Knock Off The Ray Rice TalkOctober 27th, 2012
If there has been one constant since the Bucs drafted Doug Martin, the Muscle Hamster from Boise State, it is the seemingly non-stop comparisons to Ray Rice of the Baltimore Crows.
Hell, Martin is compared to Rice so often, Joe almost thinks the Bucs actually drafted Rice.
Then, during the thrashing of the Vikings Thursday night, Mike Mayock even dropped the name “Emmitt Smith” in comparison to Martin.
These comparison have eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune worked up. Appearing on the “Rich and Booger Show” Friday on 98.7 FM, Kaufman scolded people who would compare Martin to others because Martin is talented enough to make a name for himself.
Booger McFarland: If you look at what Doug Martin did last night, if you look at the Bucs running backs since the Super Bowl, a complete back, Doug Martin has to be the best running back that we have seen in a very, very long time.
eye-RAH! Kaufman: I think he runs faster than he looks. I don’t see many catching him from behind. The blocking on that screen pass was sensational. Have to give Jeremy Zuttah some props. Martin is the real deal. When he was struggling the first few weeks and we were all wondering what was all the hoopla in trading up to get this guy in the first round to get him, [Bucs coach Greg] Schiano never blinked. Schiano told us privately and publicly that this kid was going to be outstanding. Now I don’t like the comparisons to Ray Rice and I certainly don’t want to hear the Emmitt Smith name mentioned as I am sure Booger doesn’t want to either. You are talking about maybe the greatest goal line runner in history, Emmitt Smith. He has records everybody is shooting for and that is not fair to Doug Martin.
No, it is not fair to Martin and Joe completely agrees with Kaufman.
The interesting thing about Martin’s development is the Bucs pass offense has exploded during the past three weeks while Martin has turned the corner as an NFL running back.
Not one bit of coincidence there. Not at all.