It’s hard to spin this any other way than the Browns giving up on Richardson, but a couple of guys are trying.
First, Colts head coach Chuck Pagano:
“You got a great young quarterback and a great young runner,” Colts coach Chuck Pagano said. “We know we’re trying to build a monster here, and we’re trying to build a program for sustained success for the long haul.”
“This guy is a rolling ball of butcher knives,” Pagano said. “Ahmad is the same way. He fits our system. He fits our scheme to the tee.”
And then former Browns executive Mike Holmgren:
“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?” Holmgren told Sports Radio 950 KJR in Seattle, according to The Plain Dealer of Cleveland. “He’s the best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”
“I struggled with it,” Holmgren told the radio station. “Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say, ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit. Or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s still standing.’”
Ultimately, it’s a good thing that the Browns give up on you. And that you get traded to play with Andrew Luck. Something tells me that with Luck’s ability to throw the ball, Richardson’s job may have gotten a lot easier.