August 17, 2014

Richardson: My injury is worse than people think

It hurt me inside not being out there. I didn’t want to come out. [Coach Pat Shurmur] knows what’s best, he made his decision. You will have to ask him [if it was the right decision]. For me, I thought I should have been in the game, but that’s any athlete, anyone who has that fight in him and is competitive. [...] [The injury] I have is much bigger than what folks think it is, and I don’t want to do anything to hurt the team. I’m not myself out there right now. You look at me, I guess I’m not running hard like I’m used to, so I’m not out there right now. So it is worse than what people think it is.

– Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson, who carried eight times for eight yards in the team’s recent 17-13 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Shurmur replaced Richardson mid-game, stating that the player simply wasn’t being effective. The Browns, in turn, were forced to throw the ball 40 times.

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  • Jack

    Promising.

  • http://www.arrowheadaddict.com Patrick Allen

    I disagree that the Browns were forced to throw the ball 40 times. If my count was correct, they called 8 running plays after Richardson went out. Those runs were fairly effective.

    Hardesty is capable. The fact that the Browns abandoned the run against a terrible Colts run D in a close game is mind-boggling.

  • Hopwin

    Love Trent, but his injury is not worse than we think, it is worse than we were told by the Shurmur Regime.

  • Taylor

    I have a feeling Pat will no longer be the head coach of Cleveland after this season…
    The season is already over… It would be nice just to see our young talent get more reps and experience…
    Hopefully the majority of our executive level salary is spent watching football on Saturday’s because we are going to need to have several good drafts to turn this ship around.

  • Natedawg86

    Ribs are always bad, especially when you first injure them. When you twist a certain way, or stretch them out they hurt. He will continue to get popped there over and over and people will target that area. IF he is going to play, they need to mix him in here and there instead of trying to let him take the whole load for several series.

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I don’t think we’re that far away… maybe one more good draft. The problem is more that our team is really young right now and needs time to improve. We also need a better coach.

  • mgbode

    i agree with both points. Heckert definitely has a better argument than Shurmur about keeping his job moving forward.

  • Hopwin

    Wait a minute, Pat Shurmur pulled Trench? The guy who couldn’t stop him from staying in the huddle during week 1 and who didn’t know Alex Smith was on the field for 3rd and goal last season? THAT Pat Shurmur?

  • http://twitter.com/clevezirm Jordan Zirm

    Browns weren’t “forced” to do anything. Am I mistaken, or did Hardesty have a pretty decent day running the ball against the Bengals the previous week? Shurmur made a choice not to the run the ball against one of the worst run defenses in the league, when his team was within a touchdown for most of the game. Just another thing to add to the list of things Pat Shurmur does that makes you wonder, after a year and a half of this, how he’s still a head coach in this league.

  • http://twitter.com/clevezirm Jordan Zirm

    Browns weren’t “forced” to do anything. Am I mistaken, or did Hardesty have a pretty decent day running the ball against the Bengals the previous week? Shurmur made a choice not to the run the ball against one of the worst run defenses in the league, when his team was within a touchdown for most of the game. Just another thing to add to the list of things Pat Shurmur does that makes you wonder, after a year and a half of this, how he’s still a head coach in this league.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Except when you hear that the decision to draft Weeden when they did was Holmgren and not Heckert. Heckert according to Steve King of STO reported that it was Holmgren who wanted Weeden and not Heckert at the point he was drafted. Interesting. Btw Holmgren has a press conference scheduuled for tomorrow. That should be interesting as well.

    But back to my original point I was with Heckert I think they could have gotten a better young WR and then drafted Weeden next pick. However Weeden despite not having much help from WRs and being coached by who, I don’t know, has performed extremely better then I had expected especially after that game 1 debacle. But at the same time it’s clear this guy would benefit from better offensive coaching which is why I’m hoping for a change.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Trench is a beast but he shouldn’t risk his season or blunt his career for a season that is going nowhere and a head coach who has no clue and is on his way to unemployment, I hope.

  • Joe

    I was hoping we’d wait until the 2nd round too, however, no worthy WR was available at our pick late in the 1st, and Schwartz has been steadily improving. Really can’t complain in hindsight.

    Hoping Haslam signs a veteran capable WR (no scrubs) to work with Gordon, Little, Cooper and Norwood. Cribbs can stick to ST as far as I’m concerned.

  • woofersus

    He’s gone on record saying he wants to “pass to get a lead and run to keep it,” which is one of the dumber things I’ve heard a coach say. What if you are playing from behind? Never run? Apparently so for Shurmur. Every OC in the league will tell you that regardless of your focus on offense the pass sets up the run and the run sets up the pass. You HAVE to do both to be effective for a whole game. It was a close game too, so there’s no real excuse.

  • mgbode

    Heckert thought they could get him in the 2nd round because of the teams between that pick and the following one, but Holmgren didn’t want to risk it after Kendall Wright was off the board.

    so, it’s not that he didn’t want Weeden, but as a good GM, he was looking to maximize the draft. as it turns out, Schwartz has been doing well, so I’m happy with how things played out.

    what WR would we have picked at #22? our target (Kendall Wright) was gone. Rueben Randle and Stephen Hill were the 2nd rounders and both are raw guys (very happy to have Gordon from what I have seen of the 3).

    anyways, none of this matters. Banner likely already knew coming in based on what he knew of Heckert and what he has seen from the draft record if he is keeping Heckert or not. i was just saying he has a better argument than Shurmur to stay.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    They could have Heckert was right but this goes to show that Holmgren was indeed involved while playing the ” team president” card in public.

    Schwartz has been doing well thank goodness. In the end it doesn’t matter because other then the WR spot all of the early draft picks have accounted for themselves extremely well.

    I liked Hill also Jeffrey but I was and have been a proponent of free agency for a WR.

  • mgbode

    Vincent Jackson is the only FA WR that has done much with his new team this year.

    as it stands, getting Weeden, Schwartz, and Gordon with our late 1st / early 2nd picks is about as good as it could have been. yes, I still would have taken Glenn, but it’s closer than I thought it would be. really cannot complain about what happened.

  • Brandon

    I agree that running the ball would help our chances of winning. But assuming Rich is healthy, do you really want to burn him out and run him 30 times a game? Weeden needs a lot of development with his raw wide receivers. This is clearly a development year, let’s see what Weeden can do.

  • http://twitter.com/GreatestHurley Jason Hurley

    I think Cribbs is gone next year.

  • mgbode

    because elite KRs grow on trees? Cribbs (outside his costly fumbles) has been very good again this season. If he keeps it up, then he’ll stay. He’s survived coaching regime changes in the past.