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Ravens say Trent Richardson is the hardest back to tackle in the NFL

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The Ravens are preparing to meet the Browns and running back Trent Richardson on Sunday for the second time, and they haven’t forgotten the first time.

Several players on the Ravens’ defense have said this week that when Richardson had 47 rushing yards and 57 receiving yards against them in Week Four, he left an impression that they’re still thinking about five weeks later.

I think he runs the ball harder than anybody in the league,” defensive end Pernell McPhee said. “Not saying he’s the best back in the league, but I’ll say he’s the hardest back in the NFL to tackle.”

Ravens nose tackle Terrence Cody outweighs Richardson by more than 100 pounds, but Cody said he doesn’t think he — or anyone else — can take Richardson down one-on-one.

“He doesn’t go down with one person tackling him,” Cody said. “We’re going to need multiple guys around the ball every time he touches the ball.”

Richardson’s numbers this season haven’t exactly been eye-popping — he has 127 carries for 470 yards, 25 catches for 209 yards and a total of six touchdowns — but he has made an impression with the way he runs. The Ravens are making that clear.

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65 Responses to “Ravens say Trent Richardson is the hardest back to tackle in the NFL”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Nov 2, 2012 10:47 AM

    That’s because he’s off the field so much.

  2. adantsa says: Nov 2, 2012 10:49 AM

    Get outta here. The two toughest are playing each other this weekend…Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch.

  3. geniusesq says: Nov 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    Ordinary

  4. lesliedevereaux says: Nov 2, 2012 10:50 AM

    Well, they’re giving up 143 rushing yards per game. So, it seems like they’re having trouble tackling several running backs.

  5. tjh9985 says: Nov 2, 2012 10:55 AM

    Marshawn >>>

  6. tlmoon2112 says: Nov 2, 2012 10:56 AM

    (rolling eyes) Cody and Richardson played together at Alabama.

  7. pl4tinum514 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:01 AM

    The 6 touchdowns are hardly ordinary, but his rushing numbers are fairly pedestrian.

  8. tyler200829 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    @lealiedevereaux whats your teams record again? Oh right

  9. sixlombardisinyourface says: Nov 2, 2012 11:05 AM

    And the Ravens deteriorating defense is already making excuses for their next ground thrashing.

    Tear ‘em up Trent !!!

  10. richardf954 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    Nice to see the Browns finally have a relevant player for a change. My goodness those fans have been loyal for so long , seen there team struggle consistently year after year and have nothing to show for it.

  11. tjacks7 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:06 AM

    Adrian Peterson? Maybe you’ve heard of him?

    Well done lining up an excuse for giving up over 140 rushing yards though.

  12. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    He’s not the hardest to tackle, but he’s close.

    ProFootball Focus lists him in the top-10 at breaking tackles, and again, he’s a rookie who has been dealing with injuries after offseason knee surgery, so he’s only going to improve with healthy.

  13. tdsbepoppin says: Nov 2, 2012 11:10 AM

    Sounds like its been too long since the Ravens have played the Vikings

  14. kokoskmr says: Nov 2, 2012 11:19 AM

    The ravens seem to have trouble tackling most RBs this season.

  15. 4thqtrsaint says: Nov 2, 2012 11:20 AM

    His numbers aren’t eye popping because of the team he’s with. Put him on a good team that can run the ball already & he’d be tops in the league. Oh yeah, and he’s a rookie.

  16. crownofthehelmet says: Nov 2, 2012 11:21 AM

    J. Charles, D. Murray, F. Jones, and A. Foster disagree. They’re still running through the Ravens D.

  17. snowpea84 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    I love watching people rely on statistics to analyze football. A game without enough instances for statistical significance….

  18. takemytalentstosoutheuclid says: Nov 2, 2012 11:22 AM

    Their own running back is pretty hard to tackle, except when their bonehead coach only calls 8 plays for him a game.

    That is one helluva strategy, genius. Please continue to give less than ten touches to your best offensive weapon.

  19. regisphilbin says: Nov 2, 2012 11:25 AM

    MJD…… lights out!

  20. cereal blogger says: Nov 2, 2012 11:27 AM

    Richardson is very tough, if Cleveland can keep him healthy & moitivated they have a very good one on their hands,,,,no matter what Jim Brown says.

    Cody’s point is moot,,,he’s not good enough at anything to pass judgment…..#bust

    Ravens 16, Browns 13

  21. cheapseater says: Nov 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    Only because MJD is hurt…

  22. r0bry4n1sf4t says: Nov 2, 2012 11:28 AM

    Disagree. Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch are definitely tougher to tackle.

  23. lesliedevereaux says: Nov 2, 2012 11:29 AM

    @tylershores, extrapolate how that’s relevant to an article concerning the Ravens run defense.

  24. jackblackshairyback says: Nov 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    His numbers aren’t eye popping mainly because he’s been under utilized. He’s the Browns’ best player on offense, yet Shurmur still wants to throw the ball 40+ times a game.

  25. marvsleezy says: Nov 2, 2012 11:32 AM

    The stats support CJ Spiller in this category.

  26. pgh15212 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:33 AM

    What would the ravens know about tackling running backs?

  27. isphet71 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:35 AM

    Perfect example of good talent on a bad team. An RB is only as good as his O line lets him be.

    Just look at Denver during the zone blocking years. Any back in the NFL looks good when running through a gaping 10 foot hole. Any

    Any RB looks bad when having to run through 3 guys to get to the line of scrimmage. Every RB not named Barry Sanders, that is.

  28. themackstrong says: Nov 2, 2012 11:39 AM

    The Ravens just aren’t a good run defense like the past. If you talk about difficult to take down. Look up who leads the NFL in yards after contact. It Lynch and its not even close. AP is also a beast like others said.

  29. adantsa says: Nov 2, 2012 11:43 AM

    tdsbepoppin says:
    Nov 2, 2012 11:10 AM
    Sounds like its been too long since the Ravens have played the Vikings

    You are right. Last time we played, Brett Favre beat you in the dome.

  30. Steeley McBeam says: Nov 2, 2012 11:44 AM

    No, whichever RB is playing the Ravens is the hardest RB to tackle.

  31. jagsfan11 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:45 AM

    Not even in top 3. Marshawn Lynch, AP, and MJD

  32. edreedisgod says: Nov 2, 2012 11:51 AM

    Yeah….. because everyone here commenting has tackled an NFL running back so they can state their facts lol

  33. godofwine330 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:51 AM

    AP & Marshawn Lynch in my opinion would be tougher players to tackle, but it has been a long time since a Browns player has been held in such high regard by any player in the league.

  34. cutlerinception69 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:56 AM

    Gotta be Michael Turner. How else would a slow runner with 50 pounds of ass fat still be a starting running back?

  35. scalfor3 says: Nov 2, 2012 11:59 AM

    The eyeball test puts him right up there with Peterson and Lynch.

  36. baloneyjohn says: Nov 2, 2012 12:07 PM

    The Ravens defense will hopefully get shredded then. Actually, it was and will be a pretender, not a contender.

  37. joemammy says: Nov 2, 2012 12:08 PM

    You Ravens need to pack the box. Gotta keep TRich from busting one loose!

    And don’t concern yourself with that old man at QB, or Flash Gordon, who was merely a supplemental pick from Baylor and was out of football for so long. They’re no threat!

    Lol @ y’all…

    Browns – 28
    Ratbirds – 13

  38. bgsusteelers says: Nov 2, 2012 12:10 PM

    So was Peyton Hillis that one year. Then his physical style caught up to him. Love the way he runs, but he has to pick his truck stick battles carefully.

  39. sfm073 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:18 PM

    Great talent no doubt, but a rb is a wasted pick that early in the draft.

  40. richiebburg says: Nov 2, 2012 12:20 PM

    I love how everyone is weighing in on who they think is the hardest running back to tackle as if we all are out there on Sundays tackling these men.

  41. garyreazons55 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    Marshawn says you’re wrong.

  42. deathonwings410 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:22 PM

    Our run d has trouble with all RBs…

  43. offthelows says: Nov 2, 2012 12:36 PM

    Some of that is added self motivation for the Ravens D to talk up players of a divisional opponent. If AP or Lynch took it as a diss, the Ravens only face them once every 4 years

  44. skidooman93 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:40 PM

    Statistically speaking AP is by far the toughest to tackle, going off of yards after contact. AP is averaging over 3 yards after contact. However I have not tackled AP, Marshawn, MJD, Rice, Richardson, or any of the NFL backs so who am I to say who is the toughest. I bet they all are a handful to bring down, doubt I would have any chance.

  45. chattanola says: Nov 2, 2012 12:44 PM

    Watch out Trent. They’re blowing sunshine up your rookie skirt to mess with your head.

    More and more we’re seeing teams use the media to telegraph psychological warfare angles of their strategy.

    Prime example is the Jets v Reggie Bush. They know Bush has a history of east/west running so the Jets come out with daring language to mess with his head. (Glad it backfired.)

  46. mgavin78 says: Nov 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    MJD period.

  47. southpaw2k says: Nov 2, 2012 12:56 PM

    joemammy says:
    Nov 2, 2012 12:08 PM
    You Ravens need to pack the box. Gotta keep TRich from busting one loose!

    And don’t concern yourself with that old man at QB, or Flash Gordon, who was merely a supplemental pick from Baylor and was out of football for so long. They’re no threat!

    Lol @ y’all…

    Browns – 28
    Ratbirds – 13

    ————————————————

    Reality is on the phone. It wants to know how a team armed only with a strong running back is going to not only put 28 points on the board, but also hold a team to only 13 points with a grade-A running back of their own and a much better passing game.

    Ravens win, 24-14.

  48. troy43mvp says: Nov 2, 2012 1:09 PM

    High Praise Coming From the NFL’s 31st Ranked Defense.

  49. vikingsvoice says: Nov 2, 2012 1:34 PM

    AP will remember this…

  50. kenudo says: Nov 2, 2012 1:44 PM

    Will never understand all the love for Lynch. He flopped in Buffalo and has a career 4.1 ypa. One awesome run in the playoffs and hes the hardest to tackle? Please. 1.MJD 2. AP 3.everyone else

  51. chalkruz1989 says: Nov 2, 2012 1:45 PM

    Trent Richardson might not have the speed of Adrian Peterson and Arian Foster but I have not seen a running back run with such power while also being so quick. He lacks the burst the two latter studs have but he does an exceptional job of lowering his shoulders while delivering some punishment to defenders. He has a bright career but hopefully Cleveland can surround him with talent.

  52. trippymane says: Nov 2, 2012 1:56 PM

    Lynch by far hardest to tackle trust me I know.

  53. thesportsguy52 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:04 PM

    I love all the steelers fans with their false confidence all juiced up to where they feel like they’ve already won the division. Any of your RBs gonna run against us? We’ll see…oh wait! Cue the injury excuses.

  54. emaix80 says: Nov 2, 2012 2:32 PM

    How would the Ravens know? They can’t tackle anyone this year

  55. jackblackshairyback says: Nov 2, 2012 2:39 PM

    Reality is on the phone. It wants to know how a team armed only with a strong running back is going to not only put 28 points on the board, but also hold a team to only 13 points with a grade-A running back of their own and a much better passing game.

    Ravens win, 24-14.

    —————————-

    LOLOLOL You keep thinking that.

  56. sportsmeccabi says: Nov 2, 2012 2:41 PM

    I’d argue Darren sproles. Can’t seem to get a hand on the little guy.

  57. steelernator says: Nov 2, 2012 3:32 PM

    Go Browns. You should have beat this over-rated and over-hyped team in your first meeting this year.

  58. barbasol11111111 says: Nov 2, 2012 3:58 PM

    I trust the Ravens here. If anyone knows about not being able to tackle RBs it’s them.

  59. gadzod says: Nov 2, 2012 4:11 PM

    C.J. Spiller averages 7.3 yards a carry, and averages 3.9 yards after contact (which leads the NFL).

  60. jerrykill4pres says: Nov 2, 2012 4:24 PM

    Search Adrian Peterson vs browns… Nuff said!

  61. bucfandango says: Nov 2, 2012 4:49 PM

    The Bucs drafted Mark Barron, Doug Martin & Lavonte David for the price of T Rich. Better players, better value, & better results. Watch the tape, it doesn’t lie.

  62. tdsbepoppin says: Nov 2, 2012 5:44 PM

    @adantsa I’m actually a Minnesotan and Vikings fan that was saying AP is harder to tackle. And lets not get it twisted, the Ravens kicker BLEW that game

  63. fuzzynuts55 says: Nov 2, 2012 9:29 PM

    Ravens have fallen to 28th overall in defense, a free fall of 25 spots from the end of the 2011 season. The Ravens are currently giving up 400 yards per game, which is a franchise-worst pace. No Ravens defense has ended a season allowing more than 368.1 yards per game. There slipping fast.

  64. larrydavid7000 says: Nov 3, 2012 2:06 PM

    ya right. wait until you play ALFRED MORRIS.!!!!!!!!!

  65. broncostevenp says: Nov 3, 2012 2:22 PM

    Jim brown just turned over in his grave. He is dead right?

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