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Saturday, November 9, 2013
Bucs made right call on Doug Martin

By Pat Yasinskas

TAMPA, Fla. -- Question Greg Schiano’s coaching all you want, but give him some credit for getting one thing right.

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Friday’s decision to put running back Doug Martin on injured reserve absolutely was the proper call. Initially, the Bucs and Martin said there was a chance he could return this season and wait to have offseason surgery on his shoulder.

“We wanted to give it a couple of weeks to see how much he strengthened it,’’ Schiano said Saturday. “Every guy is different. He did get better, but not well enough that we felt comfortable putting him in a football game. You never know until you try it. He was going to need to strengthen and get the thing ready for surgery even if he was going to have it now. He’s in the best physical state to have the surgery and he’ll have it shortly."

Give Schiano credit for looking at the big picture. His team is 0-8 and he’s on the hot seat. Having Martin on the field might have given Schiano a better chance at getting some wins in the second half of the season.

But what difference would it have made if the Bucs had Martin back this season? Not much.

The prudent choice was to shut Martin down for the season and focus on getting him ready for next year. If the losing continues, Schiano might not have a job next year, but he made the right call by doing what’s in the best interest of the franchise for the long term.

In other injury news, Schiano said that safety Dashon Goldson, who missed the past two games with a knee injury, fully participated in practice for the second straight day.