Offensive Player of the Year: Doug Martin

  • Position: Running Back
  • Rushing Attempts: 288
  • Rushing Yards: 1,402
  • Rushing Average: 4.9 yards/carry
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 6
  • Receptions: 33
  • Reception Yards: 271
  • Reception Touchdowns: 1

“After the 2014 season, it appeared injuries and inconsistency spelled the beginning of the end of Martin in Tampa Bay. After an explosive rookie campaign saw the man formerly known as the Muscle Hamster put up 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns, Martin recorded less than 1,000 yards and 3 touchdowns in the two years following while playing in 17 games. With an apparent successor lined up in Charles Sims, Martin entered 2015 on thin ice. In response, he absolutely exceeded all expectations and ended up just 83 yards shy of the league rushing title behind Adrian Peterson. With 1,402 yards and the most runs of 20-plus yards in the league, Martin proved to be the fulcrum for the best total Buccaneers offense in team history. His success took pressure off of rookie quarterback Jameis Winston, allowing him to have a successful year in his own right. So while multiple players should get their due praise when discussing Tampa’s offensive achievement, Martin’s importance to it all cannot be understated. The Dougernaut is back, and that should be a scary thought to Tampa’s opponents next season if they can get a contract sorted out.

—Mike Kiwak (@Mike__Kiwak)

Defensive Player of the Year: Lavonte David

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Solo Tackles: 85
  • Assisted Tackles: 62
  • Sacks: 3
  • Forced Fumbles: 2
  • Fumbles Recovered: 2
  • Passes Defended: 13
  • Interceptions: 3
  • Touchdowns: 1

“The 2015 Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense featured two Pro Bowlers in defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and weak side linebacker Lavonte David.  For David, it was his first trip to the Pro Bowl in a four-year career which has seen the Cornhusker become one of the fan favorites, and a leader on the field.  This season, he elevated his play even further, earning him our Defensive MVP for 2015. His 147 total tackles were a career high, and he notched his second highest interception total with three, including one returned for a touchdown.  David added three sacks to his career total, and dominated in pass coverage with another career- high 13 passes defended. With David on the field, the Buccaneers’ defense has leadership and proven performance which cannot be questioned. 

                                    —David Harrison (@adwda11)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the regular season with a 6-10 record and will have the 9th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.