Stop The Bombs To Doug MartinOctober 21st, 2013
A month ago after the New England game, Joe wrote that taking a deep shot to Doug Martin is the “wrong route” for a variety of reasons. Reason No. 1 would be Martin has not shown good hands on much easier catches all season, let alone catching the ball on a dead run with a bigger defender fighting him for the ball.
Reason No. 2 is that Martin can get beheaded and/or severely banged up on a play like that — one he’s not used to making.
And that’s what happened Sunday.
The same deep route Martin ran in New England got him free near the corner of the end zone in Atlanta in very tight space. Martin couldn’t hold the pass (again) and he got drilled and left the game with a bum shoulder.
Dear New Schiano Order, please don’t let this play become the new Benn’d Around. By Joe’s count this is the third time for the “Martin Mess” and that should be enough to send the play to the recycle bin.
The Bucs have speedy deep threats in Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu, guys with more speed than Martin. If these are NFL-caliber receivers, then Mike Sullivan and friends should find a way to get them in the mix. That’s got to be better than senselessly putting Martin’s career on the line.