Trent Richardson: I think I’ve been playing good

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Before last Thursday’s game against the Titans, the Colts said that they had no regrets about trading a first-round pick for struggling running back Trent Richardson.

In that game against Tennessee, Donald Brown was the more effective back and got more work as Richardson managed just 22 yards on his eight carries. Coach Chuck Pagano said after the game that he thought Richardson might be “snake bit” and praised much of the work that Richardson has done since coming to Indianapolis. He’s not the only one giving Richardson’s work good reviews.

“I’m not frustrated at all because I think I’ve been playing good,” Richardson said, via the Indianapolis Star. “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. But if Donald is having a good day or Andrew [Luck] is having a good day, I think that’s a good day for me even if people are keying on me. That might let Donald get going or let Andrew have a big day. That’s a good day for me, too.”

Pagano and Richardson both stressed the parts of Richardson’s job outside of running the ball, but the Colts didn’t deal a first-round pick for someone who was a good pass blocker in the backfield that they could use as a complement to Brown. They did it to add another weapon to their offense and Richardson hasn’t been able to be one thus far no matter how you slice it.

91 responses to “Trent Richardson: I think I’ve been playing good

  1. I guess the Browns were right about him. If that’s his definition of playing well then I don’t know what his definition of bad is. If not for Donald Brown the Colts would have no run game right now.

  2. To be fair, you can’t give the guy only 10 carries up the middle and expect him to have 100 yards and a TD. If they want Richardson to break out they need to commit to him; give him 30 carries for a game and see what happens.

    I’m still on the fence with Trent; it’s not like the Browns RB’s are tearing it up and the Colts won’t give him more than 10 carries a game.

  3. here is one of Jim Irsay’s tweets about Richardson since he has been a Colt;

    Colts Nation…are you sitting DOWN!!!!!! Because Trent is.!!!!! He consistently gets knocked on his can after 2.3 yards!!!!

  4. Isn’t it documented that a 6 foot tall person if standing on the line of scrimmage would always pick up 2 yards? Trent is garbage. The Browns actually flexed somebody LOL.

  5. I might as well be thrown into that as well, I accept full responsibility for them having good days.

    Signed; guy who doesn’t even suit up, or get out of his lazy-boy for that matter.

  6. That was this dudes problem while he was in Cleveland. For some reason, he thinks very highly of himself and was arrogant. There are reports that he would show up late to treatment and meetings and he acted like he was privileged for some reason. Maybe its time to stop thinking you’re playing good and to actually start playing good Trent. Or maybe you’re just not that good………

  7. As a Browns fan…this may be the biggest robbery in the NFL. (unless we are able to trade weeden for anything more than an old 90’s Football Follies VHS tape)

    Not too often a new regime comes in and is able to recoup a first rnd pick for a bust.

  8. In 15 games as a rookie last year, Browns got 11 TD’s, 950 rushing yards plus 51 receptions for another 367 yards out of him. Highest productivity from a rookie RB in franchise history. That’s why they got a RD1 pick for him.

  9. “Keying on me” – huh?

    Does his name even get mentioned in the opposing team’s film study?

    His best plays are always in open space catching the ball – same story last year. The guy can’t run in traffic at the NFL level.

  10. Man, this does not bode well for Colts fan.

    If Richardson thinks 3 YPC is considered “playing good” — that almost hints that T-Rich is playing in top form, unhindered by injury. Have we reached the cap of T-Rich’s ability to play in the NFL?

    I hope not. Classy kid. But these comments show don’t even show me he thinks he has much more to give – or that he even thinks it’s necessary.

  11. “the Colts didn’t deal a first-round pick for someone who was a good pass blocker in the backfield that they could use as a complement to Brown”–

    Nuff said.

  12. Trent should have never been drafted in the first round anyway, that sent the expectations for his production sky high. The Browns sure did not get their money’s worth from that pick, but they sure did redeem themselves by unloading Trent on the Colts to get that first round back and then some.

  13. 1. It’s playing “well”, and 2. No, you’re not… I see this guy lacks awareness both on the field and off. This is the worst example of a fleecing I’ve ever seen. Had Grigson not had Andrew Luck fall into his lap, this trade would be a fireable offense.

  14. Seems like his running vision is his biggest issue. I’ve watched him run right into defenders when he easily misses the hole to run through.

  15. If the Browns would have been the team that traded for him instead of dealing him, there would have been 25 stories already about how Cleveland got fleeced by the Colts…..Where is the “Cleveland front office knew what they were doing articles at???

    Just Sayin’…Go Brownies!!

  16. Hey Trent, the above average running backs in this league WIN those match ups when they’re presented. This is the difference between you and a Marshawn Lynch. He’s got an indomitable will. You don’t.

  17. A line from “Coming to America” comes to mind when someone said that a singer was good. “Yeah, good and terrible.”

    Does he have any idea what GOOD is? Good is 4 yards a carry. Decent is 3.75 yards a carry. 3 yards per carry is not good, decent, or even bad, it is flat out paltry. If he were anything other than last year’s first round high draft pick (for the Browns) and next year’s #1 pick (for the Colts) he’d be so far down the bench he’d have to call the waterboy with a walkie-talkie. That #1 that they gave up to my Browns looks more and more like a fleecing with ever 2 yards and a cloud of dust. Question is, if he doesn’t know what good is how will he ever get any better?

  18. You have been Trent. For a backup, which is essentially the role you’ve been playing. Problem is you were a top 3 pick. Top 3 picks arent drafted (or traded for with other 1st rd picks in your case) to be “good backups”.

  19. The problem is that Cleveland did not trade up to the 3rd spot for someone who “plays good.” Indi likewise didn’t give up a future first round pick to see someone do an adequate job. In both cases they expect Richardson to be an elite playmaker and a very special player. So far, to say he’s average would be kind.

  20. “Isn’t it documented that a 6 foot tall person if standing on the line of scrimmage would always pick up 2 yards? Trent is garbage. The Browns actually flexed somebody LOL.”

    I’m not so sure about this… I’m 6 feet tall and I get the feeling I wouldn’t average 2ypc in the NFL.

  21. I think he meant if by Donald and Andrew having good days it’s good for him too, he meant that the team is doing well. He is right that he hasn’t whiffed and gotten Luck killed (cough Donald Brown). Brown is FINALLY showing progress after years of Colts fans calling him a bust and wanting him gone. I’m giving him more time. But people just want big gains….they forget about the chain moving plays against the Broncos, or the nice catch and run out of the backfield. Oh and Browns fans, please stop crowing about how you won the trade. You will be picking in the late 20s…not the Top 5. Far from a sure thing that late in the first round

  22. stoutfiles says:
    Nov 19, 2013 8:53 AM
    To be fair, you can’t give the guy only 10 carries up the middle and expect him to have 100 yards and a TD. If they want Richardson to break out they need to commit to him; give him 30 carries for a game and see what happens.

    I’m still on the fence with Trent; it’s not like the Browns RB’s are tearing it up and the Colts won’t give him more than 10 carries a game.
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    He had more than 10 carries in each of his first 5 games with the Colts. And shockingly, he still sucked.

  23. It’s because pre-snap, he has a tell to his stance/eyes/posture. That’s why he constantly gets met in the backfield at the handoff. Donald Brown has holes when he carries the ball.

    Get Trent a mirrored visor to hide him staring at the hole he’s supposed to run through.

  24. His position is running back. His priority is RUNNING. I don’t expect a player to say he’s bad, but to say your playing well is a bit much. Someone suggested giving him 30 carries. Those 30 carries would equal 70 whole yards.

  25. “The problem is that he’s ordinary. I think he’s ordinary.” – Jim Brown on Trent Richardson when the Browns drafted him

    Plays with 20 yards or more rushing for Trent Richardson: 2

  26. (nasaelvis56 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:26 AM

    “Keying on me” – huh?

    Does his name even get mentioned in the opposing team’s film study?)

    Sure it does, when they need a lighthearted moment to cut the tension during some of the longer sessions.

  27. “cowpiesnotcowboys says:
    Nov 19, 2013 9:22 AM
    “I’ve been playing good” — there’s that Alabama edumacation for ya.”
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    Well, it’s Alabama and the SEC. Learning and going to classes is not required and discouraged at those “schools” for football players. Cheatin’, lyin’, and playin’ are the only requirements for the SEC.

  28. If you se Trent out on the street, he’s wearing GLASSES. During a game, he is not.

    Maybe it’s as simple as not being able to see the holes open up.

  29. Foolish trade by the Colts, but Browns fans taking joy his struggles, we remember you guys took this guy 3rd overall!

  30. kolbe213 says:Nov 19, 2013 10:33 AM

    Hey CTIGGS … you guys drafted an SEC running back.

    And the jury is still out on him. I hope he contributes, but we will see.

  31. @djteknision1200 says: Nov 19, 2013 9:38 AM

    Trent should have never been drafted in the first round anyway, that sent the expectations for his production sky high. The Browns sure did not get their money’s worth from that pick, but they sure did redeem themselves by unloading Trent on the Colts to get that first round back and then some.
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    Get the first round pick and then some? They took him 3rd and traded several picks along the way to do that. They will get someone in the 20’s from the Colts. Your front office still blows. Like the defense though.

  32. he wears glasses off the field. he wears none on it, if he were to get contacts, I bet his YPC goes up quite a bit.

    seriously, if colts fans want the man to improve, SUGGEST THIS and get that going. would it be all that shocking

  33. Willis McGahee will probably finish the year with more rushing yards than Trent Richardson. Trent should know he’s not playing “good” when Mark Ingram has outrushed you over any period of time as the 3rd RB in New Orleans.

  34. A couple of posters mentioned the fact that Trent may need glasses and one mentioned contact lenses. No. They wouldn’t stay in his eyes. He should either consider laser eye surgery or get prescription goggles like Eric Dickerson wore.

  35. @i10east says: Nov 19, 2013 1:30 PM

    @dexterismyhero

    Okay, if you insist…Indy got fleeced; Clearly Trent is a bust!!!!
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    Ha…………………Nice try though……..

  36. Even Leroy ” If you need 1 yard, I’ll get you 3… If you need 4 yards, I’ll get you 3…” Hoard COULD AVG 3.0!

    #1
    What better young QB could you ask for to open up a D?

    #2
    What the hell are you going to do when they actually put 8 in a box?

    BUT….

    Thank God it only cost them a #1 next year for a RB who plays “good” but not “well”.

    God knows that wouldn’t be “playa”?

    Also does anyone besides me start to notice a common disappointment in some Bama players? They seem to go of show in 1st RDers in the draft, but are disappointing pros! McClain, Kirkpatrick, Richardson, Ingram, Upshaw, e.g.

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