Doug Martin No. 64

June 8th, 2015
Bleacher Report columnist not fond of Doug Martin.

A Bleacher Report columnist is not fond of Doug Martin

In a few weeks (training camp is less than two months away if you can imagine), you are going to see a lot of lists because we are quickly approaching the dead zone of NFL news that is the early summer.

Some are getting a jump on the lists.

Matt Miller of Bleacher Report ranked running backs and it doesn’t look good for the Bucs. Miller has Doug Martin as the No. 64 back in the NFL.

Doug Martin’s career has careened off course since his rookie season. Injury took away most of his second season, while his third was spent running behind an often overwhelmed offensive line. In spite of all that, Martin’s consistency simply hasn’t been where it needs to be. He has all the physical talent and technical prowess to be a quality starter, but he needs to perform better.

Simply put, the past two seasons, Martin hasn’t been healthy and that’s not a team’s fault. When Martin has been healthy, he is effective. When banged up, he is no better than the Great Lumpkin.

Joe remembers last year at New Orleans focusing specifically on The Muscle Hamster with binoculars. As soon as Martin approached the line, he ducked his head and tried to bowl over defensive tackles and linebackers, never seeing running lanes to his left or right.

This just in: Martin is not Larry Csonka.

When Martin got healthy in December, he played like he did as a rookie in a couple of games.

The key with Martin is staying healthy.

17 Responses to “Doug Martin No. 64”

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Wasn’t that last game at New Orleans his highest total of the season? (+100 I believe)

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    The word I got Joe, was that he would have been released or traded for peanuts, But Koetter begged to keep him for 1 year to see what he could do!!!

  3. Danati74 Says:

    Im all for giving D. Martin one more year. Hardly anyone has done anything outside of VJax, GMC, LVD, and Evans. The year before the last two Martin belonged on that list. He was always in the highlights, than the injury bug appeared and the OL disappeared.

  4. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Health is always a huge variable on any NFL team and we’re certainly no different.

    And so will Martin be healthy? How about Sims? ASJ? We need all three of these guys to have solid years.

  5. Joe Says:

    Wasn’t that last game at New Orleans his highest total of the season? (+100 I believe)

    Right opponent; wrong site; wrong game.

  6. OB Says:

    With Koetter as the OC and hopefully improved OL play, all will do much better plus the QB will not be turnover prone.

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    A crappy O line has a knack for making good players look like crap, including Martin, in a spiraling effect no blocking no yards no points no offense no wins no happy fans.

  8. LakelandBuc Says:

    You gotta give credit to the (Mad Genius) Greg Schiano for running Doug Martin to death, as a rookie Doug Martin had 368 touches, way too many for a rookie and especially when you have a 6’1 250 lb bruiser sitting the bench getting splinters in his ass. It take a real smart coach to give your prized 1st round rookie (who you traded up to get)319 carries and another 49 catches,while your big experience back get 41 carries and another 1 catch. And some of these Bucs fans still say it was a mistake to fire Schiano. SMH, this makes a lot of sense you run the 5’9, 215 lb back and you sit the 6’1 250 lb back(who career average is a mere 4.6 YPC) What was the Glazers thinking when they hired Schiano?.

  9. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    “The word I got Joe, was that he would have been released or traded for peanuts, But Koetter begged to keep him for 1 year to see what he could do!!!”

    Name your source or what you “hear” ain’t worth squat.

  10. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I think the bad offensive line and play calling resulted in all of our running backs under performing. Young offensive lines usually learn to run block faster than they learn to pass block, so hopefully we’ll see improvement from the entire stable after game 5 or so.

  11. VegaBuc Says:

    Martin will not be here in 2016. Mark my words

  12. VegaBuc Says:

    Martin will not be here in 2016. He does look good in OTA’S though. But just as Joe said his key is to stay healthy. That’s why I say…. Mark my words, he won’t be here 2016.

  13. The Buc Realist Says:


    First off NO!!! if i wanted to say the name I would have put it in there. so take it as squat. Be happy that a passed it along. And it was not Lovie/Licht so even I do not know 100%

  14. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    All this guy said is what we have been saying all offseason. He doesn’t know more than the Joes or us.

  15. drdneast Says:

    Right Buc Realist. I also have the names of 57 communists who work in the state department, but I’m not going to share them either.
    You are such a big bag of hot wind.
    Still, let me guess, it was the dishwasher in the kitchen. Great source.

  16. Buc-A-New Says:

    F all of that BS! If JW is half of what his supporters say he is then Dougie will have a better yr than his Frosh under Josh

  17. McAlpinMike Says:

    Realist’ “source” was either Joe or BSPN. I read that yesterday on one or the other!