) Here's the two minutes...thanks to chria225 Here's the recap from the front office on the suspensions... "We deeply regret the comments made by Mayhem In The AM this morning on 790 The Zone regarding former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason. 790 The Zone, Lincoln Financial Media, our sponsors and partners...

Atlanta radio hosts suspended for mocking Steve Gleason

The hosts of an Atlanta sports radio show were suspended indefinitely on Monday for mocking former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who has ALS. Gleason, who played for the Saints from 2000-2006, is unable to speak or use his hands, so he uses a computer that allows him to type using his eyes and [...]

Atlanta radio station makes fun of Steve Gleason

It was brought to my attention this morning that the hosts of Mayhem in the A.M. on 790 The Zone in Atlanta decided to make fun of former Saints safety Steve Gleason since he wrote this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback on for Peter King. Gleason can no longer talk since he’s dying from Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease...

Miss Louisiana, Kristen Girault, Is A Former Saints Cheerleader

Former three-year New Orleans Saints cheerleader and LSU nursing student Kristen Girault made the Top 10 of the 2013 Mi…

NEWSLINE: Steve Gleason's column in SI

COUGAR GREAT AND former New Orleans Saints special teams standout Steve Gleason filled in this week for Peter King at Sports Illustrated,

Atlanta Radio Host Fired for Making Fun of Former Saints Player Steve Gleason and ALS

This is one of those stories that makes you wonder how some individuals can be so demented and heartless as to make fun or a person who has been robbed of his ability to speak by a terrible disease. Apparently a trio of Atlanta radio hosts though it would be a good idea to do just that. Nick Cellini, Chris Dimino, and Steak Shapiro did a show for 790 The Zone--I say...

Saints cheerleaders lip-synch Swift

The Saints cheerleaders are taking a run at Taylor Swift. The New Orleans squad lip-synched Swift's "22" -- in bikinis no less. Let's not waste any more time. Get to clicking: And look! The Dolphins cheerleaders did the same thing:

Some Atlanta Radio Sports Talk Hosts Have a Lot of Explaining To Do

No sooner do I post a column talking about how incredibly awful New Orleans Saints fans are, a local sports talk station here in Atlanta has to go and do something so incredibly stupid, that words cannot even begin to describe. There aren't many things that are off-limits when you do an opinionated sports talk radio show or write a column. On that list: You don't insult...
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