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Ryan Grigson: Trent Richardson needs to answer the bell

Trent Richardson, Robert Ayers AP

Colts running back Trent Richardson ran for eight yards on his first carry of the preseason, the kind of run that could be seen as a fresh start for a player who struggled to gain any positive yardage after joining the team during the 2013 season.

Richardson has added just 26 yards on his next 13 carries, however, and his 2.4 yards per carry is actually down from last year’s anemic totals. Neither coach Chuck Pagano nor General Manager Ryan Grigson is ready to pull the cord on Richardson as a result, but Grigson also made it clear that they need to get more from the third overall pick of the 2013 draft.

“Trent, he needs to answer the bell and do his job to the best of his ability,” Grigson said, via ESPN.com. “We’re all accountable here. I will say this, there are a lot of backs last year that wouldn’t have got [2.9 yards per carry] considering the amount of people he had in that box and the amount of bodies that were hitting him before he even seemed to get the ball sometimes. He’s such a hard runner, we know how tough he is, but he’s got to produce just like all these guys do on this final 53.”

Richardson’s two best runs of the preseason have come when the team is lined up in the shotgun and Pagano talked about his belief that the Colts’ ability to throw the ball “is going to open things up in the run game.” There’s also the hope that wide receiver Reggie Wayne’s return to full action and finding the right players on the interior of the offensive line will further open things up for Richardson, but it is still going to be on the back to take advantage of advantageous situations.

Vick Ballard’s injury limits the Colts’ options if that doesn’t happen, but if accountability is something Grigson is stressing then they’ll have to turn to Ahmad Bradshaw or someone else in the event Richardson turns in more of the same this season.

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33 Responses to “Ryan Grigson: Trent Richardson needs to answer the bell”
  1. jjb0811 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:30 AM

    You know you failed as a GM when the Clowns fleece you.

  2. captainwisdom88 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:31 AM

    The Colts may have the worst run blocking offensive line in the entire league. If they cant move bodies, spread the field out with your stable of receivers, and try and get Trent in some space!

  3. sportsfan18 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:37 AM

    Even though I’m a Bears fan, I’ve always rooted for the Colts too (because I was born and raised in Indiana but I was much closer to Chicago than Indy).

    I want and hope that Trent does better… but I’m not counting on it.

  4. restorativejusticeprogram says: Aug 21, 2014 7:37 AM

    The great Jim Brown called him a bust after seeing his first carry in the pros. The opinion still stands.

    When Cleveland can get the best of you in a trade you must be a very bad GM.

  5. chimps000 says: Aug 21, 2014 7:54 AM

    Its real simple Grigson- you were fleeced for a first round pick in one of the worst trades in recent memory, and you have surrounded a once in a generation QB with one of the poorer rosters in the league. If your boss saw things more clearly, you would be out of a job.

    An undrafted rookie FA can give you better production than Richardson.

  6. indywilson40 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:00 AM

    Ryan Grigson: STOP TRADING OUR DRAFT PICKS!!!

  7. 4ever19 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:07 AM

    Ya think, Ryan. Bad deal from day one. This is one of those situations where Grigson should have taken a nap instead of making a phone call to Cleveland. The problem is, my beloved Colts don’t have many other options.

  8. pftbro says: Aug 21, 2014 8:22 AM

    This guy is a total bust, let’s move on. He should be on “Dancing with the Stars”

  9. torethatbridgeout says: Aug 21, 2014 8:31 AM

    Oh boy. Scary thought…he might be already doing his job to the best of his ability.

  10. torethatbridgeout says: Aug 21, 2014 8:36 AM

    Is Grigson calling out his work ethic? Richardson’s workouts at Bama were the stuff of legend, and he was a hard worker in Cleveland, too. Seems like there’s more going on than we know.

  11. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Aug 21, 2014 8:40 AM

    All sizzle, no steak

  12. mendenhallfumblemachine says: Aug 21, 2014 8:42 AM

    I love how it’s a big deal he had an 8 yard run. I think that kind of shows you how far he’s fallen…

  13. vusnu says: Aug 21, 2014 8:48 AM

    The bell has run and Richardson never woke up. Time to realize your mistake Ryan and move on.

  14. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 21, 2014 8:50 AM

    Lol typical corporate manager. They make a dumb decision then it’s up to everyone else to answer the bell.

    What exactly has Grigson done?

  15. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 21, 2014 8:53 AM

    Just throw this bust out of the league already. HE DOESN’T GET IT.

  16. tackledbyaflag says: Aug 21, 2014 8:56 AM

    Thanks for the pick Indy.

  17. ctiggs says: Aug 21, 2014 8:57 AM

    Epic BUST

  18. eagleswin says: Aug 21, 2014 8:57 AM

    Bradshaw isn’t a bellcow running back but he’s the best back on that roster.

    I could see Richardson getting waived after this season.

  19. kerrchris65 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:58 AM

    Trent lacks vision, agility, and burst.

  20. whatjusthapped says: Aug 21, 2014 8:59 AM

    Thank god for Eddie Lacy or otherwise everybody would be of the opinion that Alabama running backs all flame out at the NFL level.

  21. walkinginthewasteland says: Aug 21, 2014 9:00 AM

    Maybe Trent Richardson isnt that good.

  22. mrfrostyj says: Aug 21, 2014 9:19 AM

    Grigson is a hack and the fact that he got GM of the year for drafting Andrew Luck is a joke when you’ve got GM’s in the league getting talent out of undrafted free agents and late round picks (you know, where a GM actually shows he knows what he’s doing and not taking the obvious pick).

    I won’t completely blame him since Irsay was the one bragging on twitter about Richardson and Heyward-Bay being brought in like they did something other than take guys drafted too high by their original teams.

    Had they did their research they’d realize that Cleveland has a bunch of pro bowlers on their offensive line that can make ANY running back look good (Peyton Hillis anyone?). Something the Colts obviously don’t. Johnny Manziel right now averages 4.5 yards a carry behind that line..enough said.

  23. denverdude7 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:43 AM

    Softest “Big Man” I’ve ever seen.

    He runs so timidly that even the Browns gave up on him when they really had nobody else to take his place.

    I was shocked that Indy gave up a #1 draft pick for him.

  24. clebrowns216 says: Aug 21, 2014 9:49 AM

    I’m sorry to say Indy fans, but Trent isn’t going to turn this around. He’s just not a good running back. He has all the physical tools in the world, but he is sorely lacking in the most important RB trait, VISION.

    I’m not saying he won’t be good because of his abismal stats. All you have to do is watch him play. He either runs straight forward, usually into the backs of his O-line, or he dances around and gets hit behind the line.

    Sorry Indy but Trent is what Trent is.

    Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi were completely inept at their jobs but I will give them credit for this one move. It was a brilliant move, and it was done at the right time. Right before everyone else realized he is a scrub.

  25. broncostevenp says: Aug 21, 2014 9:59 AM

    If it was the line, then why did Donald Brown do ok? He averaged 5.3 per carry using the same offensive line.

  26. ravenswhat says: Aug 21, 2014 10:01 AM

    A lot of backs wouldn’t get 2.9. Right Grigson, those backs are called “not in the NFL”.

  27. mkar1835 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:24 AM

    No wonder why Irsay relapsed!

  28. godofwine330 says: Aug 21, 2014 10:29 AM

    It seems Jim Brown overstated it a bit when he called him, “Average.” He still has to strive like a son of a gun just to be level with average.

    I’m glad my Browns fleeced the Colts for a #1 pick. Too bad they wasted it on another 1st round bust in Johnny Manziel. Great they sold out seats to a stadium that likely was going to be full anyway, his talent structure is more suited for the SEC than it is the NFL…just like Richardson.

  29. mkar1835 says: Aug 21, 2014 11:41 AM

    AFC South = SEC, right?

  30. nickinneohio says: Aug 21, 2014 1:59 PM

    Jim Browns quote was “He’s ordinary” That is below average.

  31. kando53 says: Aug 21, 2014 6:07 PM

    Check your facts guys. None of the Colts running backs this year are doing much so far. Speaks more of the offensive line than anything. They’ve been built to protect Luck far more than they have been to produce runs.

  32. clebrowns216 says: Aug 21, 2014 8:11 PM

    It seems Jim Brown overstated it a bit when he called him, “Average.” He still has to strive like a son of a gun just to be level with average.

    I’m glad my Browns fleeced the Colts for a #1 pick. Too bad they wasted it on another 1st round bust in Johnny Manziel. Great they sold out seats to a stadium that likely was going to be full anyway, his talent structure is more suited for the SEC than it is the NFL…just like Richardson.

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    Manziel is a bust after 2 preseason games? Someone hasn’t watched much football…

  33. bigrains says: Aug 21, 2014 10:53 PM

    If your bashing Grigson then it shows how bad your football knowledge is lol. Was the trade bad, yea, but after less than a YEAR. We can’t say Trent won’t get better. To say Grigson is a bad GM is LAUGHABLE! He built a 2-14 team into back to back playoff teams lol. He drafted Andrew luck, traded and drafted TY Hilton, drafter Vick Ballard, Coby fleener, Dwayne allen. Josh chapman. Signed the tackling machine Jerrell freeman from the CFL. He traded for Vontae Davis one of the best young CBs in all of football. He signed Dqwell Jackson and Art Jones. Before you start Bashing Ryan Grigson, learn what he’s done first lol. He was executive of the year in his first year EVER as a GM lol

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