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Buccaners RB Doug Martin won't have workload reduced

Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano says the new culture in Tampa Bay won't allow for Doug Martin to "cool off" down the stretch.

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been a workhorse for the Buccaneers' offense all season, but with the season coming to a close and the Buccaneers on the outside looking in on the NFC playoff picture, Martin might be expected to be rested somewhat down the stretch. But that's not Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano's plan, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

Schiano, who is in his first season at the helm of the Buccaneers, said he wants to use Martin as a way to showcase how much the culture in Tampa Bay has changed in his first season.

"One of the things we talked about when we arrived here was establishing a new culture," Schiano told the Times. "Although we've made strides, we're not anywhere close to where we need to be. And I think Doug Martin is part of establishing that new culture."

In 14 games, the rookie Martin has carried the ball 273 times for 1,250 yards and 10 touchdowns. His rookie season was highlighted by a breakout 251-yard, four-touchdown performance against the Oakland Raiders in early November.

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