Former Boise State tailback Doug Martin has struggled for the second straight season — but Tampa Bay coach Dirk Koetter says Martin isn’t the problem.
“It’s not him that is not consistently moving the ball,” Koetter said. “In my opinion, he is not the reason we are not moving the ball on offense. If you look at that tape, Doug’s making a little bit out of not too much more often than not. ... Doug had a couple really nice runs that were 4-yard gains.”
Martin has gained 343 yards on 112 carries this season — a 3.1-yard average. He has scored two touchdowns. He also has seven catches for 60 yards.
That comes on the heels of a 2.9-yard average last season, when Martin rushed for 421 yards in eight games.
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He had 1,402 yards on 288 carries in 2015. Since then, he has 764 yards on 256 carries.
Taylor helping Browns
Former Boise State cornerback Jamar Taylor ranks third on the team in tackles for the Cleveland Browns with 45. The Browns, who are winless, rank ninth in the NFL in total defense at 313.7 yards per game and 27th in scoring defense at 25.9 points per game.
“As a defense, we just try to put it on our back,” Taylor said earlier this month. “We want to win games for our team.”
Ajayi says Cowboys quit
Former Boise State tailback Jay Ajayi contributed a 71-yard run in the Eagles’ 37-9 rout of the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football. Afterward, Ajayi was asked if the Cowboys quit.
“Definitely,” he said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “... You felt it close to the third, early fourth, like we kind of had our way with them. And it was over after that.”
The teams meet again on New Year’s Eve. By then, the Eagles likely will have the NFC East wrapped up.