Doug Martin Sinks Deeper

November 23rd, 2014

DougMartineyesToday’s starting running back, Doug Martin, entered the Bucs-Bears mess averaging 2.9 yards per carry.

That paltry number has fallen.

Martin had 11 carries for 27 yards against a weak Bears defense. Outside of a strong, 10-yard run and a hard five-yard scamper, Martin was dreadful with the ball.

Martin’s one reception revealed nice awareness of the first-down marker, but his pass blocking was suspect.

Sadly, there’s just no reason to believe Martin has what it takes.

Typing this, Joe feels like he’s writing a eulogy. Martin has become a pretty lifeless running back with everything to prove.

Yes, Martin returned today after about a month away from game action because of an ankle injury, yet Lovie Smith made him the feature back? That was odd.

Martin’s demise is only a little more upsetting than Bobby Rainey appearing to be a better player than Martin but getting denied opportunities. Rainey, the Bucs’ leading rusher, had just one carry today for three yards but caught four balls for 18 yards.

Yes, the Bucs have miserable run blocking. But they may not have a starting-caliber running back, either. The latter would have been an impossible thought in August.

34 Responses to “Doug Martin Sinks Deeper”

  1. Mike10 Says:

    Offensive Line is miserable. Makes running inconsistent if not impossible

  2. bucrightoff Says:

    He’s gonna end up New England and will be a contributor. We are their farm team after all.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The Bucs have 4 starting caliber RBs and no starting caliber Olinemen…or QB or OC….
    It’s sad….but no back looks good behind our line. Their pass blocking is average at best….

  4. Bucs Anthem Says:

    Trade martin for 4th rounder this off season and be done with this nonsense

  5. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Better than Martin and sims

  6. "TheKevin" Says:

    All 3 running backs suck.

    Shouldn’t that tell you idiot know it alls that it’s not the running backs.




    Hello? Anyone home retards?

    What has Rainey or James or sims done?

    Not a dam thing. But oh let’s keep blaming Martin.

    I mean am I in the twilight zone or something?

    Plain out idiots.

  7. 911bucs Says:

    The staff has no idea how to utilize players on this roster, it’s sad.

  8. RastaMon Says:

    Doug Martin is thinking….Tim Wright….

  9. Mt Tom Says:

    Joe, you spelled “stinks” wrong in the title. 🙂

  10. oldfart44 Says:

    @TheKevin: retards??

  11. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Whatever you do, don’t trade him to the MF’in Patriots.

    Barry Sanders couldn’t do sh!t behind this offensive line.

  12. Tom Edrington Says:

    They are not going to make a living running the ball period….no offensive line equals no running game……

  13. Rrsrq Says:

    What team has a three back system that works…. I’ll wait?

  14. JJV Says:

    Maybe we should run the wishbone with our three backs and sit Josh.

  15. iamkingsu Says:

    It’s the O line plus play calling. I’m not going to blame every running back on this roster and take it easy on Sims Joe. When everyone was raving about him was back in august before the surgery and TEDFORD was here. He was drafted to add that pass catching dimension out of the backfield. I don’t get to watch much games I just listen to you’ll but it sounds like they are splitting him out wide or anything like that. Take the lack of running back production up with Arroyo

  16. Todd Says:

    He will play for the pats next year and Rush for over a thousand yards and ten touchdowns

  17. Walter White Says:

    If someone told me the offensive line gets paid a bonus to make Doug look terrible, I’d believe it. They’ve done a fantastic job of that all year.

    That said, even in his rookie year, was there THAT much of a disparity between our line then and now? I know our line sucks, but to go from looking like a beast to looking like you don’t belong in the nfl… Man… I just hate to see it though. I really like Doug.

  18. Orlando is watching Says:

    Tampa is born to lose Face it!.

  19. DallasBuc Says:

    Is it not also possible that he didn’t forget how to run the football but terrible “blocking” and “coaching” have themed his career like the rest of this team?
    Nah, that’s just crazy. Martin just suck suddenly. That makes sense.
    My fellow fan is not smart

  20. Jim Says:

    If he gets cut or is traded I am burning my #22 jersey.

  21. Another J Says:

    Joe,Name a running back that would look good behind Lovie’s hand picked O-Line?

  22. Z-Bucfan Says:

    What am I missing here?

    Martin – 3 runs for a 2.5 avg, 1 catch for 4, yards
    Rainey – 1 run for 3 yards, 4 catches for 4.5 avg
    Sims – 6 runs for 3.7 avg, 2 catches for 5.5 avg

    So, basically, there’s no difference between them, no matter how much people push for Rainey and Sims as our saviors.

    Find at least 2 player on the OL who should be NFL starters, and it will all get better.

  23. sho-nuff Says:


  24. buc4lyfe Says:

    OK I didn’t have the heart to watch the second half because the first half was so damn boring so are you saying Joe that the other runningbacks did something better? Is kinda stupid of a blogger to type a eulogy of this guy with that awful offensive line. It’s the death of good journalism and common sense.

  25. The don Says:

    Rainey is good. Lovie is an idiot.

  26. Cannon Fire Says:

    Dallasbuc hit the nail on the head

  27. BucIt941 Says:

    Told ya. Should have traded him at the beginning of the year when his stock was still really high. Could have got a decent transaction. Now we will be lucky to get a 6th rounder for him.

  28. Jon Says:

    I too agree with DalBuc

  29. Connor Says:

    And Joe continues to make a scapegoat out of Doug Martin. Please Joe, continue on with the Doug Martin is done articles. I can’t get enough (sarcasm).

  30. Capt.Tim Says:

    There is none of the magic he had before- that’s for sure.
    Like I said this preseason- Martin has lost “it”

    Sims and Rainey are the answer.
    We’re ok

  31. Patrick in VA Says:

    Rainey is the only back we have that has shown anything this year and it’s clear that the team prefers both of the other backs over him. The only player raising their trade value on the team is Rainey. By the looks of things, I wouldn’t put it past the staff to capitalize on that

  32. LargoBuc Says:

    Trade Doug Martin and watch him rush for 1000+ yards a season on another team.

  33. C. Alaka Says:

    So all our RBs have a hard time running? So all our RBs have a pretty bad avg per rush? So…eh I think you get the point…Unless we have Adrian Peterson, Jamal Charles or LeVeon Bell then most RBs would be hard pressed to run behind this offense. It’s more of the running system/plays than the actual o-line. The Bears were dropping 7 throughout the game & still Arroyo wasn’t able to get a running play that would be successful. I think it’s more a fault of design than anything else.

  34. J mone Says:

    Let’s just keep dougie be like the pats a bunch of good rb that pretty much rotate around and the ones that are hot get more touches