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Greg Schiano: Tape shows Martin outperformed Blount

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The signs were pointing to Doug Martin supplanting LeGarrette Blount as the Buccaneers’ top running back as soon as Tampa traded up to get Martin near the end of the first round in April.

That shuffle was made official on the team’s website earlier this week and coach Greg Schiano addressed it during his press conference on Tuesday. Schiano said that Blount was understandably disappointed when he got the news, but that he’s confident Blount understood why the decision was made.

“At the very beginning I sat them both down and told them what the deal was,” Schiano said, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “They knew it. I think – when you watch the tape, and LeGarrette’s a smart guy – when he watches the tape, he sees that he got outperformed.”

Schiano also said that Blount will have the chance to vault back over Martin once the season starts if he is the more productive back.

“We don’t hand out jobs and sign them over. It’s always competition around here, continually. I think Doug’s done a great job and that’s why he’s got the No. 1 seat. But he’s got to work to keep it.”

While we don’t doubt Martin will lose the job if his performance is less than the team desires, it would be surprising to see them turn back to Blount in the near future. Like many other new coaches, Schiano has spent his first offseason replacing players from the old regime with ones of his choosing. Martin is the most vivid example of that shift and it will likely take a large volume of evidence to shake Schiano’s belief in the choice he made at running back.

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8 Responses to “Greg Schiano: Tape shows Martin outperformed Blount”
  1. dasboat says: Aug 28, 2012 4:50 PM

    Teams still need two above-average backs to make it through a 16-game schedule. Blount will get his carries.

  2. bucrightoff says: Aug 28, 2012 4:56 PM

    Blount is the ultimate red herring: When he’s on the field, odds are very high the Bucs are running. Until he can showcase the complete game, which the Muscle Hamspter has already done, it’s too obvious to put him on the field in anything other than short yardage…which coincidentally is an area he does not do well either

  3. lionsmark09 says: Aug 28, 2012 4:59 PM

    Thats a coincidence. The Lions are looking for a RB. Hmmmm.

  4. fdugrad says: Aug 28, 2012 5:19 PM

    “LeGarrette’s a smart guy.” File this statement under “First and Last time EVER uttered.”

  5. vikingsimmortality says: Aug 28, 2012 5:29 PM

    Doug Martin will be the steal of my fantasy draft!!

  6. jturbo1402003 says: Aug 28, 2012 7:37 PM

    Blount is gonna be a nice steal if u could grab him later on. He should get redzone carries bein the bigger back and he has shown he can explode on games for huge stats. He may not pass protect the best or catch balls the way Martin does but he is a big dude who can plow u and also shown the ability to break away for the long td. With the way the league uses 2 backs and ethier guy could get hurt but i would go w Blount over Martin in fantasy as u could get him later on. He is a good proven fantasy back and i could see him getting the redzone carries.

  7. squishyboy says: Aug 28, 2012 9:08 PM

    Quoting bucrightoff:
    “Blount is the ultimate red herring: When he’s on the field, odds are very high the Bucs are running.”
    —–
    A red herring isn’t a plot giveaway; it’s an early clue that’s misleading, whether intentionally or unintentionally. By your assessment of Blount’s skill set, putting him out there on a pass play would be an actual red herring.

    But you’re correct he probably isn’t long for Tampa and he can only blame himself for most of that with his poor work ethic and lack of adult life management skills.

  8. bucingnasty says: Aug 28, 2012 9:16 PM

    jturbo1402003 says:
    Aug 28, 2012 7:37 PM
    Blount is gonna be a nice steal if u could grab him later on. He should get redzone carries bein the bigger back and he has shown he can explode on games for huge stats. He may not pass protect the best or catch balls the way Martin does but he is a big dude who can plow u and also shown the ability to break away for the long td. With the way the league uses 2 backs and ethier guy could get hurt but i would go w Blount over Martin in fantasy as u could get him later on. He is a good proven fantasy back and i could see him getting the redzone carries.

     I remember my first draft

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