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Trent Richardson: Brandon Weeden struggled reading defenses


Browns running back Trent Richardson says his fellow 2012 first-round draft pick, quarterback Brandon Weeden, had a tough time picking up the Xs and Os of the NFL game as a rookie.

Richardson told NFL Network’s Steve Wyche that Weeden struggled with reading defenses as a rookie. Wyche’s interview with Richardson was off camera, but Wyche relayed Richardson’s comments on NFL AM.

“He also told me a little bit more about Brandon Weeden,” Wyche said of his conversation with Richardson, via the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He said as a rookie, [Weeden] really had trouble reading defenses from time to time and they had to skew their offense a little bit, sometimes somewhat predictable.”

Richardson added, however, that he’s optimistic about Weeden having a big year in 2013.

“I think he’ll be my quarterback,” Richardson said. “We can’t put too much on Brandon, especially as a rookie. . . . We want to make sure he believes, he knows he’s going to be our quarterback. When it comes to stuff like that, we’ve just all got to be behind him.”

It’s good that Richardson is behind his quarterback. But if Weeden can’t get better at reading defenses, Cleveland won’t be behind him as its starting quarterback for much longer.

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53 Responses to “Trent Richardson: Brandon Weeden struggled reading defenses”
  1. justintuckrule says: Feb 26, 2013 2:52 PM

    By the time Weeden can read defenses, he’ll be a 35 yr old, 5th yr vet with one foot out of the NFL. Dumb pick for no other reason than Weeden is too old to be a rookie QB.

  2. buddysguys says: Feb 26, 2013 2:54 PM

    Trent talks like he is a 10 year Vet already. Good for him….now stay healthy.

  3. braddavery says: Feb 26, 2013 2:55 PM

    A rookie QB had trouble reading NFL defenses? Who would have thought…

  4. stigman2012 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:55 PM

    Yep…it’s a good thing Richardson is behind his quarterback. With friends like that, who needs enemies?

  5. eaglesw00t says: Feb 26, 2013 2:56 PM


    He is going to be 29. A little late to start learning to read defenses.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Feb 26, 2013 2:56 PM

    Well Trent Richardson’s got a pretty good arm too it seems….He just threw his 28 year old QB right under the bus.

  7. tyler4richardson says: Feb 26, 2013 2:57 PM

    It’s hard to stay focused on the task at hand when you are so close to retirement.

  8. heyguru1969 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    As a young boy, Weeden also struggled reading The Cat In The Hat, so this was to be somewhat expected.

  9. bigboysmash says: Feb 26, 2013 2:58 PM

    30 years old and cant read defense’s. canton here we come

  10. keylimelight says: Feb 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    Oh no you didn’t, Trent! Some teammate you are. Are you publicly making Wheeden the scapegoat for a less-than-good season your O had?


  11. joshdh2687 says: Feb 26, 2013 2:59 PM

    I feel bad for any player who has to play for the browns. What a terrible franchise.

  12. raiderufan says: Feb 26, 2013 3:04 PM

    14-17 td to int
    3,385 passing yards
    72.6 passer rating

    I don’t expect anyone to be calling him elite by any means but he showed some signs of solid play. They gave a rookie QB a rookie WR that got there right before camp started, a rookie RB, absolutley zero WR depth and terrible play calling. I guess I don’t understand how he’s talked about as one of the worst QB’s in the game with no future?

  13. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:06 PM

    Another great pick by the illustrious Cleveland Browns. Why can’t we all be more like them?

  14. jbl429 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:07 PM

    much longer? The kid’s gonna be 30 soon!

  15. rpiotr01 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:08 PM

    Considering Weeden is about 2 years younger than Tom Brady he’d better learn to read defenses in a hurry…

  16. len462 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:09 PM

    3.6 yds per carry says to me that Ol’ Trent had a little trouble adjusting to the pro game too.

  17. clownsfan says: Feb 26, 2013 3:12 PM

    I’d prefer new regime bring in their guy and work with him from day 1. Don’t waste time if your 50/50 on a 29 yr old rookie. Get your guy, whoever it is, and hit the ground running.

  18. hdf21 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:13 PM

    Sounds like Richardson is making excuses for his own poor season.

  19. godofwine330 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:14 PM

    I said last year, “If the Browns would have drafted OG DeCastro then we could have let pop gun armed McCoy behind an actual NFL O-Line and see what he could do.”

    Now, we wasted a #1 on a QB that would have been there at #2 or ever #3 because of his age. It was a bonehead move by the former GM, which is one of the main reasons he is a former GM and still with no job, well that and the fact he let the Vikings gaffle him out of a #3 last year along with it. If we would have spent a 3 on Weeden I wouldn’t be mad. But a #1 and now it is likely a waste because we could have had a good guard to solidify the line AND we wouldn’t be talking about potentially dumping a first round player after only 1 season.

  20. coltzfan166 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:18 PM

    Weeden was a terrible waste of a first-round draft pick. Unless they just purposely drafted him to earn the team the #1 pick in 2014 so they can get Johnny Football.

  21. bullcharger says: Feb 26, 2013 3:20 PM

    Richardson was a rookie too! I’m sure he did plenty wrong. Richardson should shut his piehole and focus on his own job!

  22. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    He’s a bit slow but we still love him.

  23. brownsclown says: Feb 26, 2013 3:23 PM

    The problems that Weeden had reading defenses are miniscule compared to the problems Mike Lombardturd has evaluating talent! LOL Cleveland!

  24. dublindemonszfl says: Feb 26, 2013 3:31 PM

    Weedin probably shouldn’t wait at any bus stops with the other “rookie”. Not even the best rookie last season, Richardson is gonna need a bigger helmet.

  25. musicman495 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:32 PM

    Weeden cannot play.

  26. stevenwilliams2013 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:34 PM

    That was something that Trent should have kept to himself.

  27. Stiller43 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Maybe he’ll be able to read defenses by the time he’s ready to retire in 3 years

  28. jprcox says: Feb 26, 2013 3:36 PM

    Personally I think it is a bit disrespectful of Trent to talk down to a FELLOW rookie like that. It shows a real lack of awareness of the fact Trent has yet to make a name for himself, and though he has a great outlook – nothing is certain. You can’t just start talking like your Emmitt Smith or someone with all sorts of NFL experience.

    One word – arrogance. I am sure Weeden eyes are rolling on this statement.

  29. lbcoach34 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    so what does “most NFL ready QB” actually mean then???

  30. openseason51 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    Duh. No experienced leadership to teach them.

  31. dowhatifeellike says: Feb 26, 2013 3:41 PM

    He’s just saying with his mouth what we all saw with our eyes.

  32. kcchiefsfandave says: Feb 26, 2013 3:44 PM

    Maybe Trent should focus on trying to get more than 3 yards a carry.

  33. tjrogers09 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:50 PM

    Its simple. Nobody wants to play for the Browns!

  34. ccjcsr says: Feb 26, 2013 3:53 PM

    It’s Brandon Weeden were talking about…

  35. urbusted2 says: Feb 26, 2013 3:54 PM

    Richardson should keep his mouth shut. I mean, it’s not like he had a great year.

  36. gjshihadeh says: Feb 26, 2013 3:55 PM

    I love Trent, but last I checked, he’s a RB, not a QB coach. I think Weeden’s problem in 2012 was the 4 coaches in his ear at the same time. I’m optimistic that Norv can turn him into a solid QB, especially given the opportunity to work within a downfield passing attack.

  37. chuckbergeydawk says: Feb 26, 2013 3:59 PM

    I’ll never understand why they took Wheeden in the 1st round.

  38. drew2k2 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:06 PM

    Branden Weeden: “Trent just has trouble flat out reading”

  39. howitzer819 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:10 PM

    Running backs are typically behind their quarterbacks… unless they have to line up next to them.

  40. buttpioneer says: Feb 26, 2013 4:11 PM

    Richardson + _______ = 4th Place AFC North

  41. themagicman1223 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:14 PM

    Brandon Weeden will never be a good NFL QB maybe the browns can pick up Teddy Bridgewater in the 14 draft.

  42. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 26, 2013 4:26 PM

    Brandon may have trouble reading defenses, but based on the fact that Trent Richardson made those comments to the media, I’m thinking it’s the running back who isn’t so bright.

  43. randomcommenter says: Feb 26, 2013 4:32 PM

    Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson both stink in the NFL. I guess it’s harder when you don’t have a gaping hole to run through like at Bama.

    Caution all you teams looking at Eddie Lacy this year. That Bama OL is not part of the package.

  44. jayquintana says: Feb 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Have any of the guys who went from baseball back to football ever panned out? Chris Weinke was probably the best, by far, of the lot.

    And that pretty much says all that needs to be said of this.

  45. stigman2012 says: Feb 26, 2013 4:45 PM

    No respect for is elders. Shame on you, Trent. Don’t you realize Weeden is almost old enough to be your father?

  46. robertjamis says: Feb 26, 2013 4:55 PM

    a guy who was drafted in the top 10 and couldn’t average 4 yards a carry shouldn’t talk to anyone about “reading defenses”

  47. pspring63 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    TR- 11 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving; 1317 total combined yards. I consider that a very nice rookie season and I’ll take that.

  48. pocketfudge says: Feb 26, 2013 5:18 PM

    jayquintana says: Feb 26, 2013 4:43 PM

    Have any of the guys who went from baseball back to football ever panned out? Chris Weinke was probably the best, by far, of the lot.


    Russell Wilson.

  49. billsfan1 says: Feb 26, 2013 5:52 PM

    so the rb, which is the most replaceable position in football, on that team was talking about the qb having difficulties?

    At what point does the organization take fault. Its not like he had Green Bays Wr’s to throw to.

    and isnt that why we have coaches? To, hmm oh i dont know…. COACH?

    If he is uncoachable, that is one thing…

    Nice Richardson, there is that Nick Saban loyalty coming out

  50. clu1perceiver says: Feb 26, 2013 6:03 PM

    Yes Trent, and your constant dancing in the hole cost you and the Browns sustaining drives and wins.

  51. jgals says: Feb 26, 2013 6:31 PM

    Wait a second, Brandon Weeden is considered old for a rookie?! Shocking news update!!!!

  52. thefiesty1 says: Feb 26, 2013 6:51 PM

    They gave up on Colt too soon. Weedon was not the answer and neither is Richardson. They need OL and Receivers first and put Colt back in. What do you expect from a one man team? One of these days they “may” figure it out.

  53. hatesycophants says: Feb 26, 2013 7:34 PM

    Uh, drew2k2, that is very funny stuff!

    Also, Richardson should not have said this publicly. If, however, it was said off camera, that’s where it should have stayed.

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