Mark Ingram vs. Pierre Thomas: Who Should Get More Carries?
Assuming the New Orleans Saints ever run the football again in this game, and I'm not sold that they should, the question must be asked, "Who should run the ball?"
Mark Ingram has run with great power in this game, even once running over defensive Ryan Pickett on a third-and-short in which Pickett had broken loose and had a free shot at Ingram. But Ingram has also run with great burst, turning two yard runs into five yard runs.
But Pierre Thomas has also run with great power, keeping his legs churning even down the field allowing him to pick up extra yards and give him his team momentum to keep sustained drives going. In other words, both have played well and been helpful in keeping the Saints in this football game.
It appears right now the answer is Pierre and Darren Sproles on passing downs. But that doesn't mean that Ingram won't also get his carries.
I like the idea of maintaining balance in the running game, since each offers something a little different. Ingram is mostly the power back, Thomas the power and energy, and Sproles the explosion and elite pass-catching ability.
And we all know the Saints and Sean Payton prefer to keep a plethora of backs in the football game, and to give the defense a number of different looks.
But someone needs to emerge, as we just watched the fourth-and-inches turn into a play-action almost sack. This argument is being made due to that play, and the Saints just giving up on the running game in general.
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