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Jeff Tedford wants a division of labor in the Bucs backfield

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Buccaneers running back Doug Martin averaged a little more than 22 touches per game as a rookie and that number was even higher in six games last season before Martin was lost for the year with a shoulder injury.

The Bucs sputtered in his absence, which led to the ouster of coach Greg Schiano and the arrival of a new offensive coordinator in Jeff Tedford. Martin will still be the lead back in the offense, but it doesn’t sound like Tedford plans to ride Martin as hard as the previous regime did.

“I think you have to alternate,” Tedford said, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. “Even when we had two, 1,000-yard rushers [at California], J.J. Arrington was a 2,000-yard rusher and and we had a couple times guys had a thousand yards apiece. But I don’t believe that one back can carry the load. It’s just too physical. I think you probably need to have two to three guys to bring different things to the table. But I think you at least need to have two to be able to spell them here and there and keep them healthy and tat type of thing. That’s the goal to try and create some depth right there where there’s not a dropoff when one guy comes in and another guy goes out. There’s no dropoff. We just keep going.”

Tampa has the depth chart to put Tedford’s plans into motion. Mike James and Bobby Rainey both had good moments after Martin went down and the team added Charles Sims to the mix in the draft. If the offensive line and scoreboard cooperate, the Bucs’ depth should allow them to keep running the ball with relatively fresh legs through all four quarters.

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8 Responses to “Jeff Tedford wants a division of labor in the Bucs backfield”
  1. thepftpoet says: Jun 3, 2014 3:30 PM

    Doug Martin’s fantasy stock just went down.

    We’re yelling timber.

  2. dalcow4 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:38 PM

    The Bucs division of labor this year: “Two wins for you, two wins for me”– 4-12.

  3. newdayintampabay says: Jun 3, 2014 3:48 PM

    The threat of the pass game now with a scary Wr core will make the run game way more effective but the right side of the line still needs to be addressed. Nicks’ return and production will be a huge factor to their success

  4. captainstagger says: Jun 3, 2014 4:25 PM

    Now that Demps has dropped track and focused soley on football he might be a factor as well.

  5. ufgator8 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:45 PM

    dalcow4 says: Jun 3, 2014 3:38 PM

    The Bucs division of labor this year: “Two wins for you, two wins for me”– 4-12.
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    By your math, that would make 8-8.

  6. yesser12 says: Jun 3, 2014 5:55 PM

    With the size at wr and te I think they run to set up the pass. When in the redzone they pass to those giants.

  7. labucs says: Jun 3, 2014 11:28 PM

    This could be fun. GO BUCS

  8. acurat says: Jun 5, 2014 2:17 PM

    The NFL is a pass-happy league now. I understand his need for two backs, but without an effective passing game, “Four yards and a cloud of dust” generally does not work anymore. I wish them success but if McCown is not accurate enough, and Glennon does not learn not to (when hurried) to throw off his back foot, it may be a hard year. I hope for the best and hope neither of those two things happen.

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