Indianapolis Colts running back Trent Richardson came to the team from the Browns and was expected to take on the role of primary ball carrier. His low numbers with the Browns were supposed to rise with a better team, the Colts. That hasn’t been the case though.
“Richardson is making the right reads, hitting the right hole,” Colts head coach Chuck Pagano said, via NFL.com. “His numbers will come. I’m not worried about that. … He’s a damn good player and a damn good back. We’re going to stay patient.”
In the mean time, running back Donald Brown has been the Colts go to guy.
“Donald had an exceptional football game,” Pagano said. “He is playing really well, running hard, hitting the hole, (gaining) yards after contact.”
Pagano still doesn’t know what is going on with Richardson though.
“I don’t know if he’s snake bit, I don’t know what the heck is going on,” Pagano said, via Pro Football Talk. “We’ll get it fixed. We’ll get the holes there. He’s making the right reads, he’s doing all the right things, he knows what to do. He played great without the ball, protection-wise, those things. His numbers are going to come. I’m not concerned about that.”
Pagano did hint that Richardson had been the recipient of some bad luck, and that the defense gets penetration on his runs.
“You look at Trent’s runs, for whatever reason, there’s penetration, a guy is pulling and falls down,” Pagano said. “There’s a guy in the backfield waiting there. He had some really good runs, plays that he made in space, screens, things like that he does a great job with. That’s going to come.”