Colts GM on Trent Richardson: He needs to produce

Trent Richardson ColtsRemember when the Indianapolis Colts traded a first-round pick for Trent Richardson? As of today, the Cleveland Browns look like geniuses. Richardson was a non-factor after arriving in Indy last season and has averaged just 2.4 yards per carry in two preseason games this year. He’s still not running with conviction, and people are taking notice.

One of those people is Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.

“Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,” said Wednesday, via ESPN.com’s Mike Wells. “We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.4] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”

Grigson was basically defending Richardson without defending him. The Colts offensive line has not been great, but Ahmad Bradshaw somehow averaged 4.5 yards per carry in three games with Indy before getting hurt last season. Head coach Chuck Pagano doesn’t seem overly concerned.

“I think everybody wants this guy to get going and that guy to get going, but there’s some tough sledding right now and we’re working at it,” Pagano said. “I think having the capability to do the other thing is going to open things up in the run game for us.”

Bradshaw is supposedly healthy and ready to go, yet the Colts have kept him out of preseason action. That should tell you all you need to know. We don’t expect Richardson to run away with the job, and neither do the Colts. Bradshaw will be their most valuable back if Richardson runs the way he did last year.

Trent Richardson fumbles on first career playoff carry (GIF)

Trent-Richardson-fumbleTrent Richardson is running out of time to prove that the Indianapolis Colts did not make a huge mistake in trading for him. The former first-round pick fumbled on his first touch of the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

To make matters worse, no one stripped the ball away from Richardson’s arms. Rather than hitting the hole and taking what his blockers gave him, Richardson danced around the line of scrimmage and looked for an opening. He tried to switch hands with the ball in the process and ended up putting it on the ground.

The Cleveland Browns may have straight up robbed the Colts of a first-round draft pick by getting them to take Richardson off their hands.

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Trent Richardson believes he has been ‘playing good’

Trent Richardson ColtsTrent Richardson has not provided any type of spark for the Indianapolis Colts since he was acquired in a trade from the Cleveland Browns two months ago. He is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry since the deal was made and has been outplayed by Donald Brown. Despite that, Richardson’s confidence remains high.

In fact, the former Alabama star told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star on Monday that he believes he has played well.

“I’m not frustrated at all because I think I’ve been playing good,” Richardson said. “If you turn on the film, I don’t have any missed assignments. I haven’t had any missed reads. I’ve been playing good. Stuff just hasn’t matched up like we thought it would when I’m in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in.”

If Richardson is completely satisfied with looking like an undrafted free agent, the Colts have a problem. There have been plenty of instances where the Indy offensive line simply isn’t creating space for Richardson, but great running backs create lanes for themselves and make defenders miss. Richardson has done not of that.

“If I don’t have big runs because they’re trying to stop the run, then I feel like I’m doing my job,” he said. “Now, if I’m out there missing my reads and not blocking and not being a (complete) back, that’s different. Being an all-around back, you have to be able to block, be able to catch, you just have to make plays every way you can.

“I think I’ve been on my job the whole time.”

The bottom line is the Colts gave up a first round pick for Richardson in hopes that he would become a difference maker. He still has time to turn it around, but there’s no way the front office isn’t concerned. Even Chuck Pagano said he doesn’t know “what the heck is going on,” so it’s safe to say he’s not as satisfied as Richardson. Maybe Jim Brown was right after all.

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.

Trent Richardson orgy sex tape reportedly being shopped

Trent Richardson ColtsSomeone is shopping a Trent Richardson sex tape to different media outlets that shows the Indianapolis Colts running back in an orgy with at least three women, per a report.

TMZ Sports says the tape was shopped to them and that they have seen it, and they included some innuendo implying that Richardson is well-endowed.

Richardson was drafted No. 2 overall by the Cleveland Browns in 2012 and traded to the Colts this season. He has 250 yards on 88 carries and 85 receiving yards with the Colts. The amount of women he was with in the video is higher than his yards per carry average with the Colts this season, as many have pointed out.

Richardson has three children. His oldest daughter was born during his sophomore year in high school, and his second-oldest daughter was born when he was a senior in high school. His son was born last year.

Jim Brown: Trent Richardson trade was a ‘brilliant move’ for Browns

Jim-Brown-does-not-like-Trent-RichardsonFor whatever reason, Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown was never a fan of Trent Richardson. Brown disagreed with the team’s decision to use the No. 3 overall pick on Richardson in last year’s draft, saying that he felt the former Alabama star is “ordinary” and was simply the best back in a class that was below average. For that reason, we should not be surprised that Brown felt trading Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts was a wise decision.

“I was surprised,” Brown said Wednesday on Showtime’s Inside the NFL, by way of Eye on Football. “But then I thought it was a brilliant move … Because first of all, Trent [Richardson] couldn’t have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed.”

Again, not a shock. I don’t know if Richardson is “ordinary” or not. He’s only in his second season in the NFL, so time will tell if he can be the explosive back everyone expects him to be in Indianapolis. However, I tend to agree with Brown that a running back has to be incredibly special to use a top-five pick on with the way the NFL emphasizes passing now.

Former Browns president Mike Holmgren ripped Cleveland for trading Richardson. As expected, Brown was happy to disagree with the man he openly admits he never saw eye-to-eye with.

“[Holmgren] had all his boys that were going to come in and take advantage of the kind of money that he could pay his guys and never really be there,” Browns reiterated. “He took advantage of Randy [Lerner] and it was just a shame. Randy’s a good guy. Young owner. Wanted someone to take the pressure off of him. Mike came in, saw the weakness and took advantage of it.”

It’s tough to judge the trade until we see what the Browns are able to get with the pick they acquired from the Colts. At the moment, there’s really no arguing that the Colts got the better end of the deal.

Mike Holmgren rips Trent Richardson trade

Mike Holmgren BrownsMike Holmgren ripped the new Cleveland Browns’ leadership for trading Trent Richardson, saying he would quit in protest if he were the coach of the team.

Holmgren discussed the trade while speaking with Dave “Softy” Mahler on Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle on Thursday. Holmgren says his daughter told him about the trade and he didn’t believe it until he looked it up on his computer.

Holmgren was president of the Browns when they traded three picks to move up a spot in the draft last year to select Richardson.

Holmgren praised Richardson, saying the back had “a really fine first year, a good year.” He said he was “startled” by the trade.

“I was startled by that. I was trying to make sense with it. I struggled with it,” Holmgren told Softy. “Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit. Or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s still standing.’ ”

Holmgren then wondered how the team improves by trading their best player.

“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?” he rhetorically asked. “He’s their best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”

Holmgren also noted that it was pretty obvious the new Browns’ front office is planning for the future.

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