A big question coming out of the game against the Tennessee Titans was: What is happening with the running backs? Donald Brown had another fantastic stat line, with 14 carries 80 yards 2 touchdowns and a 5.7 ypc average. While, Trent Richardson, had yet another Trent Richardson game, with 8 carries 22 yards and a 2.8 ypc average.
It’s time for a change. I am not saying that the Richardson project is a lost cause, it is simply time to think about the present. Richardson still needs time to adjust to his offensive line, he just hasn’t built trust with them yet and he runs thinking he has to create his own holes, rather than follow the ones the line is paving for him.
While Brown, on the other hand, is hitting the holes with no remorse. He is playing like a man with nothing to lose. Which, he really doesn’t. He came into the season with the high likeliness of not returning next year, but it seems he’s making a case for otherwise.
The running game is an integral part of the Indianapolis Colts offense and it needs to be effective for the Colts to have a shot in the playoffs. And it has been much more so with Brown in the lineup rather than Richardson, as of late.
Another benefit of starting Brown could be had by Richardson. The weight of expectation might be lifted from his shoulders and he might start running with instinct again rather than his head. He has been thinking too much on the field and it is making him uncomfortable, in return. Richardson just needs time playing behind the line and start relying on his instincts, in order to be a more successful runner.
Going forward into the playoffs, Brown should and will be the starter for the Colts offense. It will really improve the run game and open up the pass for Luck. Both of which are dire needs for a playoff team that is looking to contend for a super bowl.
Give Brown the ball and hope Richardson can learn how to run with confidence from the former first rounder. It can be a win-win situation for all parties involved and help the Colts be in the mix for the Lombardi trophy. Let’s hope that’s the case. Go Colts!