Chuck Pagano: It’s an important offseason for Trent Richardson


The Colts kick off their offseason program on Monday and it promises to be a big one for running back Trent Richardson.

Richardson’s in-season arrival in a trade with the Browns cost the Colts a first-round pick and got them a back who wound up being benched in favor of Donald Brown near the end of the season. The Colts have maintained faith in Richardson and the back said after the season that he thought his struggles were due in part to insufficient time to pick up the offense, something coach Chuck Pagano says Richardson has to do this offseason.

“It’s going to be very, very important for [Richardson] to be here for the offseason program and to dive into this thing full steam ahead, which he will,” Pagano said, via the team’s website. “He wants to be great. He’s got all the talent. He’s got all the ability. We would have never done what we did if we didn’t believe that deep down in our core. So we look for him to have a great offseason and to have a great 2014 campaign.”

Brown is in San Diego now, but Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw are back in Indy and we’ve already seen the Colts move on from Richardson when they felt there were better options. There’s no reason to expect anything different next season if Richardson hasn’t shown that his slow start with the team was just a matter of being in unfamiliar surroundings.

28 responses to “Chuck Pagano: It’s an important offseason for Trent Richardson

  1. Proud of my Browns for once for fleecing the Colts. Richardson is the offensive equivalent of Courtney Brown. Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane.

  2. Physically gifted to be sure, but lacks all the things a great running back has (namely patience and vision). Amazing that Eddie Lacy by far is the best Alabama running back despite being the third choice when Ingram and Richardson were there.

  3. This Pensacola Fl native was once thought to be the 2nd coming of Emmit Smith also a native. Opinions have changed. It’s up to him to prove it.

  4. College: Ingram > Richardson > Lacy
    Pro: Lacy > Richardson > Ingram

    T.Rich had a pretty good rookie year. I think he’ll turn it around this year…maybe…

  5. Trent will be a beast next year I guarantee. People don’t understand that the learning curve for a RB is harder because you have to learn all the blocking assignments, and audibles and it also take time for you to learn how your OL blocks and how they open up holes for you to run through.

  6. Richardson should have a reasonable career as a short yardage back. The Browns, and now the Colts, paid too high a price for that, but that’s what he is.

  7. Is their a Colts fan that wouldn’t rather have that 1st round pick right now?

    Unless the guy is named Adrian Peterson you don’t spend splurge on a RB. Even than you can over pay as this is a league you can’t put a lot of money on your cap for a running back.

  8. The claim he had a bad season because he couldn’t understand the offense is lame. He got there in the second week. How long does he need? He did go to Alabama though.

  9. The Browns gave up fourth, fifth, and seventh round picks to move up ONE SPOT in the draft and take Richardson. If anyone got “fleeced”, it was them.

  10. This is probably going to turn out as a rb by committee approach. I have a feeling they will miss Brown more than they know.

  11. The Colts management is full of liars, idiots, or visionaries. They really sing TR’s praises despite what he has shown on the field. Are they bluffing to cover up a bad move (50% odds), too stupid to realize they were fleeced (10%), just blindly optimistic (25%) or will he really figure things out and be at least an average 4.0 YPC back (15%)? I don’t know, but their best case scenario has pretty low odds in my mind, and even then it still suggests the guy is not very football savvy or motivated or talented enough to pick up their O over 14 weeks.

    He had a decent rookie year, and if the Indy OL improves… well, right now I’d be thrilled with about 750 yards, 6 TDs and a 4.0 YPC in a committee. That’s not first-round pick production, but it’s not a bust, either. If the other guys generate similar numbers, they’ll have a very dangerous backfield.

  12. The owner was in a drug state of mind when he was tweeting about the trade before it became official. When it was official, he went and got all tanked out of his mind. What I am trying to say is the Colts make dumb moves while their leader/owner is on drugs and that is why that trade didn’t work out with Trent Overratedson.

  13. Colts and Bears fan as some know. I was stoked when the T Rich trade was announced and as the season progressed the enthusiasm dwindled. I was stoked because Ballard was out and the Colts needed a back to compliment Luck and on paper it appeared Richardson was the answer. He wasn’t and I totally understand why the Browns think they pulled one over and they might have. But the Colts success doesn’t depend on T Rich, that’s the good news. The bad news, right now, I would rather have that 1st round pick instead of Richardson, hope I eat those words at the end of the 2014 season though!

  14. I’m not going to write him off yet. He has the tools to be great, just needs to put it together. If not I’ll be eating my words but it would be great to see people change their opinions. Nonetheless go colts.

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