LeGarrette Blount, Doug Martin BondingJune 14th, 2012
Joe can see it now: Bucs fans are already taking sides.
There is the LeGarrette Blount faction that believes his talents were grossly misused by the previous offensive coaches, who did their best to slander the man in a desperate attempt to save their jobs.
Then, there are the Blount haters, who swallowed former Bucs offensive coordinator Greg Olson’s words whole, about how Blount was liable for just about every ill in the world from drought in the Midwest to the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan.
So for those who are of the mind that there is tension between Blount and Martin, think again, so Martin told Joe after minicamp at One Buc Palace today.
In fact, the two are bros, Martin said, and the running backs as a whole are bonding like a family. When Joe asked Martin if he had developed any relationship with Blount yet, Martin didn’t hold back.
“Oh yeah, of course! We are awesome,” Martin said. “He’s a funny guy both on and off the field.”
(No, Martin wasn’t doing a Joe Pesci act. In fact, Martin confessed he has never seen “Goodfellas.”)
In fact, Martin enjoys Blount’s sense of humor, which he said will come out in meeting rooms to needle fellow running backs from time to time.
“We crack a few jokes. We have a lot of characters [among the running backs].”
Rather than there being friction between the two in their quest for touches, Martin said that he and Blount are good for each other. Martin motivates Blount to be the best he can be and Martin said Blount motives him to be his best self.
And the winner is the Bucs.
“You are competing with everybody,” Martin said. “All it will do is make everybody better. Competition is better for all of us.”