We’ll switch up formats on our NFC South chat wrap-up this week because one provocative topic popped up.
That was New Orleans running back Mark Ingram, who was a first-round pick in 2011, but has yet to put up big numbers.
Gabriel (baton rouge): Why is Ingram considered a bust while Richardson is the future of the Browns franchise? They have near identical stats. Ingram has had 278 attempts for 1,076 yards averaging 3.9 yards per carry. Richardson has had 267 attempts for 950 yards averaging 3.6 yards per carry. Ingram has rushed for 10 touchdowns vs Richardson 11 touchdowns.
Pat Yasinskas: I don't think Ingram's a bust, although a lot of Saints' fans seem to think so. Think he's a talented guy who just hasn't gotten a chance to show what he can really do you. Think he gets that chance this year.
We then heard from a regular chatter, who has a strong history of stirring the pot.
CC (Atlanta): Or maybe Ingram has gotten the chance in camp and practice and just not performed well enough. Are you honestly saying the team that drafted him has "not given him a chance"? Nonsense. He hasn't been good enough to beat out Pierre Thomas or Chris Ivory in 2 seasons. As a first round pick, that sounds like *bust* to me.
PY: I think if Atlanta had drafted Ingram he'd be a stud by now. Saints have had a very cluttered backfield.
CC (Atlanta): Name one thing about Ingram's game that says "stud" to you. He isn't fast, quick or a bulldozer. Adds nothing in the passing game. Maybe you're seeing something I'm not but at best I would compare him to Shonn Greene.
PY: I'll say it again, if he was in Atlanta last year, he would have pushed Turner to the bench and been a 1,000-yard rusher. In New Orleans, it's tough to get on the field all the time because of Sproles and Thomas.
I’ll add one other thing now. I don’t think New Orleans has done a great job of putting Ingram in position to succeed. He’s the kind of running back that needs more than a few touches a game to have a chance to excel. I suspect, with coach Sean Payton back this season, the Saints will do a better job of that.
Here’s the complete transcript of Friday’s NFC South chat.