Another day, another bit of drama for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Young running back Doug Martin will appear on NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk this evening, but that didn’t stop PFT’s commander-in-chief from spilling the beans on what Martin had to say on his website.
Mike Florio posted an article this morning quoting parts of Martin’s interview, where he admits that the players-only meeting at the beginning of the season was called to help get together the concerns and questions the team had, so they could be brought to head coach Greg Schiano.
Martin seems to imply that there were issues in the locker room, using the phrase “We’re fine now,” after explaining that the goal is to keep negativity out of the locker room.
In other words, no one is happy about the state of the team right now in Tampa Bay. And to be honest, they probably shouldn’t be.
It’s not as bad as the impeding mutiny you may hear some national media types talking about, but it’s not a perfect situation with 53 happy men in the locker room. The team is 0-2, 1-7 in their last 8, despite a talent-laden roster with All Pros, Pro Bowlers, and talented young players.
So don’t believe for a second that the Tweets you see from players like Darrelle Revis are signs that the Tampa Bay locker room is happy. Because they’re not.
But these players all know that they’re capable of better, and most of them have performed well on an individual basis at some point this season. There’s reason for measured optimism to go with the intense frustration of being in last place. And as Martin mentions in his interview, the players have a “family” mentality, so they’ll continue to hold each other up. Darrelle Revis is likely quite happy with his relationship with Dashon Goldson, Gerald McCoy, and the other leaders on the team.
But as Doug Martin revealed in this interview, there are concerns. There are likely questions about the coaches and the leadership on this team. Because after the end of last season and the general feel of the preseason, it’s tough to not wonder if the team is heading in the wrong direction.