When the Indianapolis Colts acquired Trent Richardson early in the 2013 season, they figured they had secured themselves a franchise running back.
If only they had a crystal ball.
Richardson not only didn’t become the franchise running back the Colts were so desperately needing, he struggled to stay on the field as he was outperformed by his backup, Donald Brown.
So why the immense amount of struggles? According to Colts general manager Ryan Grigson, there were confidence issues plaguing the young back:
“It’s all about comfort level and confidence. We have patience. He’s not going anywhere. We don’t win 12 games if Trent Richardson isn’t here. Trent fits all the things we’re trying to do here. I know he’s not satisfied. Glad he’s not. But glad he’s here. Happy with Trent.”
I’d venture to suggest the Colts do win 12 games with or without Richardson considering he was nothing short of dreadful as a member of Indianapolis, but I regress.
Hopefully the 2014 season will be much better for Richardson, who at peak level, could make an already dangerous Colts team filthy good.