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07:31 AM ET 01.17 | In the eyes of some, Colts GM Ryan Grigson already has made his missteps. The checklist of perceived failures: He overspent to land running back Trent Richardson, trading away the team's 2014 first-round pick; he overpaid for free agents who had only moderate success in the just-completed season; and his last draft class contributed minimally to the team's 11-5 record. ... Not that it was ever under consideration, but anyone who thought the Colts might ponder giving up on Richardson after his disappointing debut in Indianapolis got their answer in unambiguous terms. "We have patience. He's not going anywhere," Grigson said. "We have him for the long haul. We don't win 12 games (including playoffs) this year if Trent Richardson isn't here. That's just a fact."

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January 17, 2014  07:32 AM ET

He didn't go anywhere when he was on the field.

January 17, 2014  07:32 AM ET

My thoughts exactly.......your stuck with him - nobody wants him.

January 17, 2014  07:52 AM ET

He can do the Heads and Shoulders commercials when Troy P retires

January 17, 2014  08:05 AM ET

Grigson continued: 'Richardson was a critical contributor in keeping track of the gatorade cups on the sidelines during games. We could have faced serious dehydration issues in the later quarters of games if Trent wasn't looking out for his teammates.'

January 17, 2014  08:14 AM ET

We don't win 12 games (including playoffs) this year if Trent Richardson isn't here.


You win 13?

January 17, 2014  08:15 AM ET

Grigson may want to re-check his facts.

January 17, 2014  08:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He didn't go anywhere when he was on the field.

It's funny because it's true.

January 17, 2014  08:29 AM ET

Don't write Richardson off just yet. I believe he will become one of the better backs in the league.

January 17, 2014  08:38 AM ET

I'm not going to say he'll be a better back in the NFL (at least in the top half). Trents speed has been lacking and injuries matched with a heavy workload during his year and a half with Cleveland have taken another step from him since draft day.
He'll need to take better care of his body and really maximize ball security and work his way back into the offense. He won't get more then 10-15 carries a game though but that's fine. A two-headed running game is the easiest way for teams to run efficiently and tire defenses out short of a no-huddle offense.

January 17, 2014  08:45 AM ET

After last week, a comparison to any of the Patriots' running backs leaves Richardson in a poor light.

January 17, 2014  09:03 AM ET

what he is saying..."Richardson is a 2 time first round pick bust and we appear to be stuck with him."

January 17, 2014  09:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

what he is saying..."Richardson is a 2 time first round pick bust and we appear to be stuck with him."

Yes.

January 17, 2014  09:16 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Don't write Richardson off just yet. I believe he will become one of the better backs in the league.

He may not be as pitiful as he was this year but I think it's quite a leap to think he will be considered one of the better backs in the league, unless you are lowering the standards.

January 17, 2014  09:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Don't write Richardson off just yet. I believe he will become one of the better backs in the league.

No chance in hell. Richardson has the worst vision of a RB on an NFL roster I've ever seen. He consistently picks the wrong hole and and has absolutely zero understanding of defenders angles coming at him. Kudos to the new Browns front office for getting rid of him but they robbed Indy blind.

January 17, 2014  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

He may not be as pitiful as he was this year but I think it's quite a leap to think he will be considered one of the better backs in the league, unless you are lowering the standards.

Yup. He can't get much worse than this year. But going back to his Bama days it's hard to fathom that he's lost all of that talent. He's only 23 yrs old. I guess having the best offensive line in college helped.

January 17, 2014  10:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

No chance in hell. Richardson has the worst vision of a RB on an NFL roster I've ever seen. He consistently picks the wrong hole and and has absolutely zero understanding of defenders angles coming at him. Kudos to the new Browns front office for getting rid of him but they robbed Indy blind.

Yeah, I think Banner and Lombardi are still laughing about this one. Not that the Browns have any better options at this point, but Richardson clearly was not getting it done.

January 17, 2014  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yup. He can't get much worse than this year. But going back to his Bama days it's hard to fathom that he's lost all of that talent. He's only 23 yrs old. I guess having the best offensive line in college helped.

And NFL D-lines and LBs are bigger, faster, and smarter. Not everyone can make the transition, no matter how talented they are.

January 17, 2014  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

No chance in hell. Richardson has the worst vision of a RB on an NFL roster I've ever seen. He consistently picks the wrong hole and and has absolutely zero understanding of defenders angles coming at him. Kudos to the new Browns front office for getting rid of him but they robbed Indy blind.

Yes, and I made a comment after the playoff game he should have bounced off and ran right, to daylight. He doesn't see or sense well.

January 17, 2014  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Yup. He can't get much worse than this year. But going back to his Bama days it's hard to fathom that he's lost all of that talent. He's only 23 yrs old. I guess having the best offensive line in college helped.

I never watch college ball.

But I honestly thought his first few looks in Cleveland were above average. He seemed a little injury prone but he displayed quite a bit early to my eye.

And when they gave up on him, I thought Indy had a steal.

Time will tell but he showed nothing this year.

 
January 17, 2014  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#19):

I never watch college ball.But I honestly thought his first few looks in Cleveland were above average. He seemed a little injury prone but he displayed quite a bit early to my eye.And when they gave up on him, I thought Indy had a steal.Time will tell but he showed nothing this year.

Keep in mind Cleveland uses a FB and Indy doesn't.
I know a lot of teams are weeding out FBs for the extra slot reciever but a FB really makes a difference. Gives a guy who has a slow first step like Trent a chance to hit the hole before the hole hits him.

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