When Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski placed Montario Hardesty on the I.R. yesterday, it spoke volumes about his inexperience as a head coach in the NFL. Hardeesty was the favored coming into the 2013 season to back up Trent Richardson.
Even though Hardesty had his knee surgically touched up, he was only expected to miss one or two game in the regular season. The team placed him on the I.R. yesterday and now are faced with using Brandon Jackson and Chris Ogbonnaya as the back ups to T-Rich.
This might be fine if Richardson stays healthy this season. But so far that hasn’t been the case and with the way the Cleveland Browns offensive line run blocks, it is possible that Richardson gets injured again this season.
With Hardesty rushed to the I.R. Chudzinski shelved the one guy in the Browns backfield that had the ability to hit the holes hard. Hardesty out rushed Richardson per carry last season. He was able to burst through the holes the team did make and he usually did it for positive yardage.
The team came into the 2013 season with a stacked offensive backfield, now they lost 2 guys who could have been difference makers. Chudzinski pushed the panic button on Hardesty and he should have waited the week or two to have him available in week 3 of the regular season.
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