Can the presence and production of Trent Richardson help the Colts defense?
At no point on Sunday night will Peyton Manning and Trent Richardson be two of the 22 players on the field at the same time.
Yet the question arose on Thursday on how Richardson’s production Sunday night could impact Manning’s presence?
The Colts don’t have to look too far to see what a ball-control offense can do to an opponent.
On Monday, the Chargers held the ball for nearly two-thirds of the game with four separate double-digit play drives.
A ball-controlled offensive attack on Sunday night means for longer Colts possessions, and in-turn keeps Manning and the high-octane Broncos offense sidelined.
“It’s going to be a very, very big part,” Richardson said on Thursday. “Got to get good field position and we got to control the line of scrimmage, be able to make up a lot of ground holding our defense off the field, keeping us on the field. We can make it a lot easier day on the defense, so we got to make sure we come together and make sure that we know these guys inside and out.”
Richardson, like nearly three-fourths of the Colts locker room, has never called Manning a teammate.
In just a month in Indianapolis, Richardson is starting to learn the type of impact that Manning has had on the state capitol.
“I was riding the other day and I saw the Peyton Manning hospital or something like that and it was crazy, I never seen nothing like that. He has done a lot for this city,” Richardson said of Manning.
Eyes across the U.S. will be fixated on Lucas Oil Stadium this Sunday and Richardson loves that feeling.
Richardson captured two National Titles during his collegiate days at Alabama and it’s atmospheres like the one he will see on Sunday night that has the new Colts running back eager for prime time.
“Everybody is watching, you got to relish the moment, man,” Richardson says. “Big games, big play-makers make big plays, man. I expect to make big runs, make big blocks, make big catches, break tackles, helping our offensive linemen make sure that the quarterback’s protected, whatever it is. I’m out there and I’m trying to give 120 percent, trying to do whatever I can.”