Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton won’t pick Trent Richardson over Donald Brown

Brown is more than doubling Richardson and averaging 5.9 yards per carry.

Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton will continue to split time between running backs Trent Richardson and Donald Brown.

Richardson’s struggled mightily since becoming a Colt in September and needs to finally earn his $1.321 million salary.

The 22-year-old Richardson has rushed 96 times for only 272 yards and two touchdowns in eight games.

Able to complete the 40-yard dash in 4.32 seconds, the 2011 All-American has also disappointed by catching 12 measly balls for 116 yards.

Most worrisome, Richardson is averaging a pathetic 2.8 yards per carry.

In stark contrast to the third overall pick in 2012, the 26-year-old Brown has handled the ball 55 times for 323 yards and three scores.

“We don’t plan on changing our rotation with our backs,” said Hamilton, 39, who was hired by the Colts in January. “We’ve always been a running back by committee bunch, so we’re going to continue to do that.”

An instinctual runner with great balance, power and explosiveness, Richardson was supposed to be an enormous upgrade over Brown, Ahmad Bradshaw and Kerwynn Williams.

The Colts (7-3) are sitting atop the AFC South and are clearly determined to travel to the swamps of Jersey in February.

Granted, Indianapolis doesn’t exactly employ a line reminiscent of Washington’s “Hogs” in the 1980s.

Regardless, with many analysts predicting Chuck Pagano and Hamilton had landed their own version of Peyton Manning and Edgerrin James, Richardson’s been a gimpy Colt.

A seemingly good man who took a leukemia survivor to her prom in April 2012, Richardson must contribute to the league’s ninth ranked attack.

However, facing the second stingiest defense on the ground, Richardson probably won’t dash like an expensive Colt tomorrow against the Cardinals in Glendale.

While Trent Richardson underachieves in the Crossroads of America, Pep Hamilton should rely on the productive Donald Brown.

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