In response to UD6's comment:
In response to TexasPat's comment:
The Colts now are compounding the Brown mistake by spending yet another #1 draft choice on a RB...when a top flight body guard for Andrew Luck should be their top priority. History has repeatedly shown that good RBs can be acquired much later in drafts, than in round one.
How are they compounding the Brown "mistake"?
RESPONSE: Are you finally admitting that Donald Brown is a BUST? Read my previous post above!
TP - how come you didn't answer my question? Tell you what, lets do this in a normal kind of a discourse. If I ask a question, then you answer it. If you have questions subsequently, then I answer them.
Did I miss Minnesota offering Matt Kalil for the colts 1st round pick next year?
RESPONSE: I've been out of town. Did I miss that? Do you have a cite? When did the Vikings offer to trade their 2nd year, pro-bowl LT Kalil, to the Colts for Indy's #1 draft choice? Or...are you merely doing what you always do...say anything to try to buttress your silly arguments?
Richardson is a significantly better body guard for Luck than Brown is in a number of ways. He's a better pass blocker. He's a better pass catcher, and he's a bigger running threat which causes teams to change the way they rush Luck, now.
RESPONSE: The above is one of the silliest statements that you have ever made here...and that's saying something. Are you seriously going to argue that a good-decent RB is as good a pass protector for a QB as a stud LT? LOL!!!
Where did I say that a good RB is a better pass protector than a good LT? The colts already have a good LT. Richardson is a better pass protector, runner, and pass catcher - all which help Luck - than any other back they have. Wake up Texas Pat.
I have no idea if Richardson will live up to the pick the colts have given, but he was not ineffective last year on a horrible team.
RESPONSE: He was not all that effective, either. Hall of Fame RB Jim Brown has referred to him as "ordinary". Based on what I've seen of Richardson in Cleveland, I tend to agree. Like other highly decorated Alabama RBs, Mark Ingram and Eddie Lacey, Richardson appears to be a product of the Nick Saban system, who flourished running behind the best OL in college football.
What do you expect when you have a crappy team? Jim Brown is one voice. Superbowl winning coaches and Front Office executives have said the Colts got a heckuva player. Time will tell. Eddie Lacey is a rookie. Why not give him an opportunity before labeling him? Oops- that's your MO. Never mind.
That gives him value as a known quantity unlike a draft pick - Laurence Maroney anyone?
RESPONSE: LOL!!! What does Maroney have to do with this conversation? You've been around here long enough to know that I have bashed BB for his poor drafts, including the selection of Maroney.
Well, if you quit breaking up paragraphs you might understand the context. The context is that draft picks are unknown quantities and some fail, like Maroney. Since Richardson has been in the league a year, people have an idea of what he can do, and some think he can be great. The colts gave up a future pick which is no guarantee that the player taken will perform.
The pick is next year's pick which means the colts have given up nothing this year.
RESPONSE: Ridiculous! Who is to say that the Colts are a playoff team this year? They play a tougher schedule than last years' walk in the park, their best offensive weapon is a 35 year old WR, they have a below average OL, and their defense is far from stellar.
Where in my comment did I say they were making the playoffs? I have no idea how you came up with that thought based on me saying the colts have given up nothing this year. Come on Tex. You are smarter than that...
The (1-1) after two home games Colts must still play the Texans twice, the NFC West teams, the Broncos, Kansas City, and San Diego in San Diego. Good luck, son.
Thanks. Yeah they are going to need help. They've already got Luck. Divine intervention would be nice.
Richardson's cap hit is not significant given that the colts are only responsible for about 30% of his total contract. Financially, he's a steal.
RESPONSE If he produces as you hope he will, than yes, financially, it's an okay move. But, if he's "ordinary", or continues down the injury prone path, he's a waste of cap space, and a waste of a valuable #1 draft choice.
Financially its a great move even if he's just a 1000 yd rusher and 400 yd pass catcher with 11 TD's. Broken ribs are not pulled hamstrings.
Finally, 3 of the pats 3 starting offensive linemen were not picked in the first round. 2 were not drafted at all.
RESPONSE: Pleeeasssee. Their LT was a #1 pick in 2011, their RT was the 58th overall pick in the 2009 draft, and their LG was a #1 pick in 2005. Their starting RG and OC were found in "the scrap heap". But, history has shown that centers and guards, like RBs, can be found in later rounds. Tackles...rarely.
Thanks for agreeing with my comment. By the way the colts have a 1st round left tackle. So that box of yours has already been checked.
This is likely not dissimilar throughout the league. What's that mean? History has repeatedly shown that good offensive linemen can be acquired much later in drafts, than in round one. That cut and paste function really works.
RESPONSE: Man...you are really hoping that Richardson pulls through. Good luck with that, Doggie-dooo. LOL!!!
Why would I hope otherwise TP? I am a Colts fan.