In Trent Richardson's ideal world, he'd be running through defenses and threatening records the way he did at the University of Alabama.
But in reality, the Indianapolis Colts running back has been struggling to gain traction as the team tries to breathe life into its running game.
Richardson likely isn't living up to his own — or his team's —expectations. His 2.8-yard per carry average since joining the Colts via a trade with the Browns in September has sparked significant debate among fans and media about Richardson's ability to be a true franchise back.
But Monday he offered a vigorous defense for himself.
"I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good," Richardson said. "If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in.
"But if (running back) Donald (Brown) is having...