Such was the case when Toni Grossi of ESPN Cleveland caught up with him to give the Cleveland Brown great a chance to clarify his statement that Trent Richardson is ‘ordinary’. And by clarify his statement, we mean give reason after reason why he doesn’t see anything special in Richardson.
“When you think of greatness and the great backs, they all had some individual traits that you can identify – quickness, balance, power, speed,” Brown said. “I think the kid is a good working back, and if you’ve got everything else around him he can play his role. But when it comes to outstanding, I don’t see anything outstanding about him. It’s not said in a cruel manner. He’s very efficient, and that’s what you want.”
I asked on what Brown is basing his observations.
“I’m basing them on highlights, and highlights show the best of you,” he said. “But here’s the deal, he can change everything that I’ve said.”
From there, Brown has his own question to ask.
“Let me ask you a question,” Brown said to me. “I haven’t heard anyone say anything special about (Richardson). Have you?”
I said a lot of people considered Richardson the best offensive player in the draft other than the quarterbacks taken ahead of him, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III.
“Well, they see something I don’t see,” Brown responded.
And then, Brown raps this up by making sure that you know exactly where he stands on Trent Richardson. Even if you already knew.
“Here’s my last thing to you,” Jim Brown said. “I think Richardson is a fine young man. I think he’s a good all-around football player. But from my standpoint, that’s ordinary. You talk about someone that’s going to move or light up the franchise or create a certain kind of thing, that’s what I’m talking about. I’m not trying to be mean. There are certain people you look at and there’s something special about them. I don’t see it.”
You’ve definitely made that clear, Jim.