Doug Martin Sets Goal

August 31st, 2015
Simply goals for Bucs RB Doug Martin.

Simple goals for Doug Martin.

Every running back would love to do a Barry Sanders and be a legit threat to take a ball to the house on every touch.

Doug Martin is no different.

However, the fourth-year Bucs running back also is grounded in reality. He won’t always have a double-digit gain or a touchdown. Rather, Martin has more realistic goals.

“Yeah, you know, you would like to have every play like that, but you know that your every play isn’t going to pop for 20- or 30- or 10- or not even 5- [yards],” Martin said after Saturday’s loss to the Browns. “But you want to average 4-yards-per-carry and that was our goal.”

Martin, who looks different and faster than his rookie form, averaged 4.6 yards a carry in his first season in the NFL. Since? Below four-yards a carry in two very forgettable seasons.

Four yards is a good average. At worst, that likely means 3rd-and-short for your quarterback and the offense. Those types of situations often lead to time-eating drives.

So Joe cannot complain about Martin’s modest goal. Reaching that just might mean Martin gets a nice payday at the end of the season.

18 Responses to “Doug Martin Sets Goal”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The best way to open up a running game for Martin is to inject short passes early & often into the offense……teams are ready for our 1st & 10 run up the middle… is stuffed most every time.

  2. Lakeland Buc Says:

    I predict 1200 yards for Doug this season, we will need another 1200 from the rest of the committee. But we gotta play power football, that vertical jazz won’t cut it. We have big run blocking O-Linemen, we just have to use them right. We don’t Jameis to be another Dan Marino, we him to move the chains. Control the clock and rest the defense. That was the problem last season with our defense, too many 3 and out by the offense. In this heat, we need to wear down defenses while resting our defense. And we will not get it done with a vertical passing game, plain and simple. Let’s go back to Buc Ball, that’s our bread and butter.

  3. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’m sick of that handoff going nowhere also. I kow what’s coming, you know what’s coming, everybody knows what the play will be, a minimal gain at best. Martin will give a good effort, but yeah the defense will stuff him too much. He is improved, no doubt, more scamper to his moves. Hope it is enough helped by this line blocking.

  4. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    What or who are we getting from Detroit for Tim Wright?

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Traded Tim Wright to Detroit…at least we got something for him….

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Probably a 7th round pick…

  7. DB55 Says:


    And Detroit prob got 6-8 TDs from their new back up TE.

  8. 813bucboi Says:

    doug looks ready for a big year!!GO BUCS!!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    Wright can’t catch the ball from anyone but Glennon….not worried….

  10. DB55 Says:

    Lies I say all lies. 11tds in 2 years says otherwise.

  11. Joe Cool Says:

    We traded Wright for Detroit’s back up kicker.

  12. mjc Says:

    Getting a kicker – rookie out of ND

  13. DB55 Says:

    Wow that’s a crying shame. Wright is about to ball out with Stafford.

  14. ga. buc fan 39 years Says:

    Pound the rock!!!

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    I hope Koetter is reading your posts! LOL I agree completely.

  16. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says
    “The best way to open up a running game for Martin is to inject short passes early & often into the offense…”

    Wouldn’t that allow defenses to play close to the line, and therefore stop the run?

    I’m actually asking.

  17. Jason McLaurin Says:

    I think Martin and Sims will be the saviors of the Bucs season as they both will have standout seasons allowing the two to maybe have individual 1,000 yard seasons. I like Sims to even get a 1,000 yard season receiving as well becoming a feature in the offense for big plays along with Mike Evans and Kenny Bell. Martin will be a staple back for the offense ths t go to guy as well as Vincent Jackson in the receiving game to go along with Shepherd as Clay and Hall will be on special teams Thats a perfect setup attack for this offense and how I see it going too during the season. Winston will have many 400 yard passing games this season with a 500 yard game or few in there too once he has his real disposal of talent at his helm. The line will come along as the offensive play is allowed to expand which will be on a game to game basis too which will catch the nfl by surprise trust me

  18. Getaclue Says:

    ^lmao this guy