Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns running back Trent Richardson has cleared the air with coach pat Shurmur following his critical post game remarks.
Richardson said that he and Shurmur sat down to discuss his comments following the game in which he said that he felt they went away from their game plan in Sunday’s 38-21 loss to Washington.
“We just went over stuff and it was nothing big,” Richardson said. “Stuff happened in the heat of the moment. Me and Pat, we’re still on good ground. Me and Pat have no problems. What I said was the game is much bigger than me. I guess people took it out of context what I said and kind of said something the wrong way.
“I didn’t mean any harm by it and I know coach knows I didn’t. He knows I’m [not] that type of person. But I was talking about the game. And coach talked about the game plan. That’s not me at all.”
Richardson added that he did not ask why he only received 2 carries in the second half.
“I never asked him that,” Richardson said. “I don’t question anything coach does.”
Shocked If Saban Leaves: Richardson said Thursday he’d be “shocked” if coach Nick Saban left Alabama for the NFL and “[doesn't] see that happening.”
Richardson would know after running for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns last season for the Crimson Tide en route to a national title.
“I can’t see him coming to the NFL,” Richardson said. “I can see him staying at Alabama and retiring at Alabama. That’s what I can see.
“He’s just got so much put into it. He’s got so much coming with Alabama football. There’s so much there for him. There’s no reason to leave.”
Richardson added that Saban, whose name has popped up on the Browns coaching rumor mills, treats his program like the NFL and prepares his player well for the next level of football.
“I don’t believe it,” Richardson said of the Browns rumors. “Rumors are rumors. I don’t buy into it. That’s one thing that he taught me not to do, buy into rumors, buy into all the extra stuff. So that’s something I’m not going to buy into.”
As for Saban getting ‘bored’ at Alabama as the Crimson Tide play for a 3rd national title under him, Richardson responded, “How can you get tired of winning? How can you get tired of winning the national championship?”
No Comment: Shurmur did not want to discuss Monday’s release of cornerback Dimitri Patterson other than to wish him well in Miami.
“No, I’m not going to talk about the whys or what-fors there,” Shurmur said. “I will say this though, I’m happy for him that he’s going to be able to finish out the year in Miami. That will be great for him.”
There is speculation that Patterson irritated the organization by requiring 8 weeks to return from a left ankle injury and that he and Shurmur did not see eye to eye on things.
Next Man Up: Shurmur said the Browns would play a significant amount of nickel this week against Peyton manning and the Broncos but waiving Patterson and a pair of injuries have left the defense short handed – again.
“There’s nothing that you can do about it,” linebacker D’Qwell Jackson said. “You just have to ‘the next guy up’ has to be ready. They have to be ready. That’s the name of this game. It’s a game of opportunities. It’s how I got my first start. It how a lot of guys [got theirs]. Guys go down and guys get awarded jobs and you have to make the best out of it and right now we have 2 weeks to go, 8 quarters to play. Like coach said earlier, mathematically we’re not where we want to be, we didn’t get to postseason play but we all have jobs to do. We’re going to have fun doing it and hopefully trey to go to Denver and get a win.”
Buster Skrine takes over at nickel with Patterson now in Miami.
The loss of T.J Ward and James-Michael Johnson leaves 2 other holes to be filled. Usama Young will take over for Ward and L.J. Fort, Craig Robertson and Tank Carder will handle JMJ’s duties at strong side linebacker.
Happy Birthday: Players stopped head equipment manager Bob Melland several times in the locker room Wednesday to wish him a Happy Birthday and share some cake too.
Melland, who turned 50, has been featured several times on “NFL Road Tested” which airs Tuesday night’s on the Travel Channel.
He is in his 8th season with the Browns.
Injury Report: Did Not Practice – TE Jordan Cameron (head) and DE Frostee Rucker (shoulder/hip).
Limited Participation – WR Josh Cribbs (knee), LG Shawn Lauvao (head/foot), WR Mohamed Massaquoi (knee), DL Juqua Parker (knee), DT Phil Taylor (knee) and LT Joe Thomas (back).
Full Participation – WR Travis Benjamin (finger), OL Oniel Cousins (shin), RB Montario Hardesty (knee), RB Trent Richardson (chest/ribs/finger) and TE Alex Smith (knee).