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Trent Richardson remains confident after a bad year

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Trent Richardson was nothing short of terrible after the Colts traded a first-round draft pick for him last season. But Richardson hasn’t lost his confidence.

Richardson told reporters today that when he looks in the mirror, he sees the same running back who was viewed as a can’t-miss prospect heading into the draft two years ago.

“As far as confidence, man, I can’t wait. There’s a lot that I want to do,” Richardson said. “I’ve been playing football my whole life. I never thought it would become a struggle for me. I look back at it and I say, ‘Hey, you’re still the guy, you’re still the Trent Richardson you’ve always been. Just keep your mindset right.’”

Now Richardson needs to do something to inspire confidence in the Colts’ coaches, who phased him out of the offense as the season wore on. He sure didn’t do that last year, when he played 14 games for the Colts and totaled just 458 yards on 157 carries — and followed that with an even worse performance in the postseason, with four carries for one yard and one fumble. If Richardson isn’t a whole lot better than that this year, he belongs on the bench.

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44 Responses to “Trent Richardson remains confident after a bad year”
  1. scoops1 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:55 PM

    biggest fantasy bust LAST season

  2. crosstheplane says: Apr 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    Trent seems like a good guy, but he will continue to fade away in the NFL

  3. jwil444 says: Apr 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    Referring to oneself in the third person always instills confidence.

  4. 80sbroncofan says: Apr 23, 2014 3:56 PM

    I have to admit it when I’m wrong. I thought the Browns were idiots for trading him away. As it turns out the Colts were idiots for trading for this guy.

  5. sb44champs says: Apr 23, 2014 3:59 PM

    When Mark Ingram is the better of the two, you have problems Trent

  6. Grulks says: Apr 23, 2014 3:59 PM

    belongs on the bench? if he isn’t a whole lot better than that, he belongs in the CFL, or some other place besides the NFL.

  7. 12444uggg says: Apr 23, 2014 4:01 PM

    I remain confident that it’s a good thing Vick Ballard and Ahamad Bradshaw are backing you up.

  8. hrmlss says: Apr 23, 2014 4:02 PM

    Which bad year? They have all been.

  9. solnosky says: Apr 23, 2014 4:02 PM

    Nobody runs into the backside of his lineman trying to make a hole where there isn’t one quite like TR. Best of luck Colts.

    Hard to think of one other thing that Lombardi and Banner did correct last year. But at least they gone ONE right.

  10. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 23, 2014 4:03 PM

    If he isn’t a whole lot better than that this year, he’s not qualified for the bench…

  11. m1mplax39 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    What, does he remain confident that he will be traded again?

  12. m1mplax39 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    Maybe confident that someone else gives up on him

  13. grimreaper12 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    The Colts actually gave up a first rounder for this stooge? LMAO

  14. houndofthebaskervols says: Apr 23, 2014 4:09 PM

    He’s done. The guy wont even be in the league in 2015.

  15. dabmasterhap says: Apr 23, 2014 4:12 PM

    Bust

  16. raymondtx says: Apr 23, 2014 4:13 PM

    I still love this trade, and would do it over again.

    singed, HTown.

  17. DonRSD says: Apr 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    He dances too much. Just hit the hole.

  18. weepingjebus says: Apr 23, 2014 4:14 PM

    Float like a bee, sting like a butterfly.

  19. nyyjetsknicks says: Apr 23, 2014 4:17 PM

    So the Browns got a first round pick for him and every mock draft doesn’t have a rb going in the first round this year. Unless you have AP, you plug and play guys for pretty much no money.

  20. essentialsausage says: Apr 23, 2014 4:21 PM

    A bad two years.

  21. fin72 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:23 PM

    Kevin Costner knew exactly what he was doing when he got rid of this guy… Not to mention the 3 first rounders he got in return.

  22. taylormade311 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:24 PM

    Scrub

  23. realnflmaster says: Apr 23, 2014 4:28 PM

    Worthless

  24. kwjsb says: Apr 23, 2014 4:30 PM

    Guys love a huge Bust, just not this kind of Bust.

  25. soupkan says: Apr 23, 2014 4:30 PM

    All the Browns fans laughing at the Colts for giving up a 1st, think about what the browns gave up to move up to pick him! LMAO!!

  26. guachosporlife says: Apr 23, 2014 4:31 PM

    Easiest position to play and can’t figure it out. Can’t run because he has no vision. Browns are laughing on this one.

  27. toybkshr says: Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM

    They are all confident in April. Not only did the Brownies make out in the trade, Jim Brown was right on in his assessment of Trent R.

  28. longdrive2011 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:33 PM

    TRich will post 1200 combined yards in 2014.

  29. ariani1985 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:43 PM

    That is why the Colts are the dolts. …

  30. greymares says: Apr 23, 2014 4:44 PM

    There’s a career change in the near future for Trent.

  31. mclovin07 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:50 PM

    This guy is seriously awful….out of the league real soon…

  32. jkirby317 says: Apr 23, 2014 4:52 PM

    It would not be out of the realm of possibility for this guy to return to his old form and prove all of his doubters wrong.

    Not highly likely but definitely a possibility.

  33. bealeman says: Apr 23, 2014 4:53 PM

    Hey, the Colts ypc was bottom of the league last year, regardless of who toted the rock. Unless they build a line nobody can run.

  34. tommy2shoes says: Apr 23, 2014 4:54 PM

    Good teams have patience in players and crap teams give up on em too soon that’s the difference between the terds and the Colts. Richardson will have a monster year next season RBs like him always take time to develop bc they aren’t that fast just look at Marshawn Lynch who took 18 games to crack only 50 yards n he’s exactly same kind of RB. It’s no coincidence that the Browns n Bills are the two trading teams and the Seahawks n Colts both got the gifted RBs. They’re both once in a generation RBs with combo of strength size and speed n most teams would trade for either despite what the foolish sports columnists say. Richardson will get 1,200 yards easy this season on a SB contender while the Browns have 5 wins and brag about their 2 offensive linemen looking forward to their next draft day. It’s sad when you care more about a team bc of it’s impact on fantasy football than actual on field play.

  35. ubepunkedagain says: Apr 23, 2014 5:00 PM

    Trent sucks. Grigson is not a very smart man and an even worse GM.

  36. thefiesty1 says: Apr 23, 2014 5:03 PM

    Being in the Browns organization for one year killed his career.

  37. thelastpieceofcheese says: Apr 23, 2014 5:34 PM

    Trent Richardson trade = the great train robbery

  38. urbusted2 says: Apr 23, 2014 5:36 PM

    The Browns offensive line was good enough for Trent to have holes to hit. Watch any tape. He danced instead of hitting the hole. In the NFL, he who hesitates is lost. He’s a great guy and I hope he figures it out.

  39. pacodawg says: Apr 23, 2014 5:37 PM

    I agree with t rich, Cleveland is the goodest

  40. urmomsmyho says: Apr 23, 2014 6:20 PM

    Perhaps this trade is what drove Irsay to the pain killers…

  41. winstonjed44 says: Apr 23, 2014 7:05 PM

    Hindsight is always 20/20. When the trade went down, despite what people are saying now, most people thought the Browns were fools for giving up one of their best players. He had a great rookie year despite playing through injuries and with terrible qb play. The Colts desperately needed a rb, with ballard on ir and bradshaw’s health questionable (eventually put on ir). After a full offseason to learn the offense and the Colts hopefully addressing the offensive line, he has to be better…I hope.

  42. mf7krime says: Apr 23, 2014 7:12 PM

    Abysmal offensive line does him no favors.

  43. doubleogator says: Apr 23, 2014 7:19 PM

    who woulda thought that Mark Ingram would be better at this stage of the game?

  44. root4cleveland says: Apr 23, 2014 8:36 PM

    “If Richardson isn’t a whole lot better than that this year, he belongs on the bench.”

    False. If he isn’t a whole lot better than that this year he belongs in the bleachers. Serving peanuts.

    So glad we got a first-rounder for this guy. I do wish him the best, though, but a bust is a bust.

    GO BROWNS!

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