Less Carries, Maybe Longer Career For MartinJune 5th, 2014
Joe can just hear the whining now. Come the end of September, many Bucs fans will be irate with Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford. And it will have nothing to do with whatever record the Bucs may have.
No, these fans will be looking for their pitchforks because running back Doug Martin will have fewer carries. This will outrage a number of Bucs fans because it hurts their fantasy teams.
Why is Joe so sure of the pending outcries? Because one of the few things Tedford said this week when he met with the local pen and mic club was that it is almost a certain bet Martin will be on a pitch-count of sorts.
“I don’t believe that one back can carry the load,” Tedford said. “It’s just too physical. I think you need to have two to three guys that bring different things to the table. But I think you need to at least have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy. That’s the goal, to try to create some depth where there’s not a drop off.”
Joe just thinks this is damned smart. Pretty sure we can all agree that Martin is a good running back, no? Therefore, why run the guy into the ground and only have him around for three or four years when you can lighten the load and have him around, who knows, maybe eight years?
Meanwhile, the other running backs that you are using also wear less tread on the tires, extending their careers and capabilities. Joe doesn’t see the problem here.
Then again, Joe’s fantasies have nothing to do with football.