Inside The Bills

Why Richardson never goes down easy

Posted by Chris Brown on September 23, 2012 – 9:46 am

He’s built low to the ground, has great balance and once he has a head of steam is almost impossible to bring down with one man. Cleveland rookie RB Trent Richardson runs like a wrecking ball, which is why gang tackling will be the play for the Bills today.

“You better not ‘A’ let him get in the open field because he’s hard to tackle, and ‘B’ when you hem him up you better get more than one hat to the ball because you’ve got to tackle this guy,” Bills head coach Chan Gailey told “He’s not going down on his own. He’s not going to be tripped up. You’ve got to go knock him down. That’s the big challenge for our defense this week. It’s to keep him corralled and keep him hemmed up.”

Bills GM Buddy Nix, who scouted Richardson took the urgency of sound fundamental tackling a bit further.

“He’s got all those things and he can make you miss and he can run over you,” said Nix. “That’s really a hard choice for a defender. We’ve got to tackle good, get more than one guy on him. We don’t need to try and strip the ball. We need to get him down and the sooner the better so he doesn’t get one-on-one with defensive backs and maybe hurt somebody.”

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