Stop The Bombs To Doug Martin

October 21st, 2013

A month ago after the New England game, Joe wrote that taking a deep shot to Doug Martin is the “wrong route” for a variety of reasons. Reason No. 1 would be Martin has not shown good hands on much easier catches all season, let alone catching the ball on a dead run with a bigger defender fighting him for the ball.

Reason No. 2 is that Martin can get beheaded and/or severely banged up on a play like that — one he’s not used to making.

And that’s what happened Sunday.

The same deep route Martin ran in New England got him free near the corner of the end zone in Atlanta in very tight space. Martin couldn’t hold the pass (again) and he got drilled and left the game with a bum shoulder.

Dear New Schiano Order, please don’t let this play become the new Benn’d Around. By Joe’s count this is the third time for the “Martin Mess” and that should be enough to send the play to the recycle bin.

The Bucs have speedy deep threats in Tiquan Underwood and Chris Owusu, guys with more speed than Martin. If these are NFL-caliber receivers, then Mike Sullivan and friends should find a way to get them in the mix. That’s got to be better than senselessly putting Martin’s career on the line.

14 Responses to “Stop The Bombs To Doug Martin”

  1. Patrick Says:

    I think Freeman’s performance in MIN will be a factor in whether or not Schiano gets the axe.

  2. Tampabaybuctfan Says:


    I think it will impact more on Dominick than Schiano…..Schiano is gone…..Dominick may be a questionmark with the Glazers.

  3. bucfanjeff Says:

    Schiano will be fired after the Panthers game allowing the interim HC a few extra days to settle in.

    Look for Butch Davis or Wannstedt to take over.

  4. Meh Says:

    I’m so far past calling out the stupid. There is not enough time in the day to recount all the ways this coaching staff sucks.

    Let’s just fire the coach and stop worrying about individual stupid plays.

  5. Adam L. Says:

    How about this? Doug Martin wants a new nickname? If he’s going to keep running those deep routes, let’s call him “mini – Tron.”

  6. BucNasty!!! Says:

    For the record I told u douglas would put up a career day on us just likr foles and blaine gabbert get this assclown schiano outa here he only good for letting other ppls trash look great lets go greg roman this team is waitong for u o yea ps choose bridgewater we can win with him lmao

  7. SensibleBuc Says:

    I turned the game to the Red Zone channel after that play (after yelling at the TV of course). That play is so freaking dumb on so many levels it makes me sick. SICK.

  8. joseph mamma Says:

    Joe you just mentioned one of the Buc’s issues and maybe they’ll get it corrected but I’m not counting on it. The Buc’s have no speed at wide receiver. And no Tyquan Underwood and Chris Owusu don’t count.

  9. Stephen Says:

    Perhaps a blessing in disguise as schiano and co can no longer run him to the ground in a desperate attempt to save their jobs

  10. Captain Stagger Says:

    Asking the staff to not include a deep wheel route for a fast RB with great hands is rediculous Joe.

    Excuse me, Martin has failed repeatedly in the wheel route and much easier routes as well. He hasn’t caught the ball well. This was known before Sunday. And there is no evidence Martin has “great hands.” –Joe

    Every team has that play in their Playbook. And I remember a monster catch by Pittman in 02 running that same route. You play to win the game, playing not to get hurt is playing scared. And I don’t want to hear “he is too valuable running the ball to run a deep route”. That’s a hindsight BS argument.

    Also, it’s not hindsight. Joe linked to his story in September about how this was the wrong route for Martin. –Joe

  11. jo mama Says:

    Jesus h christ….. I know this is your website….but why dont your put pictures up of you taking a dump… would carry more weight with the readers…..

    fyi glennon, threw a deep ball and hit doug martin right in the god dam hands……

    I guess with your logic wide receivers can not do end arounds because they are technically now running backs and they might get hurt….

    fyi lagarret blount is returning kick offs in new england, he has hands of stone….

    its called next man up for a reason.

  12. buc4lyfe Says:

    It’s a pathetic attempt at making up plays, this coaching staff is pathetic, splitting out your best runner for a pass at 5’7 lol then your splitting the fullback out wide like someone is afraid of that….i cant stress how pathetic the coaching staff is, no one even does that on playstation! that same play hasnt worked yet. thats like taking your best playing for the vikings adrian peterson and splitting him out wide for a pass, people are afraid of him until he has the ball, its so freaking stupid…you do that crap with mike james or someone else, why not use a two h-back set and use it as a decoy, just so pathetic

  13. Bobby Says:

    “I think Freeman’s performance in MIN will be a factor in whether or not Schiano gets the axe.”

    Why? When Steve Young left did it cost the coach his job? How about Dilfer, Doug Williams? Once they leave they’re gone. It only matters what they did here and that was NADA in the case of Freeman.

  14. Touchdown Gus Says:

    Don’t worry Joe, Greg won’t be here long….