Doug Martin Says “Desire” Separates Him

April 19th, 2016
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Doug Martin compares himself to other running backs

Doug Martin was talking this afternoon, and Joe was taking notes.

A relaxed and happy-sounding Martin joined SiriusXM NFL Radio for a cozy chat with co-hosts Bruce Murray and former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik.

Dominik asked Martin what traits he believes separate him from running backs across the NFL. Martin didn’t dance around an answer.

“The desire, the will to be better than what I did last,” Martin said. “Just working hard and not going down when the first guy hits you. And just staying positive. When you do all those things, success is bound to reach you.”

Yes, Martin is the NFL’s reigning second-leading rusher and deserved that question from Dominik. For depressed Bucs fans, Joe recommends turning on last year’s game film and watching Martin. The guy was electric nearly every afternoon.

Asked about what he expects from his NFL future, Martin said, “I know that I want to be great” and he is driven to contribute during a Bucs’ Super Bowl run.

12 Responses to “Doug Martin Says “Desire” Separates Him”

  1. I know why Says:

    I remember last year, most of you all called him a bust and a waste to draft a RB in round one. I’m sure you all will now heap praise on Doug now…

  2. Matt Cavallo Says:

    I argued against Luke Easterling about Dougie because he said last year that Sims would supplant him. I told him he was a lunatic and betted that Martin would be back to form. I was right.

  3. Bird Says:

    He was best player on the field some games last year. A beast

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Speaking for Pablo

    “Unfortunately desire “unseparates” Pablo……Pablo knows that might not be a word but he thinks JBF fans will cut Pablo some slack. Anyway desire unseparating Pablo is the reason for Pablo’s many, many children”

  5. Robert Says:

    Martin does not like his nikname so how about Dougie Desire.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Its doing it again Joe. Won’t let me make the post I want on this thread despite multiple tries, copy paste in new window, etc. What gives?

  7. Rrsrq Says:

    If we had a decent defense last year, I still believe Doug would’ve led the league in rushing, but when you get down early and abandon the rushing game like we did in a few games and even a few games we were not down big, he got less carries and he handled it like a pro “go ask the coaches”

  8. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I love Doug. He had a GREAT season last year. He had a GREAT rookie season.

    In between though there were two stinkers because of injuries.

    I hope Doug can sustain his effort for two years in a row. Time will tell if his body can hold up. I’m thinking however that Sims IS the real deal and that Koetter will use Sims not only as a change of pace and different skill sets from Dougie but also because more work for Sims will mean less wear and tear on Dougie’s body.

    Let’s be honest…50% of his career Dougie was great…the other 50% not so much. Not is fault it comes down to injuries but won’t it come down to that again this year?

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’ve been on Martin’s bandwagon from day one despite his two lesser seasons sandwiched between bookend outstanding output. That and the chatter that he only played well last year because of the potential new contract. Go Doug!

  10. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I really can’t believe some buc fans accuse Martin of only having a good year because it was a contract year. Why do people have to be such downers? Martin has elite talent.

    Besides, I think all players should get a pass during schiano’s last season, and Lovies first season. Those were just horrendous coaching jobs, and the team suffered because of incompetent coaching.

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  12. Luther Says:

    Speaking for myself, I never thought he was a bust. I said he didn’t make people miss and that was accurate. He lost weight last year and got his elusiveness back.