For the past two years I've been as staunch a defender of Mark Ingram as anyone else, against a growing number of frustrated Saints fans who are ready to give up on the running back.

The Ingram haters are quick to point out the useless two-yard runs up the middle, crediting him with nothing more and failing to see his true value. But that's an unfair and uneducated opinion, plain and simple.

My stance, however, has always been that Ingram's faults are not really his own. Instead, the coaching staff is to blame for not properly using the back and for not giving him enough carries. He's gotten lost in a crowded mix of talented running backs.

So I'm gonna put an end to all this talk once and for all. I'm out to prove that I'm right, and everyone else is wrong.