Since gaining 138 yards Nov. 18 against the Panthers, Bucs RB Doug Martin has 106 yards on 39 carries in two games.
His 56 yards on 18 carries against the Broncos included just 8 yards on three carries in the second half. But Schiano said Martin, whose 1,106 rushing yards are third in the league, is not wearing down. Against Denver it was only game circumstances.
"I thought he was right on stride to have a really good rushing production day, but then we go down the three scores," head coach Greg Schiano said. "From 18 minutes left in the game on it was purely passing. So, you take away, really, the prime real estate for rushing the football and that's in the forth quarter when people are worn out. Overall, I thought Doug ran the ball well."
Between Week 8 and Week 11, Martin rushed 97 times for 592 yards. As the story points out, the last two weeks he's slumped a bit in tough matchups. The good news is he should bounce back at home this week against a struggling Eagles defense.