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Doug Martin’s workload won’t be reduced with playoffs out of the picture

Roman Harper, Doug Martin AP

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano gained a lot of notice this season by bucking NFL conventions and having his defense charge the line when the Giants were kneeling down on the last play of a 41-34 win.

Seeing as how Schiano didn’t let that circumstance stop him from having his players go full speed, it’s no surprise that he isn’t using playoff elimination as an excuse to start resting members of his team for the final two weeks. Schiano was asked if running back Doug Martin’s workload would shrink as a result of the Buccaneers’ spot in the standings and the answer was an emphatic no.

“One of the things we talked about when we arrived here was establishing a new culture. Although we’ve made strides, we’re not anywhere close to where we need to be. And I think Doug Martin is part of establishing that new culture,” Schiano said, via Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times. “I think it would be not a good time in our program’s development to say, ‘Hey, Doug, why don’t you go cool off here. I don’t think that’s where we are as a program. If it was a different set of circumstances, that might be very true. If he was on a veteran-laden team that, for whatever reason, didn’t make it to the playoffs this year and had been in it for the last five or six years, we might want to rest him. But that’s not the case.”

Martin is on pace for 312 carries this season, which would be good for the fourth-most in the history of the franchise. While it would be understandable if the Bucs chose to scale things back, Martin’s got plenty of time before the start of next season and it’s not like there’s someone younger or less experienced than the 2012 first-round pick that the team wants to take a look at for next season.

If Schiano really wants to create that culture, he can’t do it halfway. Playing Martin and everyone else until the final whistle of the final game is the only way to do that.

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9 Responses to “Doug Martin’s workload won’t be reduced with playoffs out of the picture”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Dec 19, 2012 6:07 PM

    Crash and burn time for the Bucs. Hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of fame.

  2. onermedboxer says: Dec 19, 2012 6:36 PM

    It was 41-34. A one score game

  3. shaggeez says: Dec 19, 2012 6:49 PM

    Why would you reduce his workload because you aren’t making the playoffs?

    It seems to be me it would be just the opposite, that you would reduce his workload if you WERE making the playoffs in order to keep him somewhat fresh for the games that matter. I could see possibly watching his carries over the course of the season given that Martin is a rookie, but the kid has 2 games left and then he has until August/September to not be beaten to a pulp again.

  4. chesslungo says: Dec 19, 2012 7:03 PM

    I picked him to win OROY. I was wrong but hes still the 2nd best RB in his class

  5. rg3andout says: Dec 19, 2012 8:36 PM

    how did they not even score agains the saints? pathetic!!!

  6. valcomm5 says: Dec 19, 2012 9:12 PM

    Sounds like the next Stephen Jackson.

  7. rickdenise1paparick says: Dec 20, 2012 12:00 AM

    This article is ridiculous. The whole point of the kneel-down play was a 1 score game. Why lie about it? maybe Ronde’s right. Still on board, GO BUCS!

  8. bigginfragable says: Dec 20, 2012 6:36 AM

    check your facts PFT. The Bucs lost 41-34. They didn’t crash the victory formation just to make a statement at the end of a game. They crashed it because a fumble recovery would have given them a chance to tie the game.

  9. winstonpark says: Dec 20, 2012 11:59 PM

    @All Buccaneer Fans

    Josh Alper is a douche!! Know what you’re talking about before reporting on it. What happened to PFT?? Pro Football Tabloids??

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