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The Defense of Trent Richardson


Chris Jewell

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


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Largely I agree that T Rich 'should' have a break out year. My eyes see confidence being one of,if not the main issue. Several times last season he had holes and couldn't make a decision on his cut. He also was hit in the backfield as much or more than any other back in the league. Both he and the line must be worlds better to have a real impact. A.B. showed, when he was healthy,(Brown too) that when your decisive you often get that extra couple yards or break a large gain. Nice job on this!

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I don't expect much from TRich. The Browns gave him away for a reason. When he got to his new home, he did nothing. Sure he could benefit from going through OTAs and a year of the Colts play book under his belt, but I wouldn't be buying. RB is the easiest position to pick up and learn a playbook. You need to know two things; what hole to run through and blocking assignment, that's it. You don't need timing with a QB, you don't need to block downfield or care where the WR routes are going.

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I don't expect much from TRich. The Browns gave him away for a reason. When he got to his new home, he did nothing. Sure he could benefit from going through OTAs and a year of the Colts play book under his belt, but I wouldn't be buying. RB is the easiest position to pick up and learn a playbook. You need to know two things; what hole to run through and blocking assignment, that's it. You don't need timing with a QB, you don't need to block downfield or care where the WR routes are going.

 

a whole bunch of +1 here.

 

not going anywhere near the TRich hype-train.

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Largely I agree that T Rich 'should' have a break out year. My eyes see confidence being one of,if not the main issue. Several times last season he had holes and couldn't make a decision on his cut. He also was hit in the backfield as much or more than any other back in the league. Both he and the line must be worlds better to have a real impact. A.B. showed, when he was healthy,(Brown too) that when your decisive you often get that extra couple yards or break a large gain. Nice job on this!

This is exactly right.  If he can learn to trust the line and hit the holes that are actually there, he may be able to make some noise.

 

That being said, I think the 10-15lbs he dropped in the offseason will also be a huge help.  I always thought he looked much bigger here in Indianapolis than he did at Alabama.

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First, he is entering his 3rd NFL season, he has not played 3 years.

Second, I don't know that TRich is more than a glorified LenDale White. Great college back with good size that is an average at best pro back. He doesn't have great feel or vision from the pro games I've watched of his. And I don't think he'll ever amount to his original draft status or the 1st rounder the colts gave for him.

He just doesn't impress on the field.

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First, he is entering his 3rd NFL season, he has not played 3 years.

Second, I don't know that TRich is more than a glorified LenDale White. Great college back with good size that is an average at best pro back. He doesn't have great feel or vision from the pro games I've watched of his. And I don't think he'll ever amount to his original draft status or the 1st rounder the colts gave for him.

He just doesn't impress on the field.

I think he could develop into a very serviceable player, but it would take a lot for him to be worth the Colts' 2014 first-rounder and even more to be worth 2012's No. 3 overall pick considering the other players who were picked around those spots.

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I think he could develop into a very serviceable player, but it would take a lot for him to be worth the Colts' 2014 first-rounder and even more to be worth 2012's No. 3 overall pick considering the other players who were picked around those spots.

Not to mention there was no RB drafted in the 1st round this year..

Now he will inevitably, and in my eyes rightfully, be compared to the backs drafted after him in both which include the following names of note:

2012:

Doug Martin

Alfred Morris

David Wilson

Bernard Pierce

Lamar Miller

Robert Turbin

Vick Ballard

2014:

Bishop Sankey

Jeremy Hill

Carlos Hyde

Tre Mason

Terrence West

Not all of these backs are great. 2014 is yet to prove itself. But wouldn't you rather have that 1st than TRich? You know the Browns would rather have that #3 OVR.

Even if he serviceable, you guys lost on the deal.

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Not to mention there was no RB drafted in the 1st round this year..

Now he will inevitably, and in my eyes rightfully, be compared to the backs drafted after him in both which include the following names of note:

2012:

Doug Martin

Alfred Morris

David Wilson

Bernard Pierce

Lamar Miller

Robert Turbin

Vick Ballard

2014:

Bishop Sankey

Jeremy Hill

Carlos Hyde

Tre Mason

Terrence West

Not all of these backs are great. 2014 is yet to prove itself. But wouldn't you rather have that 1st than TRich? You know the Browns would rather have that #3 OVR.

Even if he serviceable, you guys lost on the deal.

Yeah I doubt the move will ever pan out as "worth it", but my biggest concern is what was missed from this year's first rounder.  Marcus Smith, Deone Bucannon, Jimmie Ward, Bradley Roby, Xavier Su'a-Filo, Demarcus Lawrence, RaShede Hageman, Marqise Lee, Jordan Matthews and Weston Richburg were all taken right there around 26 and all would have been good or great options.

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I'm very anxious to see a one-two punch of TRich and Ballard in the upcoming season. Defenses will have to be more cognizant of play-action pass this year, especially having Dwayne Allen back and healthy (hopefully all year) along with the return of Reggie and the speedy TY.  Plus, don't forget Da'Rick Rogers and newcomer Moncrief.  This offense, depending on our OLine, could be one of the best we've ever seen. (Crosses fingers)

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I'm very anxious to see a one-two punch of TRich and Ballard in the upcoming season. Defenses will have to be more cognizant of play-action pass this year, especially having Dwayne Allen back and healthy (hopefully all year) along with the return of Reggie and the speedy TY.  Plus, don't forget Da'Rick Rogers and newcomer Moncrief.  This offense, depending on our OLine, could be one of the best we've ever seen. (Crosses fingers)

It's definitely got the potential.  Pep Hamilton is what I worry about.

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