The Indianapolis Colts shocked the NFL world earlier this season after trading a first-round pick for former first-round running back Trent Richardson, prying him away from the Cleveland Browns. Richardson was expected to give the Colts sagging running game a boost, but has been a major disappointment after joining the club. While Richardson struggles, Donald Brown’s success on the field continues. Despite his success, Brown will remain as the backup to Richardson for the time being.
Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been asked about the lack of production from Richardson and he seemingly doesn’t have any answers. Richardson’s average per carry continues to plummet, now under 3 yards per carry. Pagano told reporters, “I don’t know if he’s snake bit, I don’t know what the heck is going on.”
According to the Indianapolis Star, Pagano is going to continue splitting the carrys and has no intention to promote Brown to the starting running back position.
“I think the way we’re going with those two guys has been productive for both players. A guy gets hot, you can always go with the hot hand but I like the way we’re doing things now,” Pagano responded after being asked about the running back situation.
Brown had 80 yards on Thursday night in the Colts 30-27 victory over the Tennessee Titans and has averaged 5.9 yards per carry in just 55 carries this season. Richardson is certainly showing signs of being another Alabama running back that was successful in college but struggles once he gets to the next level.