From Arrowhead Stadium
It may have been the most remarkable scene that went down on Sunday in the Chiefs-Broncos game. OT Barry Richardson, one of the most laid back and quietest men in the team’s locker room blew his stack.
He screamed at his position coach Bill Muir. Richardson then pushed special teams coach Steve Hoffman out of the way when Hoffman tried to calm him down. He pushed away teammate Jon Asamoah when he also tried to corral him.
For about 30 seconds Richardson was an enraged 6-6, 320-pound man.
“I don’t really have time to say anything,” Richardson said as he made a quick escape from the Chiefs locker room after the game. The media was coming in one door, and Richardson headed for the back door.
It all came down early in the third quarter, as the Chiefs were driving the ball towards the end zone. On a 3rd-and-goal play at the Broncos two-yard line, Richardson jumped early and was flagged for a false start. It was his second false start of the game.
As the offense huddled up for the next play, coaches sent Ryan O’Callaghan into the game and had Richardson come out. As he reached the sideline, he took off his helmet and that’s when the tantrum started. It appeared that offensive line coach Muir said something to him and it was obvious that Richardson didn’t like what he heard.
He walked down the line and clubbed away Hoffman who was trying to intercede. He pushed away Asamoah. Richardson was hot.
Head coach Todd Haley did not get in the line of fire and after the game was supportive of Richardson, despite his actions.
“I think what you’re seeing out of our guys and what’s exciting thing to me as the head coach is we have a lot of guys that really care,” Haley said. “We had a penalty in the red zone, and I think Coach Muir and our offensive staff just wanted to calm him down and let him regroup.
“He’s a prideful guy that didn’t want to be out and he was upset with himself and that’s a good thing. These guys care and that is such a refreshing, positive thing out of this group that makes it fun to go to work every day.
“I’m excited to see guys care that passionately.”