“I Love The Natural Energy”

January 26th, 2019

It’s rare to interview someone on the record after he exited a Buccaneers business meeting with Team Glazer.

Not quite three weeks ago, Cowboys defensive playcaller Kris Richard was a candidate for the Tampa Bay head coaching opening that went to Bruce Arians.

Joe learned on the Friday before Arians was hired that the team planned to announce his hiring four days later. But in between, Richard had a scheduled interview for the gig that went to Arians after the Cowboys-Seahawks playoff game.

Joe caught up with Richard at the Pro Bowl this week and asked about his Bucs interview experience.

JoeBucsFan.com: Did you meet with Bucs ownership or was it just Jason Licht?

Kris Richard: Yeah, Bucs ownership. Everyone was there.

Joe: Any impressions?

Richard: Oh, I lov’em, man. Yeah, I think they’re really good, genuine people. I love the natural energy and optimism. It was a really good vibe.

You can hear the full interview at the 15:25 mark linked here in the Monday Morning Joe podcast. Among other things, Joe asked Richard about his study of the Bucs offense and he zeroed in on Peyton Barber, Mike Evans and Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback.

Joe thinks it’s cool and interesting that a high-energy, straight-shooter like Richard got the vibe he did from Team Glazer. And frankly, Joe’s glad Team Glazer took the time to meet with Richard while the Arians deal was in the bag.

There’s much that can be gleaned from head coach candidates. And as often as the Bucs change head coaches, the more experience Team Glazer can get the better.

25 Responses to ““I Love The Natural Energy””

  1. tmaxcon Says:


    don’t worry your boy Richard will be interviewing for bucs again in 24 months or so…

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    It’s cool to hear people are starting to know who Peyton Barber is. Stack the trenches!!!

  3. Mikey Says:

    Thanks Joe!

    -Don’t think he dislikes BA as much as didn’t like talking about the person who got the job over him.

  4. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    It all starts up front. O-line and D-line.

    Go Bucs!

  5. Dapostman Says:

    What was he supposed to say? “Gee, I don’t know those Glazer cats just don’t know how to win, man. I think I could do better somewhere else. The vibe was a losing vibe.”
    Let’s see. He could have said nothing of substance. He could have referred to them as professional. He could have said they had great questions. He could have turned his answer to the team. These are verbatim questions and answers. Joe chooses to look at what he did say.–Joe
    This isn’t full contact politics. This is never burning a bridge you might have to cross later. Any coach up for a promotion isn’t going to bite the hand that feeds them later.

  6. Bill Says:

    Dude looks exactly like Mike Evans

  7. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    While it does make a fan feel warm and fuzzy to read something like this, I’m inclined to take it with a grain of salt. Kris Richard wants to be a HC, it didn’t happen this round. It’s in his best interest to praise any and all ownership he sat down with. I mean if he trash talked them for not hiring him it likely wouldn’t be good look. Richards’ arrow is pointing up, he’ll likely get his shot. The Glazers get kudos as well for (finally?) recognizing that a decade of mostly basement dwelling finishes required a guy with a personality and resume like Arians to come in and (hopefully) change the “hey it’s all good, my check cleared!” mindset of some of these players.

  8. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Every starting quarterback in the NFC South has been NFL MVP

    Next year it’s Jamies turn to be the NFL MVP

  9. YucsFan Says:

    I love Mike, but also wouldn’t be opposed to seeing the Bucs trade ME13 for a haul of pics. That position is the only thing on this roster that’s solid and it’s not hard to find talent through drafting and free agency. Yes he’s the best WR they ever had, but he is replaceable and they could immediately get stronger at other positions. I’ve said before and will say again that no one on this team is untouchable and still shocked DJax wasn’t moved last season because they missed out on a 2nd round pick in this upcoming draft. Mike and JPP are the most valuable and obviously could bring back significant return

  10. Not there yet Says:

    That’s weird because the glazers have more than enough experience hiring coaches, they just made stupid decisions about who to interview. Like why interview wade phillips who turned them down last time. I just don’t think the Glazers are qualified to search, to interview yes obviously but to lead a search is beyond them.

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    The Bucs know well from their own franchise History how important it is to have a good “plan B” in place when ‘plan A’ involves a ‘Big Fish’ type of head coaching candidate.

    Richard was probably a pretty solid ‘Plan B’ candidate…

    Hopefully there were numerous questions asked regarding defensive personnel – who Richard really likes on tape – who he would for sure keep no matter what, how he personally would try to maximize the abilities he sees from this player or that player, etc.

  12. Stanglassman Says:

    It seems yucks not only doesn’t even bother to read the article/comments he thinks they all look the same too Mike. Too funny.

  13. Stanglassman Says:

    I liked Kris but just too risky as HC for the Bucs at this point in his career. But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he has immediate success once he gets his shot.

  14. lurker Says:

    “getting a scoop doesn’t matter”

    “i got a scoop, see link”

  15. Anonymous Says:

    This squad was in desperate need of someone with a proven nfl track record. BA was in my personal the only real option. Thank the nfl God’s..

  16. TOM Says:

    We got BA that’s all that matters for now,

  17. firethecannons Says:

    Yeah–good stuff stuff Joe! Richard’s responses were way above the “expected” response to an interview. The expectation would be one or 2 word answer. I would completely believe the response of they were optimistic with really good vibes. Nobody would ever make up an answer like that. In fact he sounds a little sorry he did not get the job. Interesting that team Glazer is so involved.

  18. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I’m sure coach Richard will make a fine Head Coach someday but he would be no different than the past several hires. No experience for a team in win now mode.

  19. Billy Says:

    Lol@ yucs thinking that was Mike Evans AND going as far to say he would trade him. LMAO.

    Shows you people just try to stir the pot.

  20. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Lol Yucsfan with the irrelevant comment of the day. Jesus Christ I am constantly amazed at the dumb comments posters make.

  21. Stanglassman Says:

    Billy-Yes. Shows how ill informed has other views are too. As I said someone who has all these negative opinions that chooses to be ignorant. He just wants attention. They all look the same to him.

  22. Destinjohnny Says:

    As long as Jason is drafting the players they will talk again

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Say Tmax..what you tryin to ay? Arians is not going to be successful?
    Come on..Man!

  24. Bucs 14 Says:

    The way I see it the Bucs got 4 problems to fix:
    1. Offensive line
    2. Magoo
    3. Defensive backs
    4. kicker

    The real problem for Arians though, again in my opinion, is to fix Magoo. If Arians cannot salvage Magoo’s career in the first year, I look for him to go back into retirement.

  25. Buc50 Says:

    Trade Mike??? Any coach who even dreams of that should be fired on the spot.