Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The heavy underdog Browns haven’t had much room to talk about anything in 2012 after an 0-4 start, but this week there’s been an interesting exchange in the words department between Browns rookie RB Trent Richardson and now Giants DE Osi Umenyiora.
Earlier in the week, Richardson was not shy about how the Browns would be able to run on the Giants defense Sunday after last week Ragles back LeSean MCCoy put up 123 yards.
Richardson was asked if he thinks he can rack up some yards against the defending Super Bowl champions. “Oh yeah,” he said.
The rookie back says that if the Browns block like he knows they can, he and the team can put up the yards they would need to pull off the upset.
“If we put our hat on a number (block), just cover them up, I think we can get good yardage on them,” Richardson said. “But at the same time, I know they’re going to throw everything they can at us. I’m pretty sure they’re going to game plan around our running game, so we need to make sure we open up the passing game so we can get some good runs in.”
Friday, Umenyiora stepped in, stating that he thinks the Giants just had some errors, and if Richardson thinks he can pile on the yards – then bring it on Sunday.
“I heard about the stuff he said but at the end of the day we just have little mental errors on the game,” Umenyiora said. “Like one guy wasn’t where he was supposed to be, which allowed (LeSean) McCoy to get those yards.
“It’s not like it was a complete team breakdown, it’s more like it was one person on each individual play. If he looks on tape and thinks he sees some candy, then come try to get it.”
This season the Browns rookie back has rushed for 222 yards on 64 carries. If the Browns are going to be compete Sunday, it seems he would have to be a big part, and he knows that.
“We have to run some outside zone and really need to cover number 90 (Jason Pierre-Paul) as much as we can, and big (Justin) Tuck,” Richardson said. “Both of those guys can bull rush and use their power and their quickness, because those guys are two big guys that are very fast. I think that if we cover the edges and run hard, not doing all this juking and that, one move and go, I think we can have some success in the running game.”