Barry Blows His Stack

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.”

11 Responses to “Barry Blows His Stack”

  • December 6, 2010  - Chiefs Set Up San Diego Showdown | Chiefs Football at says:

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  • December 6, 2010  - Craig says:

    I like B richardson. He has been a big part of the Chiefs success this year. That behavior cannot be tolerated. Insubordination to one of the coaches will undermine a teams respect for the coaches. Poor form, he probably knows it. Haley will have to deal with it privately, I hope.

  • December 6, 2010  - Tim says:

    Definitely agree with you Craig.

  • December 6, 2010  - Husteak says:

    Should be a minimum of a one game suspension.
    Unacceptable behavior.

  • December 6, 2010  - lyle says:

    Love B Rich. I think he’s going to be our RT for a long time. Granted the push of the coach was probably not as bad as it looked given the sizes of the 2 guys, but it can’t be tolerated. There has to be some sort of consequences that the other members of the team can see.

  • December 6, 2010  - el cid says:

    Get into his pocket for a few bucks, closed door ass chewing and have coaches there, tell media handled internally and is unacceptable. Move on. After the season ends, evaluate if he is an answer or a problem, has trade value and O’Call. is there. Does he fit or not.

    PS Why was he pulled from the field? Was it one of Haleys’s tratrums that he does all the time? Never know but we need the coaches to keep a cool mind during games, the ones who keep their emotions under stress usually win, the others become position coaches.

  • December 6, 2010  - bhive01 says:

    Yeah, that was not cool by any stretch of the imagination. He was certainly hot and in the moment, but he’s got to divide the two. I suspect there will not be a suspension but I think a fine and a stern talking to will be in order. Maybe some extra drills. Definitely an apology.

  • December 6, 2010  - jim says:

    Handle it internally, and nobody nees to know anything more. Period. I lke the spin Haley put on it, and it deserves a read. I don’t know if it deserves a suspension.

    If he had done that as a result of getting angry in a team meeting, then yes, but you MUST consider the level of aggressiveness and the temper of the immediate moment. Not making any excuses, but if you want your players to be violently aggressive on the field, then you must understand that it sometimes carries over to the sideline, and the emotion of the moment. Right or wrong is not the issue. Understanding the temperment of the player, his want to be succesful, and desire to be on the field competing, needs to be considered before you suspend him, ete., etc. Thank God the coaching staff had cooler heads and that’s THEIR job. I don’t want to take that aggressiveness away from TRich, but I would like to see him reflect and apologizve to his coaches and teammeates. Good new is that it didn’t cause ANOTHER penalty.

    One thing I heard Cowher say during a media per-game relative to fines for hits, etc. He says make the first fine 1% of salary, the second 5%.
    An insignificant fine of $25,000. here or there doesn’t really mean anything, especially since creative accounting can account for it tax wise.

    Good idea, me thinks.

  • December 6, 2010  - jim says:

    Meant BRich, not TRich. Freudian wishful slip. Woops!!!!

  • December 6, 2010  - jim says:

    elcid, it was his second false start, not one of Haley’s rants that “he does all the time”.

  • December 6, 2010  - napahank says:

    Behind Cassel and Bowe BRich is KC’s most improved player and it shows in what he has done on the field. Private talk is all that is warrented because it has not been a pattern of behavior. If it happens again well then….

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