Remember all those comments from Jim Brown about how Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson is “ordinary”? Yeah, Brown says he was just kidding.
Brown, who has been mending fences with the franchise in recent weeks, said today that he made those comments because he wanted to motivate Richardson. Brown also indicated that he thought what he said about Richardson became overblown, comparing his “ordinary” comment to a “firestorm coming out of the mountains.”
After Richardson turned a short catch into a long touchdown and broke several tackles on his way to the end zone on Sunday against the Bengals, Brown said Richardson was impressive. Today Brown added that Richardson has the ability to make plays even if there isn’t a hole to run through.
“Why wouldn’t you love to see a running back make two, three, four or five moves and shed those tacklers?” Brown said. “Because ultimately a running back has to get rid of tacklers without his blockers being a part of it. So I was happy to see him show that kind of talent.”
Apparently Brown thinks his motivational tactic worked.