T-rich watch is on: One game in and the Browns already are trying to explain underusing Trent Richardson.

The running back ran for 26 yards on four carries within the first six plays of the game Sunday against Miami. At halftime he had eight carries for 33 yards. In the third quarter Richardson rushed five times for 14 yards. He didn’t see the ball in the fourth quarter.

After all that managing Richardson through training camp keeping him out of practice and using him lightly in only two preseason games to introduce him to the new season in the best possible health the second-year back carried all of 14 times for 47 yards in the opener a 23-10 loss to Miami.

“I just don’t think they ever stopped the running game” Richardson said Thursday. “I think we stopped ourselves. Just being behind and all that. You just gotta keep fighting and know no matter what we have to stick to our gameplan. I guess coach had another gameplan and it went that way.”

Promises promises: Offensive coordinator Norv Turner affirmed that there was a big emphasis on Richardson in the practice week.

“What happens is you get into the game and you get caught up in wanting to try to win the game” he said.

The Browns were ahead at halftime 7-6. In the second half they fell behind 13-7 and 20-10.

Turner and Richardson both liked what they saw early.

“I thought it was going to be a real good day” Richardson said.

Turner said “We executed 4-5 plays awfully well. They hit us with a couple run blitzes which teams will do and we didn’t execute as well. We got some things early. Had we gotten him what I’d like to see is over 20 carries I think he would have gotten more production.”

Where’s T-rich?: Then there was the problem on third down. The Browns converted only 1 of 14 third downs. Richardson was seldom on the field on third down. In fact he never touched the ball on any one of the “money” situations.

“It was kind of a shocker that I wasn’t playing as much as I thought on third down” Richardson said.