When the Cleveland Browns drafted Trent Richardson with their first pick in the 2012 NFL draft (3rd overall) they were hoping to have one of the best running back in the NFL. First it was his knee that kept him out for all the preseason games, then it was a rib injury that left his season being graded as average. Now, that the NFL has passed a helmet rule the Browns back is thinking they did it just for him.
Nothing could be further from the truth. NFL running backs have lowered their helmets before impact for decades. When the rule change was suggested, Emmit Smith the great Cowboys running back came out against it. It is instinct, these backs have lowered their helmets for years. The NFL has a problem with concussions and they are doing what they can to try too limit the damages from law suits they are facing.
Is is becoming clear that T-Rich likes to remain in the spot light. He first got back into the news this off-season when he came out slamming Weeden’s lack of knowledge in reading defenses and now with the helmet rule being passed he wants to take credit for the rule change, saying he thinks it is his fault.
Ever since the NFL made it a personal penalty for a defensive player to lead with his helmet, there has been talk about running backs being allowed to lead with their helmets. Just because the NFL used a film of Richardson knocking off another players helmet doesn’t mean the rule was made just for Trent Richardson. He may have been great at knocking off a helmet last season but his numbers went so good for a first round pick.
Richardson finished his rookie season ranked 18th in rushing with 950 yards. He didn’t break 1,000 yards and in some games he didn’t break 60 yards. It could be the way the coaches used him or it could be due to his injuries. Hopefully T-Rich shows up to camp this season in perfect health and can show us all that he deserved to be taken in the first round of the NFL draft. If he doesn’t have better numbers than he had last season, it will be difficult to justify why the Cleveland Browns used their first pick on him.
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