Chuck Pagano on Trent Richardson: ‘I don’t know what the heck is going on’

Trent Richardson ColtsEight weeks later, the Trent Richardson trade looks like nothing shy of a brilliant franchise move from the Cleveland Browns. The Indianapolis Colts sent a first round pick to Cleveland for Richardson on Sept. 18. Since joining the Colts, Richardson has averaged 2.8 yards per carry. He has rushed for no more than 60 yards in a single game and been virtually useless in Indy’s offense.

On Thursday night, the Colts were able to manufacture a comeback win over the Tennessee Titans despite Richardson’s uninspiring play. The former Alabama star rushed for 22 yards on eight carries, while backup running back Donald Brown racked up 80 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. On Friday, Chuck Pagano was asked if he had any explanation.

“I don’t know if he’s snake bit, I don’t know what the heck is going on,” the Colts coach said, via Eye on Football. “We’ll get it fixed. We’ll get the holes there. He’s making the right reads, he’s doing all the right things, he knows what to do. He played great without the ball, protection-wise, those things. His numbers are going to come. I’m not concerned about that.”

That’s a flat-out lie from Pagano, who has to be concerned that his team gave up a first-round pick for a player who looks like a classic NFL bust. Brown ran behind the same offensive line and was much more explosive than Richardson. Still, Pagano tried to defend the former No. 3 overall pick by blaming the guys in front of him.

“You look at Trent’s runs, for whatever reason, there’s penetration, a guy is pulling and falls down,” he said. “There’s a guy in the backfield waiting there. He had some really good runs, plays that he made in space, screens, things like that he does a great job with. That’s going to come.”

That is true in some instances, but there are also plenty of runs where Richardson simply doesn’t run hard. He has shown very little speed and has not made tacklers miss. The more we see, the more it looks like Browns legend Jim Brown was spot-on with his unpopular assessment of Richardson’s ability. Unless Richardson turns into a completely different player, it’s safe to say Cleveland robbed the Colts.

Chuck Pagano dances in locker room after win (Video)

chuck-pagano-dancingChuck Pagano returned to the Colts sideline for the first time since being diagnosed with leukemia three months ago. The first-year head coach witnessed his team beat the Houston Texans 28-16 in Week 17 to improve to 11-5. After an emotional win, Pagano decided to break it down in the team’s locker room by showing off his best dance moves. He even locked arms with owner Jim Irsay and the two did a dance together at one point.

Pagano is so well regarded across the league, he was even recognized by an opponent. Texans running back Arian Foster gave a respect tap and bow to a “Chuckstrong” sign in the end zone after scoring a touchdown:

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Colts cheerleader agrees to shave head if $10,000 raised for leukemia research

The Indianapolis Colts organization has done a tremendous job of showing support for head coach Chuck Pagano since he was diagnosed with leukemia, and that continued over the weekend when a member of the cheerleading squad agreed to join the movement.

On Sunday, the Colts’ mascot, Blue, sent a tweet asking if a member of the team’s cheer squad would let him shave her head if he could raise $10,000 for leukemia research. A Colts cheerleader named Megan M. agreed.

A day later, a light-hearted video entitled “Operation Shave Megan’s Head” was posted to the Colts’ website, and it shows Megan signing an agreement to shave her head.

“Everybody knows someone who’s been affected by cancer,” Megan said. “Knowing that I can maybe be strength or inspiration for someone going through this … I want to be strength for them. That’s really what it’s all about — showing that we’re Chuckstrong.”

Blue is now asking fans to visit www.colts.com/chuckstrong to make a donation to the CHUCKSTRONG fund. The mascot has until Sunday, November 25 to raise the money. If he reaches his goal, Megan will shave her head at the Colts vs. Bills game.

As we showed you last week, more than two dozen Colts players have shaved their heads to show their support for Pagano. Guys can pull off the shaved head look and most of them had short hair to begin with, so it won’t take the players nearly as long to look like their old selves as it would for Megan. Her offer is just another example of how selfless the entire organization has been in showing their support for their head coach and cancer research.

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Photo via Twitter/ColtsCheerMegan

Colts players shave their heads to support Chuck Pagano (Pictures)

The Indianapolis Colts have shown tremendous support for head coach Chuck Pagano throughout his battle with cancer, and that continued this week when more than two dozen players and staff shaved their heads. Adam Vinatieri and others went with the cue ball look, and much of the action was captured in this video on Colts.com.

“It’s all for Chuck,” punter Pat McAfee told the Indy Star on Tuesday. “We all don’t look good. “I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer. But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing.”

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