Our “Rolling Ball of Butcher Knives” Gets Traded

By now you know Trent Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to the Indianapolis Colts.

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.


News Flash: Richardson to Keep Running Style

I guess it’s that time of year when people are looking for something to talk about.  Next up, Trent Richardson’s running style:

Browns rookie Trent Richardson said on NFL Network’s Total Access that he won’t avoid contact and will continue to run through tackles, and he thinks he can do that as a workhorse back for a 16-game season.

I’m not going to change my game,” Richardson said. “That’s who I am. That’s how I got here, that’s how I made the progress to be who I am today. So when it comes down to it, I’m still going to do what I do. I have a lot of pride in my football and the football skills God blessed me with. I’m just here to make a big difference on this team, so I’m trying to get everybody on the same page.”

Richardson said staying healthy in the NFL will be more about what he does off the field than avoiding contact on the field.

“Just make sure I stay in that training room as far a recovery-wise and make sure I’m eating the right stuff, taking care of my body,” Richardson said. “Really outside of the game just make sure I’m staying on schedule; keeping progress, building on and staying in the weight room.”

This is a silly conversation.  Asking Richardson to change his running style would be like asking a leopard to change it’s spots.

In case you need a running style reminder concerning Trent Richardson, here you go:

Richardson and Smelley Update

Trent Richardson is getting off to a good start in Cleveland:

“He was the real deal after the first day,” Weeden said. “He’s a freak after the third.  He really is. It’s amazing, I played with a lot of good backs at Oklahoma State, obviously, but he’s right there. There’s a reason he was the third pick overall. You can see why. He’s able to catch the ball out of the backfield, he runs hard, he said it himself, he’s a different guy when he touches the football.”

And former Tider Brad Smelley is also finding his way around the Browns’ camp pretty well:

The Browns can use Smelley in several ways. He is competing with second-year fullback Owen Marecic at that position and Alex Smith, Cameron Jordan and Benjamin Watson for a spot at tight end. The one tight end likely safe on the roster is Evan Moore.

“He can play on the line of scrimmage, he can play in the backfield and we use a tight end/fullback type guy like that,” Coach Pat Shurmur said. “That helps you when you have a guy that can line up on the end of the line of scrimmage, maybe line up in the slot or also play from the backfield. It allows you to be somewhat multiple.”

There also might be another reason Smelley hangs on with the Browns:

Coaches often talk about a culture of winning in the locker room. Smelley and Richardson carry that into the Browns’ locker room after beating Texas for the BCS national championship in 2010 and LSU in January.


Helicopter Dad?

When Alabama fans last saw Brad McCoy, he was escorting son Colt out of the Rose Bowl locker room following half time at the BCS title game.  Colt obviously didn’t play the second half against Bama and his dad caught a bit of flak about it.

Well, Colt has moved on to the Cleveland Browns and dad his still around:

I’ve been told that McCoy’s fate as a former starter was sealed when his father sounded off about the club’s handling of his concussion in the Pittsburgh game on Dec. 8.

I was told at the time that Brad McCoy’s comments meant the end of McCoy in Cleveland, but I didn’t believe it then.

The comments did not drive the pursuit of a new quarterback, but I believe they contributed to McCoy’s demise.

I will have more to say about McCoy’s rather stunning demise at a later date.

We haven’t seen a dad this involved in the NFL since ol’ Archie Manning said son Eli wasn’t playing in San Diego.

I’m not sure I buy this.  I think it all goes back to whether the Browns think McCoy can play or not.  If he can, they wouldn’t care who his dad is.  If he can’t, they’ll just use his dad as an excuse.