INDIANAPOLIS — To hear offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton tell it, the arrival of Trent Richardson in Indianapolis is like adding a Swiss Army Knife to his arsenal.
“There’s no ‘can’t-dos’ with this guy,” Hamilton said, adding he spent almost an entire night watching film of the running back’s pro and college tape after the trade. “He’s a great combination of power and speed. He has good field vision. He can play without the ball. He can catch the ball as well. I’m excited for our entire football team and the organization to be a part of a unit that has a chance to be special.”
Wednesday’s trade with the Cleveland Browns added the third overall pick of the 2012 draft to a list of young skill-position players that includes quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver T.Y. Hilton and tight end Coby Fleener.
Add in veteran wideouts Reggie Wayne and Darrius Heyward-Bey, and there’s a stable of talent perfectly capable of creating the “conflicts” within opposing defenses that Hamilton’s multi-formation scheme is designed to exploit.
“We got some really good young players that if they continue to work and grow together, we’ll do as good a job as we can as coaches to put them in position to make plays to see where we can go with this offense,” Hamilton said.
The question is how quickly will that process begin?
Richardson arrived in the Colts’ locker room on Thursday and had just two practices to get up to speed for today’s game at San Francisco. That would be a tall order against any opponent, much less the defending NFC champions.
But the running back’s past provided a bit of a boost. Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski was on the same staff as Hamilton with the 49ers in 2006, and many concepts in their schemes are the same. Richardson also ran in a similar system during his college days at Alabama.