Doug Martin Swears These Bucs Are Different

November 20th, 2016

DougMartineyesLive in the happy Buccaneers locker room this afternoon, Joe and Doug Martin talked about the culture of losing.

Martin, unfortunately, is an expert in this subject. He’s never played on a winning Bucs team.

His 2012 Bucs jumped out to a 6-4 start and shocked the NFL. The crumbled to 6-6 before agony struck in a gut-wrenching home loss to Nick Foles and the Eagles on the day the Bucs honored the 10-year anniversary of the Super Bowl champs.

Last year, the Bucs clawed their way to 6-6, and then they tanked the final four games of the season and their coach was fired.

Now the Bucs are 5-5 and riding high after beating the Eagles today.

So Doug, why are these Bucs better than those other teams that collapsed in December.

“I believe this team is different from the past because this team has more fight, more competitive spirit than those previous teams,” Martin said with conviction. “This is a team that wants to win, wants to win out and get this streak going.”

Joe talked about the same subject to Lavonte David, a member of Martin’s 2012 rookie class.

David said this year’s Bucs are more legitimate than those other Bucs teams because they are “executing at a better tempo” and “having more fun on the field.”

There’s more gelling through the entire team, David said, and the fact this year’s Bucs are healthier at this point in the season than last year’s team is a huge improvement.

Do you believe?


23 Responses to “Doug Martin Swears These Bucs Are Different”

  1. Warren Says:

    Chiefs Joe…not Eagles…have another Jason Licht Ale for me man!

  2. Zaza Says:

    It was the Chiefs but he’s right Bucs haven’t had a win like this in a long time.

  3. Buc50 Says:

    The team has a better QB…end of story

  4. hjbashus Says:

    Heads up Joe, the article says “Now the Bucs are 5-5 and riding high after beating the Eagles today.” You meant to say Chiefs though.

  5. tdtb2015 Says:

    I believe JW and Ayers bring the right winning attitude needed in the team. If they stay healthy, we will see a more positive outcome this season.

    Go Bucs!!!

  6. Buccfan37 Says:

    Martin looked good continuing to shake off the rust. Getting back his old form. Exciting to say the least.

  7. San Francisco Joe Says:

    Hey Joe,

    Did you ask him a leading question or did he say it himself that this team was different? Either way, I agree. This team is head and shoulders better in all three phases (though they need to work on O-line chemistry in running the ball). The coaches should get a lot of credit for thoroughly studying the problems that exist on this team and developing a cohesive plan to play towards our strengths.

  8. San Francisco Joe Says:

    I also want to add that this team went pound for pound with the Raiders who have a chance to make it to the Super Bowl this year and lost to the Chiefs at home earlier this year. We will lose more games but it should not be overlooked that they are building something special.

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    This team is different!!!! This team want to win!!!!! I wonder what has changed!!!!!

    It took lovie 23 games to get to 5 wins!!! Improvement Indeed!!!!!!!!!

    Go America!!!!!!

    And GO BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    Warren you got em again!! Haha. Best fan ever!

  11. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The Buc Realist..We all know that Lovie stunk as a Head Coach. We don’t need to be reminded of it everyday.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:


    I did not say anything about it yesterday!!!!! Besides, I was just translating what DM22 was saying between the lines!!!!!! Addressing the elephant in the room!!!!!

  13. LakeLandBuc Says:

    This team does have more fight than any team since 2010, I believe they can win 4 of the last 6.

  14. 1nebuc Says:

    This TEAM expect to win every week. The other teams wanted to win. It doesn’t seem like such a big deal but trust its a BIG DIFFERENCE. Watch next week they expect to win and we as fans need to start thinking that way every week . Our team is not bad they just weren’t healthy .

    GO BUCS!

  15. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Cecil Shorts is the player that surprised me today. He looked better than VJAX out there.

  16. EA Says:

    Yeah the offense and the ability to spread the ball to many receivers the last 2 games has been fun to watch, hopefully the keep on getting better.

  17. T in Orlando Says:

    Do I believe? Honestly, not yet. This is 3rd time in the past 12 months we’ve seen the Bucs climb back to .500, with a chance to really build towards a winner, and take control of the season. The last two times, the team tanked; last year closing out the season 0-4, this year hitting a two game skid. So while I will be rooting for the team, and hope they can beat Seattle next Sunday, I cannot say I believe they will.

    That being said, this was a solid game all-around by the Bucs, this was not a fluke win, or a situation where the Chiefs were making mistake after mistake handing us the win. The team played hard, made very few mistakes, extremely efficient on 3rd down, and made enough big plays to pull out a road win against a very tough opponent, who seldom loses at home. The two things that were lacking today were red zone efficiency and pass rush, both of which can be justified by the fact they were playing a very good defense and a QB who gets rid of the ball fairly quickly.

    Go Bucs!!!!

  18. Rrsrq Says:

    Bucs will likely have to win the division, with this win, you know ATL is now looking in the rearview mirror, with the Bucs on their heels, I don’t think they have the mentality to win the division, but Bucs do.

  19. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Lakeland: I agree with the shorts comment. He showed heart today. Not saying he’s the next obj but it was nice to see some plays from him.

  20. R.O. Says:

    Joe.. break down Martins runs inside the tackles and the horrible pitch plays. I bet he lost 20 yds on the poorly called/executed pitch plays.

  21. sumosam Says:

    This was the best game the Bucs played in the past ten years. I am very proud of the way this team keeps fighting. We should all be excited that they are finally turning things around and it shows on the field.

  22. salish_seamonster Says:

    Beat Seattle and I’ll believe. I’m cautiously hopeful this team may have begun turning the corner. But you have to beat good teams to be a good team. Today was a start.

  23. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Great win today, GO BUCS….we are at that cross road again this year, last year we battled to a 6 and 6 record and the bottom fell out, fast forward t this year and we have a 5 and 5 record….can we win four of the last six games! 6 games to play with 4 games to win to show improvement over LAST SEASON!! GO BUCS (great win today) STEP/UP AMERICA DOWN WITH BANNON & SESSIONS!!!