Schiano says RB battle between Blount and Martin is fluid and could go into season
LeGarrette Blount did not establish himself as the Bucs No. 1 tailback in Friday's preseason game at Miami. Neither did rookie Doug Martin.
What they did prove is both deserve an opportunity to split touches until one clearly wins the job -- a decision that may not be reached until sometime during the regular season, coach Greg Schiano said Saturday.
"I think no matter what decision is, I think they’ve both shown already they’re going to help us and they’re both going to run the ball,'' Schiano said. "So I think it’s going to be a fluid situation until somebody kind of distinguishes themselves as deserving more touches and that will go into that lead and trail back deal. But I can’t tell you how it’s going to go right now. I don’t know.''
Blount had 30 yards on seven rushing attempts and a 1-yard touchdown run to cap the Bucs' first possession in the Bucs' 20-7 win over the Dolphins Friday. Martin finished with 21 yards on seven carries, including a 2-yard TD run to punctuate a 92-yard drive on the second possession.
The running back by committee approach is certainly one that is common in the NFL. Since the powerful Blount and explosive Martin have complementary running styles, they each will play important roles on offense. Schiano was asked if the battle could continue into the regular season?
“Sure. Until it happens, I’m not going to make it happen,'' Schiano said. "If I feel it should go one way and the staff feels that way, then we’ll do it. Otherwise, we have two good backs and a lot of teams do that in this day and age.''