The New Orleans Saints have been one of the best passing teams in the NFL since they signed Drew Brees after the 05 season. The ultimate proof is Brees recently broke Dan Marino’s passing yards in a season record. The old record was 27 years old and the astonishing amount that was set by Marino was 5,084 yards. The new record is 5,476 now thanks to Drew Brees, also I want to give him congrats on setting the new record but it also brought up one question? If you’re a running back do you want to play for the Saints?
I’ve done some research thanks sports-reference.com since Brees has been the QB for the Saints they have only had one 1,000 yard rusher. During his tenure he hasn’t thrown under 4,300 yards so that’s great for the receivers and for fantasy football owners, but do you even remember who that last thousand yard rusher was? It was Deuce McAllister and ironically it was Brees first year with the team.
I’m not blaming Brees for the lack of a 1,ooo yard rusher but after that year something changed for the Saints they started using multiple backs anywhere from 2 to 4 per season. The recent success of Reggie Bush with the Dolphins made me think, hey maybe it’s not the running backs it’s the system. If you know your only going to get 10-15 touches a game you are more likely to try for the big play than let things come to you and get the hard 2-3 yard gain. Bush ran for 1,000 yards with the Dolphins and he missed a few games due to injury. A lot of us labeled him a bust myself included, I still believe he hasn’t lived up to the 2nd pick of the draft but this year he has proven the NO was like a running back jail.
The Saints just drafted Heisman winning running back Mark Ingram and he is use to being the man in the backfield but with the Saints he is trapped in a 3 to 4 man rotation(Ingram, Thomas, Sproles and Ivory). Even thought Ingram and Bush are two different type of running backs it seems like they will have the same fate while being Saints backs. Both have had bright spots but with not enough consistent touches either will be able to be a marque back in the league.
Honestly I feel Pierre Thomas if given the opportunity could be an every down back also but he also is caught in running back hell. He has put up solid numbers for a person who doesn’t get a main backs workload i.e. like AP or Chris Johnson.
The Saints are a good team but if you don’t want a premature death as a running back don’t sign their. Save yourselves you don’t want to be buried alive like Ingram and Thomas are currently you see once Bush was set free how his production jumped. Yeah it’s not a coincidence save yourself unless you are a receiver. Stay away from running back hell.