SI- Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson said during a radio interview he did not regret trading for running back Trent Richardson in September 2013.
Richardson was traded from the Cleveland Browns to Indianapolis for a first-round draft pick. The running back has 977 yards and six touchdowns in 29 games with the Colts, averaging only 3.1 yards a carry.
"When we made that trade it was a great shot in the arm," Grigson said, according to ESPN.com. "I felt like it was the right football move at that time. I’ll never back off that thought. I thought it was a no-brainer."
I always laugh when people mutter the phrase 'no regrets'. The whole concept behind it is baffling. Does it make you feel better to say that everything happens for a reason than to admit you fucked up? It's okay Ryan Grigson, you can admit you fucked up. We all do, in one way or another, at some point. You don't have to hate yourself for it, but you can certainly regret it. To not regret it is to show no remorse. You are the general manager of a professional football team. You should regret things. I'm just a normal person and I regret shit everyday. I regret taking the wrong way home if I get stuck in five minutes of traffic. I pretty much always regret the last two to three beers. I regret every goddamn thing I ate over the holidays. I haven't even finished it yet, and I already regret writing this stupid blog.
Meanwhile, this dick is just claiming it was the right move like we have never seen Trent Richardson take the ball, run into his own lineman, and fall over for a two yard loss. Everyone who has every traded for Richardson in fantasy leagues nationwide regrets trading for him. If it was still the 90's I would regret trading for a Trent Richardson Upper Deck playing card. Trent Richardson's youngest cousin wouldn't even trade for him in Madden.
It wasn't the right trade at the time, and it certainly isn't the right trade now. That trade was a 'no-brainer' only in the sense that it didn't include the use of your brain. Running backs are a dime a dozen. For every successful first round running back there are five more that are eventually replaced by late round picks or undrafted free agents. Richardson played one snap in last week's playoff game against the Bengals. One snap. On a play he wasn't even involved in. His usefulness was comparable to that of a parking cone.
The running backs in front of him? Daniel Herron and Zurlon Tipton. That's right, Zurlon. I had to reread the article twice just to make sure I was still on the planet earth. Your first round draft pick turned out to be less valuable than some interplanetary afterthought. Luckily, it hasn't hurt the franchise, thanks in large part to Andrew Luck. However, there is no shame in showing regret. Sometimes you just got to chalk it up to a loss, and I regret every time I have ever lost anything.