I was expecting to write a roster update on the Indianapolis Colts‘ recent moves (Xavier Nixon to the practice squad, Wesley Saunders and Griff Whalen to the 53-man roster) but something else caught my eye.
The fact that Cleveland Browns fans, Colts fans, and ‘experts’ are already calling the Trent Richardson trade a win for the Browns and a bust for the Colts.
IT’S BEEN 5 GAMES, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
How can you already make an assessment on a second year player who was on a crappy team with a crappy quarterback and a mediocre offensive line, who got traded to a team mid-season and had to play the 49ers’ defense and Seahawks’ defense while still learning the offense, not to mention the stinker the rest of the team produced in San Diego?
By the way, the Browns only started winning games after the trade, once they made the switch to Brian Hoyer at the quarterback position; someone Richardson didn’t play with. He did, however, play with Brandon Weeden: the man who took over the position, again, once Hoyer went down, and lost the job almost immediately because of his atrocious play.
Sure the Browns could benefit from this even if Richardson ends up being the stud people thought he’d be, coming out of college, and that’s good for them. They are a rebuilding franchise with new ownership that didn’t see Richardson in their future.
This is the same management, however, that put Josh Gordon on the trade block (as much as they deny it). Gordon has been extremely productive in a Browns uniform and is the only viable option at receiver for them.
Richardson is only in his second year and nobody was complaining about his talents till he was traded. WAIT. IT. OUT.
I’m not saying he will be a great back, I’m not saying he will bust. I am saying wait
and see. He hasn’t had time to settle into the offense and let his instincts take over, yet. Not to mention the offensive line isn’t stellar itself.
And the fact that, whenever Richardson is in the game, offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton basically calls the opposing defense and tells them they’re about to run the ball up the middle, doesn’t help matters any. The offense has to adapt to him as much as he has to adapt to the offense.
How about we take a look at another running back that was a former first rounder who got traded mid-season? You may know him as the Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch, a.k.a. Beast mode.
He got traded to the Seahawks after spending 4 games with the Bills in 2010. And in those remaining 12 games with Seattle, Lynch averaged 3.5 yards a carry and had 573 rushing yards (which would amount to roughly 700 yards if he’d played all 16 games there). He’s a bust!
Oh wait, he’s considered one of the best running backs in the league. And to be honest Richardson is pretty comparable to Lynch in the way he runs. He is a powerful back that isn’t afraid of contact.
So instead of over-reacting after 5 GAMES, how about we all settle down a bit and use our noggins? The media over-reactions these days are ridiculous. Level heads are harder to come by and I just hope I got through enough so that you help enlarge that number of logical thinkers. And make sure to have patience, as building a monster takes time. Go Colts!
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