Head coach Rob Chudzinski and CEO Joe Banner tried to make sense of the trade for the media and fans. Banner insisted that the team’s play will show that they haven’t given up on the 2013 season.
“They’ll see as we go out on the field that that is not the case,” he said.
Banner also said the trade for the Colts’ top pick in 2014 has put the Browns in good position for the future regarding draft picks and salary-cap space.
“I think we’re positioning ourselves to build that kind of team that is good and sustainable that we have talked about,” Banner said.
Chudzinski insisted that his players are not deflated by the news of Richardson’s departure.
“We’re going to play every week to win every week. Nothing has changed from that standpoint,” he said.
Chudzinski also clarified that Richardson was not traded because asked to get the ball more often.
“Not at all,” he said. “You want guys who want the ball.”
Vic Carucci of the Browns website advanced the theory that a power-running back like Richardson is a better fit for the Colts than the Browns, who he said would benefit more from a back who is “exceptionally quick and elusive.”
Mark Schwab of Channel 19 mentioned on his Twitter account that one surprising supporter of the Browns’ plan is Richardson himself.
“Just talked to T. Richardson. He implored Browns fans to not give up on their team. Said he understands it's a business and they have a plan.”
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