Doug Martin Bids Farewell

February 20th, 2018

Letter to Bucs fans.

Because this apparently irritates some of Joe’s readers, if you don’t want to be irritated, click elsewhere.

Joe, even though he was fed up with the non-production of former Bucs running back Doug Martin, always wrote that Martin is a good dude and Joe had a good professional relationship with him.

To give you an idea of what a good guy Martin is, a couple of hours after it became public knowledge that Martin was released by the Bucs this morning, he typed a heartfelt message to Bucs fans that he shared on social media.

Just to put this in perspective, over two years after he was told to clean out his desk in the dark of the night, has inept Lovie Smith ever issued a sorry-I-couldn’t-get-the-job-done missive to Bucs fans?

Wherever Martin winds up, Joe wishes him the best of success.

59 Responses to “Doug Martin Bids Farewell”

  1. AlteredEgo Says:

    Behind a good OL…he could have a great finish to his career….

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    Can’t stand 22’s game never have. Garbage yards plus inconsistency and lack of scoring that being said he had class when not screwing his teammates over with bad ppersonal choices.

  3. tmaxcon Says:


    Please review the definition of great. 22 was never great just a few good games scattered over 6 years. Just another wasted 1st rd pick

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    That was a classy farewell message. Good Luck Doug.

  5. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Best of luck DM.

  6. 1sparkybuc Says:

    His productive years are over and dune. Time to find a new career. Good luck with that.

  7. Me? Says:

    He’ll end up on the Patriots and win a Super Bowl next year lol

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    Pickgrin Says:
    February 20th, 2018 at 1:57 pm
    That was a classy farewell message. Good Luck Doug.

    That was hardly doug Marin. That is a press release from an agent trying to improve a reputation of his client with a recent drug suspension and piss poor results… bucfans are so passionate about BS feel good stories too bad they don’t haver the same passion for winners.

  9. ndog Says:

    What is really going to kill me is if he actually some how some way does play his best football and comes back and kills us. That would be such a Bucs things to happen. We should have cut him last year but we gave him a chance to get his life in order, it would be just our luck if he actually starts to play good football and beats us in an important game next year.

  10. GrudenForPresident Says:

    I would try to bring him back at a hometown discount. Imagine a backfield that consisted on: Martin, Barber, and a 2nd pick , like a Michel, Jones, Penny etc.. behind a revamped offensive line with someone like Nelson and co. Paving the way. That’s a running game to be feared! But line I said this would be contingent on a prove it deal for Doug. He owes us at least that after we did pay him and give him financial independence.

  11. ManzielMadness Says:

    @Griden no way we bring him back after his last 2 years. Well past time to cut our losses. Need some fresh blood.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    loser lovie was classless and incompetent!!!!!!!!!!

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

  13. Guzziep Says:

    Saggy come on down your next on the chopping block

  14. Frank Pillow Says:

    Doug didn’t have to say a word, but here he said the right words.

  15. Eric Says:

    Nice words from Doug, wish him well.

    Totally unnecessary cheap shot at Lovie, but to be expected.

  16. tmaxcon Says:


    Bad character lovie has EARNRD all shots that are taken at him now and into the future. Pathetic human being and complete fraud.

  17. SCBucsFan Says:

    He may be gone but I bet my last dollar the articles trashing him won’t stop

  18. BaldBuc Says:

    Good luck, Muscle Dumpster.

  19. OneBucPerson Says:

    I’m sad it’s come to this but this is a business, if you don’t produce you’re a liability. I hope he lands somewhere else and succeeds, best of luck Doug.

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    tax….Gruden will show you what Doug has left…. LOL…BucLuck

  21. bucs_365 Says:

    What I don’t understand is how he could be a really good back at times and then… nothing… That Patriots game this year, he looked like a difference maker… After that, not so much.

  22. GhostofSchiano Says:

    There is a story circulating on the internet that Gruden is not fond of Lynch and may release him and sign Martin. Not sure how accurate that is but it is a possibility.

  23. tmaxcon Says:


    Gruden will fail miserably he does not need the help of a proven failures in 22…

  24. AlteredEgo Says:

    tmax….OK it is a perfect world and you are the Bucs GM….what would you do ?

  25. tmaxcon Says:


    Get rid of cancer93 so the young kids can flourish first move. Replace defensive staff and grab Nelson at 7… Both lines are garbage the 13mil wasted on crying clown can be much better spent on 3 to 4 contributors…

    Glazers need a football guy not a has been ex coach or a player.

    It’s been 16 years since contention glazers obviously don’t get it. Last good decsion was firing the one dimensional fool dungy

    Not much hope with glazers calling shots. History proves it.

  26. Defense Rules Says:

    Classy exit … good luck Doug.

  27. zwh99 Says:

    Chris bakers gone

  28. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:


  29. NFLNut Says:

    He may not even get signed, and at the very least I imagine he’ll have to wait till after the draft to get signed … he has been horrible the last 2 years … horrible. I wish him all the best though.

  30. Buccaneer Bill Says:

    Baker cut! Great move!

  31. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Yea, Baker is finally gone !

  32. zwh99 Says:

    Robert ayers probably next

  33. gman Says:

    Classy statement….decent guy who made some bonehead mistakes….at this point a lousy running back…see ya

  34. SteveK Says:

    Good luck Doug!

    Still waiting for Lovie’s apology, Joe. How is Illinois Football doing? Specifically their defense?

  35. SteveK Says:

    Just looked up Lovie:

    5-19 in two years in the big 10, losing 12 straight big 10 games.

    Fun facts for the lovie sycophants:

    Koetter won more games in 2016 (9) than Lovie won the previous two years with the Bucs (8).

    Koetter won as many games in 2017 (5) that Lovie has won the past two years in college (5).

    Conclusion: Koetter is at least twice the coach as Lovie, as proven by winning more games in two seasons than lovie has the past 4.

    Numbers are fun, and in this case funny.

  36. WyldKat Says:

    As long as Doug Martin doesn’t show up on another team in the playoffs, while we’re not, all will be well.

  37. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    Joes, considering how much yall hated baker, im surprised you didn’t have a full feature length article already prewritten and triggered for when he got cut

  38. MTM Says:

    Doug You are weakest link. Good bye!

  39. Mike Johnson Says:

    Straight up classy letter and class act. Martin is not finished yet though. I do believe he will be picked up and regenerate his career with another team.
    Football is a strange game. He could come back to haunt us…and be very productive. He’s a postive guy and will land on his feet elsewhere. Good Luck Doug.

  40. Erik w/ Clean Athletics Says:

    I will never forget that 250-yard game vs. Oakland… That was honestly the most impressive game I’ve ever seen by a RB in my life, personally

  41. Drew Says:

    Pablo is tipping his sombrero and bottle of tequila somewhere to the Muscle hamster and saying vaya con dios mi amigo.

  42. DBS Says:

    Well there is a shortage on the list of tmax. So who will he replace it with? It won’t take long.

  43. Julian Fullmer Says:

    Best of luck Doug. I hope the opportunity presents itself to you one more time.

  44. SB Says:

    I just wish we could show Tmaxi the door and read his Final statement.

  45. Eric Says:

    When Koetter coaches up a team into the Super Bowl, as Lovie has, then he’s comparable.

    Till then he is nowhere near Lovie in NFL accomplishments.

    Lovie is long gone, why the cheap piling on?

  46. unbelievable Says:

    Classy way to say goodbye, and even acknowledged his missteps. Wish nothing but the best for him! (though I doubt his best playing days are ahead of him)

  47. BigHogHaynes Says:

    We have a couple of empty garbage cans on this thread! LOVIE is not here …Dungy is a Super Bowl Champ…and he not here! The current staff under cut LOVIE …THE CONSPIRACY CONTINUES TO GROW DEEPER after this season which should be under NEW MANAGEMENT, who are you people going to blame? NO GOOD IS GOING TO COME FROM THE BACK/STABBING OF LOVIE!!

  48. AceofAerospace Says:

    Goodbye Drug Martin, finally.

  49. Mord Says:

    A very classy statement.

  50. Rrsrq Says:

    Deuces #22, enjoyed most of the ride, never forget that game in Oak-town, one of the best running performances ever by a Buc…, it’s a Buc life and wishing much success

  51. TSyce Says:

    THANK GOD!! That is the first time I’ve felt good about a desicion made by mngmt/ coaches from this regime. It was a yr or two too late but I’m grateful for it

  52. bojim Says:

    It’s life Doug. Good luck.

  53. Mr. Ed Says:

    He does have some class, and seem like a decent guy. Now I wonder how long he’s been back at the drugs again? “Best shape of his life physically and mentally? OK, sure. Too bad you lost your vision, and also likely were tipping plays. Good luck in Canada.

  54. Reach87 Says:

    The most classless, ignorant and hateful “fan” on this site once again impugning someone’s character. Have you no sense of decency? (Rhetorical question). Moron. Best of luck Mr Martin and thanks for running hard. Go Bucs!

  55. BucEmUp Says:

    Pro bowler for the patriots next season

  56. Patrick Says:

    Damn…..he didn’t thank Love Smith #snubbed

  57. Maze Says:

    Betcha Drug Martin was high as sh#t while writing this from the Club.

  58. denjoe Says:

    Good luck Doug!

  59. D-Rome Says:

    Just to put this in perspective, over two years after he was told to clean out his desk in the dark of the night, has inept Lovie Smith ever issued a sorry-I-couldn’t-get-the-job-done missive to Bucs fans?

    I don’t remember Gruden, Raheem, or Schiano apologizing to Bucs fans and I can’t imagine Koetter and Licht will do the same when they are canned.