Trent Richardson has had as bad of a start to his NFL career as anyone could have imagined. Not all the blame should be placed at his feet, however. Photo- USA Today
Trent Richardson has received a lot of scrutiny during this first two seasons in the NFL. His overall production has been bad at best. However, not all of the problem has been with Richardson. There are many outside forces that have caused Richardson to have a rough start to his NFL career.
First and foremost, the coaching carousel Richardson has went through in his first two seasons in the NFL has not helped him. Richardson has gone through three head coaches and four offensive coordinators. The lack of consistency puts Richardson behind the eight ball from the start.
Next, Richardson was unable to attend OTA’s and the other important off-season programs that could help the back get used to playing with the Colts. People talk about how missing the important off-season programs because of a hold out can be detrimental to a player. The same can be said when a player comes in right before the season starts. Look for Richardson’s production to go up considerably now that he is more comfortable with the offense and isn’t trying to leave everything on the fly.
The offensive line did Richardson no favors, at all. Everyone knows the interior of the line was a problem and between the tackles was a major area Richardson was running. If the interior of the line, or frankly any part of the line, can produce a hole worth running through, Richardson could do well.
Colts backup quarterback Matt Hasselbeck made a comparison of the embattled running back to one he used to play with, Marshawn Lynch. The comparison of the two is not far off. In 2010 Lynch went to Seattle and played 10 games. In those 10 games he racked up 573 yards and six touchdowns on a 3.5 yards-per-carry average. The next season Lynch went over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns. Richardson had similar stats his first year with the Colts, albeit they were a bit lower. I’m not saying that Richardson is a Lynch 2.0, but if things hold true this could be a breakout season for No. 34