The Chargers had a rare Sunday off to sit back, relax and watch some football.
What they saw out of Tampa Bay’s rookie running back Doug Martin, who they face next, certainly caught their attention.
“I saw most of their game, and he looks very, very good,” said
Martin certainly did all that Sunday afternoon, setting a Buccaneers franchise record with 251-rushing yards and four touchdowns to lead Tampa Bay to a 42-32 victory over the Oakland Raiders. The performance comes on the heels of another impressive one where he posted 135 yards on the ground, 79 through the air and a pair of scores against the Minnesota Vikings.
“He’s explosive, strong and very balanced,” said
Defenders aren’t the only ones who have taken notice of what Martin has done lately, as
“He’s been awesome,” said Rivers. “I was able to watch some of the Thursday night game when they played Minnesota, and yesterday he made some huge runs putting up 250-yards rushing. So he’s certainly an impressive runner.”
While the Chargers are busy implementing a game plan to limit Martin, according to the players, what they must do is rather simple; the team must get all 11 defenders converging on the running back.
“We have to gang tackle him,” said Bigby. “If we stay in our gapes and maintain our lanes and get all 11 of us to the ball, I’m confident we will be able to stop him.”
“We just have to play sound, fundamental defense and keep doing what we’ve been doing,” he said. “We’ve been real good against the run all year long, so we’ve got to keep that going. If we get 11 guys to the ball, I think we can handle him.”