“It Makes A Whole Lot Of Difference”September 17th, 2013
Even a casual football fan could see that in preseason and against the Jets, the New Schiano Order’s experiment of tight ends playing fullback was ugly and ineffective.
But back came starting fullback Erik Lorig on Sunday to blow open holes for Doug Martin. And his impact was felt.
“It makes a whole lot of difference,” Martin said of Lorig’s return during The Doug Martin Show on WDAE-AM 620 last night. “Erik Lorig, he’s a big back. He’s is a smart guy. He came from Stanford. He’s determined. He tries to be perfect in everything that he does and his work ethic on the field is just amazing. Before every practice he does a [head-to-toe] yoga routine just to get warm for the practice.”
It was obvious Lorig made a difference for Martin. Hopefully, Lorig’s calf injury is behind him.
Interestingly, Lorig, 26, will be an unrestricted free agent after this season. He’s got chemistry with Martin, and Joe hopes the Bucs don’t let Lorig walk.
Regardless of who the head coach is next season, Martin will be here and he’s going to need a solid fullback he trusts.