Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was injured and ineffective on Sunday vs. the Indianapolis Colts, rushing eight times for just eight yards. As a result, head coach Pat Shurmur decided to take to the air.
"Well, they had one extra guy in there all the time," Shurmur said. "That wasn't necessarily the case last week for them. That's why when you go into games, games are played differently depending on who your opponent is, and so then you start to throw the ball and then you loosen them up and the runs become effective again."
(via Cleveland Plain Dealer)
Unfortunately for Shurmur and the Browns, the last part of that equation never came to fruition. The Browns ran the ball just 17 times as a team, while quarterback Brandon Weeden threw 41 passes. Weeden was effective, though, going 25-41 for 264 yards and two touchdowns. That stat line would look even better, and the Browns may have won the game, had Josh Gordon not dropped a touchdown on a deep pass late in the game.
After the contest, Richardson said that he wanted to be out on the field, but that he trusted Shurmur's decision-making. He also told the press that the rib injury he suffered last week against the Cincinnati Bengals "is worse than people think it is."