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Benching of Trent Richardson Further Proof Pat Shurmur Not the Answer for Browns

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 07:  Running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns carries the ball against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on October 7, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Alex Trautwig/Getty Images)
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Brandon AlisogluCorrespondent IOctober 23, 2012

Pat Shurmur wants out of the Cleveland Browns organization. What other possible reason could there be for benching first-round pick Trent Richardson?

Shurmur pointed out that Richardson wasn't "effective" (h/t Josh Alper). He only had eight yards on eight first-half carries.

And your point is what, exactly?

He knows that running backs get better the more they handle the ball, right?

He also knows that defensive fronts, especially one as poor as that of the Indianapolis Colts (141.7 yards per game), wear down as the carries pile up, right?

Because that is football-for-dummies stuff.

Not head-coach-of-a-professional-football-team stuff.

Maybe someone should run a concussion test on Shurmur. Players try to play through them all the time. Perhaps Pat didn't want to tell anyone that he fell and bonked his head reaching for his fishing hat. (Little retirement joke there. I had no choice and make no apologies.) 

The Browns took Richardson with the third-overall selection last year. He's a young, strong bull who needs to be given as much time to grow as possible.

And if Shurmur is going to pull someone as uber-talented as the Alabama product because he felt a backup gave his team the best chance to win, why is Colt McCoy so firmly planted on the bench?

I know that Brandon Weeden has shown some progress, but so has Richardson at times. 

Against the New York Giants, he averaged 4.8 yards per carry. If he'd been given more time, there would have been a tremendous possibility that he could have busted through the soft Colts defense.

Besides, how is Richardson supposed to get any better sitting on the bench?

We've seen Montario Hardesty's ceiling. He's a second- or third-string player and possible special-teams contributor. 

And you don't take potential Pro Bowlers out of the lineup for special teams players. 

Unless you really want to get fired. In that case, go nuts. Your dreams are within reach.

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