Add Kris Richard To The Bucs’ Candidate List

January 2nd, 2019

Secrets aren’t well kept when it involves a coach of a Dallas Cowboys team alive in the playoffs.

For those unaware, the guy unofficially running the Dallas defense is Kris Richard. He calls the shots on game days with Rod Marinelli owning the title of defensive coordinator.

Per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Richard will interview with the Bucs, Jets and Dolphins after the Cowboys’ playoff game against the Seahawks on Saturday night.

Richard, 39, is known for his energy and fire, and for playing five years as a cornerback in the NFL. He jumped into the NFL coaching ranks nine years ago with the Seahawks, the team that drafted him back in 2002. He worked his way up to defensive coordinator (2015-2017) before leaving the nest and heading to Dallas.

It’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t gush about how Richard coaches and gets his players to play hard.

How Richard would approach crafting his offensive staff is a total unknown.

What’s clear is that a lot more Bucs fans will be watching the Cowboys-Seahawks game closely.

76 Responses to “Add Kris Richard To The Bucs’ Candidate List”

  1. Zwak Says:

    Thank You!

  2. Dewey Selmon Says:

    813Bucboi in 3,2,1….

  3. chris l Says:

    this is who i want. we need a bad ass football coach who will demand discipline and physicality out of this team whoever we hire

  4. Jsmalls Says:

    I read somewhere he’s also the passing game coordinator? Is this accurate? Seems odd…..

  5. buddy Says:

    Are any of these candidates going to fire all of #KLUELESSKOETTERS lackys like the equipment managers/video/trainers who Koetter hired to snitch on the players in the locker room. It has caused the total dysfunction of this team. Players know they can’t trust any of the support staff.

  6. Etzel Says:

    ABOUT TIME!!!!

  7. Mike Evans Goat Says:

    This is my top pick. Like arians also.

  8. Rojas Says:

    Bruce Arians , and Eric Bieniemy are my top 2. Wouldn’t mind Richards though.

  9. Doolnutts Says:

    This would be a great hire. If we are going to hire a coordinator type of coach this is one of my favorites.

  10. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    My wish would be to bring Arians in as HC with K Richard as DC. Arians right the ship including the offense and defense under Richard for 2 season then Richard take over. I like Richards also and I think 2 years under Arians would be a great learning curve for Richard before becoming HC. But of course that’s wishful thinking

  11. Not there yet Says:

    Definitely wouldn’t mind a younger coach than Arians this team would shorten his life with all the boneheaded issues going on. Richards would relate better to this new age of players. Like it that they are widening the search but it just can’t take too long to find the guy. Make it quick, shouldn’t take very long to know which guy is the right one.

  12. donuts Says:

    Richard or Bienemy > Arians Kelly or Harbaugh.

  13. Aceofaerospace Says:

    Chris has been beating this drum for months now. I’m listening Chris! I want fire and energy.

  14. jerseybuc Says:

    Team needs discipline in the worst way. A bad ass is great, but someone who has never commanded an entire offensive or defensive group may not be the right guy. Could be, but would like to see him assume a leadership position before I handed him the keys. Like this guy though.

  15. JimmyJack Says:

    I will prefer somebody with experience. Feel like we have enough pieces to win with. Their are a few ruts rookie HCs can fall into and I’d be nervous that could kill this team and leave our team with no other option then a complete rebuild. My worst case scenario

  16. First Down Tampa Bay Says:


    In a perfect world…

  17. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    Raheem had lots of energy too…

    I much, much prefer Bieniemy to Kris Richard if we are going the inexperienced Coordinator route.

    He brings with him the best training and preparedness any new prospective HC can bring, year after year under the tutelage of Andy Reid. Just look at what Matt Nagy has done for the bears this year. Or what Doug Pederson did for the Eagles last year.

    Andy Reid clearly makes it a point to train his guys to become the best coach they can possibly be.

  18. Whatinthebuchappend Says:

    It’s going to be who comes to Tampa & what coordinators come with them..all I know is they better be able to have jameis playing turnover free football and find a running back that can create ! The defence has a lot of work to do & if it is Richard I have Faith..go bucs !

  19. Prada..sec147 Says:

    Pass don’t want a defensive coach !!!! He can be DC

  20. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Bet he ends up in Denver if Vic Fangio doesn’t get it.

  21. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Why’d he get fired from Seattle would be one of my first questions as a Glazer

  22. Deez Bucs Says:

    youngry part 2

  23. Sunny Says:

    Great cord , but not sure he is ready for HC , would love to have him as DC but HC not sure yet , kinda smells like Raheem the dream , never a DC but jumps to HC

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    One thing the Bucs need to consider is whoever they hire could likely be running the whole operation next year.

    If they have to fire Licht we might have to turn to our HC to run the whole operation.

    Just not sure I see any inexperienced coordinators being qualified for that.

  25. Dave Says:

    Another Raheem.

  26. SOEbuc Says:

    Really like Richard because he is a young, energetic, good defensive coach, but I’d just be concerned of what kind of an all together coaching staff he would put together.

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    @JimmyJack … “If they have to fire Licht we might have to turn to our HC to run the whole operation. Just not sure I see any inexperienced coordinators being qualified for that.”

    That hadn’t even dawned on me but you’re exactly right. And being in charge of the Whole Enchilada should the Licht go out would make dual-hatting Dirk Koetter as HC & OC look like child’s play. Of course, maybe Lapdog hires an inexperienced coach for that very reason … the Glazer Boyz would REALLY have to think twice in that scenario before dumping Licht. Sneaky, very very sneaky. I can see it coming though. If the Bucs were a college team there’s no question in my mind that the school would be called Bendover U.

  28. BucWild843 Says:

    Kris Richard will probably be a good HC, but I don’t think it’s time yet. It’s basically Bruce Arians or bust for this team right now. Only way i’ll accept BA not being the coach of this time in 2019 is if he decided he wanted to stay retired or the Cardinals pulled some nonsense with his contract. BA is a proven winner and can bring his old staff back with him…not to mention he’s know Jameis since he was a kid and his former D Line coach Buckner is already employed with the team. Let BA do his thing for 3-4 years and groom up the next assistant to be HC and let’s bring winning back instead of being a laughingstock of the league.

  29. Rod Munch Says:

    Yeah, just what we need, another guy with no HC experience, just like Dirk.

    I mean the guy might be the next Tomlin, and really that’s what the Bucs have been kicking themselves for years about, but it’s really a lottery ticket.

    Personally I think you go the experienced route, then once that runs its course you can try to hit the lotto if you need to.

    But who knows.

    I will say, based purely on his looks, he looks like a guy that would be a winner. It’s a stupid thing for sure and based on nothing, but just saying. Going by that standard Dirk always had a goofy look, just someone I wouldn’t trust to do anything hugely important – at least not being the guy in charge in any case. Schiano looked like a piece of Jersey trash that everyone would hate. Morris had just more of a college coach look. This guy looks the part, so I’d give him that.

  30. ncbucsfan Says:

    I keep seeing “another Raheem Morris, inexperienced position coach, not a good coordinator”. Well it has been working for Anthony Lynn with the Chargers in his 2nd year.

    This is by far the guy to get the most out of his players and they will respectfully comply! He doesn’t need to be a great X & O guy to be a good head coach….just hire great X & O guys to run your 3 individual phases of the game. The Head coach just needs to be an overseer, culture-setter, enforcer, and a leader with enough poise and focus to handle grown men and the media. Kris Richard can be all of those for this team.

    Just build a running game and the defense!!!!

  31. Tackleblockwin Says:

    Yes. He is probably the only guy with no HC experience I’d consider. You can just tell he truly loves the game and has so much energy. From what I hear he is tough, but players really respect him and like playing for him.

  32. VFL98 Says:

    Sounds like another Raheem hire to me. NEXT!

  33. Anonymous Says:

    I don’t understand all the Kris Richard love.

  34. SchwiftyBuc Says:


    I mean that’s how most things are. If you hire Kris Richard to be a Head Coach and he truly is the next Mike Tomlin, then you look like a genius, make out like a bandit and ride off into the sunset with 2 SB Rings in your nap sack.

    But if you hire the guy and he’s the next Raheem or the next Steve Wilks then you look like fool and lose your Job.

  35. Jason Says:

    @VFL98 Raheem’s situation was vastly different to Richard. Raheem took command of the defense after Kiffin said he was done and then he was promoted to head coach a month later never showing what he was capable of. Richard has proven that he can command a defense by being the Cowboys de facto defensive coordinator.

  36. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    As of right now it looks as though Jim Harbaugh will be remaining in Michigan for next season. So even though he’s clearly the most desirable candidate out there bar none, not looking like he’ll be an option for this year.

    So our best bets are to A. Land Bruce Arians. B. Monitor the John Harbaugh situation and whether or not he lands on the open market. C. Sign Eric Bieniemy.

  37. Cobraboy Says:

    Raheem II, Youngry redux.

  38. Destinjohnny Says:

    If Jason is the gm… he will be axed in 2 years

  39. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I think this guy would be perfect for our team. He sets a very high standard and is very demanding of his players to reach that standard. His mentality as a coach is rare, he is like a fiery player as a coach and I think the players will fight hard for him.
    Also, He has been a coordinator and called plays unlike Bieniemy and Flores who hold the position title without play calling experiences.
    If we can’t get Harbaugh or Arians and are going to Coordinator route, this is my first choice bar none.
    I also wish Richard would be our DC but why would he leave the Cowboys where he has built relationships to come here for the same job? If we want him it will have to be as HC and I don’t think we would be disappointed

  40. ninety9buc Says:

    Why not rehire Raheem!!!!

    Seriously! He has more notches under his belt than Richards.
    He knows ownership etc…..

    He is the last coach to get us to 10 wins, He knows the division, it’s players it’s coaches.

    I’d actually feel more comfortable with Raheem.

  41. WillieG Says:

    Bill Belichick will be the next coach of the Bucs. He knows if he retires having just won with the Pats, people will say he was a great coach because of Tom Brady. BUT, if he takes over a cellar dweller with a turn over machine as a QB and actually wins a Super Bowl or two, he will be the undisputed GOAT. People will have to give him ALL the credit. Especially if Brady implodes under new HC Josh McDaniels.

  42. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    This talk of who to hire as HC is worthless. With the possible exception of Belichick, there is not a coach alive who could be successful working for this organization as it is currently constructed.

  43. Knoxville Bucs Fan Says:

    Have to go with the older more polished route with a proven track record. Not some wet behind the ears up incoming coordinator looking for their first opportunity. This franchise can’t afford any on the job training coach this go around

  44. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    I don’t really get the Raheem comparison. Why? Because they are both young black defensive coaches?
    Raheem was younger, less experienced, and less accomplished in his career.
    Not saying Richard is the most established candidate but he is more than Raheem was at that time.
    Also, their schemes and coaching styles are much different. I don’t think Richard will be at the bars with JW.

  45. Mike Johnson Says:

    Man..the more I see the list of guys the Glazers are talkin too..I get this..knawing feeling in my gut..we will not make the right choices. Guess I’d better go ahead and order a case of Pepto from Amazon for next season. Because I’m just gettin this..sinking feeling.

  46. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    the GLAZERS ALWAYS screws things up…….

    If Malcom Glazer was running things……the bucs wouldn’t be in it’s sorry azz state

    but nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo………..the Glazer boys would rather focus their monie on a Soccer team across the pond!!!!!!!!!

  47. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    and BTW bucs fans…………it won’t be ANY of these names that’s circulating around this website

    It’ll be another “Raheem Morris or a Greg Schiano”…………………….

    ……………be prepared for another let down / shocker from the Glazer dumb dumb boys again

  48. TDTB Says:

    Richards is NOT the DC in Dallas. Maranelli is. Richards was fired when he was promoted to DC in Seattle. He may be a good candidate for Bucs DC (following due diligence to understand what happened in Seattle), but I don’t believe the Bucs should risk him as HC.

  49. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    They won’t hire anyone yet. They still have to complete the Rooney Rule. Richard is a part of that, but they’ll need another…unless they talked with someone we do not know about.

  50. Larry Says:

    Could be the next Mike Tomlin!

  51. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    Do you ever get tired of being negative all the time? And don’t say you’ll change when the Bucs do…this is all about change happening now.

  52. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ll pass on Richard. One year wonder in my book. He was a DC and had the worst pass defense in the league. Now a year later with a different team, as a ‘passing defense coordinator’, a title they gave him because they didn’t trust him more than Rod Marinelli, he has a supposedly good year and everyone swears by him.

    Hard pass.

    If he was really that good, Jerry would fire Rod and make Richard the DC of his team, with a promise to be the next head coach if he does well.

  53. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    And Rod probably had more to do with the improved pass defense of the cowboys than Richard did. and btw…

    …stop pretending the cowboys have a great pass defense. They were not even top 10.

    This guy has simply not earned the right to be a head coach.

  54. Bird Says:


    The have only interviewed coaches with Rooney rule in mind

    Defensive coordinator for Vikings
    Offensive coordinator for chiefs
    Now defensive coordinator for cowboys

    Not sure what angle you are looking at there.

  55. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Bonzai what makes you think he doesn’t plan on doing that this offseason? Didn’t you even bring up that as a likely scenario?
    You also fail to mention that he has called plays this year and Dallas has its best defensive year they have ever had under Marinelli.
    Also when Seattle has the worst pass defense, Sherman, Kam, and Earl Thomas had injuries that season. I think Avril did as well.
    The NFL is littered with successful coaches that at some point were not as successful but went on to great careers.

    I know you want McCarthy even though he is coming off 11 wins the last two seasons with a healthy Aaron Rodgers.

  56. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    I still think it’s gonna be Arians and he will bring in 2 decent coordinators . One of those coordinators will take overy in 2 or years when Arians retire. If not that then I look for them to maybe trade a player or 2 and cash to try and get John Harbaugh . not sold on Jim Harbaugh. I hear he’s hell to get alone with

  57. Pruritus Ani Says:

    Go with experience, go with the splash, go with the known commodity. Personality wise from what is written, he seems like he would be a good fit, but now is not the time to experiment.

  58. WeAreLost Says:

    IDK, Ariens with a backup seems better.

  59. WeAreLost Says:


  60. Cb13 Says:

    Know for Legion of boom with Seattle. Has Dallas’s defense playing lights out.Pete Carrol & Rod Marinelli rave about this guy . He’s my pick for new HC.
    Here’s Some( TEAM)defensive stats for Dallas, just not passing. (7th)329.3 YDS/G. (5th)94.6 R Yds/G. (6th) 20.3 PTS/G. Buccaneers (31st) 29.0 PTS/G.

  61. Dave Says:

    The Bucs interviewed Bieniemy today. So the Rooney rule is satisfied.

  62. Tnew Says:

    I like Richard, however, my new dream team is Arians with Bowles as the DC/head coach in waiting.

  63. adam from ny Says:

    well as per the above pic…

    he’s almost in that famous classic “karate kid” stance…even though you can’t see his legs, there’s something to be said for that…

    get outta line, and he might just go bruce lee on ya azz

  64. Kansas95Buc Says:

    Damn, where is 813bucboi 😄 I figured he would’ve been all over this lol

  65. Phil Says:

    I would mind him if we can keep Todd Monken as O/C.

  66. The Buc Realist Says:

    only the moronic fool would look at which way the league is headed and would want to hire a secondary coach!!!!!!!!! Glad that the Bucs are getting the token interviews out of the was, so they can start looking at “Real” Head Coaches!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  67. StoutGospel Says:

    Kinda funny how there wasn’t more on the “left the nest” part about Richard’s tenure ending in 2017 AS DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR in Seattle, and takes a demotion in title (if not totally responsibilities–at BEST a lateral move), and NO ONE else is wondering why that was??!? Especially in light of how Seattle values defense?? And not nearly enough experience to lead an entire organization.


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  68. 813bucboi Says:

    sorry folks, had a basketball game to attend last night…..

    folks talking about richard is another morris are clueless….

    in seattle kris made the #1 ranked defense in points allowed 2015….4th in 2016…and 14th in 2017 due to a ton of injuries…cam chancellor, shreman, avirl, bennett, e.thomas among others…..

    he’s turned dallas’ defense around in 1 off season….they were 14th last year compared to 4th this year….

    pete carroll relieved 8 coaches along with richard so it isnt like he was the only one canned……pete wanted new voices for the entire team…..


  69. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Dave Says:
    “Another Raheem.”


    How would you possibly know that? Richard has accomplished a lot more at this point than Raheem had. But either way, seems a bit short sighted to just write a coach off as “another” anybody.

  70. jmarkbuc Says:

    ‘he’s turned dallas’ defense around in 1 off season…”

    He did that all by himself? Marinelli had nothing to do with it?

    Richard got Dallas’ secondary balling, but DLine has always been Rod’s thing.

  71. 813bucboi Says:


    rod was their last year with the same players and they were ranked 14th in points allowed…..

    richard came in and now they are 4th…..combined with the fact that richard calls the plays and not rod should tell you everything…..

    and that same dline wasnt producing like they are now….richard is the difference maker


  72. Dapostman Says:

    The Dallas Cowboys have given up:

    2016> 19.1 pts per game

    2017> 20.8 pts per game

    2018> 20.3 pts per game

    I wouldn’t call any coach there a difference maker. They have added a lot of defensive talent through the draft.

    2015: Byron Jones, Randy Gregory
    2016: Jaylon Smith
    2017: Taco Charlton, Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis
    2018: Leighton Vander Esch

  73. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    January 3rd, 2019 at 7:47 am
    only the moronic fool would look at which way the league is headed and would want to hire a secondary coach!!!!!!!!! Glad that the Bucs are getting the token interviews out of the was, so they can start looking at “Real” Head Coaches!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Eric Bieniemy is OC of the number 1 offense in the NFL in points and yardage AND YOU SAY HE’S NOT A REAL COACH??????!!!

    813bucboi was right you really know nothing!

  74. 813bucboi Says:

    da postman

    what is dallas’s defense ranked in points allowed?…….4th i believe….compared to 14th last year….

    difference maker indeed!!!!!


  75. Dapostman Says:

    @Buc boi,

    What was Dallas’s defense ranked the year before that in 2016? I’ll tell you.

    5th in points allowed at 19.1. Better than the 20.3 they’ve given up this year.

    Please stop with this nonsense that this ONE guy transformed the Dallas defense. He may end up being a good or great coach but the facts are he has not transformed the Dallas defense. They have drafted a lot of defensive talent and I’d say that’s why they went from 5th to 14th to 4th.

  76. 813bucboi Says:

    da postman

    so why did they regress?….they went from 5th to 14th….hired richard and are now 4th…..

    truth hurts huh…