Doug Martin's workload won't be reduced with Bucs out of playoff contention
Doug Martin has the fourth-most carries in the NFL, but don’t look for his number of rushes to tail off now that the Bucs are out of playoff contention.
Coach Greg Schiano said the Bucs aren’t in position to take the foot off the gas pedal because the process of shaping the club into what he wants it to be is not complete.
“One of the things we talked about when we arrived here was establishing a new culture,” Schiano said. “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.”
Martin has 273 carries and is on pace for 312. That would be the fourth most in franchise history. There’s no reason to think he won’t get there given Schiano’s approach.
“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,’” Schiano said. “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.”