Tag:Mark Ingram
Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:55 am
 

Reggie Bush: 'It's been fun New Orleans'

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- It wasn't long after the Saints traded back into the first round that they drafted Mark Ingram. And it wasn't long after the Saints drafting Mark Ingram that Reggie Bush let the world know about his future.

In a not-so-cryptic tweet, Bush seemed to say peace out -- literally -- to the Big Easy.

"It's been fun New Orleans," Bush tweeted shortly before midnight EST on Thursday.

He also added an emoticon (you might know them as "the stupid smilies that my co-workers won't stop sending in emails") that was two fingers extended, aka "peace out."

To sum up: it seems like the Saints and Bush will be parting ways before the 2012 season. That seemed inevitable, barring Bush taking less money, but perhaps the ability to acquire Mark Ingram could mean that New Orleans won't have to even worry about paying Bush's potentially exorbitant salary.
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The odd thing, though, is that Mark Ingram isn't a replacement for Reggie Bush. Because, um, Ingram's a running back. Like a real one.

That's not dogging Bush, really; he's just not a feature back. And he's lucky that he actually landed in a situation where a coach could manage to utilize his talents, because otherwise he might be in the big-time bust talk.

But the Saints won a title with Bush on the roster, so that's probably out of the question.

Given his statement on Thursday, there doesn't seem to be any question that if the Saints get Super again that they won't have Bush celebrating with the rest of the team.

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Posted on: April 29, 2011 12:20 am
Edited on: April 29, 2011 3:19 am
 

How do rich get richer? The poor reach for QB's

Posted by Will Brinson

NEW YORK -- You wanna know how the rich keep getting richer? The poor keep reaching for quarterbacks, that's how.

In one of the strangest drags in recent history, four potentially disastrous quarterbacks went in the top-15 picks, as Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10) and Christian Ponder (12) were all of the board before we got halfway through the first round.


The fact that quarterbacks went early isn't shocking, because right now the league is quarterback-needy as hell. Lots of people projected a pile of signal-callers coming off respective big boards throughout the first round.

But by pulling trigger on some questionable quarterbacks so early in the draft, a bunch of teams -- who were drafting early for a reason -- ended up allowing a ton of top tier talent to fall down to a bunch of teams who were drafting -- you guessed it -- late for a reason.

The Colts (Anthony Castonzo), the Saints (Cameron Jordan and then Mark Ingram), the Giants (Prince Amukamara) and a number of other teams ended up hitting home runs with their first-round picks because teams who needed quarterbacks couldn't, for lack of a better phrase, keep it in their pants.

Look, the trio of Gabbert/Ponder/Locker could end up working out for these teams. Ponder's NFL-ready and could be an immediate benefit for the Vikings, while Gabbert and Locker have veterans -- David Garrard and Kerry Collins, respectively -- in front of them and will get a year or two to learn and get prepped to take over.

They could certainly end up being successful quarterbacks in the NFL, but they could also certainly be busts.

But the reason why they went so early isn't because they're guaranteed to be big-time successes in the NFL. They went early because 1) teams were limited in maneuvering because of the labor situation and, more importantly, 2) failed to recognize that in this draft, depth was present at positions that are not named quarterback.

There were certainly "lots of quarterbacks" but that has nothing to do with there being "significant depth at the position."

It's something that you expect general managers and the people who run teams to recognize. But for whatever reason, in this draft, they didn't.

Which is why we shouldn't be too shocked if we see a similar draft order in the first round of 2012 as we saw on Thursday night.

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Posted on: April 17, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Miami's plan to 'restock' RB involves draft, FA?

Posted by Will Brinson

For whatever reason, every single mock draft in the country* has the Miami Dolphins taking Mark Ingram out of Alabama with their first-round pick.

It's not that far-fetched of a notion (since both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams appear headed out of town), it just seems a little too convenient (because any time everyone's in agreement on something, it's usually wrong). But Omar Kelly of the Miami Sun-Sentinal notes that the Fins will likely approach a position of need via both the draft and free agency.

"The Dolphins intend on adding a scatback type like DeAngelo Williams through the draft or free agency," Kelly writes (emphasis mine). "They clearly want a runner who can get the edges on stretch plays and sweeps. Or as Ireland puts it, someone who can make something out of nothing. The plan is to also restock the running back corp with a combo of veteran and draftee."

First of all, the Williams-to-Miami notion makes a lot of sense. He'd give them what they want in terms of a veteran running back, he'd get straight paid, and he'd slide in behind a decent offensive line. However, Williams has pointed out he wants to land in a situation with a good quarterback, and Miami might not fit the bill (although more so than Carolina right now).

What I find interesting about this is that while Ingram and Williams would be a devastating combo, the part I bolded seems like Miami might be more inclined, in my opinion, to sign a big-name free agent like Williams, wait on the deep running back talent in this draft class (something our own Derek Harper addressed recently), and address another position of need with their first-round pick.

*Slight exaggeration

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Posted on: April 9, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Running back dilemma in Miami gets interesting

Posted by Andy Benoit

Virtually every mock draft you come across has the Miami Dolphins using their first-round pick (15th overall) on Alabama running back Mark Ingram. Perhaps the Dolphins will indeed draft the ’09 Heisman Trophy winner.

But ask yourself…why? Why dM. Ingram (US Presswire)raft a high volume runner who will move the chains but do little to boost the explosiveness of what has become a painfully methodical offense?

Free agent Ronnie Brown is still an adequate NFL starting running back. But given that he turns 30 in December and averaged just 3.7 yards per carry last season (opposing defenses figured out how to stop the Wildcat), it would be unwise to sign him to a long-term deal. Ricky Williams, also a free agent, is even older and has already indicated that he’d like to move on.

But if you’re the Dolphins and you draft Ingram, you run the risk of essentially drafting a younger version of Brown or Williams. Miami found out last season that a power run game is not dynamic enough to headline an entire offensive attack.

What the Dolphins need in the backfield is speed. Owner Stephen Ross has said he wants the team to become more spread out and downfield oriented. It’s not great for a business-minded owner (read: non-football expert) to influence strategy, but it so happens that a more dynamic aerial approach is something the Dolphins do need. Chad Henne was surprisingly successful in spread formations last season. Where he struggled was in base personnel packages (think two-back or two-tight end sets).

If the Dolphins draft Ingram in Round 1, they should strongly consider drafting a speed-oriented runner in Round 2. Back-to-back picks on one position is a hefty investment, but this team has surprisingly few major needs.

Someone like Oregon State’s Jacquizz Rodgers, for example, would give Dolphins new offensive coordinator Brian Daboll a much wider scope of play-calling options. Simply plugging in a one-dimensional runner like Ingram would be like buying new furniture when what you really need to do is remodel your house.

The Dolphins may realize this. There are rumors that they’re interested in Panthers free agent running back DeAngelo Williams. In fact, in an interview on WQAM, Williams himself suggested that the interest is mutual. Williams could provide the dynamic speed and quickness necessary to complement Ingram.

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Posted on: April 6, 2011 2:19 pm
Edited on: April 6, 2011 3:20 pm
 

Offseason Checkup: Miami Dolphins

Posted by Josh Katzowitz



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Entering their Monday Night Football matchup against the Patriots in Week 4, the Dolphins had to be feeling confident in their chances of beating New England in Miami. The Dolphins defense had looked good in knocking off the Bills and Vikings (which, at the time, was considered a pretty good win), and then Miami played the Jets to a close loss before the Patriots came to town.

A 41-14 disaster later, Miami fired special teams coach John Bonamego and never got more than a game above .500 for the rest of the season (and, in fact, finished the year at 7-9).



Coach on the hot seat, quarterback

Although Tony Sparano took a 1-15 team and turned it into an 11-5 division title winner a year later (beating out the Patriots for the honor), he’s gone 7-9 in back-to-back seasons. Apparently, owner Stephen Ross listened to Bill Parcells’ recommendation and decided to bring back Sparano for another season (though Ross DID disgustingly go out of his way to woo Jim Harbaugh for the job). But the specter of Jon Gruden and Bill Cowher still are out there and until Sparano is off the hot seat, fans will wonder about their availability.

Sparano would get a great deal of help if QB Chad Henne could put together a consistent season. WR Brandon Marshall blasted his QB at the end of last season and said he actually works better with QB Tyler Thigpen (a major ZING, by the way). It’s too early to give up on Henne, especially now that Chad Pennington will miss all of 2011 because of a torn ACL, but it’s getting to the point where Henne needs to show somebody something.




1. Running back
On paper, the duo of Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams would seem a surefire way for the Dolphins to rack up rushing yards and plenty of touchdowns. Yet, the Dolphins managed to finish 21st in running last season. There’s a good chance that neither back will return to Miami next year, leaving Patrick Cobbs and Lex Hilliard on the roster at RB. Which means the Dolphins will need some big-time help at that spot and which is why Alabama’s Mark Ingram might be a good draft pick (though the Dolphins might want to trade down instead).

2. Offensive line
You know what doesn’t help your third-string quarterback perform better? A terribly inconsistent offensive line. That’s what Tyler Thigpen faced in Miami’s 16-0 loss to the Bears in Week 11 – a line missing starters Jake Long and Joe Berger who then watched backup Cory Procter get injured on the second offensive series, meaning Richie Incognito had to move from guard to center. Miami could make a play for a solid center in the draft.

3. Keep improving the defense
n 2009, the Dolphins ranked 25th in the league in defense, but last year, they improved that number to No. 13. Most of the starting front seven is solid, but Miami’s DBs had a tough time hanging onto interceptions last season. It also would help if they got more playmakers in the secondary.




After Ross stopped emasculating Sparano for Harbaugh and then gave him a two-year extension, Ross made it clear he wanted a more aggressive, more exciting offense. Sparano, though, said he plans to keep running the ball more often than not. Could we see both? I suppose, though I kind of doubt it.

I also don’t see a playoff run with Miami, considering the Patriots and Jets still will be battling for AFC East supremacy. All of which means the meddling Ross probably will fire Sparano, and then, everybody can just start over again in Miami. Which means we might not see good pro football in Miami for a while.

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Posted on: March 30, 2011 8:50 pm
 

Player invites keep going out for NFL draft

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Andy already told you about how Alabama WR Julio Jones and Iowa DE Adrian Clayborn said they were accepting the NFL’s invitation to attend the NFL draft at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Looks like they’re not going to be the only ones.

According to NFL.com, more than 20 invitations have been sent out, and quite a few have already accepted.

Those include Texas A&M linebacker Von Miller (although he’s one of the plaintiffs in Brady vs NFL ), Alabama DL Marcell Dareus, Alabama RB Mark Ingram, Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers, Auburn DL Nick Fairley and Nebraska CB Prince Amukamara.

The NFL has not yet confirmed who the league has invited.

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Posted on: March 1, 2011 4:59 pm
 

Hot Routes 3.1.11: Rich Eisen's 40 time

Posted by Will Brinson



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  • The highlight of the NFL combine is usually Rich Eisen running the 40-yard-dash. This year was no different, and Eisen posted the best time of his "career." Check the video here.
 
 
 
 
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