The Indianapolis Colts made a mid-season trade with the Cleveland Browns to bring running back Trent Richardson into their offense. Richardson struggled, averaging less than three yards per carry.
The built in defense was that Richardson was unfamiliar with the playbook and thrown to the wolves rather quickly. Well that isn’t the case coming into the 2013 season. Richardson said that he felt more comfortable as the season went on but added that he had a chipped collarbone and his AC joint had separated last season.
“Toward the end of the season I felt a lot more comfortable, but the other time I was more injured,” Richardson said, via ESPN.
Colts coach Chuck Pagano seems to agree with the sentiment that Richardson is more comfortable and has noticed an improvement in that regard.
“He’s a lot more comfortable,” Pagano said. “Basically it was survival for him at first, memorization. Now he has a better understanding scheme-wise, why we’re doing things, why we’re calling certain things, how we run plays. He has a better feel for guys he’s playing with, the line, guy in front of him, the fullback. He’s obviously in a much better place.”
One thing is for certain, there won’t be any excuses in 2014.