Thursday, January 6, 2011
How Ivory's absence impacts Saints
By Pat Yasinskas
I’ll have more Friday on where the Saints might turn for a running game with Chris Ivory and Pierre Thomas done for the year with injuries.
Meantime, let’s take a look at how much the loss of Ivory means to the Saints. Ivory was the team’s leading rusher and numbers from ESPN Stats & Information show how significantly he factored into the power running game.
In situations where defenses had at least seven men in the box, Ivory carried 114 times, averaged 5.2 yards per carry, produced 36 first downs and four touchdowns.
The rest of the running back corps – Thomas, Reggie Bush, Julius Jones, Ladell Betts and fullback Heath Evans wasn’t nearly as productive against seven or more defenders in the box. In those situations during the regular season, that group combined for 140 carries, averaged 3.3 yards and produced 32 first downs and four touchdowns.