Can Cleveland Browns Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner Make Trent Richardson a Top-10 Running Back?

By Dan Parzych
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The Cleveland Browns knew they received a steal in the 2012 NFL Draft when Trent Richardson fell to them at No. 4 and despite a few injuries, the former college star put up solid numbers as a rookie after rushing for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games. Obviously, the Browns still have plenty of work to do heading into 2013 if they have any chance of competing in the AFC North, but with Norv Turner officially on board as offensive coordinator, will Richardson develop into a top-10 running back?

Cleveland knew they had something special in Richardson considering how much of a workhorse he was with the Alabama Crimson Tide and the argument can be made his numbers would have been higher as a rookie with a better offense. Now that Turner is officially on board, hopefully the Browns will build their offense even more around their star running back and help him build off of what was already an impressive rookie season.

Despite his struggles as a head coach, Turner has been praised for his ability as an offensive coordinator throughout his career and the Browns have been making plenty of moves this offseason to make sure they turn things around in 2013. Turner was certainly a nice addition to the coaching staff, but how much of a contender this team can be in 2013 will rely heavily on the shoulders of Richardson and what type of numbers can display in his second season.

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