Doug Martin Never Hit The Rookie Wall

February 4th, 2013

Bucs Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin was trying to relax amid the chaos of Super Bowl week in New Orleans, but the NFL and others were putting Martin to work on radio row where Martin dropped Friday by to talk to Joe’s good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.

Duemig asked Martin how he was able to manage going through the dreaded rookie wall last year and Martin, as he said several times during the season, he had yet to hit that wall. But he also told Duemig not to dismiss the wall. Whiile he wasn’t affected, it does exist and can flatten other rookies.

“It is such a long season for rookies,” Martin said. “You have to train for the Senior Bowl and then the combine and after that pro days and then fly all around for the [private] visits [and workouts with individual NFL teams] and it is stressful on your body.

“And then you have to play a whole season of NFL football.”

When the Bucs hired Greg Schiano as head coach and subsequently drafted Martin, the Boise State product said he started doing research on how Schiano uses running backs and found he likes to have one guy carry the water.

Having an advance understanding of what to expect helped him psychologically get ready for the NFL season, Martin said. “I kind of expected it. I was ready for it mentally.”

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5 Responses to “Doug Martin Never Hit The Rookie Wall”

  1. Sneedy16 Says:

    In this next draft we have to draft Leon Sandcastle if he falls to the 13th pick. You heard he ran a 4.2 40! Deon is silly.

  2. Mark Says:

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  3. teacherman777 Says:

    MORE PROOF in my faith in our COACH. More PROOF in my theory that metaphysical love and positivity is central to success in sports.

    “Ravens running back Ray Rice has long been a favorite of Bucs coach Greg Schiano since their days together at Rutgers.

    The feeling is mutual. Rice said Schiano’s team-first approach reminds him a lot of the one deployed by Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

    “Coach Schiano did a great job,” Rice said from the Super Bowl Monday.

    “He’s always had my respect as a man, as a father and as a husband. I’ve seen the way not only that he took care of us as his kids, but you see the way he takes care of his family. He’s always about team first, and it reminds me of our coach. Coach Schiano implemented that same kind of format in us.”

    GO BUCS!!!


  4. 4everBucsFan Says:

    I get this electric feeling of excitement whenever I remind myself that our explosive offensive line will be at full strength next year and that Dougernaut could easily shatter last years remarkable rookie rushing numbers.

    We weren’t blessed with an easy schedule for next year when you look at all the A+ rated QB’s we will play against, but I’m confident that with the right moves and pieces to the defensive puzzle, we should be more than competitive in every one of our games next year.

  5. PRBucFan Says:

    The Muscle Hamster has to STOP…


    Jajaja had me rolling