“7, 8 And Even 9 In The Box”October 4th, 2013
Doug Martin says the Bucs knew what the vaunted and feared Arizona Cardinals defense was going to do last Sunday in the 13-10 debacle at the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway. But the Bucs just couldn’t stop them.
Martin explained on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week that the Bucs were ready but not able.
“They loaded that box. We knew that comin’ in. There was seven, eight, even nine in the box. We knew that they were going to do that coming into the game,” Martin said. “There was always one guy unblocked. You know, they did a good job swarming to the ball and getting off blocks. We just got outplayed.”
Martin had one of the worst days in history for a Bucs running back, 27 carries for 45 yards and many runs for negative yardage. But the Bucs kept pounding away. Some might say Tampa Bay took on the stubborn mentality of its head coach.
Greg Schiano said this week that the Bucs’ offensive line is still gelling, given that Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph are still getting back into top condition. However, Joe’s not sure that will make a ton of difference against teams that insist on making Mike Glennon beat them.
The rookie QB has really been thrown into the fire.