Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson was critical of his coaching staff after a 38-21 loss at the hands of the Washington Redskins in Week 15. Richardson was unhappy after rushing the ball just twice in the second half, and only 11 times in the entire game, and he spoke with head coach Pat Shurmur about some critical postgame comments on Monday.
Shurmur told reporters that he talked with Richardson about handling emotions after a loss, according to Mary Kay Cabot of the The Plain Dealer:
"I explained to him that after a game he will be asked questions," Shurmur said. "I asked him what he meant by what he said. I said it's very important that when we're all in a state of being disappointed that we lost that we keep our focus on, No. 1, regrouping and getting ready to play the next game."
Richardson was not all that effective in his carries, rushing for just 28 yards. Even with the overall ineffectiveness from their top running back, the Browns did hold a 14-10 halftime lead. That wouldn't last, as Washington outscored Cleveland 14-0 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
The Browns have relied on Richardson for much of the season, as the rookie has carried the ball 258 times for 897 yards and 11 touchdowns.