Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson voiced out his frustrations over coach Pat Shurmur’s decision to limit his touches in the second half of their 38-21 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday.
With Shurmur using the run-first attack against the Redskins in the first half, Richardson had two touchdowns to break Hall of Famer Jim Brown’s record for rushing touchdowns by a rookie and give the Browns a 14-10 lead.
However, Shurmur decided to put the effective play in the backburner and put everything on quarterback Brandon Weeden in the second half, where they were overwhelmed by the Redskins’ offense.
“We [were] ready for the game,” Richardson told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. “I think we’ve just got a game plan, and the game plan we had at the beginning of the game, I think we should’ve stuck with it. But we didn’t stick with the game plan, and we tried to go do some other stuff, and the outcome came in a different way.”
Richardson only had two carries in the second half, which he called “shocking”.
“It’s shocking,” Richardson said. “But, like I said, the game’s much bigger than me. I’ve got to let coach do what he does.”
During that game, Richardson opened the first quarter with a six-yard scoring run to break a first-place tie with Brown, who had nine rushing touchdowns in his rookie season in 1957.
In the second quarter, Richardson delivered his 11th touchdown of the season, breaking a three-way tie with Brown and Eric Metcalf for the most combined touchdowns by a Browns rookie.
Both Brown and Metcalf had 10 touchdowns in their rookie seasons with the Browns.