Trent Richardson came into the NFL with huge expectations, but disappointed in his NFL debut. He accumulated only 39 yards on 19 carries for the Cleveland Browns in their Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
In Pat Shurmur's post-game press conference, transcribed by SB Nation's Cleveland Browns blog Dawgs By Nature, the head coach discussed Richardson, how he fared in his debut and how he is expected to perform moving forward.
"I think they're an outstanding defense, and we need to do a better job of running the football. We tried to run Trent and I think he held up pretty well. I would say this; he'll play better next week. I would say that, and I think he'll tell you the same thing."
The blame of the Brown's offensive ineptitude does not lie solely on Richardson's shoulders. There were many to blame. The offense scored only three field goals. And Shurmur is not discouraged about his rookie running back at all. If anything, he's excited about Trent's future.
"Trent, now that's a competitor. We had to put a leash on him to get him out of there. He won a couple times getting back in there. That's what you want from a guy that plays that position. He's going to play a lot of great football around here for a long time."
Trent did run hard at times and managed to produce this bone jarring hit on Eagles safety Kurt Coleman.
The Browns look to rebound next week against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals.