Ingram's Friday Night Debut in New Orleans Shows Saints Are No Passing Fancy

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Ingram's Friday Night Debut in New Orleans Shows Saints Are No Passing Fancy
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Mark Ingram breaks away from the pack as he scores his first touchdown in New Orleans against the Niners.

Some old coach said one time there are porch dogs and hunting dogs.

Can't remember where I read it anymore.

He said you win championships with the hunting dogs.

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton told reporters Friday night that "if they don't bite when they're puppies, they're probably never gonna bite."

On Friday night, the new kid in town looked more bite than bark.

Didn't do any fancy cartwheels like his predecessor Reggie Bush...just ran tough and with authority.

The first-round draft pick from Alabama burst up the middle, making one man miss along the way, as he scored his first unofficial touchdown in a Saints uniform, giving New Orleans a 17-0 lead in the second quarter and catching the eye of his boss.

"I thought Ingram had a couple of good runs, certainly the touchdown run. He broke a tackle and ran with power on that one." said Payton, never one to heap praise upon a rookie.

Remember Chris Ivory last year?
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Ingram runs with more power than his predecessor Reggie Bush.

He was looking like the second coming of Walter Payton and all Sean Payton kept talking about was  how Ivory was "missing landmarks."

So, if you're a rookie and Payton said you did fine, it is a cause for celebration.

Chase Daniel under center...Niners showing blitz...Daniel recognizes it...may be changing the play and he's going to give it to Mark Ingram bursting straight ahead...stays on his feet and he'll score!!!!

To a borrow a line from an ole' 70's tune, Ingram went strolling through the crowd like Peter Lorre contemplating a crime.

After the game, Ingram said all the right things and sounded relieved to have his debut performance behind him while looking forward to greater days ahead.

"Being able to get into the end zone for the first time being in an NFL game is special to me," Ingram told reporters. "I give all the credit to my offensive line. All I had to do was make one guy miss."

As for the difference between college and the NFL, Ingram said, "they are a lot faster, they hit a lot harder, but it's fun at the end of the day, and it's still football."

Yeah, no triple cartwheels and somersaults in mid-air that look pretty, but gain two yards.

That's the Miami Dolphins problem now.

Mark Ingram is no show pony. He's a hunting dog.

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