The Bucs head coach has talked about it. Some offensive linemen have talked about it. While the Bucs are getting production out of Mike Glennon at quarterback, their running game has been non-existent.
With 37 attempts on the season, Doug Martin has yet to reach 100 yards. Yep, Doug Martin has 94 yards on the ground for the entire season and an average of 2.5 yards per carry. This is unacceptable for an offense that expects to depend on their run game.
Knee-jerk reaction by some might be that the Bucs offensive line was not doing their job. NFL Films' senior producer Greg Cosell joined 98.7 The Fan's Fan Interference on Thursday morning and said that blaming the offensive line is the easy route.
"That's always easy to do," Cosell said of the Bucs offensive line taking criticism. "When backs don't run for a lot of yards, people always assume it's not being well blocked."
For Cosell, the play of Doug Martin has been the biggest disappointment for the Bucs offense this year.
"I don't think Doug Martin at this very moment is a very good runner," Cosell said of the Bucs run game woes. "I think he's stiff. I don't think he has the same lateral agility and explosion that he had his first year in the league. I don't think he gets more yards than what are there. To me, that's a problem with a running back."
It looks like the Bucs might end up being in the market for a feature back this off-season if 3rd round pick Charles Sims does not prove to be that guy later in the season. the good news is that next May's draft should be loaded with talented running backs headlined by Gerogia's Todd Gurley and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
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