Richardson questions game plan after loss

The Cleveland Browns site didn’t include this quote in their summary of player quotes, but Tom Reed of the Plain Dealer certainly noticed it. Trent Richardson seems to be indicating that his two rushes in the second half weren’t a part of the original plan, but instead an unfortunate deviation.

“We [were] ready for the game,” Richardson said. “I think we’ve just got a game plan, and the game plan we had at the beginning of the game, I think we should’ve stuck with it. But we didn’t stick with the game plan and we tried to go do some other stuff, and the outcome came in a different way.”

Some other stuff, indeed. We’ll have to wait and see if any of the reporters ask Shurmur about that tomorrow.

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  • Such amateur hour that these quotes somehow miss the cut on the team’s media page. Exponentially worse than an Instagram feed that shows highlights of a 17-point loss.

  • Wow

    Your 2.8 yards per carry aren’t helping either Richardson.

  • It’s ridiculous how quickly Shurmur abandons the run so quickly. Even when there’s no need to. Also, his in-game adjustments, or lack there of, is awful. I just don’t see how Shurmur puts this team in a position to succeed.

  • NoVA Buckeye

    It’s not easy finding holes when you’re wrapped up in the backfield every other carry. The run blocking this year has been horrendous beyond comprehension. Ordinary running backs would’ve had negative yardage with this line. It takes the entire Hogs D to bring TRich down.

  • Thomas

    I just hope in one of the last two games I get to see Richardson and Hardesty in the backfield at the same time…. but what do I know, I am not an NFL head coach.

  • I’m confused on how to balance the fact that Richardson is 7th in the NFL in carries but yet it feels like Shurmur never uses him enough. His Yards per Attempt is 42nd among qualified ball carriers. Only 4 qualified players have a lower YPA than Richardson. So is it possible that Shurmur is doing the right thing in not leaning on Richardson more? Or is he leaning on him too much as it is? This is one of those weird cases where the stats don’t back up what the eyes see. Because I’ve been on Shurmur all year for his misuse of Richardson.

  • mgbode

    we need to run the ball more to balance things.

    25th in rush yds/game
    22nd in rush YPC
    23rd in rush att/game

    so, we’ve been both ineffective when we ran the ball and we haven’t run the ball alot (which could stem from the first part to some degree).

    the problem isn’t necessarily giving the ball more to Richardson. he has not been effective alot of the time. i think most of us would like to see Hardesty get a few more touches, but the main thing is to not just forget about running the ball for long stretches at a time.

    our other problem in the running game is the complete lack of explosive plays. we are one of just 4 teams to have ZERO 40+ yd running plays on the season. We only have 5 rushing plays of 20+ yds.

  • mgbode

    we have an OL built for pass-blocking at which they are very good. my question to the coaching staff would be why do we try to power-run behind such an OL instead of seam-running (see NE for NFL best example).

  • Big Z

    Richardson would’ve probably been more effective if Weeden forced the Skins to respect the pass WHATSOEVER, but he certainly didn’t. I don’t blame the guy for being frustrated with this season, but I still think he has a bright future. He DID manage to shove Jim Brown’s comments back in his face by breaking his rookie TD record – Nice!

  • Wow

    Fair enough!

  • 216in614

    If Shurmur isn’t going to lead effectively, I’m glad Richardson is stepping up.


    I’d be careful about saying TRich has done anything to “shove Jim Brown’s comments back in his face.”

    Brown’s rookie year stats: 12 games, 202 attempts, 942 yards (which led the league in 1957, BTW), 4.7 ypc, 9 TD

    Yeah, Richardson has more TDs, but it took him two more games, 56 more carries, and his ypc is 1.2 yards LOWER than Brown’s was as a rookie.

    Also, Jim Brown’s second year was 12 games and 1527 yards, so before we go anointing TRich, we’d better check the stats.

  • saggy

    I am asking – not being a pain: how many draw plays and/or delays have we run this year?

  • saggy

    almost every other team uses two backs in a rotation, so they might both get 15-20 carries per game.

  • saggy

    that’s too much of a blanket statement – maybe i mean that other teams make 2 backs share the load more than the Browns do.

  • saggy

    just a taste of this week’s play calling:

    team – pass/run
    CLEVELAND – 35/15
    GB – 36/32
    NE – 65/24
    SF – 25/39
    MIN – 24/33
    ***STL – 55/18 ***
    ATL – 28/38
    NYG 25/21
    ***KC – 32/10***
    WAS – 37/35
    OAK – 30/45
    MIA 29/36
    JAX – 34/21
    SEA – 23/32 (and seattle had a 20-point lead the whole game)

  • BenRM

    Amen. We were down 10 points with almost an entire half to play. No excuse to abandon the ground game so quickly. Plus, maybe some play action could have helped Weeden settle into the rhythm he was never able to find.

  • mgbode

    yeah, you might say he’s got a ways to go to get to Jim Brown’s status.

  • mgbode

    is ‘not enough’ too vague? the types of spread seam runs I was referring to with NE are that exact half moment delay (opens the lanes as the OL directs the DL as if it is a pass, sort of a halfway draw play).
    i love those plays. would like to see us incorporate them.