No New Running Back. No Problem.

April 28th, 2017

Dirk Koetter has been down this road before

The cognac is flowing at Jacquizz Rodgers’ house, Joe suspects.

Charles Sims is cracking a smile. Peyton Barber is breathing easy. Doug Martin maybe even put his PODS moving reservation on hold.

Welcome to Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft (Rounds 4 through 7), and your Buccaneers don’t have a new running back.

Absolutely a team can find a stud running back late in the draft. Just ask the Falcons, Cardinals and Bears, among others. But it’s likely now that whatever rookie running back arrives in Tampa tomorrow, your Bucs will be running the ball by committee next season.

(Sorry, Doug Martin fans. Joe still doesn’t see the Muscle Hamster wearing pewter and red in the regular season.)

This is familiar territory for Dirk Koetter. His 2012 Falcons offense was on the brink of a Super Bowl, about 12 yards away from making the big game. You know who had the top yards-per-carry average on that Falcons team? Jacquizz Rodgers at 3.9 yards. Those mighty Falcons had the 29th-ranked running game in the NFL while their passing game was loaded.

The point? Joe is confident Koetter is totally ecstatic that he added tight end O.J. Howard (first round) and receiver Chris Godwin (third round) — weapons for America’s Quarterback and the end to the depth woes of the Bucs’ receiving corps.

Koetter isn’t thinking a lick about his running game now. He’ll manage. He’s done it before. And frankly, the absence of Martin, more beef on the offensive line, and total respect of the passing weapons should open up plenty of holes for even average running backs.

94 Responses to “No New Running Back. No Problem.”

  1. BucFamous Says:

    I think we’re keeping Doug.

  2. Joeypoppems Says:

    Congrats to Doug Martin for somehow earning a safe job lol.

  3. Kevinator73 Says:

    Really surprised we didn’t take an RB. I feel like we could have gotten that LB with out trading up too :/

  4. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I think it’s possible we keep Doug as well. In really looking at it, it may be the right decision. First of all, he seems to play great at about the time you think he’s not any good (roughly every other year). Second, we can totally afford him, even though I would think the Bucs would still make him take a pay cut just for letting us down. Fourth, we are going to be a pass heavy team. That is pretty clear. Fourth, we are in win now mode. Is anybody truly confident that any RB left will be better than a motivated Doug Martin? I’m sure not. I would probably give him this year, then cut or trade him after the year is up. We can then draft a RB in the first round or two.

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Julie’n Davenport tomorrow? RT?

  6. DallasBuc Says:

    Just wow.
    Jason Licht is only competent with obvious decisions. My goodness he is lousy at least half the time. What a draft schizophrenia

  7. Juggernautical Says:

    Maybe we flip a 2018 pick and our 5th to move up and get Mack or Samaje

  8. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    One more thing, Doug will be coming back week 4. He can have a few carries against the Giants to get back in the flow. He will be the freshest player on the field for the Thursday night game against New England. If the muscle hamster is running the ball well against the world champs, we just might be able to beat them.

    I’m pretty much always against getting rid of good players, unless you can replace them with someone who is clearly better. Even in that case, they can still be depth (which we all know is critical in Tampa).

  9. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    LeGarrette Blount returning to the Bucs?

  10. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Just wow.
    Jason Licht is only competent with obvious decisions. My goodness he is lousy at least half the time. What a draft schizophrenia”


    My goodness you are a pathetic loser!!!!

  11. Guzzie Says:


  12. Bucs Guy Says:

    I agree with Juggernautical. That’s the only hope for a quality RB.

    5th this year and 5th next year for a mid-4th this year. Need to find someone willing to make that deal.

  13. TampaBay AllDay Says:

    The opposite always seems to happen with Joe. I’m thinking Martin stays

  14. Bucfan951 Says:

    Wouldn’t be so bad if the Bucs weren’t running on first and second downs all the time. It would be different if the passing game opened up the running game but that isn’t the Bucs (at least it wasn’t the past two years). We’ll see j guess.

  15. Ben Says:

    Is anyone confused over this last pick for a lb. They traded 2 picks to get a guy that may play 40% of the time and is coming off torn acl.

    Does anyone think the bucs thought they were Trey Hendrickson but got shafted by the saints? Seems odd.

  16. Guzzie Says:

    If we don’t draft s RB tomorrow, we are screwed going into next season with the worst group in the league

  17. LakeLandBuc Says:

    I have been saying it all the time that the Bucs will not draft a RB.

  18. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    The clear message is Doug Martin is loved by the team and we know what he can do. Just because he had a problem, doesn’t mean we just get him out of here!.

    We are NOT in desperate need for a RB after Winston was gifted all the loot Jason picked up in the draft!

    I too would love to see Doug back to his self again. He will have a massive season because he’s capable of it!

    You arse holes that wanted a RB cause it’s a sexy pick, bugger off!

  19. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Kendall Beckwith is a solid ILB, he could play OLB also. He started at ILB for LSU when Kwon was a starting OLB.

  20. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Martin is a lock to stay here. You think fhe bucs are going into the season with Sims or Quizz as the starting RB? Puhlease! When martin comes back off suspension this is his team. How could it not be? You aren’t going to rely on a late round pick to be a day 1 starter. And doug Martin has shown up at OTAs in amazing shape looking like 2015 Martin again. Buf we are just going to let him go? Put down the pipe joe. I know you hate martin for some unknown reason. But he is here to stay!

  21. JabooBuc Says:

    For those pining for a running back, there are still plenty of talented choices available and you can be sure the Bucs know who they are. Plus, there are still free agents of interest and more may become available after the draft. RB’s are plug and play for the most part. We needed a SAM and Beckworth could be a good one. Quit hating and be patient.

  22. Gencoimports Says:

    It doesn’t really matter what role you think Martin will have next year Joe.

    The only thing that is clear is the Bucs front office must think you are a fool since you thought we would be in such dire shape if we did not use a premium pick on a running back. Clearly they think you are mistaken. Again.

  23. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    We could still get mack in the 5th! But I think the like Peyton way more than you think!!!! Imo

  24. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Ben, we gave up a 6th round pick to move up. 6th rounders rarely even make the team. So to give up a throw away pick to get a 2 down LB is better than the nothing the 6th rounder would have likely been. Imho.

  25. CapsBucsOsTerps Says:

    Can’t understand why the Bucs are even considering keeping Doug Marin. He has had 2 good years! His rookie and contract years!

  26. LakeLandBuc Says:

    If they draft a RB it will be in Round 5 or Round 7 and I seriously doubt that. Will they find a RB in Round 5 or 7 to replace an one year remove 1st team All-Pro RB. Don’t make me laugh lol.

  27. Bucsfan4life Says:

    I don’t see Martin going anywhere and at this point makes absolutely no sense to get rid of him. Why get rid of a rb that just over a season ago was the second leading rusher. I think the Bucs keep Doug this year and hope he is even a fraction of the player he was not too long ago and then maybe draft rb next year.

  28. tmaxcon Says:


    I do not need to speak for jobe but I do need to state the obvious. joe does not hate martin. he is just not a delusional fanboy who conveniently forgets doug has been horrible more than he has been good not to mention he screwed over his teammates. Instead of conveniently forgetting the horrible doug or making excuses for the horrible doug like the fanboys why don’t you take the reasonable approach of judging results and the results prove Martin is unreliable and a waste of time.

  29. Bucsfan4life Says:

    I’m willing to bet the joes a steak dinner Martin rips it up this year

  30. Bucsfan4life Says:

    Tmaxcon since I have been on this site your analysis has been horrible and almost always wrong and u seem more like a troll. Maybe u know more about football then u let on and just like getting people riled up

  31. Cobraboy Says:

    Martin will be a Buc in 2017, and we’ll be glad he is.

    “The report of my death was an exaggeration.”

  32. tmaxcon Says:


    you have me confused with bonzi I am always right unfortunately I am a realist and it offends the oversensitive over optimistic fan boys.

  33. tmaxcon Says:

    instead of the making excuses for a player who has proven he has sucked more than he has been good much less great why don’t you raise your standards a bit and stop failing for mediocre losers.

  34. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    I appreciate this site a lot but it’s a information source not a place to get any insight about the team. Doug rushed for 1,400 yards a season ago, he’s not going anywhere just because he took PED’s. We have a terrific MLB that did the same thing and nobody is calling for his release.

  35. ndog Says:

    Gencoimports, last year they thought they were good at receiver as well, how did that turn out?

  36. nate_tweetz Says:

    We have the worst group of running backs in our division BY FAR. Not even close:

    Falcons – Freeman & Coleman
    Saints – Ingram & A.P
    Panthers – McCafferey, Curtis Samuel, and Jonathan Stewart
    Bucs – Drug Martin, Tippy toes Sims, & Might Mouse Rogers

    The Bucs have the worst RB group running behind an average O-line. Jameis better throw for 5,000+ yards this season.

  37. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Doug Martin is a Buc today and he will be a Buc tomorrow.

  38. ndog Says:

    Why get rid of Doug you say? Well there is the fact that he is almost always hurt so you cant count on him. He is a drug user so you cant count on him. He only shows up when it benefits him so you cant count on him. What else do you need? I mean ask yourself this, if we have a game to win do you really trust that he will be the runningback we need to carry us home if we are facing a great pass rush weaker run defensive front? Oh yeah I forgot he cant out run any secondary in the NFL theres always been that.

  39. Bucfan951 Says:

    When someone like tmaxipad uses phrases like “fan boy” “butt hurt” “nut hugger” you know they are a troll. He must be real fun at parties. Yea, he’s always right. He said the Bucs would draft cook… wrong! Don’t get on him too much, guys. Now go take your bottle of lotion and gmc pic to bed and have a good night.

  40. LakeLandBuc Says:

    nat tweetz you left out the Saints Alvin’m still satisfied with our RBs.

  41. Rich Says:

    Lifeofabucfan? Bugger off? Haha…… as if one half of our offensive drive means little or nothing? Trusting Martin will be your demise being he hasn’t been consistent in his career. You’d like to see him get back to his old self, but what is that? His rookie season or one of those lackluster seasons? Sheesh, oh how we celebrate mediocrity these days.

  42. tmaxcon Says:

    so is there a pill you fanboys take that makes all the bad plays and injuries disappear completely or is it as simple as a man-crush. it’s actually really impressive consider the bad so heavily outweighs the good both in consistency and quantity. just curious how some of you can become so blind.

  43. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    The Bucs LOVE PEYTON Ian Rapoport Chad Martin looks so good that they felt comfortable passing on Cook

  44. bucNation Says:

    uhh are u serious joe there is no way doug is getting released now what were going to roll into the season with rogers sims barber and potentially a late round rookie??? that’s a death wish i understand we are gettin all these weapons forcing teams to spread out but still man we need reliable guys and out of all the guys on the roster martins the most reliable and productive

  45. lurker Says:

    noone knows what the bucs draft board was. perhaps they had a running back targeted that got picked before their pick…perhaps not.

    safety was a bigger hole than runningback. linebacker was a need also. these were not bad picks. they did not expect oj howard to be there, but you take him, by far.

  46. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Go to bed maxypad, it’s past your bed time lol

  47. Bucfan951 Says:

    Yes, the Bucs do have the worst rb’s in the division. There is no denying that but drafting cook or any other rb in this draft wouldn’t change that. You can only plug so many holes with draft picks. Typical Bucs fans… They always hit that panic button when things don’t go their way.

  48. tmaxcon Says:


    so the three bad years martin had never happen. it’s all someone elses fault …. you delusional low standard losers are hilarious

  49. Jerry Says:

    I think it is incredibly obvious the Bucs are happy at RB.

  50. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Who cares Tmaxcon, you act like your signing his check. The guy can play at a high level and that’s proven. Give it up son, you just don’t know as much as you think.

  51. Bucfan951 Says:

    The maxipad is, you always scream the same thing. Day in and day out. At the end of the day, we all know your stance on gmc, Martin, glennon and whoever else you’re complaining about. We get it!!! You don’t like them and want them off the team. We are all fans of this team and it gets pretty sickening coming to this site everyday to have to read you complaining about the same thing, day in and day out. You’re complaining worse than my wife and that’s saying a lot. We get it, dude! You don’t like them. They are druggies, let their team down, gives up on plays, ice cream man, yada yada yada. We get it. You don’t need to keep pounding it down our throats at every opportunity. Now go grab some lotion, fire up your computer, do your thing and go to bed.

  52. Bill Says:

    I still like Perine, Pumphrey, Mack, and McNichols (for different reasons), but I think all of those guys bring something that we can use. I lean towards Perine and McNichols because they bring GL beef, but there are still quality options at RB.

    Don’t forget Jaquizz Rodgers looked pretty damn good. He did. Let’s not discount that.

  53. Bucsfan4life Says:

    @tmax ok Doug Martin worst day he is still a better option than any other back on the roster and idc about the 1 or 2 good games rogers had. That doesn’t mean I think Martin is long term answer but if I’m trying to get in playoffs this year and I couldn’t get cook or mixon I’d definitely bet on Martin before rogers or twinkle toes

  54. buccfan305 Says:

    I definitely think we are keeping Doug. We have no 4th or 6th round pick because of the 3rd round trade up. Because of his positive test they can renegotiate his contact. Why not keep him. He will be cheap as $#!t. Not my first choice but from a business standpoint, it makes sence. Pay him 1.5 mil a year. He has no leverage being suspended for the first 3 games.

  55. Howard Returns Says:

    It seems pretty obvious to Howard, so let him enlighten the masses:
    Doug Martin has his best years when he has something to prove or
    he’s behind the 8-ball. His rookie year – He needed to prove himself.
    His contract year – again, he needed to prove himself.
    And now….to save his very career…
    You think he’ll be motivated?
    We’ve seen what he can do when he’s motivated.
    I think Doug will redeem himself this season.

  56. tmaxcon Says:


    you can go into a season with a starting rb you can’t trust. no one in the right mind can say you can 100% trust doug martin either on field or off field. you choose to say keeping him is a gamble you are willing to take those of us who want more than just a participation trophy want the bucs to win a meaningful game for the first time in a decade plus

  57. tmaxcon Says:

    gambling on inconsistent and often injured players is how teams stay in the damn basement

  58. Bucsfan4life Says:

    Exactly Howard and that’s exactly what I’m thinking. Some of these guys and girls on here only think about how they got their feelings hurt because someone didn’t perform the way they wanted them to. Same fans that couldn’t see how good Evans was just over a year ago because he had drops

  59. buccfan305 Says:

    I’m content with the 4 picks that we have. If we pick 7 good players, it’s 7 more people we have to try and figure out how to pay in 4 years. If our 4 picks ( that we have so far ) pan out this year, we have great depth at a few critical positions.

    GO BUCS!!!

  60. Steve from Oregon Says:

    I think its obvious none of us know who will pan out and who wont. Theres still talented running backs available.

    Going to sit back and see how this plays out.

  61. USFBUC Says:

    Just to give some statistical context to the debate – based on his career averages the best case scenario for DM is between 900 and 1000 yards rushing if he plays in all 13 games. I really wanted to draft a RB but if we could get that from DM this year I would be pleased.

  62. Gencoimports Says:

    Ndog, if they really believed that (and based on some of Koetter’s answers in some of the pressers I don’t think they did) then they were wrong.

    Vjax got hurt and we had no speed at WR. No speed means its much easier to defend the run. We shouldn’t have that problem this year. Koetter knew he had a speed problem last year.

    Most players get hurt ndog. That’s why there are backups!

  63. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    I like all our backs and think any of them can carry the load. We’re fine and you all will see. We failed late last year because we couldn’t pass protect late in the game. We need to keep getting better in pass pro and then will win meaningful games in December.

  64. PRBucFan Says:

    Joe doesn’t have to “see the Muscle Hamster wearing Peweter and Red in the regular season”, Licht and Koetter do and those are the ONLY opinions that matter. 😉

  65. THETRUTH Says:


    Most of time u have no clue but on this I agree. Inconsistent RB and his work ethic just dropped if he had some this year now that he knows he safe to be on team. His yards per carry suck cause he has bad vision. We will be struggling all year at this position like we did last year WR. RODGERS is serviceable but not to carry load all season , injury prone

  66. Bucsfan4life Says:

    It doesn’t matter. If Martin does do good and Evans turns out to be a decent safety and oj puts up numbers these same people will find a new reason to act as if the sky is falling instead of enjoying the fact that after sucking for so long we are actually trending up and getting better every year

  67. unbelievable Says:

    For everyone who can’t understand why they would keep Martin this year:

    He has played amazing in contract / prove-it years.

    So you rework his contract, he balls out for us for a year, then you let some other team sign him for big money and draft his replacement next offseason.

    Been trying to tell ya’ll this chit since January…

  68. unbelievable Says:

    Plus, we might see Peyton Barber earn a starting role in training camp / preseason…

    And there’s still 3 more rounds of the draft!

    And free agency!

    Calm down chicken littles.

  69. PRBucFan Says:

    Quiz found holes last season with a much more limited set of weapons around him, you think with defenses forced to not be able to stack the box he won’t find holes?

    lol They will be fine

  70. Buc50 Says:

    I wonder if some of you actually watched the same draft that I did. OJ Howard changed this draft for the Bucs. I truly believe that if he had not fallen to the Bucs, Dalvin would be in Pewter and Red. After that, the picks just fell wrong for us. That being said, I really like the picks after thinking about it. We replenished our receiving corps, got a returner/safety and some LB depth. If Doug is truly back, then we will be in great shape.

  71. Jon Sklaroff Says:

    Prediction: Rodgers will lead the league in rushing, at least for the 1st month of season. 1,000 yards for sure. Just give him the rock. And Passing game should make him even better. These Bucs are going to be tough.

  72. LakeLandBuc Says:

    The Bucs drafted the right players. They would have been dumb to waste a Day 1 pick on a RB. I have always liked the RBs that we have on our roster.

  73. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Trade a 6th, 7th or 2018 4th, 5th and get ur big back in PERINE!!!!! Guys n dolls , I know we went early on Justin Evans but I picked him all day in the 3rd and had Godwin gone by the 3rd! Trust and follow the LICHT!!!!!! (Everyone is still pissed by the BEST college kicker of all time going in R2 last year but he was a ROOK, watch Roberto go perfect in preseason and then we must bow to the almighty Licht. Fingers crossed haha… ITS ON… We just got a MAJOR haul!!!! ShEEEEEEEEEE-it! We’re way BETTER no ifs or buts!!! Grab ur nuts and laugh, we’re tuned up and about to get the league turnt out!!!!

    Yeeeeeeeeeah buddddy… go get dat BIG back!!!!

  74. LakeLandBuc Says:

    And why waste a Day 2 pick on a RB, when you have greater needs?

  75. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs fans' Says:

    Perine and/or Mack in the 4th. Make it happen, Licht!!!

  76. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    This was a great draft and that will come to be known in time.

    Grand Slam 2.0 and it’s not even over.

    And Joe I know you’re still in a state of Euphoria about the Godwin Pick.

    But I Just want to let you know, the endless stream of Dalvin Cook article’s was all for naught.

    Jason Licht and Dirk had their mind’s made up month’s ago. Just the same as me.

    Skip to 8:39 for a hearty chuckle.

  77. SCBucsFan Says:

    I’m so happy they didn’t listen to the fans. We don’t need a new running back. Quizz can take the first three games and then Doug can make his comeback for the rest of the year.

  78. ARGH_M8E Says:

    I had us grabbing DE J Willis (what u talkin bout) but he got snatched up slightly b4 us (drink it B4) plug for our favorite podcast (lit)… and hopefully grabbing Eddie Jackson in R3/4… didn’t think GODWIN would’ve lasted till R3. F’n ecstatic about our picks… Love’n it like Mickey D’s in my teens!!!!! Leave it up to the BOSS!!!! Not rick, Jason u knuckleheads! Playin. Amped y’all!!!

  79. ARGH_M8E Says:

    Btw… Thanks for the knowledge and pleasure of meeting u @ BROCATO’s Lee!!!! Keep up the great work brotha!!!! – James from CT

    Aaaaaaaaand that Devvvvvvviled crab was D-lish doused in Texas Pete!

    A HUGE thanks to the commish, u ledge. A T-R-U legend in TB!!!!! Awesome party my guy!!!!!!

    Go BUCS!!!!!!!

  80. cmurda Says:

    Speaking of snatched up before, I was just reading how the Aints were primed to draft Maholmes when the Chiefs paid a hefty price to snatch him at #10 overall. Then the Aints were ready to pick Reuben Foster at #32 and the 9ers trade up to get him at #31 overall. They were so ready to draft Foster that they were literally on the phone with him when the 9ers rang in to him and he hung up on the Aints. This just made my night.

  81. NFLNut Says:

    I am disappointed in the Justin Evans pick … had we just kept McDougal we wouldn’t have needed to draft a safety and could have just included the 5th rounder to move up and grab Dalvin Cook.

    You better believe I’d rather have Cook AND McDougald than ONLY Justin Evans …

  82. bucs_365 Says:

    DallasBuc needs to find some new hobbies.

  83. Rod Munch Says:

    The Bucs have the 2nd leader rusher in the league 2 years ago that they gave a big contract to, the only all-pro RB in team history – he’s on the roster right now. The idea that you cut him or have to replace him because he’s going to miss 3 games is a very very very low IQ idea. Bell in Pittsburgh was suspended for 3 games to start last season – was there talk about cutting him because teams can’t go 3 games without a player? Heck Kwon was suspended for 4-games in a row – did we cut him? Unless Martin has on-going issues there is no reason to get rid of him – he’s really really good on case you don’t know. Now if Martin is having problems still then the Bucs probably would have know that when they had camp a couple of weeks ago and the fact they didn’t make a move tells you everything. It also shows me all rumors of Martin being in terrible shape or partying were all lies, probably by FSU cucks who just wanted Cook.

  84. tnew Says:

    The Bucs will be picking Joe Williams Utah in Round 5 unless a superior Value drops to them there. Perrine will be gone, Mack will be gone. Brian Hill might be there as maybe Wayne Gallman. Jamal Williams might be there. But the tealeaves read Joe Williams, Utah. Cue up his game versus UCLA as a highlight reel, Joe. He’s going to need to further explain why he quit football for a while and just why he came back a different player. Kid is a home run threat every time he touches the ball. Got kicked off of UConn for a credit card theft issue.

  85. Defense Rules Says:

    Looks like the Bucs aren’t just trying to win this year; they’re also working to build for the future. The 4 picks Licht has made thus far make perfect sense to me in terms of him selecting the BPA in light of future needs / development. TE may not have been our highest priority need today, but in terms of the future it’d be hard to pass on OJ Howard because he was the BPA at #19. Same thing with Justin Evans … he may not win the starting FS job this year (sounds like he’ll need some development at FS), but he’s got all the talent & skills to win the FS job for yrs to come I think (much like I think Ryan Smith has the talent to win the Nickel CB spot). Chris Godwin probably won’t get much on-the-field time this yr, but learning from DJax will be worth its weight in gold. And Kendall Beckwith (once he’s healthy) I think will make a solid LB & bring something the Bucs need … umpff (kid knows how to hit). Thus far I’d say the Bucs draft grades out as a solid B to a B+.

  86. Ocala Says:

    It is odd
    The Bucs have awful running backs

  87. $acbuc$ Says:

    In a 2 TE set its 1 RB in the back field. The RB on the roster are perfect for what we are trying to do. We need make you miss guys. Elusive!

  88. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    tmaxcon Says
    “you have me confused with bonzi… ”

    Ah, the Trump technique. When your inadequacies have a light shined on them, make stuff up and point the finger elsewhere.

  89. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Well, the good news is Stocker will finally be gone, along with the WRs who kept getting drops last year. Sam LB is upgraded.

    Safety? Not who I wanted, but when I wan and still a good pick.

    Really, I think the only one that will not eventually start this year is Godwin.

  90. BucsFanatic35 Says:

    I want to Start off By Saying I Love Our Fan Base (for the Most Part)
    We Have some of the Wildest Craziest Fans there are……..
    But Our Fans Have a Bad Habit of Being Irrational and dont always use they’re Heads. (Yall know I am Right)
    Too Often Our Fans and or our Local Reporters Run Very Good Players and Coach’s out of Town and We Suffer as Fans Because of it. For Example…..
    Coach Gruden the Only Coach to Bring a Lombardi to the Bay. Because of that We Suffered for a Decade until Jason Licht and Coach Koetter Came to Town.
    Example Two- yes He had a Few problems as a Young Man but Blunt was an Awesome RB for us and We Ran Him Right out, what Happened with that? Oh thats Right He Has 2 Rings Now.
    Do you see where this is Going? Lets Talk about Doug Martin Shall We?
    Yes I Admit IT Has Been a Roller Coaster Ride No Doubt. but Two yrs ago He was 50 yards away from Rushing Title. Fast Forward a Year and He Gets injured Right off the Bat and He was Really Never the Same when He Returned. Neither Was the Offensive Line, Logan Mankins Retiring Left a Huge Hole and Hawley Go Manhandled Due to Lack of Size. So Looking Forward is it unthinkable that Doug Runs Wild on the NFL again? I Dont think so I Believe Moving Marpet to Center will Prove to Be Huge and J.R Stepping into His Spot, all of a Sudden that Line just Got Huge and Mean. Then there is Also the OJ Howard Affect, He is Not only a Huge Weapon for Jameis but a Very Fast Very Strong Lead Blocker when Doug gets out on the Edge. All I am Saying is Dont Give up on Our Good Players without stepping Back and Analyze all the Facts.

    Now for My Biggest issue with Our Fan Base, I Love all my Florida Teams FSU, UF, and yes the Gators too, But you Need to Be Able to Separate your Fandom for your Favorite School and your Pro Team. Example Do u see the Broncos Drafting Every other player coming out of Colorado St or UC Denver? No of Course Not, How Many Players on Patriots Do you think are From Boston College?
    Too Many Fans are Out Rsged at Jason Licht for Taking OJ Howard over Dalvo..Seriously? OJ is a once a Decade type TE u dont pass on that Value when it is Gift Wrapped for you and Laid in your Lap.
    All I am Saying is #FollowTheLicht
    The Man knows what He is Doing and Has Built a Young Talented Team that is Built to Win for the Next Decade.

  91. gilhealy Says:

    Godwin will get a lot of playing time. Real mature guy. Grinder who loves the game. He and Jameis will click asap. We’ll move these guys all over the place. Evans, Jackpot, Godwin and Hump will all see the slot at different times. Quizz will go at it hard. I like that guy’s makeup. He knows Dirk is his biggest fan and will work his tail off. Quizz will have a good year. Six or seven in the box ain’t scaring him. Sweezy, Marpet and Pamphile will road grade the chumps in front of them and open nice holes. Guys, we’re good.

  92. Garv Says:

    Hey, it’s a passing league now, has been for some time. The Buccaneers are now loaded in the passing game and any running will be done to compliment it, not the other way around. Besides, I’m under the impression the Buccaneers really like Peyton Barber and that if he can improve his pass blocking he’ll be getting more playing time.

    NOT worried! There’s still a couple of picks left and Undrafted FA signing to come as well.

    Oh and thank you JBF for unblocking Garv on Twitter! Much appreciated.

  93. Viejo_Sombrero19 Says:

    I kept on saying it all off-season…. Doug Martín could have a rebirth and Jaquizz is highly regarded by Dirk as he should be since he Balled Out after being for once in his life a semi featured back or at least more touches than he ever had before. The Bucs may have a decent running game with the guys already on the roster, if they give Jaquizz the chance again and he does what he did last yr we will be good and if Martin has seen the writing on the wall who says he doesn’t come back on a mission?

  94. Ed Says:

    Bucs may have the least impressive running backs in NFC South but I’ll take Evans-Jackson-Howard over Atlanta’s receivers. Our #2’s and TE’s take the advantage over Julio Jones being the best wideout in the NFL. Julio is unstoppable when healthy but there is a bigger drop in talent below him.

    Carolina certainly has the best young backs now and who knows what AD will add to Saints as Sean Payton and Drew Brees never seem to be committed to running the ball.

    A lethal passing game will get you further in this league than having great RBs.