Doug Martin Marching Toward History

October 1st, 2013

There are only five men in the NFL’s 400 club, and Doug Martin is on pace to join them.

In NFL history, only Larry Johnson, Jamal Anderson, the Bucs’ James Wilder, Eric Dickerson and Eddie George have tallied 400 or more carries in one season, per Johnson set the record of 416 with the Chiefs in 2006.

Martin has 100 carries for only 342 yards through the Bucs’ first four games. He had 319 carries last season. So he’s on pace for more than a 20 percent increase.

Joe wrote numerous times in the summer about how fans should expect Martin to be given the full workhorse treatment. Joe understands the mentality of the Bucs using Martin, but it’s getting extreme.

For example, Greg Schiano praised Mike James for his debut carry for five yards against the Patriots in New England. But then James didn’t get a handoff on Sunday? Brian Leonard has shown sure hands. Will he get more third-down work?

Martin has fumbled three times this season, more than he did all last year, and he’s had blocking troubles and issues holding on to the football in the passing game. Martin is a great young running back, without question, but perhaps fatigue is hurting his effectiveness.

Regardless, Joe expects the Bucs to keep pounding Martin relentlessly and maybe cut his load late in the season when everything is clearly meaningless.

20 Responses to “Doug Martin Marching Toward History”

  1. jb Says:

    Joe, you can rest assured, Schiano is going to run every player he can into the ground on his way out, so his successor won’t have anything left to work with to show just how pathetic he was as head coach here. The Glazers can’t get rid of him and YOUR RockStar quick enough!

  2. White Tiger Says:

    uh oh Dougie…this is about the time it became clear to the coach that it was time to move his LAST record setting offensive player!

    Be careful – hope you don’t have another 2.6 yards per carry…

  3. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Good point about late in the season….Bucs will develop James & Dent….and Glennon will probably throw more….thus Martin won’t make the 400 this year.

  4. Vic Says:

    Glennon actually gives Martin a good shot at the record. I bet Schiano would love to see Martin have 20 carries for 100 yards in every first half. I’d even say that’s the goal.

  5. Patrick in VA Says:

    Another example of his bullheaded, horses ass approach to the game. Not concerned with what’s working or what the defense is giving us. We’re going to run and run and run and eventually they’ll wear down and we can pound it in on them. That pan has worked wonders for us thus far but don’t look for any adjustments to happen. We are a one trick pony ladies and gentlemen and our trick is predictable and not effective.

  6. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    I also hear Schiano wants to run through the local nursing homes unplugging old women from their respirators and push them out of bed! Can you believe it!!!?!? OMG FIRE HIM

  7. Elijah Says:

    Fire Him!!!

  8. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Isn’t it also true that Schiano purposefully tried to give Freeman MRSA, but he dropped the sample into Tynes and Nicks cleats by accident? Unnamed sources tell me this, so he needs to be fired ASAP.

  9. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    and lets not forget how Schiano single-handedly forced Talib to use tainted urine in his failed drug test that resulted in his being traded to New England!

  10. Elijah Says:

    See all the more reasons to fire Lil’ Himmler ^^^^^^

  11. jb Says:

    ShutTheBucUp Says:
    October 1st, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    and lets not forget how Schiano single-handedly forced Talib to use tainted urine in his failed drug test that resulted in his being traded to New England!

    Whatever you say…Mrs Schiano. lmao

  12. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Schiano is much worse than Himmler! Ever watch the press conferences at One Buc? He chooses to stand in front of the logo, which then resemble horns protruding from his head!! He’s the devil himself! Come to reign supreme over all of Tampa!!

  13. Capt. Tim Says:

    I heard he gave ShuttheBucup aids,during some sort of injection/fluid transfer.

    And I believe every damn word if it!!!
    He needs to be Fired ASAP!

    Martin a lil guy. He won’t move into history. He will BE history.
    Another Buc talent, misused and lost,
    Courtesy of the Emperor of New Jersey

  14. Phil Says:

    @JoeBucsFan the play calling is bullshit say whatever you want..We sign 2 new rb and don’t use them we trot out practice squad players at TE
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    JoeBucsFan 29 Sep
    @philbob2004 So you would bench Doug Martin, one of teh best RBs in the NFL for a couple of scrubs???

    @JoeBucsFan hell we use Revis in zone more than man We roll over cap money and dont use any on depth.. We are a stars and scrubs team

    @JoeBucsFan if he can’t catch a damn ball ya I’ll try some1 else till he does it.. And how about keeping him fresh for the 4th quarter?

    @philbob2004 @JoeBucsFan we need Martin giving 110% for the whole game. Especially now with the Quarterback issues

    You Retweeted that

    @Will_N_ @JoeBucsFan exactly why you play other backs for more than one play a game keep him fresh so he can have the same kind of burst

    sounds to me like you flip flopped..I enjoy your site but damn you don’t like being wrong. I was wrong for getting annoying at the end and being rude but I apologized for it right away and did so again today.

    Again, you are reading things that are not there — in these Tweets and in the post above. –Joe

  15. tj Says:

    Meanwhile in new england blount is having a good year .oh we traded him for demps and replaced him with a Rutgers man

  16. Phil Says:

    Thats my last comment on this site.. Take care

  17. MR.T Says:

    I would like to see Demps much more involved in the offense. He had that one 14 yd. run and I believe that was it. Lets hope they start using all the RB’s we have, keep putting fresh runners in periodically throughout the game, by giving Martin some rest this can only make him more effective in 4th quarters

  18. 1976Buc Says:

    Nothing new Joe. Schiano has spoken out of both sides of his mouth since he’s been in Tampa. Praise today…cut tomorrow.

  19. Chef Paul Says:

    Jeezus!! Those “pesky 3 hours” are tuning into a complete pain in the ass.

    Pesky is not strong enough of a word.

    Horrid? Stronger
    Terrible? Stronger
    Asinine? Stronger please
    Repulsive? Stronger

    I cant think of a word strong enough. I don’t think one hasn’t been invented yet. Whatever the opposite of “Scrumptulesent” is, but this guy just plain cant do it on Sunday’s. Monday thru Saturday, he has almost my full approval

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    “…Joe expects the Bucs to keep pounding Martin relentlessly and maybe cut his load…”