Trent Richardson questions Pat Shurmur's play-calling

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Around The League editor
  • Updated: Dec. 17, 2012 at 09:38 a.m.

The rumors say that the new Cleveland Browns management decided to fire coach Pat Shurmur a long time ago. After a 5-3 stretch over the last eight games, folks started wondering if Shurmur could save his job.

Sunday's meltdown at home against the Washington Redskins probably erases that idea. The post-game aftermath won't help either.

Running back Trent Richardson, who only had two carries in the second half, openly questioned Shurmur's play-calling.

"We [were] ready for the game," Richardson said via the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "I think we've just got a game plan, and the game plan we had at the beginning of the game, I think we should've stuck with it. But we didn't stick with the game plan and we tried to go do some other stuff, and the outcome came in a different way."

Asked about his usage in the second half, Richardson responded:

"It's shocking," he said. "But like I said, the game's much bigger than me. I've got to let coach do what he does."

Shurmur put the game on quarterback Brandon Weeden's shoulders in the second half and he didn't respond well. Then again, Richardson only had 28 yards on 11 rushes overall. He's the least explosive starting running backs in the league, and there were questions about whether Richardson could be demoted for Montario Hardesty.

Shurmur might not be ready to demote Richardson, but we'd expect the coach to have a long talk with him about his post-game comments.