Browns rookie back Richardson urges team to practice harder, reject losing culture
By NATE ULRICHAkron Beacon Journal
BEREA, Ohio -- A couple days ago, Trent Richardson called all of his teammates into a huddle, urged them to practice with intensity and stressed the importance of avoiding complacency in the wake of defeat.
It was a bold move for a rookie, one Richardson hopes pays off immediately. The Browns (0-2) can ill afford a loss at home Sunday against the Buffalo Bills (1-1).
"I don't think it's time for settling," Richardson said Thursday after practice. "Settling is not what we dreamed of."
After the players stretched Wednesday at the beginning of practice, Richardson asked them to gather around him before they broke into individual drills. He drew from his experiences as a running back at the University of Alabama while delivering his message.
"We practiced hard," said Richardson, who was part of a college team that went 36-4 and won two national championships in the past three seasons. "We won our games in the week. It wasn't just on Saturday for us. So it's not just on Sunday for us now. We've got to come out and practice hard every day if you want to win, if you really want this program turned around.
"We just need to do everything as we're preparing for the game (like) we're playing in the game. You practice how you play. I don't think we're doing that wrong, but as far as preparing, I think we just need to stay the course. The course is trying to get to that promised land. If you really got your eyes on the promised land, that's where you need to set your goals."