Schiano Hopes And Thinks Doug Martin Will StartAugust 10th, 2012
LeGarrette Blount may now sit atop the Bucs’ depth chart at running back, and the competition between Blount and Martin may be a fair one, but Greg Schiano has already decided who he hopes will be his starting running back.
That would be Martin.
Schiano made the stunning revelation yesterday to former Dolphins tight end turned radio host Joe Rose on WQAM-AM 560 in Miami.
Joe Rose: A lot of people love your first three picks in this draft, from a safety to a running back to a linebacker. You expect all three guys, [Mark] Barron, [Doug] Martin and [Lavonte] David to all start?
Greg Schiano: Sure hope so. Yeah. I mean they’ve been doing very well in camp. And, you know, I think they’re really talented guys and they pick things up very quickly, all three of them. So, that’s our hope. That’s our plan. But you know you can’t make stuff happen. It’s got to happen on the field. But I think it will.
Well, the head coach has a favorite in the running backs race. And that likely means Blount’s going to have to look a lot better than Martin in preseason to be the lead back come opening day.
Schiano might be trying to publicly light a fire under Blount, but Joe suspects Schiano was just calling it as he sees it and opened up a bit more than he probably wanted to. Listening to the nearly 15-minute interview — quite long for Schiano — the head coach was very relaxed with Rose, who seemed to be an old friend from Schiano’s days at the University of Miami.
Regardless, the Bucs need both Martin and Blount to grind out significant carries for the team to have a shot at a winning season.