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Bucs general manager Jason Licht is set to interview Dallas defensive backs coach Kris Richard for Tampa Bay’s head coach vacancy after Saturday’s playoff game between the Cowboys and the Seattle Seahawks. The news was first reported by Ian Rapoport.
The Bucs fired head coach Dirk Koetter after three seasons on Sunday night after Tampa Bay’s 34-32 loss to Atlanta.

Licht also has interviews scheduled with Kansas City offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy and Minnesota defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

All three are among the hottest names in the coaching candidate buzz right now and are African-Americans, which would satisfy the obligation to adhere to the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which states that NFL teams with head coaching vacancies must interview a minority candidate before making a hire.

The fiery Richard is a disciple of Seattle’s Pete Carroll, whom he played safety for at USC and coached for with the Seahawks. Richard was Seattle’s cornerbacks coach in 2010, the team’s defensive backs coach from 2012-14 and the defensive coordinator from 2015-17 when he replaced Dan Quinn.

The 39-year old Richard oversaw the Seahawks’ dreaded “Legion of Boom” secondary, and is the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator in Dallas this season working under Rod Marinelli, although the Cowboys’ secondary hasn’t been nearly successful.

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About the Author: Scott Reynolds

Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: sr@pewterreport.com
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Buc stops here
2 years ago

Only one is needed to meet the Rooney rule, but he is meeting three. I would think he would not be wasting everyone’s time, but instead, is actually considering these as possibilities.

JohnGaltsGhost
Reply to  Buc stops here
2 years ago

He may not be just interviewing HC candidates but potential assistants as well

BucWonder
Reply to  JohnGaltsGhost
2 years ago

I agree with this. Bucs are taking advantage of the HC interviews to look at candidates for other positions. Kris Richard may be a great choice for DC now or in the future. I like that. Go Bucs!

Deón Lester
2 years ago

I personally think for the long run Eric would be perfect for Winston he’s creative and fiery who will make players believe. we have the talent even with underwhelming coaching we just need the right defensive backfield and scheme w/ COACHABLE players who hate losing we gotta stop giving up points, in the past 4 years the lowest we’ve given up is 23!

Deón Lester
Reply to  Deón Lester
2 years ago

Maybe start him as OC with Arians as HC he’s probably not in this for the long run but he’s an exceptional coach who probably could provide help for Eric on becoming a successful HC. I like Kris Richards’s pedigree though the cowboys are shaky I like Anthony Brown a lot though very coach-able has good potential depending on the needs from the organizations POV we could take greedy willams with the 5th to solidify the backfield (Hargreaves,Williams,Evans,Davis)I like the potential but they would need a veteran presence due to being very young smart and physical little outspoken. I think… Read more »

abucsfan
2 years ago

The Glazer family has hired 6 head coaches – 3 of them were African American – I don’t believe they would have a problem with race.

cgmaster27
2 years ago

I’d love to see Arians come in, bring Richard in as defensive coordinator and have Arians groom him for a year or two to be a head coach. I love Arians as my first choice, ofcouse you have to account for the age thing. But Richard brings some real fire and I love that.

tnew
Reply to  cgmaster27
2 years ago

Would love for that to happen but Richards is getting a head coaching job this season. He’s my second choice. Arians is my first with a caveat that there needs to be a “head coach in waiting”.

seat26
2 years ago

I like this guy. Even if he does not get the HC job, as the Offensive Coordinator? That sounds good. Still pulling for Arians. But if he says no, Bucs need to cover all the options available.

seat26
Reply to  seat26
2 years ago

*Defensive Coordinator. Oops.

bucballer
2 years ago

I’m a little confused Scott? They r interviewing Dallas DB Coach Kris Richard and Minnesota Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard?

macabee
Reply to  bucballer
2 years ago

Typo. Meant to say Vikings defensive coordinator George Edwards. Click on link provided. You will see.

bucballer
2 years ago

Thanks Mac

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