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Colts bench Trent Richardson

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Before the last time the Colts played the Titans, NFL Network reported that the Colts would still send a first-round pick to the Browns for running back Trent Richardson.  Before the rematch, NFL Network reports that Richardson has been benched.

Yes, it has taken only 17 days for the team’s defiance to become resignation.  Richardson, whose per-carry average has dipped to 2.9 yards for the season after gaining 22 yards against the Titans and 15 against the Cardinals, will ride the pine in favor of 2009 first-round pick Donald Brown.

Mike Silver reported the benching.  Ian Rapoport, who reported previously that the Colts would still make the trade for Trent, explained that a Colts source called it a “bottom-line business,” and that a change needed to be made.

That statement would have been true 17 days ago, when the Colts stubbornly insisted they’d still make the deal.  Since then, the Colts barely beat Tennessee, got blown out by the Cardinals, and absorbed a Twitter-style tongue-lashing from owner Jim Irsay.

It’s hard not to wonder whether the Richardson benching and other current and possible changes come from Irsay, whose patience seems to be wearing thin.

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34 Responses to “Colts bench Trent Richardson”
  1. samapoc says: Dec 1, 2013 9:02 AM

    Alabama players, especially running backs, seem to be really soft.

  2. @Cereal_22 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:04 AM

    Terrible trade, its a shame that the Irsay’s continue to fail their way into getting these great QB’s. One championship with Peyton Manning,,,smh

  3. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 1, 2013 9:05 AM

    “MONSTER TRADE,The Tidal Wave Of Deal making…Shocks the system” – Irsay

  4. steelersaregodsteam says: Dec 1, 2013 9:06 AM

    “OMG…the Earth is SHAKING!!!!! Shock and AWE is coming VERY SOON!!!!!!!” – Irsay

  5. thereisfootballwestofjersey says: Dec 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    The molten hot magma of Mt Irsay is percolating yet again!

  6. thesmartest1 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    Oops.

  7. mizzousooner says: Dec 1, 2013 9:07 AM

    You know they wish they had that first round pick back, the Colts are not so complete or deep on their bench that they can squander resources like this.

    Truth is, Cleveland took these guys to school.

    I wonder what role Irsay and his magic scotch bottle played in this fiasco?

  8. FinFan68 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:10 AM

    I never understood all the hype behind this kid coming out of college. He is/has been average at best.

  9. kaeprulestheworld says: Dec 1, 2013 9:11 AM

    Wow, 3rd overall pick.

  10. donmcg2012 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:11 AM

    Browns look brilliant in making the deal now.

  11. olddirtytruth says: Dec 1, 2013 9:13 AM

    No brainer IMO, Donald Brown has looked great this year when he has played. Let Richardson come off the bench as a backup.

  12. coltzfan166 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:15 AM

    Our season was over the second Reggie tore his ACL. Indy’s receivers are horrible. Hopefully Grigson can find a way to trade into the first round and pick up a young receiver.

  13. george1859 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:21 AM

    I’m from Buffalo, and that funny sound I hear must be the collective giggles coming from our neighbors to the west, Cleveland.
    Way to stick it to the Colts!

  14. floriostoupee says: Dec 1, 2013 9:27 AM

    Irsay – making nfl fans everywhere except indy feel a little better about their owner

  15. nuclearwarfare says: Dec 1, 2013 9:28 AM

    What’s really funny is that nearly everyone hear made jokes about the Browns hanging it up for the season after the trade. I guess all of you armchair GMs would have been taken for the same ride the Colts were taken on.

  16. onbucky96 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:32 AM

    Yes, losing Wayne hurts. But Pep Hamilton is killing this offense. His playcalling is a joke, thats why they’re always losing. I hope Mr.Irsay cuts bait on this inept coach in January.

  17. oriolesvsravens says: Dec 1, 2013 9:34 AM

    Put him at FB

  18. jakec4 says: Dec 1, 2013 9:46 AM

    It’s the kind of mistake that can really screw a team up down the road too. You can already see how they’re fading without Reggie Wayne.

  19. tushymcspankspank says: Dec 1, 2013 10:05 AM

    Lombardi not looking so dumb so far; there’s often a reason a team’s shopping a player

  20. maraneso says: Dec 1, 2013 10:17 AM

    And what does Mike Holmgren think?

  21. jpalughi823 says: Dec 1, 2013 10:33 AM

    Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane

  22. DonRSD says: Dec 1, 2013 10:56 AM

    Jim Brown was right all this time – “just an average running back”.

    Good job Browns.

  23. oldcracker says: Dec 1, 2013 11:02 AM

    Jim Brown doesn’t look so stupid now, does he?

  24. anonymous135 says: Dec 1, 2013 11:18 AM

    Wow, the first time an owner getting involved for a good cause, Isray of all people.. lol

  25. fatguystrangler says: Dec 1, 2013 11:29 AM

    Yeah…so, what’s the return policy on a slightly used running back?

  26. brownsclown says: Dec 1, 2013 11:44 AM

    This trade just proves that Mike Holmgren is the only life form in the galaxy that can make Mike Lombardturd, the Cleveland GM, look intelligent!

  27. co1t45 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:16 PM

    Jim Brown was right, Trent Richardson is average. And Reggie Wayne’s injury was crippling. But what is really hurting the Colts is Pep Hamilton. Pep took a very explosive “vertical” offense and transformed it into a “dink and dunk” offense with seemingly, only 5 yard routes. If the Colts manage to get an early lead, they can’t maintain it but they usually find themselves behind because Pep’s offense starts very slow due to it’s design and play-calling. I wish they had left Bruce Arians’ system in place, this would be Andrew Luck’s second year in it.

  28. thefiesty1 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:20 PM

    He just needs a confidence boost after ruining his career in Cleveland.

  29. bkh405 says: Dec 1, 2013 12:31 PM

    Maybe he should focus on improving the team more often, rather than how to sneak them into episodes of Parks and Rec.

    I believe they call this a ‘moment of clarity.’

  30. chillyball says: Dec 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    I love sneaky deals. Good job, Cleveland!

  31. thetruthcampaign says: Dec 1, 2013 12:37 PM

    About time.

  32. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:39 PM

    Alabama produces a dominant team, but not dominant players.

  33. hines86for6 says: Dec 1, 2013 1:58 PM

    I drafted this schlub AND Ray Rice with my first two picks in FF this year.

    FML

  34. dhardy8207 says: Dec 1, 2013 4:29 PM

    “The Colts have again received little from their running game (14 carries, 28 yards).”

    Yep sounds like the Colts lack of running game is all Trent’s faulth. He is benched for a record of 2.9 yard per carry and it appears his replacement can’t do any better.

    Sounds like the problem goes beyond the running game and more indicative of an OL issue…

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