How Dolphins Might Dictate Saints Offensive Plans

Ingram’s punishing running style would add an extra dimension to an already potent New Orleans offense

If Miami passes on the Alabama product at 15, could a 2008 New York Giants-like three-headed backfield find its way in the Big Easy?

Some mock drafts have Mark Ingram being selected in the 2nd round.  Imagine a talent like Ingram being bypassed by all 32 NFL teams?  Some, even passing up the ‘Bama back twice?  Shocking, to say the least.  If Miami doesn’t take Ingram with its first pick, could he drop to New Orleans at 24?  Not beyond any realm of the imagination, seeing the clubs ahead of the Saints are focusing on addressing more pressing needs outside the running back position.

The 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner is visiting the team today.  With Pierre Thomas and Chris Ivory already on the roster, adding Ingram could make not only the Saints offense, but defense a force to be reckoned with.  As much as the Saints defense, especially the back seven, needs improvement, could the answer to their woes be a well-constructed rushing attack?  It would eat up time, thus keeping the defense more fresh and rested.  The more the offense is on the field controlling the rock, the less you see Gregg Williams’ 11-man squad.  This is a good thing, seeing Williams’ unit gave up nearly half a 100 points to Seattle in their playoff loss; which begs the question -can they win the way they did during their Super Bowl run?  I think it’s time for a change.

Either way you look at it, the Dolphins stand in the way of the Saints offensive plans, and possibly their overall game plan.  With Ingram, the Saints could bolster the run game and go to a more conventional approach when they have the ball.  It would be a change that would benefit the offensive line, Drew Brees, and of course, the defense.  You may counter this method with the Packers won the Super Bowl without much of a run game, but let’s keep in mind their defense was loaded with playmakers.  It’s not to say the Saints should draft Ingram because they can’t go far with Brees slinging the pigskin 35 times a game, as it’s more of a damage control pick, where you could spare the defense if you upgrade the run game.  As for the defense, it has some holes but is not as bad as it showed itself against Seattle.

So with Miami, they are looking for a running back to run the show in place of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams.  Brown and Williams are both free agents, their futures remain up in the air.  The former is injury-prone, the ladder is getting up there in age.  The Dolphins are stuck in “no-man’s land” at pick 15. In a draft filled with potential high-caliber first round defensive linemen, the team finds themselves in a jam because their front seven is already solid.  This leaves them looking for upgrades on the offensive side of things.  QB?  Will Newton or Gabbert be there, no way.  Locker?  I don’t think they will head that direction.  WR?  A.J. Green and Julio Jones are likely off the board.  Is there another receiver worth taking in the 1st round?  Probably not.  That leaves the offensive line, where there’s a lot of a “good” but not great big men available for the taking.

With all things taken into consideration, who the Dolphins draft seems like it could come down to who falls from the Top 10 and how much the South Beach boys like Mark Ingram.  So with the Saints nine slots below the Dolphins at 24, they may be heavily influenced by what Miami does with their first round pick.  Are the Saints draft day aspirations on hold, waiting for the ‘Phins and their move at 15?  This is, assuming they are sold on Ingram bringing them the most bang for their buck with their choice in the 1st round.  I’m sure all eyes in “Who-Dat” nation will be glued to the television set once the Rams are off the clock at pick 14.  You could possibly know the direction of the Saints future and offensive plans once Miami’s draft card is turned into Commissioner Goodell.  All I know is Mark Ingram will be making a difference in the Big Easy, whether he will be donning aqua or gold digs, wherever he lands he will impact Sean Payton’s gang.

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