Running back Trent Richardson’s NFL postseason debut consisted of one carry and one … fumble.
Richardson fumbled early in the second quarter in Saturday’s wild card game, giving Kansas City possession at the Colts’ 17-yard line. Three plays later, the Chiefs scored to extend their lead to 24-7.
It was not the kind of playoff experience Richardson had long dreamed about, though he did have some key moments as a pass protector later in the game. But Richardson believes he’ll have a chance to make amends — and so do his coaches.
“You feel like you’ve got to redeem yourself for it,” Richardson told Stephen Holder of the Indianapolis Star. “You feel like you’ve got to make a statement. … That’s one thing that my brother has always told me: the fastest way to get yourself on the bench is fumbling the ball. And that replays in my head every day when I come out to work.”
Offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton said he wouldn’t hesitate to use Richardson in Saturday’s divisional playoff game at New England, even though Donald Brown had the rest of the carries following Richardson’s fumble.
“The game itself, after the fumble, really dictated that we went into more of an attack mode,” Hamilton said. “Trent actually did a great job of playing without the ball. His ability to take on those linebackers and handle all the different blitzes that we started to see, especially late in that game, was a big part of our success. No, I haven’t lost any confidence in Trent at all. As a matter of fact, we’re counting on Trent and Donald and even Tashard (Choice) because we only have a few backs to be ready to go out and play.”