Richardson was the No. 3 pick in the 2012 draft, and he rushed for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns. In the first two games this year, he carried the ball 35 times for 105 yards.
The Browns' new management totally gave up on him, dealing him for the Colts' top pick in the 2014 draft, which won't be a high pick if Indianapolis repeats the success of last year.
This brings up the question of who will carry the ball for the Browns? All of Richardson's preseason backups were either cut or placed on the injured list.
The answer may be Willis McGahee. The Browns announced that the veteran running back was coming in for a physical. Unless one of his legs falls off, he should be joining the team as its No. 1 running back.
While Browns fans are universally stunned, not all of them are saying this is a terrible move. Judging by Twitter reaction, some fans are accusing the team of tanking the season in the hopes of drafting a top quarterback in 2014. Other fans are congratulating the Browns for having the foresight to do just that.
Whatever the case, the Browns have decided that the team's offensive woes are not the fault of the men in the trenches. While the offensive linemen have surrendered 11 sacks in the first two games, they are not getting the blame for Richardson's inability to set the world on fire early in the season.
This blockbuster news totally overshadowed another surprise announcement from the team earlier in the day. Brandon Weeden will not start against Minnesota; but instead of plugging in Jason Campbell like they did late in the Ravens game, the Browns will go with Brian Hoyer at quarterback.
The former third-stringer played well in the preseason and management must be high on him. While Campbell has had plenty of opportunities to prove he is an NFL starter, Hoyer has started only one NFL game in four years.
Considering the total disregard the Browns' decision makers have for their predecessors' personnel choices, it wouldn't be surprising to see Hoyer, who was given a job by this regime, to be the permanent starting quarterback, even after Weeden returns from his thumb injury.
The Cleveland Browns have already told their fans to wait until next year after just two games. Will the fans buy into the long-term vision of the team's management…or will they revolt?
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