Mark Ingram had some explaining to do after New Orleans’ win on Sunday.
The former Alabama running back and Heisman Trophy winner was caught on camera yelling at Saints head coach Sean Payton for removing him from the game during a 48-41 victory in Arizona.
NOLA.com’s Josh Katzenstein caught up with Ingram following the win to capture his thoughts on what happened.
“I’m real competitive in everything I do,” Ingram said of the sideline fit. “I got to be smarter, I got to control my emotions better, but we had a great win as a team and that’s our No. 1 goal. And that’s what I’m happy for, that we’re bringing a win back to New Orleans.”
Ingram would not reveal the nature of his words when yelling at Payton, who kept his cool amidst the verbal lashing.
“Coach is real cool, man,” Ingram said, according to Katzenstein. “He’s very understandable.”
“Everybody calmed me down — a number of teammates, a number of coaches. That’s what a family’s about; that’s what a team is. A team is a family, and I appreciate all those guys for being there for me and also being understanding.”
Ingram finished the game with 17 carries for 78 yards. He has 850 yards rushing and three touchdowns through 14 games for the Saints, who are 6-8 this season.