Fumbling Perspective

December 21st, 2017

Peyton Barber and Doug Martin

There’s been a lot of hate tossed at the Bucs’ best running back for his critical first-half fumble Monday night against the Falcons.

It was Peyton Barber’s first fumble in 150 career touches.

So how does fumbling once in 150 touches stack up against other running backs of Bucs past?

Joe pulled the career numbers (all teams for the following running backs to see how often they fumbled when they touched the football, run or pass.

Here are their fumbling results in the regular season:

Doug Martin – 1 every 127 touches
Warrick Dunn – 1 every 122 touches
Earnest Graham – 1 every 101 touches
Cadillac Williams – 1 every 100 touches
LeGarrette Blount – 1 every 81 touches
Michael Pittman – 1 every 59 touches
Mike Alstott – 1 every 52 touches

So this should explain why Joe wasn’t about to skewer Barber badly for his fumble. Frankly, it was a great defensive play.

For those wondering, Jacquizz Rodgers is one of the greatest ball protectors in NFL history, just three career fumbles in seven seasons.

19 Responses to “Fumbling Perspective”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    How many fumbles from his terrible pass protection?????

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Peyton did something most Bucs RB’s have rarely done this season….He ran with HEART. He fought for extra yardage, he did not run three steps and fall down, I want to see this kid as the starter next year. ALBEIT behind and improved O-line.

  3. not there yet Says:

    It doesn’t matter we need two new running backs in the draft, high and low pick. Hope people aren’t thinking because barber runs hard and he’s the best back on the roster this year means he’s the answer. He’s average at best and no one is going to start keying on our run game because of him

  4. C eh N eh D eh Says:

    he had fumbles in preseason work and I believe college issues too…negative outlook here but don’t overlook that..

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “The Buc Realist Says:
    December 21st, 2017 at 10:39 am
    How many fumbles from his terrible pass protection?????”

    None by my count. He’s looked fine to me in pass pro when I’ve keyed on it… I’m sure he’s wiffed on plays but I haven’t seen it personally. I know Koetter propped up Martin’s pass pro but I see no difference at all. When Winston has fumbled it’s typically been due to a DE / DT coming completely free due to a miss’d block by our O-lineman.

  6. rrsrq Says:

    Devante Freeman fumble twice in the game, but the practice squad and 2nd stringers did not have the reaction of some of the starters who look for that and we were unable to recover either, if we recover one of those, the outcome may have been different for that game, especially if we could’ve taken 7 off the board for them, but the biggest fumble may have ben the ref fumbling over his feet.

  7. webster Says:

    Wait a minute, Alstott fumbled 1 in 52 touches but this fan base did not or does not skewer him? Hmmmmm…..

  8. 813bucboi Says:


    good call….barber looked good in pass pro and ran hard as h3ll…..GO BUCS!!!!

  9. 813bucboi Says:


    how many times has dirk fumbled a play call or coaching decision?….he’s the worst fumbler on the team….GO BUCS!!!

  10. nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Barber is balling!

  11. Jon Sklaroff Says:

    Rodgers is one of the best blocking backs in the NFL! Period! He’s short. Not small. In fact, that Koetter hasn’t used Jacquizz regularly is a freaking joke! He’s always been a great 3rd down back, but SImms has assumed that job. And he can run, if you give him the rock. He’s a volume rusher. 20+ times, and you’d see real production. Don’t know why coach lost confidence. He looked like starter last year, gaining yardage on consistent basis, and stated off fine this year. Just some bad O-line play, and a couple of deep holes Defense and Winston dug for team made it hard to keep running ball. Then Martin comes back, and Bucs go right to him. Which did not pan out very well for anyone. This team needs a change. Whether it’s at coaching position, management or QB. And O-Line and D-Line need some new fellas.

  12. Guzzie Says:

    Alvin Kamara Kareem Hunt Jamaal Williams Dalvin Cook 2nd round or later backs that could’ve transformed this offense, let’s not F around with a UDFA, we play 2 playoff teams the next 2 weeks, we probably will lose, secure a top 5 pick, option A is trade the pick for more picks for the many holes on this team, option B draft Saquon Barkley, I know drafting not drafting a 1st RB crowd will disagree, but how did the last 4 1st round RBs do and their teams, all are studs and their QBs better players and all 4 teams are in the playoffs this year, Barkley has Todd Gurley talent

  13. Raptor63 Says:

    So I guess Doug Martin will start this Sunday. Barber did run with heart. I think Gruden even commented on this fact. We need to send Martin packing. Should have week 3. Still GO BUCS!!!!

  14. derrickbrooksforGM Says:

    Was so unfortunate for him. I hope he gets to put more on the tape these last 2 games to make up for it. Such a powerful runner that was wearing down that soft atlanta defense. Straight moving the pile with most of their defense in ti. Pretty hillarious to watch.

  15. Jon Sklaroff Says:

    Barkley doesn’t have Gurley talent. He has Gayle Sayers talent! That guy is more than special. Sayers, Barry Sanders, with a little Jim Brown. Love him!

  16. trovatoc Says:

    Did they not credit him with the fumble he caused against the pack?

  17. BigMacAttack Says:

    It’s not so much that he fumbled but doing so when you’re marching for a TD inside the 10yd line is not good. They could have used a TD there. It’s just one more problem in a long list that makes the Bucs the laughing stock of the NFL. Sctesm without focus and a vacuum in the leadership.

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  19. James Walker Says:

    Start #25