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« : January 07, 2013, 12:09:56 AM »


Instant Improvement: Ball Security

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The Buccaneers nearly set a team record for fewest fumbles lost in a season in 2012, and that was no accident

Anyone who witnessed a Tampa Bay Buccaneers practice in person in 2012 heard one puzzling word repeated over and over, perhaps even more often than “hut” or “again.”
 
The word was “chin,” and it was always directed at a player who had just gotten his hands on the football.  The goal was greater football security.  The results were obvious and immediate.
 
In their first year at One Buccaneer Place, Head Coach Greg Schiano and his staff made a very pointed effort to teach Buccaneer ballcarriers a better way to carry the rock.  One simple phrase – “the ball” – was repeated often to emphasize that possessing and protecting the football was an absolutely fundamental aspect of winning games.
 
The typical way one envisions a player carrying a football is with it almost horizontal across his chest, protected by the forearm.  Schiano’s crew demanded that players carry the football in an almost vertical manner, with one point in the crook of the elbow and the other almost directly under the chin.  Thus that word…anyone who didn’t immediately and instinctively tuck the ball under his chin heard about it immediately, until it did become instinct.
 
The coaches’ fanatical attention to this detail was well worth it.  In 16 games this past season, the Bucs fumbled just 16 times, and lost only six of them.  That was a massive improvement over the 2011 season, during which the team fumbled 27 times and lost 15 of them.  Even in the superior 10-win season of 2010, the Bucs fumbled 24 times and lost 13 of them.

In fact, after just one offseason and training camp to try to change the team culture, Schiano and company nearly helped the team set a record for holding onto the ball.  The fewest fumbles the Buccaneers have ever lost in a single season was five, in 2009.
 
It helped that the player who was tackled far more often than any other Buccaneer was extremely good at protecting the football.  Amid everything else Doug Martin accomplished as a rookie to suggest a very bright future, there was also this: He only put the ball on the ground once, and even that one was a hair-thin call by the referee.  Martin accounted for 319 of the team’s 416 carries and also caught 49 passes, nearly racking up 2,000 combined yards in the process.  That last number rightfully got the most attention, but it may have overshadowed how dependable Martin was, too.
 
 “One thing that's lost with Doug is something that Coach Schiano and his staff continually stress: ‘The ball,’” said General Manager Mark Dominik.  “You think about all the touches he had and he had one fumble, at the goal-line against the Carolina Panthers.  That's the only time he put the ball on the ground the whole season, and I still think it's up for debate whether that was a fumble or not.  You look back and say that's the kind of running back you're so excited to have on your football team.  The production he had, the way he carried the ball, how important it is to him.”
 
The fumble in Carolina was reviewed extensively because Martin may or may not have already crossed the goal line when the ball popped free.  The call was upheld and Martin chided himself after the game for fumbling, even though his team made a stunning comeback to win in overtime.  As Dominik said, not fumbling was something Martin took very seriously, but the team could certainly live with just one all season.
 
For that matter, just six lost fumbles all season is a number the team can live with.  The ultimate goal would be zero, of course, and while that may be unlikely it seems certain that the Buccaneers will continue to protect the football well in the years to come.





http://www.buccaneers.com/news/article-1/Instant-Improvement-Ball-Security/3b4d5c70-9f44-44c6-8d2c-080244673dca

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« #1 : January 07, 2013, 03:02:48 AM »

Martin's ball security is the most underrated part of his game. He should have 0 fumbles this year.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000096704/Martin-s-goal-line-fumble



One of the worst calls ever. If his durability and ball security stay the same as 2012, he will be one of the best players in franchise history...

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« #2 : January 07, 2013, 03:08:00 AM »

Martin should be a Top 5 back by the end of next year. God this season may of sucked, but we have a very good future ahead of us.


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« #3 : January 07, 2013, 04:12:29 AM »

Martin should be a Top 5 back by the end of next year. God this season may of sucked, but we have a very good future ahead of us.

Yeah, just getting our two pro-bowl guards back is gonna make a big difference, With the bad-ass we have as an O-line coach, I see great things for Martin.

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« #4 : January 07, 2013, 04:17:06 AM »

I hate to be the **CENSORED** to mention this, but I really don't want us to turn into a different version of the vikes.

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« #5 : January 07, 2013, 07:30:33 AM »

Wonder how we improved in reducing the penalties?

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« #6 : January 07, 2013, 07:47:52 AM »

Martin should be a Top 5 back by the end of next year.



Martin already is a top 5 back until proven otherwise. Among all active RBs with 200 carries or more this season.....

Rush attempts 4th
Fumbles 1st (had one but it wasn't really a fumble, it was a TD)
Rushing yards 5th
Rushing TDs 5th
YPC 4.6  7th
20+ yard runs 3rd
40+ yard runs 2nd
Receptions 5th
Receiving yards 3rd
Total yards 2nd   (3rd in the entire NFL behind only Megatron and AP)

On top of all the stats, he stayed completely healthy all year and is solid in pass protection. I don't think any unbiased person can question him being a top 5 back at this point. The question is, can he maintain it?
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« #7 : January 07, 2013, 07:53:50 AM »

Doug Martin is the only RB I've ever seen who gets up after a run still tightly gripping the ball for another full 10 seconds as he's walking back toward the huddle.
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« #8 : January 07, 2013, 10:39:51 AM »

Doug Martin is the only RB I've ever seen who gets up after a fun still tightly gripping the ball for another full 10 seconds as he's walking back toward the huddle.

Was thinking the same thing. Great observation.

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« #9 : January 07, 2013, 07:29:19 PM »

I bet he sleeps with the ball.


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« #10 : January 07, 2013, 08:38:44 PM »

I bet he sleeps with the ball.



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