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Ryan Grigson: We don’t win 12 games without Trent Richardson

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Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson held his postseason press conference on Thursday and spent some time on running back Trent Richardson’s disappointing performance after the Colts sent a first-round pick to Cleveland to acquire him in a trade.

Grigson said, via Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, that Richardson fits everything that the Colts want to do on offense and that he played a valuable role for a team that wouldn’t have won 11 games in the regular season and advanced to the divisional round without him. That last point certainly goes against the conventional reaction to Richardson’s role on the team, especially with Donald Brown playing ahead of him down the stretch and into the playoffs.

Brown’s a free agent, though, and Richardson will definitely be back in 2014 so Grigson and the Colts don’t have much choice but to have patience and hope that a full offseason leads to better results from Richardson next year. The price paid to acquire him will guarantee him a long look at the starting spot in the backfield.

If a full 16 games in Indy look like the 14 he played in 2013, patience will be a tougher sell this time next year.

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45 Responses to “Ryan Grigson: We don’t win 12 games without Trent Richardson”
  1. hellephant says: Jan 16, 2014 2:57 PM

    It’s true, but what it really means is that they would’ve won more than 12.

  2. primenumber19 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:59 PM

    So far richardson is a b-u-s, one more eh season and the t will be added

  3. silverandblackfan77 says: Jan 16, 2014 2:59 PM

    Jim Brown was right this guy is just an ordinary back total bust at number 3 overall

  4. gooboy6 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:01 PM


  5. wahooskinsfan says: Jan 16, 2014 3:02 PM

    wouldn’t expect the gm who made the trade to admit it was a terrible move

  6. jjb0811 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:02 PM


  7. tvjules says: Jan 16, 2014 3:03 PM

    Trent Richardson can block, but he can’t score.
    Donald Brown can score, but he can’t block.

  8. brohamma says: Jan 16, 2014 3:03 PM

    Say what?!

    Someone needs to be held responsible for Grigs not going through proper concussion protocol.

  9. tcostant says: Jan 16, 2014 3:05 PM


  10. turkjones says: Jan 16, 2014 3:05 PM

    I agree, Grigson. You may have won 13 or 14.

  11. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 16, 2014 3:07 PM

    That’s a ridiculous comment to make. If I was the Owner I would fire him for this tweet, that’s it you’re done. I just don’t have ANY patience for GMs that say stupid things. It’s just embarrassing and unprofessional, and hardly a defensible statement without smearing everybody else on the team that couldn’t win without his valuable 2.9 YPC.

    If he turns it around in the future, fine, but to say this is just not right. He needs to go away and the Colts need to get a great GM.

  12. st1llerz1 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:08 PM


    When the Factory of Sadness pulls one over on you it’s best to just be quiet and hope everyone forgets just how badly you were taken…

    One thing the City of Sorrow has is a serviceable offensive line with a couple of good pieces. If the bust can’t run for 3.5 ypc behind those guys, he’s probably not going to do any better behind your swiss cheese assembly of talent.

    Just saying…


  13. thetroofishere says: Jan 16, 2014 3:09 PM

    Trent Richardson telegraphs the hole he expects to go through before the snap by staring at the exact spot he’s going to take. This causes him to get hit in the backfield almost immediately most plays.

    Solution? Get him a mirrored visor for his helmet.

  14. behike54 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:10 PM

    Perhaps Richardson plays better next season, but, until he does, this appears to be whistling past the grave yard by Grigson.

  15. denverwally says: Jan 16, 2014 3:14 PM

    Ryan Grigson: “I didn’t screw up!!! Trust me, all is well!!”

  16. moosington says: Jan 16, 2014 3:15 PM


  17. turkjones says: Jan 16, 2014 3:15 PM

    The Colts would be just as bad as their Peyton-less “Suck for Luck” season if it weren’t for Luck.

    Werner’s an ill fit for the 3-4 and appears to be a bust, DHB was/is a bust, Landry has the awareness of a month-old Labrador Retriever. Richardson.

    Grigson has swung and missed far too many times thus far. His seat is hot if I’m Jim Irsay.

  18. bucrightoff says: Jan 16, 2014 3:19 PM

    No shocker that a delusional owner would hire a delusional GM. Trent Richardson is a 2 time first round draft bust, an obviously rare accomplishment.

  19. shaggytoodle says: Jan 16, 2014 3:25 PM

    In todays NFL I think its safe to say don’t, draft a RB in the 1st round. With deeper backfields and specialists.

    Guys like Spiller, Johnson, Ingram and, Richardson. Have proven its nearly impossible to live up to the billing and get the solid value.

    AP one of the few guys that was worth the 1st round pick. Has proven that great RBs can’t dominate the game as well as they could 10 years ago.

  20. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 16, 2014 3:31 PM

    I suppose you could say that Richardson was more help to the team last year than the first round draft pick they traded for him

  21. sfraider says: Jan 16, 2014 3:33 PM

    Time to start drug testing GM’s

  22. Punk says: Jan 16, 2014 3:34 PM

    Dude, I am a Colts fan and a huge Grigson support and even I don’t believe that pile of doo.

  23. guachosporlife says: Jan 16, 2014 3:34 PM

    Emmitt, Payton, Dickerson, Jim Brown, etc…all were good/great runners from the get go. It’s the easiest position to play. Either you can run or can’t–Richardson can’t. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  24. dolphindad says: Jan 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    well they say football is a game of inches and Richardson is good at picking those up.


  25. jhorton83 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:35 PM

    Yeah, those 2.9 ypc were invaluable. Not every RB can achieve that kind of greatness. Grigson should make him the team MVP for all those gritty 1 yard runs. Actually, Grigson should make himself the team MVP for having the wisdom to trade away their 1st round pick for this franchise game-changing running back.

  26. edawg7l says: Jan 16, 2014 3:38 PM

    I would again like to thank the fine people running the show in Indy. Now if the three stooges…I mean the guys running the show in Cleveland…can actually utilize the first round gift from Indy.

  27. raiders85 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:42 PM

    Good thing luck is about as it gets because they ask so much of him by putting Richardson in the backfield that’s a huge obstacle to overcome but he will again and they will win 12 again and it will have absolutely nothing to do with the jamarcus Russell of rb trent bust

  28. coxandreweric says: Jan 16, 2014 3:47 PM

    Indy also swore to the last that Jerry Hughes wasn’t a bust!

  29. kenny2neworleans says: Jan 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    Wish someone would give the saints a first rounder for his buddy mark Ingram!

  30. phinatic29 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:48 PM

    Jim Irsay tweeted about the trade soon after the Colts were eliminated from the playoffs.

    ” Grig’s Rolled Dice! ……. damn, snake eyes “

  31. rcali says: Jan 16, 2014 3:51 PM

    Wow, embarrassing and unfortunate comment. You have to admit to your mistakes before you can move forward. Has any player ever been a First round bust twice?

  32. osiris33 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:55 PM

    Oh no, Grigson is a genius! Just ask the people who voted him executive of the year last year for drafting Andrew Luck. He’s much smarter than say, John Schneider in Seattle who only drafted Russell Wilson in the 3rd, Sherman in the 5th, Okung, Wagner, KJ Wright, Thomas, Irvin, and signed Bennett, Avril, Miller and got Marshawn Lynch for 2 5 ths. Yeah, Grigson is much more deserving.

  33. davikes says: Jan 16, 2014 3:56 PM

    Can’t pin all the blame on Grigson. It might have been Irsay that wanted Richardson. So you can’t really expect Grigson to say anything else.

  34. peymax1693 says: Jan 16, 2014 3:57 PM

    Trent Richardson’s ability as a running back can be summed up by the play last week against the Pats. Jamie Collins was cut but still able to tackle Richardson solely because Richardson was too indecisive and stutter-stepped instead of planting his left foot and just plowing through the hole that was there.

  35. timpiker says: Jan 16, 2014 4:01 PM

    And the Browns are looking at making even more trades with Mr. Grigson…before his meds wear off and AA starts to kick in. What step is he on? Hasn’t even passed the 1st step – hasn’t admitted he’s powerless to make more bad trades with the Browns.

    Hey Grigson – we’ll give you Weeden for 2-#1’s !!!

    Go Browns.

  36. nebster21 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:02 PM

    You did not win 12 games with him.

  37. savocabol1 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:07 PM

    Trent can’t block, can’t hit holes, can’t hold on to the ball.

  38. td40 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:08 PM

    He’ll make a fine arena football back.

  39. FinFan68 says: Jan 16, 2014 4:12 PM

    Who does he think he’s kidding? TRY has stunk like hot garbage. 1 carry for 0 yards and a lost fumble is not what you expect from your RB

  40. thraiderskin says: Jan 16, 2014 4:23 PM

    Its better to say nothing than to flat out lie to the fans

  41. dualprime says: Jan 16, 2014 4:27 PM

    Richardson is the Lebron James of the NFL.

  42. rajbais says: Jan 16, 2014 4:40 PM

    T-Rich should just be kept as depth and Vick Ballard should start next year.

    The ideal offense for Indy should be San Diego’s, Denver’s, or New England’s in 2012.

    However, They need a new YAC guy at WR, interior lineman, and a new left tackle.

    They also need new cornerbacks and defensive tackles. Their defense stinks.

  43. rajbais says: Jan 16, 2014 4:48 PM

    I even said that the T-Rich trade was a bad one, but apparently it’s okay to average 3.5 YPC when you’ve been the best back since Adrian Peterson to come out.

    Not to sound like a guy who speaks after the fact, but in 2012 I felt that he was at best the #20 pick player.

    With the injuries that delayed his pro day in 2012, along with his 40 time at the pro day, I did not like him as a Top 5 player.

    Plus, CJ Spiller was way more electrifying when he came out in 2010 than T-Rich was in 2012 and I felt okay with Spiller being picked #9 overall.

  44. NakedCowboy! says: Jan 17, 2014 1:35 AM

    Everyone piling on richardson, Stop It!
    He is a really good player… its not his fault he is playing behind future hof brown… noone can compete with that…

  45. fmc651 says: Jan 17, 2014 2:33 PM

    It helps the colts play in a rotten division. Jags,Texans(last year) Titans.

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