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Old 11-11-2012, 09:13 AM   #1
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Joe Vitt: Saints’ running backs were underutilized early this season

Now that Saints interim head coach Joe Vitt has returned from his six-game suspension at the start of the season and gotten a couple of games under his belt, there are some things he wishes had been handled differently in his absence. And one is the use of the deep group of running backs.

In a conference call with the Atlanta media before the Saints’ game with the Falcons, Vitt said that he believes Pierre Thomas, Chris Ivory and Mark Ingram didn’t get involved enough in the offense while he was gone, and he made a point of changing that in the Saints’ Monday night win over the Eagles.

“For the first time this past week, we really dedicated ourselves to finding a role for these guys and [did some] game-planning to their strengths,” Vitt said of Ivory and Ingram. “To be quite frank, they were underutilized early in the season.”

Vitt may not have meant that as a criticism of Aaron Kromer, who ran the show during Vitt’s suspension for the Saints’ bounty program, but it does suggest that he wasn’t totally on board with the way Kromer handled things. And Vitt may be right, especially about Ivory and Ingram: Ivory didn’t play at all in the first seven games of the season, but he had 10 carries for 48 yards on Monday night. And Ingram was averaging just 25 rushing yards a game and had caught only one pass all season heading into Monday night, but he had 54 rushing yards, plus two catches for 23 yards, against the Eagles.

Of course, Monday night was also the first game this season when the Saints didn’t have Darren Sproles, which is a big part of the reason they needed to get Ivory and Ingram more involved. But a couple of weeks after Ivory indicated that he felt underutilized, his coach is now agreeing with that assessment.

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Re: Joe Vitt: Saints’ running backs were underutilized early this season

I agree!

Ivory and Mark Ingram looked good against the Eagles. I don't know what they changed, but it definitely worked!
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Good things happen when you give PT the ball

Ivory is a beast and i really hope ingram can come along.
He looked very good vs the eagles

We just aren't going to have a 100 yard rusher every week because we carry 4 RB's to change the pace all the time
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I wanna see Ivory get loose as a goose !
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I agree!

Ivory and Mark Ingram looked good against the Eagles. I don't know what they changed, but it definitely worked!
Everyone looks good against the Eagles!!!!!!!
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Re: Joe Vitt: Saints’ running backs were underutilized early this season

What better way than to just repeatedly shove that ball directly at them and win the line of scrimmage over and over until they are broken. As much as I like to see Drew shine, dominating physically would be so sweet.
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Ingram looked very good, Ivory when beastly when given the ball
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Re: Joe Vitt: Saints’ running backs were underutilized early this season

I wouldn't see Vitt's comments as ony criticism against Kromer but also just as pointing out the fact that when Kromer had to serve as the HC he didn't have as much time working with the O-line. The running game is his responsibility.
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Well thats game over and we have BEATEN the Falcons! Well played Saints, especially Ingram and Ivory! Also a big "WELL DONE" to the defence!

GEAUX SAINTS!!!!
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I was very pleased to see all the backs play well in the game against atl. I love the mix up between them . If we can keep all of them happy and fresh. This team ( the offense ) will do very well.

I just didn't get as to why we couldn't have all of them to play. Well this week we did get to see them. ( Cadet was playing Sproles role )

Great game team.
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