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Trent Richardson will spend the offseason studying

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Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said at his postseason press conference that the team would not have won 12 total games this season without running back Trent Richardson.

The obvious quip in retort is that they might have won more because Richardson did so little to help the offense after being acquired from the Browns for a first-round pick during the season. Richardson added a fumble in the playoff win over the Chiefs to his regular season struggles, which Richardson believes were at least partially caused by his unfamiliarity with the offense.

Gaining that familiarity is Richardson’s top priority this offseason with a little time saved to pick the brains of backs who have found a little more running room in their careers.

“Learn the system, not just memorizing it,” Richardson said, via Mike Wells of “Learning the whole concept of the system. There’s a difference between having it memorized and feeling comfortable with the system. I’m going talk to a lot of veteran players, talk to Adrian [Peterson], talk to [LaDainian Tomlinson], talk to Emmitt Smith to make sure I’m the best I need to be next year.”

Richardson says he’s motivated to “contribute to the team” in 2014 after hearing the complaints about his lack of production after the trade. Donald Brown, who replaced Richardson in the starting lineup, is a free agent and may not return, which should give Richardson even more motivation to make Grigson reach a little less when discussing the trade after next season.

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21 Responses to “Trent Richardson will spend the offseason studying”
  1. thepftpoet says: Feb 5, 2014 3:44 PM

    Trent Richardson offseason studying is learning to count to 10.

  2. topekan says: Feb 5, 2014 3:47 PM

    Lesson #1. The Line of Scrimmage and how to run beyond it.

  3. marcolamorsa says: Feb 5, 2014 3:48 PM

    He got too swoll and lost his burst from college

  4. fdugrad says: Feb 5, 2014 3:51 PM

    What were the chances anyone would ever see the words “Trent Richardson” and “studying” in the same sentence?

  5. jerruhjones says: Feb 5, 2014 4:00 PM

    Lesson #2 – Take more than 3 steps before stopping.

  6. PeterKingLovesCoqAVin says: Feb 5, 2014 4:00 PM

    Maybe talk to some players who know the system and not players who don’t know the system.

  7. afcdomination says: Feb 5, 2014 4:02 PM

    it is kind of unbelievable just how bad he is. he doesn’t even flash signs of life, he is just a 3.5 ypc guy. not enough speed, not enough power, how was he a 1st rd pick?

  8. swaggyy says: Feb 5, 2014 4:02 PM

    Will Luck be studying with him? They both need it

  9. thealmightybigblue says: Feb 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    Football For Dummies.

  10. swaggyy says: Feb 5, 2014 4:05 PM

    Hey Grigson, they probably would have won more than 12 without Trent

  11. 95glloyd says: Feb 5, 2014 4:06 PM

    I actually think Richardson will have a huge 2014 season. A real fantasy sleeper.

  12. captainwisdom8888 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:07 PM

    As the saying goes: When things get tough, get back to the basics.

    Richardson seemed like he was consumed mentally by learning a new playbook and avoiding mistakes on a new team. Every player in the NFL will tell you that once you have a fully thorough understanding of the team and playbook…than you can play faster while thinking less. What he really needs is to simplify his game and remember what got him to the NFL in the first place.

  13. icanspeel says: Feb 5, 2014 4:13 PM

    Maybe he should ask Donald Brown. The main issue I saw with Trent was he never saw where the hole was and would dance around until he was swarmed and tackled.

  14. ubpinaz says: Feb 5, 2014 4:18 PM

    SB Nation’s Stephen White broke down film and uncovered why exactly Trent Richardson was so horrible this year. Google “Stephen White how to salvage Trent Richardson” and it should come up.

    How Indianapolis’ RB coach hadn’t made the same discovery is astonishing.

  15. metalman5150 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:29 PM

    Some of us will always be Trent Richardson fans..
    Good Luck T-RICH

  16. dbo2020 says: Feb 5, 2014 4:42 PM

    He was pretty horrible, but just remember that Marshawn Lynch also had a really rough first season with the Seahawks.

  17. hanifmiller says: Feb 5, 2014 4:44 PM

    The real story is how the Browns front office persuaded the Colts to give up a first round pick for Richardson. THE worst move of the 2013-14 season. No premier o-lineman for you Andrew Luck.

  18. vicnocal says: Feb 5, 2014 4:46 PM

    At the end of the day, you shouldn’t overthink football. It’s just football, especially for a running back. All the “system” you need to know is “Take the handoff, run to hole, try to gain yards before getting tackled.”

  19. pftisfulloftrolls says: Feb 5, 2014 4:47 PM

    The Colts wouldn’t have won 12 games without Richardson? Was their strategy having a useless running attack and force Andrew Luck to air it out 50 times a game?

  20. swaggyy says: Feb 5, 2014 4:53 PM

    Marshawn Lynch was running behind one of the worst offensive lines ever his first year with Seattle. He still had nearly 700 yards and 6tds. Stahp it

  21. raiderapologist says: Feb 5, 2014 8:59 PM

    You’re a running back. Secure the ball and run. How hard is that? Did they even leave him in on third down?

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