Saints News 9/10/13: Don't Blame Mark Ingram For Poor Runs On Sunday

Chris Graythen

Larry Holder did a great analysis on each of Ingram's runs this past Sunday against the Falcons and found that the blocking on each was pretty much non-existent. The Falcons seemed to know Ingram was about to run the ball and they did an outstanding job of blowing up the Saints' blocking schemes on each attempt. See his film study article below.

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More on Saints defeat of Falcons

New Orleans Saints show resolve in last stand vs. Atlanta Falcons: Film Study | NOLA.com
I understand Saints fans have been waiting for Mark Ingram to become a consistent force in the running game. He didn't start off super swell with 11 yards on nine carries in Sunday's win. So I took a glimpse at all of Ingram's carries from Sunday:

Payton explains that, after Week One, teams “race” to fix mistakes | ProFootballTalk
Every team has played one game.  Half of the league's franchises are 1-0.  The other half are 0-1.  All are now trying their best to win as many of the next 15 games as possible.

Rob Ryan Saunters Into New Orleans Dive Bar, Buys Everyone A Round
According to the Nola Defender, new Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan celebrated his team's opening week victory over the Atlanta Falcons with a night on the town. But Ryan didn't head to a swanky downtown bar. No, he went to an uptown dive bar called Ms. Mae's and bought drinks for everyone in the house. And he did it in style:

Saints show improvement in NFL defensive stats | Black and Gold
According to NFL Week 1 stats, the Saints rank 18th in total defense after giving up 367 yards to the potent Falcons’ offense. They’re 19th against the run and 20th against the pass after giving up 88 and 279 yards, respectively, in those categories Sunday. The Saints’ defense is also tied for seventh in points allowed and is tied for ninth with three sacks, two areas in which they also ranked near the bottom of the league a year ago.

Saints gain much-needed confidence on defense in Atlanta win | wwltv.com New Orleans
For the most part, the axiom that any NFL team can win on any given Sunday rings true.

Saints defense made up packages 'on the go’ against Falcons | wwltv.com New Orleans
For much of the offseason, the biggest storyline focusing on the Saints’ defense had to do with its switch from a 4-3 front for a 3-4.

Forecast: Saints defense not perfect but playing hard, fun to watch | wwltv.com New Orleans
Rooting for a Rob Ryan defense is going to be like being best friends with a crazy person. Rob Ryan's defense is having a friend who convinces you to sneak out of work early on a Friday and party all night.

Boldness of Sean Payton on display and effective against Falcons
In a game of 140 plays or so Sunday, one play told me that New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is back.

From the Coach’s Office: Saints-Falcons Initial Analysis
The New Orleans Saints win over the hated Atlanta Falcons in week one is the best possible type of win. The Black and Gold won the game yet still has plenty of room for improvement. There are plenty of things to work on, and Sean Payton can keep his team on edge going forward.

Re-watch the New Orleans Saints win vs the Atlanta Falcons online for free this week
The NFL Game Rewind free trial period runs from Tuesday, September 10 through Monday, September 16th

Saints answer Matt Ryan's barb, strut post-bounty scandal attitude in Sean Payton's return - Yahoo! Sports
Ryan, meanwhile, is a whirlwind of emotion – a player in a coach's body. "He understands this is a game," Greer says. "We're men that still have the heart of young boys." So naming plays after rappers works. It takes the pressure off a squad that feels a ton of it after last season.

5 Things We Learned From The Saints/Falcons Season Opener
The New Orleans Saints won their season opener at the Superdome against the Atlanta Falcons. Here's five things we learned about the Saints from this win.

Vargas: Big plays nearly doomed Saints in opener | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
Three days before hosting the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, rookie safety Kenny Vaccaro said the mission for him and the rest of the New Orlea…

Ground game proves sluggish in Saints’ opener | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
On the 26 times the New Orleans Saints handed the ball off to their running backs in their 23-17 win against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday,…

Tuesday morning one-liners | ProFootballTalk
S Kenny Vaccaro’s Saints debut saw him play on every defensive snap.

Saints creating new identity on defense | ProFootballTalk
The head coach was back to fix the offense, but the Saints change in coordinator and scheme on defense was the difference in their win over the Falcons yesterday. And the difference was apparent.

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Next up - the Bucs

NFC South Roundup: Week Two
The first weekend of games left New Orleans alone in first place in the NFL's most competitive division, with the Saints set to head to Tampa next…The Panthers are dealing with a tough new injury on the O-Line and the Falcons got an up-and-down debut from RB Steven Jackson

Imperfect storm brewing for Josh Freeman? - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog - ESPN
TAMPA, Fla. -- If you look at what happened Sunday and then look at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ upcoming schedule, it’s not hard to imagine

Bucs notes: Aggression key part of defense
The Bucs aren’t happy about the three personal foul penalties they were flagged for against the Jets on Sunday, but they’re not going to let it change the way they play the game.

Put blame for Bucs' loss on Schiano | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPAThere is plenty of blame to go around after the Bucs lost their season opener to the Jets. So since we're pointing fingers, let's point the first one at coach Greg Schiano and his staff. • See, whenever you lose in the NFL on Sunday, you spend Monday trying to figure out how. • Sometimes you lose because you aren't as good as the other team. The Bucs will play plenty of games this season against teams better than they are. Sunday's game was not one of them. • Sometimes you lose because the other team plays way over its head. While the dysfunctional Jets and their rookie quarterback looked better than expected, they didn't play the game of their lives. • And, finally, there's one other reason you lose, the most disturbing way of all: because you weren't ready to play. • That's what happened to the Bucs on Sunday.

Bucs' Joseph says team did not do 'enough to be ready,' for noise | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs didn’t handle the deafening noise at MetLife Stadium Sunday because they had not worked enough on a silent count.

Bucs defensive players believe they did nothing wrong and that's a problem | Tampa Bay Times
The greatest shove of all, as it is being called in New York, was easy to achieve for Lavonte David. The Bucs linebacker pushed Jets quarterback Geno Smith as he was running out of bounds at midfield with seven seconds remaining in the game and the 15-yard personal foul penalty resulted in Nick Folk's 48-yard field goal and the Bucs' 18-17 loss Sunday.

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Other Saints news

Power Rankings: No. 8 New Orleans Saints - NFC South Blog - ESPN
Shouldn’t the Saints be ranked ahead of the Falcons after beating them? John Clayton and Kevin Seifert were the only members of the voting panel to put the Saints ahead of the Falcons, and I tend to agree with them.

Saints reach injury settlement with G Eric Olsen, waive him | Saints | The Advocate — Baton Rouge, LA
The New Orleans Saints on Monday reached an injury settlement with guard/center Eric Olsen and waived him. The Saints had placed Olsen on i…

New Orleans Saints attend draft party for CASA Jefferson | NOLA.com
New Orleans Saints Thomas Morstead, Garrett Hartley, Justin Drescher and Andy Tanner attended a draft party to recruit new volunteers, especially men, for CASA Jefferson, which provides volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in court.

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Video

Video: Torrance Small at Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club
Former Saints wide receiver and current analyst at WHNO-TV speaks at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club.

VIDEO: Roman Harper: defense has room to improve
New Orleans Saints safety Roman Harper speaks with reporters on Monday, September 9, 2013.

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Around the league

Victor Cruz: Teammates have to buck up David Wilson | ProFootballTalk
David Wilson has been benched, and the Giants are looking at veteran running backs today to either replace or supplement him. But his teammates are trying to keep his head in the game, knowing they will need him at some point this season.

Patriots don’t bother practicing for Jets | ProFootballTalk
One of the perils of the short weeks caused by Thursday games is the lack of time to prepare. So the Patriots, tasked with getting ready for Geno Smith and the Jets in two days, have decided not to.

Mike McCarthy: Packers will stay above Jim Harbaugh’s comments | ProFootballTalk
San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh got riled up about the sideline melee that erupted in Sunday's game with thePackers. Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy is taking a more mild-mannered approach.

NFL now says Packers, not 49ers, benefitted from officials’ mistake | ProFootballTalk
Referee Bill Leavy admitted after Sunday's Packers-49ers game that his crew botched a call after Green Bay's Clay Matthews and San Francisco's Joe Staley both drew personal fouls, and that the officials' mistake benefitted the 49ers. But that's not quite right.

Chip Kelly: Eagles’ offense was too slow on Monday night | ProFootballTalk
If NFL defensive coordinators were getting concerned as they saw new Eagles coach Chip Kelly's fast-paced offense rack up 322 yards and 21 first downs on 53 plays in the first half on Monday night, Kelly has some bad news for them. "I felt like it was slow," Kelly said Tuesday.

Ndamukong Suh fined $100,000, not suspended | ProFootballTalk
Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been handed the biggest fine of his career. But Suh has avoided a suspension for his illegal low block on Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday.

No secret this week: Raiders' starter is Pryor - Inside Bay Area
Terrelle Pryor passed for 217 yards and rushed for 112 yards in the Oakland Raiders

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