Last month Brown called Richardson "ordinary." There appeared to be no malice in the comments, just a yawn at the player the Browns so openly coveted.
Brown discussed the issue further with ESPNCleveland:
"When you think of greatness and the great backs, they all had some individual traits that you can identify - quickness, balance, power, speed," Brown said. "I think the kid is a good working back, and if you've got everything else around him he can play his role. But when it comes to outstanding, I don't see anything outstanding about him. It's not said in a cruel manner. He's very efficient, and that's what you want."...
Brown also had a few words to say about the organization:
"What have I said about the Browns other than the fact that Richardson is an ordinary back? There's so much I could say. So you tell all those people that want to look at me, look at what you've got. You're sitting on a mess. You've got a guy that doesn't give interviews except in other cities. I ask all the people in Cleveland, do you get the impression that Mr. Holmgren wants to be there? If you do, then tell me."
The Browns traded three late-round picks to snag Richardson, who was also apparently on the wish list of a few other teams.