Today on Yahoo Sports is a story covering Jim Brown giving his opinion about the Richardson trade to the Colts. To no surprise the former NFL great called the move "brilliant" on behalf of the Browns. Jim Brown has made it no secret on how he feels about Richardson; going as far as labeling him an "ordinary back" leading up to last year's draft. When I read this article and saw some of the other negative things being said about T-Richardson, I couldn't help myself in getting a little angry at the absurdity of the negative comments coming out from not only Browns fans, but now also people like Jim Brown. With that said, I want to bring focus to the man who is most responsible for how this trade came about; new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
As many of you already know, "Chud" is the former OC of the Carolina Panthers. He helped Cam Newton enjoy one of the best rookie QB campaigns we've seen to date. He also was responsible for one of the worst rushing seasons for Carolina RBs statistically over the two years he was there. When asked why the Browns traded stud RB Trent Richardson to the Colts, his response was: "He didn't fit the kind of player we needed at that position for our offense." Forget the "eloquent" response people. That's a load of BS if I ever did see one. Remember, this is the same man who couldn't "make it work" in Carolina with Deangelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart so let's keep it real. The Browns didn't trade Trent because he doesn't fit" what they need for their new offense. He was traded because Cleveland's front office is all of the sudden desperate for a franchise QB and hope to land one in the upcoming 2014 draft. The trouble is, they could have drafted one last year. Remember, Russell Wilson didn't come off the board until the 3rd round...Had the Browns been smart, they could have had Wilson and Richardson to go along with the stud defense they have now, but instead they drafted Brandon Weeden. It's moves like this that epitomize why their (The Browns) organization has been NFL bottom feeders for the past 20 years.
The fact that T-Rich is being blamed for the failures of this year's Browns team when in essence those current failures are due to the continued ineptitude of a front office that hasn't built a winner for over two decades is ludicrous. While Jim Brown and now a growing number of Cleveland fans feel they have gotten over on the Colts in this deal by positioning themselves to potentially draft a franchise QB, the million dollar question remains: "What good is a 1st round pick if you don't know how to use it wisely?" The Browns have no QB, WRs, and now no RB. Trent Richardson was in an offensive "graveyard." If 20 years of drafting doesn't land you a cornerstone QB, the problem doesn't lie with where you picked. It lies with who's running your organization. I know Jim Brown is an NFL legend and Icon in the eyes of the masses especially as far as Cleveland is concerned, but it's comments like the one's he's made regarding Trent Richardson that make me wish he'd stick to those horrible B movies he's notorious for instead of embarrassing himself further with his unwarranted, misguided opinions.