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Trent Richardson wasn’t injured, wasn’t effective

Trent Richardson, Kavell Conner AP

When discussing the Colts’ 17-13 win over the Browns, we mentioned that Browns running back Trent Richardson didn’t have a carry in the second half of the game and wondered if he might have wound up re-injuring the ribs that forced him out of last week’s victory over the Bengals.

Coach Pat Shurmur was asked about Richardson’s absence. The good news for the Browns is that their first-round pick didn’t re-injure his ribs, make the injury worse or pick up any new injury. The bad news is that Shurmur just benched Richardson in favor of Montario Hardesty because the coach felt that Richardson was ineffective.

Richardson had eight yards on eight carries in the first half and added 11 yards on two catches. Hardesty wound up with 28 yards on seven carries, so it seems that Shurmur made the right choice in terms of effectiveness. The Browns offense missed the balance that they’d ideally like to have each week with Richardson healthy and in the lineup. It’s reasonable to believe that Richardson’s ribs might have contributed to his ineffective outing, but they weren’t the reason for his absence all by themselves.

According to Will Burge of ESPN Cleveland, Richardson flipped between saying he was okay to go back into the game and saying the coaches made the right decision to leave him on the bench.

It will be interesting to see how the Browns go from here. Their long-term interests are best served by Richardson getting as much action as possible, but they might feel Hardesty is giving them a better chance to win right now. There’s plenty of temptation to go that route in Cleveland right now, which will make their call going forward one worth watching.

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28 Responses to “Trent Richardson wasn’t injured, wasn’t effective”
  1. tjacks7 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:02 PM

    Yea, completely take the ball out of the hands of your best offensive player. And this coaching staff wonders why they’re all going to get canned in a couple months.

  2. psr179 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:03 PM

    Shurmur benched Richardson for Montario Hardesty? Does he not want to be a head coach anymore? He’s doing a good job of it if that’s the case. What a dolt.

  3. achap39 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:04 PM

    How the hell can a coach say a RB isn’t being effective when you give him TWO carries in the entire second quarter?

  4. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 21, 2012 5:06 PM

    Look for Richardson to have a 100+ yard game in his next outing. The “gentle reminder” usually does the trick.

  5. clownsfan says: Oct 21, 2012 5:13 PM

    Can’t be effective if your not given the chance. Lil’ Fritz abandoned the run 7 min into the game. I absolutely cannot wait until Frit Shurmur’s nephew gets canned.

  6. sportsrube90 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:17 PM

    As a vikings fan this really shouldn’t surprise but it does. Brad Chilldress is the freakin OC though and his favorite thing to do in minnesota as head coach was to take his best players out of the game when he needed them most.

  7. goalie007 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:19 PM

    Shurmur is example #2 of the Peter Principle (every person, given the opportunity, will eventually rise to their own level of incompetence). Holmgen is example #1.

  8. kerrchris65 says: Oct 21, 2012 5:21 PM

    If you watched the game, Richardson was INeffective. He was tip toeing laterally behingd the line instead of turning the ball up the field. Was very indecisive. He needed to get the ball, make a cut, and go. He just wasn’t doing it. Shurmur made the right call to go to Hardesty. But, why not look at the overhead film I’m sure they have and talk to T-Rich during the game. In game adjustments/coaching needed.

  9. mimitaroo says: Oct 21, 2012 5:30 PM

    Still no excuse for having your awful rookie QB drop back 41 times

  10. peopletrains says: Oct 21, 2012 5:37 PM

    If anyone knows ineffectiveness, its Shurmur.

  11. arlingtonsynn says: Oct 21, 2012 5:37 PM

    I watched this game and agree with Kerr. Trent didn’t look good. He also didn’t seem to be as comfortable with pass blocking as Montario.

    Also, rookie QBs should get as much action as possible. Rookie RBs can benefit from an early season time share as they pick up protection and adjust to the pro game (ie… don’t get injured a la Matthews).

  12. ernie ernie says: Oct 21, 2012 5:38 PM

    Do you hear this McCarthy. You bench losers who aren’t cutting it. Findley was good three seasons ago. He sucks now but he is Mac’s buddy so he plays.

    The Pack may have won today but man, there is more deadwood on this team than in the forest.

    I still say its the least conditioned team in the league. There injuries are never ending.

  13. lehooper says: Oct 21, 2012 5:39 PM

    T-Rich is gun shy. too much dancing. HIT THE HOLE!! Quit studdering!!

  14. archetypeobscure says: Oct 21, 2012 5:44 PM

    It was really more of a combination of the defense keying in on him but the coach having him run anyway, and him playing like he was obviously hurt. TRich isn’t going to admit he’s hurt, but he’s looked really bad since the rib injury the previous week. Hardesty has played very well the last two weeks, it was stupid not to go to him earlier. It doesn’t matter though, they refused to run the ball anyway.

  15. beerbudsnbevo says: Oct 21, 2012 5:50 PM

    Here’s my question…

    Who in their right minds spends a first round pick on a Running Back?

    Much less a RB that was the product of a very good college SYSTEM….

    Just think of how big the O line could be right now, continue building with the cornerstone Joe Thomas already there.

  16. 6thsense79 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:07 PM

    If Shumur had said due to his rib injury Richardson was limited in what he could do I’d understand but to just say he was ineffective? Chris Johnson has been ineffective most games yet the Titans have kept feeding him. Same case with DMC on the Raiders.

  17. treesloth16 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:32 PM

    My gut instinct tells me that the new owner is instructing coaches to sandbag games, in order to get a higher draft pick.

  18. thefiesty1 says: Oct 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    With NO blocking there isn’t a hole for T RIch to run through. They’ve got to get MORE help. McCoy is lucky that he’s the back up instead of getting creamed over and over like last year. T Rich doesn’t like getting clobbered all the time too.

  19. wryly1 says: Oct 21, 2012 7:16 PM

    goalie007

    Agree with you about Shurmur, but you’ll be proven dead wrong about Holmgren.The players he drafted and they are developing last year and this, will be the nucleus of a winning team in 2013 and for several years beyond. New owner Haslam know this and will stick with those players.

    Holmgren inherited one of the oldest, slowest, least talented teams in the leauge from Mangini – who was run out of the league – as he should have been, while Holmgren will be a HOF’er. Bank on it.

  20. mrfrostyj says: Oct 21, 2012 7:27 PM

    Right call by Shurmur or maybe some of you didn’t see Weeden’s stats that game. Game plan was solid after dropping the run and if Josh Gordon catches that one pass in the sun Browns have their second win.

    There are a ton of games in the past and probably in the future that can be blamed on Shurmur. This is not one of them.

  21. mrfrostyj says: Oct 21, 2012 7:39 PM

    wryly1 says:

    Holmgren inherited one of the oldest, slowest, least talented teams in the leauge from Mangini – who was run out of the league – as he should have been, while Holmgren will be a HOF’er. Bank on it.

    I appreciate your defense of Holmgren as I too believe he doesn’t get enough credit for what he’s done but you do realize Holmgren didn’t draft anyone (other than being responsible for the Colt McCoy pick in 2010) and no one inherited anyone from Mangini as the chore players that Mangini had in his first and only Holmgren less season were leftovers from the previous coach and front office.

  22. ballboy48 says: Oct 21, 2012 7:39 PM

    Ummm, I’m thinking half of you didn’t watch the game. Weeden has played better than any of the rookie QB’s thus far. Since his disastrous first game, he has almost 1,600 yards, 9 Td’s, 6 ints! Believe it or not, thru the first 6 weeks, he was second in NFL History, for the most passing yards as a rookie!

    Trent Richardson is going to be a beast, he just has to hit the holes harder and stop stutter stepping! Holes close much faster in the NFL, than in NCAA!

  23. lushy21 says: Oct 21, 2012 8:10 PM

    As I sit and watch a Browns game I think to myself “why is T-Rich not getting the ball as much as he should be?” Then the camera cuts to the OC both and there is Brad Childress!!! There’s your answer! Brad only like to give AP the ball 12-15 times a game. Brad Childress you are a fool!

  24. jmug420 says: Oct 21, 2012 9:42 PM

    @ballboy48 If you honestly think Weeden has played better than Luck and RGIII, please go to your nearest mental health institution and check yourself in. Luck (mind you hes already had his bye)- 1674 passing yards, 10 tds (7 pass 3 rush) 7 ints on 134 of 250 attempts. RGIII (again mind you, he was knocked out of a game in the 2nd quater)- 1601 passing yards, 13 tds (7 pass 6 rush) 3 ints on 133 of 189 attempts. Weeden- 1783 passing yards, 9 tds to 10 ints on 154 on 272 attempts. So yeah more passing yards and passing touchdowns, but it took him an extra game on Luck to compile 100 more yards than him and took 100 more attempts on Griffin III to get 183 more yards. Weeden is playing good, but to say he’s playing better than Luck and Griffin is insane.

  25. dumbpollack says: Oct 21, 2012 10:05 PM

    this is nothing to do with nothing. Trent should have been pulled earlier. He was clearly hurting with the ribs and was not himself.

  26. frenzy95 says: Oct 21, 2012 11:47 PM

    lushy21 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 8:10 PM
    As I sit and watch a Browns game I think to myself “why is T-Rich not getting the ball as much as he should be?” Then the camera cuts to the OC both and there is Brad Childress!!! There’s your answer! Brad only like to give AP the ball 12-15 times a game. Brad Childress you are a fool!

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    The only problem here is that Brad isn’t calling the plays or making personnel decisions. That is all on Shurmur.

  27. sudz28 says: Oct 22, 2012 7:13 AM

    The old “Let’s leave our best playmaker on the sidelines” route tends to not work very well – just ask the Ratbirds! Every time they limit Ray Rice to 10 carries or less it’s disastrous. Horrible decision by a horrible coach, coaching a horribly run organization.

  28. mrfrostyj says: Oct 22, 2012 9:46 PM

    jmug420 says:
    Oct 21, 2012 9:42 PM

    @ballboy48 If you honestly think Weeden has played better than Luck and RGIII, please go to your nearest mental health institution and check yourself in. Luck (mind you hes already had his bye)- 1674 passing yards, 10 tds (7 pass 3 rush) 7 ints on 134 of 250 attempts. RGIII (again mind you, he was knocked out of a game in the 2nd quater)- 1601 passing yards, 13 tds (7 pass 6 rush) 3 ints on 133 of 189 attempts. Weeden- 1783 passing yards, 9 tds to 10 ints on 154 on 272 attempts. So yeah more passing yards and passing touchdowns, but it took him an extra game on Luck to compile 100 more yards than him and took 100 more attempts on Griffin III to get 183 more yards. Weeden is playing good, but to say he’s playing better than Luck and Griffin is insane.

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    Actually you’re not factoring in that Weeden’s stats includes a week one game in which he threw 4 interceptions and had a 5.1 QB rating (thus your extra game logic does not have merit). Eliminate that game and Weedens numbers are the same minus 4 interceptions and 118 yards so his passer rating would actually go up to 83.4 (which is higher than Luck’s) and would still have more passing yards than RGIII.

    I’m not a Weeden fan but facts are facts. It’s only their rookie year so I’m not going to call him a future hall of famer but as far as being a pure passer goes he has played better than Luck and RGIII at this point in their respective careers and has done it with a lot less talent around him.

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