The New Orleans Saints are receiving a ton of criticism a few days after their loss to the Minnesota Vikings in Week 4. Not because of the loss, although there is some criticism out there for that, but because of something that happened on Monday.

Things aren’t necessarily going the right way after the 1-3 start, and this doesn’t make things any better. All of Saints’ Twitter seems to be in shambles with the latest news involving the Saints. But, let’s start from the beginning.

The Saints were without their star running back Alvin Kamara for Sunday’s game in London against the Vikings. So, the team decided to elevate Latavius Murray from the practice squad to back up Mark Ingram.

Murray ended up playing well, so Saints fans were happy about that part. He finished with 11 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown. The 32-year-old running back showed he still has a bit left in the tank.

Because of how well he played and because of the situation that stemmed in Denver with Javonte Williams tearing his ACL, the 6’3″ running back was signed off of the Saints practice squad.

Now, Murray is no longer a Saint, but instead a Bronco.

This has caused everyone to be mad at the Saints. However, the hate they are receiving is definitely unwarranted.

Let’s start with this. The fact that they were even able to get a guy like Latavius Murray, a guy who could be a backup on a 53-man roster somewhere, to their practice squad is amazing. That right there shows you people want to play for Dennis Allen and the Saints.

Secondly, Murray was on the practice squad, meaning he could be signed by anyone in the league. Is he supposed to say no to a team looking for a running back to play vital reps? No. Of course, he is going to say yes to a better situation.

As for the Saints being made out to have made the wrong choice, they were just playing the game. They already had Kamara, Ingram, Washington, and Jones Jr., on the roster. The team liked what they saw in Washington and Jones Jr so they gave them the backup spots.

When they weren’t available or producing, Murray was elevated. It’s a numbers game that every team does. Look at the Kansas City Chiefs and their linebacker Elijah Lee.

They cut Lee a week or so ago to make room for another player. Then, after doing the numbers, they realized they could bring him back on the practice squad. Stuff like this happens all the time.

Everyone was upset because the Saints now don’t have what looked to be a great running back. But hold on a second. The hype started because in just 11 carries Murray was able to produce a lot.

That’s what I like to call being a prisoner of the moment.

You see, Mark Ingram did nearly the same thing against the Buccaneers. He had 10 carries for 57 yards, and everyone was doing the same thing. Now, he hasn’t looked so great.

Let’s not take the frustration out on the Saints organization, when this is more a problem of the Broncos just needing a good player the Saints had, and the Saints not being able to really do anything.

According to Nick Underhill of New Orleans Football, the Saints offered Murray a 53-man roster spot before Denver did. Murray just chose Denver because of the better situation.

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