By now the world is well aware the Indianapolis Colts obtained star running back Trent Richardson via trade from the Cleveland Browns, but what were the motivating factors in Cleveland’s decision to move on, and should the Colts worry?
Per Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun and his sources, Richardson not only didn’t fit in Cleveland, he apparently had a bit of a questionable attitude:
Trent Richardson didn't mesh well with Rob Chudzinski, lobbied for carries, had bit of a diva attitude, per a source close to situation
— Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) September 18, 2013
Let’s be honest—it’s hard to imagine Richardson without some sort of an attitude in Cleveland. He’s the star back and face of a franchise, yet through two games he had only received just over 30 carries. Of course he wants more carries. That’s what competitors do and he likely wants to play a bigger role in the helping the team win.
Obviously Richardson did not fit in Cleveland as it moved to a vertical passing offense under new coaching. Richardson is a much better fit with the Colts where coordinator Pep Hamilton enjoys using power running.
While it’s simple to paint Richardson with some of the blame here, it’s the Cleveland organization that chose to improperly utilize their best player before starting a rebuilding process over. Again.
It’s hard to fault Richardson for not fitting with the new staff and it’s even harder to be angry with him if he did ask for more carries. It’s only now coming public. We have a feeling Richardson will be perfectly happy in Indianapolis.