Indispensable: Doug MartinMay 28th, 2013
Joe could point to all sorts of players who, if lost to injury, could screw the Bucs.
The first who springs to Joe’s mind is defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. The next one would be Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson. One also could make an argument for safety Dashon Goldson (Bucs fans should really watch the Saints-49ers playoff game on NFL Game Rewind from 2011 to get an idea of how Goldson lays the wood to receivers and running backs).
But Adam Schein disagrees.
The popular sports radio and television personality has typed a column for NFL.com and argues that not only is Doug Martin irreplaceable, he has Martin as the ninth-most “indispensable” player in the NFL.
9) Doug Martin, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Bucs rightly don’t trust quarterback Josh Freeman. The drafting of Mike Glennon and the ensuing comments from head coach Greg Schiano (who said the rookie “can play quickly”) are further proof of this.
The Bucs are all about Martin. They are going to pound the ball with the second-year stud, especially with offensive guards Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks returning from injury. When opponents stack the box to stop the human bowling ball, Vincent Jackson will dominate down field.
Joe just can’t argue with Schein here. Last year, when Martin was running rampant through defenses, the Bucs generally won.
Here’s the thing, though, if Josh Freeman struggles, defenses are just going to load up with eight or nine guys in the box and basically dare Freeman to throw the ball.
As always, the Bucs’ success this season begins and ends with Freeman.