Blackjack For Reeling Doug Martin

November 19th, 2017


It’s now 21 consecutive games for Doug Martin without a 100-yard game.

And Martin continued his two-year swoon today with a brutal afternoon against the Dolphins. 

Joe is totally pumped by the Buccaneers victory, but the absence of a running game was terribly glaring today. The Bucs couldn’t do a darn thing, despite playing with a big lead.

Martin had 19 carries for 38 yards. His yards per carry on this season is barely over three yards per attempt — after a league-worst 2.9 yards per carry last season.

Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s the Bucs offensive line, the Martin backers say. It’s not Martin, they scream all over town.

Joe calls BS, as Joe has repeated for well over a year now.

Forget about Martin, when will Dirk Koetter give his other running backs a shot to duplicate Martin’s horror show? That’s really what Joe wants to know.

44 Responses to “Blackjack For Reeling Doug Martin”

  1. Mike Johnson Says:

    Who the F cares? We won. Thats all that matters. By 30 or 1. Keep playing Fitz.

  2. denjoe Says:

    when will Dirk Koetter give his other running backs a shot to duplicate Martin’s horror show?

    Dirk loves to beat a dead horse!

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    neither the line or the running backs can make each other better!!!!! The “real” answer will come this offseason when changes to most likely both will happen!!!!!!!!! Coaching once again, over comes the deficiencies of the roster!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  4. unbelievable Says:

    Yea Joe, the o-line played great amiright???????????

  5. Season Is Over Says:

    Dirk ‘We were done by Halloween’ Koetter already has given the other rbs a chance. Look at the stats.

  6. ElioT Says:

    Actually watch the tape with someone who knows what they’re looking at them say something JOES!!!!!!

    Bunch of f**king haters!!!

    You guys have no clue about X’s and O’s.


  7. ElioT Says:

    How about an article on how the offense looked the same if not better without “America’s” dumbass???

  8. unbelievable Says:

    Gosh, our o-line played so well today:

    6 tackles in our backfield.

    6 QB hits plus a sack.

    And 6 drive killing, touchdown denying, offensive penalties.

    Way to go o-line! Man, Martin is such a bum.

  9. SteelStudBuc Says:

    When u watch this game again… count the number of white jerseys in the backfield on running plays. The o-line needs help… badly

  10. Wesley Says:

    This o-line sucks, not Doug.

  11. Wesley Says:

    Not mention everyone in the stadium knows we’re running on 1st down.

  12. AlteredEgo Says:

    I’ve always supported Doug……but time to move on…simply can not do “it”….

  13. ElioT Says:

    It’s a combo of situational football, subpar o-line play and crap play calling.

    The Sucs are never in a position to run.

    They should have been today!

    They should have beat down these pathetic Dolphins!

  14. Rashad Says:

    I say o line I.e sweezy

  15. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    There was a run near the end of the game where the OL gave Doug the edge except for one defender. The Muscle Turtle couldn’t make the edge and got immediately tackled for no gain.

    ANY other talented back in this league makes that corner and turns it upfield for a decent game. He’s just incredibly SLOW!

  16. Dano74 Says:

    This OLine CANNOT run block!!!!! I’m tired of this pathetic running game! Stop blaming Doug Martin, this line hasn’t run blocked ALL SEASON!!

  17. Waterboy Says:

    Bad run blocking on 85% of the plays.

  18. Waterboy Says:


    I saw that play and thought the exact same thing. That one was on Doug. He just doesn’t have the burst to get to the edge.

  19. LakeLand Says:

    The Buccaneers blew more blocks than any other team in 2016

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had more blown blocks than any other team in the NFL in 2016. That’s per the 2017 Football Outsiders Almanac, their annual big book of season re- and previews, filled with analysis and statistics.

    According to Football Outsiders, the Bucs had a total of 157 blown blocks last year, which led the league. That’s not necessarily news, as the generally poor impression the Bucs’ linemen have made on third-party analysts is well-known. Because, well, if you watch them play, they do let a few too many players past their blocks.

  20. JimmyJack Says:

    I’m not understanding why our coach won’t run another back……….And while the coach is at it just get Humphries off the darn field. The guy has been unreliable in big moments all year. At least stop calling his number on key posessions.

    I don’t understand the decision making with this coach. He lets the same problems fester without adjustment.

  21. Rrsrq Says:

    It is a combo, but I watch it is more bad online blocking, when DM does not get hit in the backfield, he may not break it for 20, but he does make something out of nothing when he gets past the los

  22. BigHogHaynes Says:

    We don’t have a great O-Line…ya’ll do know that! And if Doug is so bad….next man up….now what?

  23. B Coburn Says:

    Even teams with well known terrible olines occasionally have a back go off for a gane or tso every year. The fact he has been so consistently bad means Doug and the other backs have their fare share of the lame. I was a quiz supporter dor last season and early this year, also thought sims could still be salvageable, but at this point I wouldn’t be bothered one but to completely replace the entire backfield in the offeason. Mathe keep Barbee to see what he’s got.. but that’s about it

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    Coburn……Maybe if Dirk would quit lining Sims as a WR, which hasn’t worked all year, we would see more production.

  25. JabooBuc Says:

    Joe, it is possible that it is both. Martin is not great. However, that line has been horrible. Just watch the film and look at how many running plays begin with their DLine in our backfield. It really is bad and I thought that Marpet and Sweezy would be a strength but they are being pushed back.

    Our pass blocking is ok but the penalties are ridiculous (although the holding call Dotson during the Evans catch was BS).

  26. The Anomaly Says:

    Our o line is bad and so is dud martin.

    WHo wants a guy that plays every other year.

    CUt him and draft someone. RBs are a dime a dozen.

  27. orlbucfan Says:

    Why won’t Koetter start Payton Barber? And knock off the predictable run up the middle crap which rarely works. Bucs have Brate, Howard, Godwin, Hump, ME13, Sims (who is a good receiver). Who else? With that bunch, Bucs should be kicking some serious defensive arse. Koetter is the problem. He doesn’t seem to get it that he’s got a very good offense developing right in front of his eyeballs. That includes the oline. And a big shout-out for Anger, Murray and the ST, today!!! Go Bucs!!

  28. R.O. Says:

    Sorry but the run calls are bad. Puts DM22 in bad situations. He also took a beating with free hitters. There is something systemically wrong with our run gun.

  29. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    Doug Martin is absolutely horrible! Why does Dirk keep feeding it to him? I used to love Dirk, but with 5 turnovers, and 15 penalties by the Dolphins, this should’ve been and absolute blowout!
    Instead of putting his foot on the throat of a wounded opponent, Dirk would rather hand off 19 times to Doug for 2 yards per carry! Disgusting! The O-line isn’t doing great for sure, but watch the film and you’ll see plenty of holes, most of which Doug ran the opposite way from for a 2 yard loss!

  30. Pierce Says:

    Watching him run outside the tackles is hard to watch. He gets hit for zero gain almost every time

  31. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    We act like there are better RBs just sitting out on the street that we are turning our nose up to…

  32. DavidBigBucsfan99 Says:

    None of the backs are doing well Mr. O line backer so what is the common denominator???Martin is the only one putting up any yardage consistently. Opposing defenses live in our backfield so it’s not just Martin. You haters are ridiculous. Your brains have so much lead in them superman can’t see what you’re thinking

  33. Jeffbuc Says:

    I don’t know what you guys are watching. But I see a guy constantly getting hit behind the line of scrimmage. I see him busting his but just to get three yards. Is he suppose to make a guy miss as soon as he touches the ball he has no chance on half of his runs. Joe it is the offensive line all the other runninbacks are averaging the same miserable average. What is he suppose to do break tackles from 300 pound defensive lineup that have clean shots at him. It looks like a jail break on half of his runs. Then the others he is getting gang tackled and still manages to get 3-4 yards

  34. Lamarcus Says:

    I will keep giving to martic as payback. U want to play? U want to be number 1? Ok feed him all year to his body breaks that is how u get ur moneys worth. He will spending that money in his wheelchair lol

  35. Capt.Tim Says:

    Dont know what happened to him,
    But Martin is outta gas.
    Time to try other backs.

    Where’s Russel Hansbrough when we need him?

  36. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    I was against Joe all off season for not giving Martin a chance!
    He’s had his chance, and as much as I want it to be, it’s just not good!
    Doug looked good in the New England game, and thats it!
    Un-drafted running backs make it all of the time in this league (Bucs examples off the top of my head; Ernest Graham and LeGarrette Blount), they just need an opportunity!
    Have you ever heard of the phrase ‘running backs are a dime a dozen?’
    You can’t find a future superstar when you’re on a losing team and keep handing the ball off to the same unproductive stiff who runs for 2 yards a click!
    It’s Lovie Smith like to do the same thing over and over, and expect a different result!

  37. Dirty Bucs Says:

    You can’t call out the RB when he’s getting hit at or behind the LOS more plays than not. The run blocking on this O-Line is an absolute travesty.

    I’m not going to say Doug Martin is as explosive as he once was, but I do think he’s good enough to be serviceable with decent O-Line play. If the DE and O-Line positions don’t get addressed in this off season, you know, the positions most GOOD teams start the building blocks with, then we are in some serious trouble.

  38. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I️ would love to see Barber get a chance. Just so the JOES can see that it isn’t all on Martin. Martin may be past his prime. But he is far from the worst thing about our run game. Every single big play is called back by a holding penalty or block in the back. EVERY ONE. RBs don’t get many opportunities for big runs. But when the o line fucts it up with penalty after penalty, it makes the entire offense look like crap. And I️ didn’t even bring up the fact they can’t block for spit.

  39. Roy T. Buford Says:

    He’s come close to breaking a few…and has shown some good explosion at times. Much of it though, has been into the backs or closed gaps in the O line. No one is really doing well on runs, which further points to a lot of O line issues too. And the play calling sucks. Add them up, there is plenty of blame to go around, including plenty to Martin. The offense as a whole is trainwreck…and there is no good reason it should be that way.

  40. DisappointedBuc Says:

    He kind of reminds me of a blind dog just running into people on the field

  41. uckinator Says:

    Next year’s draft for the Ucks: 1st round: Best Defensive end on the board (Trade up to get him !). and Round 2: Best running back available, and 3rd round: Best OL available.

  42. TheDeuce Says:

    Joe – by the amount of responses you achieved a goal by stirring up the Bucs fans – although many provide very little depth to their opinions. Saying that, if you think this is really a Doug Martin problem then you may want to rethink all of your previous work as this work is very off / wrong….and I am a fan of yours. If you watch our o-line “attempt” to create a hole or pathway for anyone it’s a joke. That was obvious when we had a QB sneak at our half yard line today as the coaches know we get caught behind the line more than any other team…how the heck is DM supposed to run in a lane that rarely ever exists? Our O line has been terrible – you can put anyone back there and the results will be the same. I believe it was a horrible mistake to put Marpet at center when you could of had to great run blocking guards create holes…id love to see Hawley back -not because he’s great but it would allow Marpet and Sweezy to do what they do best. Now that move doesn’t help the inadequate play by our tackles but it may help….bottom line – your position is off, it’s not DM or any other RB, it’s the line that has been terrible this year!!

  43. admin Says:


    Doug Martin is done. Not sure why folks can’t come to terms with this provided the overwhelming evidence.

  44. Bucsfanman Says:

    It would be hard to gauge ANY running back in this offense. The play-calling is predictable and the o-line is struggling. We’d probably have even fewer yards if Martin wasn’t churning his legs after first contact.
    Is Martin a game-changer? No, but at least he gets yards after contact.