When the public backlash amps up in the fall over the newly minted “crown” rule for runners, look no further than Browns running back Trent Richardson for a potential reason why the change occurred.
During a Week 1 meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, Richardson annihilated safety Kurt Coleman.
Utilizing a big assist from the crown of his helmet, Richardson lowered a helmet-jarring boom on Coleman.
According to Dan Hanzus of NFL.com, the Richardson play became a lynchpin behind the league’s reasoning for the rule change.
Richardson told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer that he accepts some responsibility in the rule change:
“I feel like I made it bad for all the backs,” Richardson told The Plain Dealer today. “I feel like it’s my fault.”
It’s ok Trent…when this guy is on a rampage, you never had a chance in the first place:
Safety first, y’all.