Once Peyton Manning required neck surgery that sidelined him for the entire 2011 season, the mission for the Colts became clear: Suck for Luck. They finished 2-14, got the first pick in the draft, and are set for the next generation with Andrew Luck at quarterback.
Now that Browns have traded running back Trent Richardson the third overall pick just a year ago to the Colts for a No. 1 pick in 2014, their mission has been called Tanking For Teddy.
That’s Teddy, as in Louisville junior quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. He is expected to be the first pick in the 2014 draft. As long as the Jaguars don’t drop out of the league by next May, they are the favorites to get Bridgewater. So, getting the Colts’ pick, which should be the in 20s, won’t necessarily give the Browns the ammunition to put together a package to move up to the top spot unless somehow the pick belongs to a team that does not need a quarterback.
Now, two games into his second season, Richardson has been traded.
“How do you make your team better by trading your best player?”
former Browns president Mike Holmgren, who ran the team when Richardson was picked, told a radio station in Seattle.
“He’s the best offensive player. He’s a valuable, valuable guy.”
Holmgren said he
with the trade.
“Philosophically, if I am the coach and someone came in anywhere and did that, I’d say, ‘OK, fire me, or I’m going to quit, or we’re going to both go into the owner and talk about this and then we’ll see who’s still standing.’ ”