Can't trust coaches
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - As fantasy football owners, we often wish NFL coaches would be more transparent with their intentions, especially when it comes to player usage.

However, after another week in which most of the things coaches said would happen did not, it's time to stop trusting them.

Strategically, coaches have nothing to gain by revealing information, and even when they are telling the truth, the flow of the game often changes the plan anyway.

Here's how coaches misled fantasy owners in Week 10:

Andre Brown, New York Giants

The quote: "There will be a set (running back) plan. (Brown is) ready to help. But there is a big difference between game day and practice."

Who said it: Giants coach Tom Coughlin

What we thought it meant: Brown would be eased back into action after missing the first eight games due to a broken leg.

What actually happened: Brown rushed 30 times for 115 yards and a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders. He was helped by Peyton Hillis, who fumbled early in the game and finished with just five carries for 21 yards.

Giovani Bernard, Cincinnati Bengals

The quote: "Some of these guys, it's important for them to be fresh, fast. That's the way (Bernard) is. He needs to have full stamina and be fresh coming out of the backfield running fast because that's what he is. If he's tired after his 17th, 18th carry and all of a sudden he becomes a 4.8 guy and tired, he becomes an ordinary guy."

Who said it: Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden

What we thought it meant: Bernard would continue to see 12-15 touches per game while BenJarvus Green-Ellis handled the heavier workload.

What actually happened: Bernard carried the football 14 times for 58 yards and caught eight passes for 37 yards and a touchdown while BenJarvus Green-Ellis touched the ball nine times Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

C.J. Spiller, Buffalo Bills

The quote: "I think it all depends on how the game goes and how (Spiller is) doing, but I did talk to him today and I asked him how he felt, and he said he felt good. So that's exciting. I think the more we can get his hands on the ball, there's an opportunity for him to make a big play. So that's something we're always striving for."

Who said it: Bills coach Doug Marrone

What we thought it meant: Spiller's ankle was nearing 100 percent and he would see more touches in Week 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers after producing 155 yards from scrimmage on 14 touches in Week 9.

What actually happened: Spiller received eight carries and caught three passes while Fred Jackson touched the ball 15 times.

Andre Ellington, Arizona Cardinals

The quote: He didn't use a quote, but Darren Urban of azcardinals.com reported coach Bruce Arians said he would like to get Ellington 20 touches a game going forward.

Who said it: Cardinals coach Bruce Arians

What we thought it meant: Ellington would get closer to 20 touches per game going forward, starting with Week 10 against Houston.

What actually happened: Ellington carried 11 times and caught two passes while Rashard Mendenhall touched the ball 14 times even though Ellington averaged 5.6 yards per touch to Mendenhall's 3.6.

Trent Richardson, Indianapolis Colts

The quote: "I just have to find ways to creatively get the ball to Trent. A lot of different ways, not just out in space, but do a better job with run schemes that feature his instincts. But he's gotten better each week, and we expect that he'll continue to make big plays for us."

Who said it: Colts offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton

What we thought it meant: Hamilton had a set plan to get Richardson, who entered Week 10 with just 83 carries for 248 yards and two touchdowns in six games since joining the Colts, more involved.

What actually happened: Richardson had five carries for two yards and caught three passes for 33 yards against St. Louis.




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