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Trent Richardson: “Only fair” that Donald Brown is starting


Injured Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne said this week that running back Trent Richardson told him that being demoted from the starting lineup would be a chance to pick up more of an offense he’s been learning on the fly since coming to the Colts in a trade early this season. 

Richardson said pretty much the same thing to reporters on Thursday. Richardson said that the lack of experience in the offense “slows you down” because of thinking too much and that he can’t argue with what he called the “humbling” decision to elevate Donald Brown to the starting lineup. 

“I think it’s only fair that Donald is the starter, especially the production he’s been putting up and the numbers,” Richardson said, via Mike Wells of “He’s been playing good ball. I tell people all the time that when I first got here they thought it was a two-headed monster with me and Ahmad [Bradshaw]. I always said it was a three-headed monster.”

The last two weeks have given Richardson a chance to “sit down and dig my head into it,” a process that has left him feeling good about where things are going with the Colts. He’ll get more chances, something that the price they paid to get him guarantees, but it might take a while before they come on the first offensive snap of the game. 

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18 Responses to “Trent Richardson: “Only fair” that Donald Brown is starting”
  1. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 5, 2013 5:07 PM

    Peyton Hillis has more YPC than you. I’m voting for keeping him.

  2. NoobTubeTV says: Dec 5, 2013 5:25 PM

    Should have told us that before you were at Top-10 Fantasy Football Pick.

    For the first time in over a decade (ok, ever) the Browns look like geniuses!

  3. ravenswhat says: Dec 5, 2013 5:26 PM

    Indy literally used 2 first rd picks on Donald F’ing Brown. Let that sink in.

  4. fin72 says: Dec 5, 2013 5:33 PM

    “He’s been playing good ball. I tell people all the time that when I first got here they thought it was a two-headed monster with me and Ahmad [Bradshaw]. I always said it was a three-headed monster.”

    Really Trent?… After Bradshaw and Brown, who is the third head of the monster? Certainly not a guy who averages a paltry 3 yards a carry. BUST!!!

  5. DaveKShape says: Dec 5, 2013 5:34 PM

    “Day of Monster Trade” should be renamed “Day of Monster Bust”.

    Time to visit the cabinet and tweet some Pearl Jam lyrics, Irsay.

  6. orivar says: Dec 5, 2013 5:41 PM

    “ichardson said that the lack of experience in the offense “slows you down” because of thinking too much”

    That has been obvious, he hesitates when it comes to finding the hole which is why he gets little yardage. It has nothing to do with burst or lack of vision, it’s all hesitation. I’ve been watching the film on him. Playing the sport and being involved in other things like martial arts helps recognize a lot of things in body language that the average person misses. Colts aren’t the Browns, they’ll develop him to NFL level.

  7. bcajun says: Dec 5, 2013 5:57 PM

    The saints should offer the colts a third rd to take him off your hands

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 5, 2013 6:03 PM

    TRANSLATION: Trent Richardson has been reading up on the effects of chronic traumatic encephalopathy and is more than happy to get paid millions and not get hit.

  9. 49erfan44 says: Dec 5, 2013 6:06 PM


  10. sagatti says: Dec 5, 2013 6:11 PM

    Jim Brown said he was nothing special and people were ready to call him a hater..Guess he was smart huh?

  11. modhairken says: Dec 5, 2013 6:38 PM

    12 weeks is not long enough to learn the playbook? What is it written in, Kanji? Do you need Rosetta Stone or Playbook for Dummies? Good grief.

  12. xli2006 says: Dec 5, 2013 7:40 PM

    Quite a lot of criticism for a team that is 8-4, about to win their division, and a franchise that has been a consistent winner for the past 15 years.

    The Seahawks only loss was to the Colts, they beat the 49ers by 20+ in SF, and handed the Broncos their 1st loss. They have swept their division so far and are fighting for a 3 or even a 2 seed… yet a lot of fans are still barking away.

    This team doesn’t really care about your criticism. They know they are building something and there will be hiccups along the way. When Vick went down, Bradshaw stepped up, when Bradshaw went down, Brown filled in admirably.

    They just find ways to win more often than not… ugly sometimes or in comeback fashion but finding a way to win is something a lot of teams never figure out.

  13. ohnoflorio says: Dec 5, 2013 7:50 PM

    Colts got fleeced, love it. Irsay is a big mouth idiot. That’s karma for tanking 2011

  14. sschmiggles says: Dec 5, 2013 7:51 PM

    A lot of unnecessary comments here. It’s not Richardson’s fault that so many teams gave up first round picks for him.

    Most NFL backs would be complaining about getting benched. Richardson just tips his hat to the player who earned it. Sounds like a pretty classy guy to me.

  15. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 5, 2013 9:34 PM

    2012 Trent Richardson:

    956 rushing yards – 11 td (3.6 yards per carry)

    367 receiving yards – 1 td

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    2012 Cleveland Head Coach:
    Pat Shurmur

    2013 Philadelphia Offensive Coordinator:
    Pat Shurmur

    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

    2012 Cleveland RUSH Offense = 24th in NFL
    2013 Cleveland RUSH Offense = 28th in NFL

    2012 Philadelphia RUSH Offense = 13th in NFL
    2013 Philadelphia RUSH Offense = 2nd in NFL

  16. thereyougo2 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:36 PM

    Good attitude on Richardson’ s behalf. He’ll become a good player for the Colts.

  17. pacodawg says: Dec 5, 2013 9:58 PM

    XLI. I agree. But u gotta admit T rich sucks.

  18. dcstinks says: Dec 6, 2013 8:57 AM

    Seemed like a good pick up at the time. I just dont think Trent is a 1 back or 2 in this league. Maybe a 3rd at best.

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