The New Orleans Saints have been one of the top offenses in the league since the arrival of Drew Brees. They have been the number one offense 3 out of the last 4 years (via NFL.com). Yet, the Saints offense has struggled to have a consistent running game.
Running the ball has seemed to be the X-factor for the Saints. In their Super Bowl season in 2009 they ranked sixth in rushing yards per game. The following year the Saints did not continue that form ranking an awful 28th in rushing yards per game and were knocked out the first round of the playoffs with a mere non-existent running game.
In 2011 The Saints made it clear that they were committed to returning to running the ball when they traded a first and second round pick in order to get back into the first round to draft running back Mark Ingram. They also signed free agent running back Darren Sproles to add more talent to a much need position at running back.
In 2012 the New Orleans Saints have one of the most formidable running back groups in the NFL. Pierre Thomas, Darren Sproles, Mark Ingram and Chris Ivory are all players who are capable of being starters in most NFL teams today and together can lead the Saints to the top running attack in the league.
Here is the individual evaluation of each running back.