Posted December 05, 2013

Colts’ Trent Richardson: It’s ‘only fair’ I was benched for Donald Brown

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Trent Richardson said he was humbled after losing his starting spot to Donald Brown. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Trent Richardson said he was humbled after losing his starting spot to Donald Brown. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson was benched last weekend, a culmination of his struggles since the Cleveland Browns traded him to Indianapolis in September.

And he knows that he only has himself to blame for losing his starting position to Donald Brown.

“I think it’s only fair that Donald is the starter, especially the production he’s been putting up and the numbers,” Richardson said. “He’s been playing good ball. I tell people all the time that when I first got here, they thought it was a two-headed monster with me and Ahmad [Bradshaw]. I always said it was a three-headed monster.”

Richardson has struggled mightily since the Colts gave up their 2014 first-round pick for him, hoping he could provide the offensive spark that would carry them deep into the playoffs. In his 10 games with the Colts, Richardson is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. There hasn’t been a single game in which he has rushed for more than 60 yards.

Brown, the Colts’ 2009 first-round pick, has flourished this season, averaging almost double Richardson’s production at 5.3 yards per carry. He also has four rushing touchdowns.

The Colts, who have a three-game lead in the AFC South at 8-4, are heading to Cincinnati this Sunday to take on the Bengals.

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9 comments
mailbrown
mailbrown

They are just too predictable.  When Trent is in, they stack the box and the blockers can't block.  They finally realized that it's not the back, its the line.  Your O-line is either designed to pass block or run block.  VERY FEW teams do both well.  Take a look at this last game... they only ran 10 TIMES between ALL backs.  It's not the backs, it's their run game period.  Everybody knows what's coming.

LeonardoZapata
LeonardoZapata

only a very special gm would think that a player selected by mike holmgren is worth anything

Frotoon
Frotoon

This is why you should never overspend for a runningback. They have a tendency to suddenly drop off in production.

I.p.Whitfield
I.p.Whitfield

Things will be better for him once he goes through a full camp in the off season.  You just cant make a trade and stick him into the offense. 


DennyCrane
DennyCrane

Richardson is averaging just 2.8 yards per carry. There hasn’t been a single game in which he has rushed for more than 60 yards.

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But he has been taking home a whole game check. That's the important thing.

josebier
josebier

Don't the Browns look like geniuses for making this trade?

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@Frotoon Your statement would be true in this example only if Richardson had any production, ever, to be able to drop off from it. Dude has never done anything. Except suck.

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

As a Cleveland fan, I believe this is the only thing that could possibly make them look like geniuses.

DavidandTracyAgee
DavidandTracyAgee

I agree that he hasn't done well but last year he ran for 950 yards for a Browns team that had no passing game and Weeden as a QB.  He had the 18th most yards of any NFL back last year.  Oh, he played hurt for the better part of the year last year also.  Also of the 17 backs ahead of him on the yardage list only 4 had fewer fumbles.  Trent needs to quit dancing.  He does have some talent if he can get his confidence back.