When former Falcons coordinator Dirk Koetter was hired to oversee the offense in January, though, Martin finally had a voice in his corner.
"Dirk Koetter, once he started watching tape of all our players, he came away impressed with Doug," general manager Jason Licht said last week, via Pewter Report. "You saw the tape when he's healthy, he's still a very effective runner."
The early returns are promising.
"He's on the first team like he's always been," coach Lovie Smith said late last month. "He's one of our guys. He's our running back, and he's showing up, and he's getting good work, so I think it's just as simple as that."
For the better part of the past two years Martin has shown a startling lack of vision, patience and elusiveness in the open field.
Although he did clear 90 rushing yards in two of the final three games to close out last season, those numbers were inflated by runs of 63 (through a gaping hole) and 45 (poor tackling) yards.
This was not a tailback making defenders miss while consistently moving the chains. Minus those two fluky plays, Martin averaged a paltry 2.8 yards per attempt during that December span.
To be fair, Martin and Charles Sims were routinely hit in the backfield behind a woebegone offensive line.
If Martin is going to follow Ingram's 2014 blueprint for a career turnaround, he will start serving notice with a dominant preseason this summer.