Kris Richard more disappointed than concerned about fourth-quarter collapses

AP

When the Seahawks elevated defensive backs coach Kris Richard to the position of defensive coordinator, he became a de facto head-coaching candidate, given that both of his predecessors (Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn) fairly quickly parlayed that spot into teams of their own. Through five games, however, it’s been a bit rocky for Richard.

The Seahawks are having trouble holding leads in the fourth quarter, with most recently a 17-point margin blown in Cincinnati. On Thursday, Richard was peppered with questions from reporters looking to understand the problem.

Richard blamed the outcome on “our inability to finish,” and he said that finishing is simply “doing things right longer.”

So is Richard concerned about the situation?

“Concerned? It’s disappointing more than it’s concerned,” he said. “Because we know the type of defense that we are, and we just need to go out there and prove it, is ultimately what it comes down to. When we put a complete game together, that’s when we’ll know we’re ultimately going in the direction that we want to be, and it hasn’t happened yet.”

Against the Bengals, Richard admitted that the defense was worn down late.

“[T]here’s absolutely no excuse in regards to wearing down,” Richard said. “As long as we’re out there we got more opportunities, and that’s what we’re excited about. We love having opportunities to go out there and help our football team win. We haven’t stood up and got it done. Obviously, again last week, that’s an opportunity for us to do it and we did not do it.”

To do it next time, Richard said he took the defense “back to the drawing board,” in order to ensure that the team is doing “all the little things necessary in order to get it done.”

Richard admitted that a portion of the defensive performance arose from cornerback Cary Williams using a technique not “in the fashion that we prefer,” and that when a tight end runs by safety Kam Chancellor in the red zone (as Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert did twice on Sunday), Chancellor must “[p]lay his technique.”

Still, Richard took the blame for the second Eifert touchdown.

“The second time that it comes around and it happens, it’s ultimately my responsibility to put our guys in a better position to make sure that it doesn’t happen,” Richard said. “So I’m taking full responsibility for that one. I want to make sure that we put our guys in a spot to where they’re going to be able to execute and not leave those windows open.”

For the Seahawks, the window will close soon if the losses continue to pile up. And the window will never open for Richard to become a head coach if the Seahawks defense doesn’t hold the lead when the game is on the line.

10 responses to “Kris Richard more disappointed than concerned about fourth-quarter collapses

  1. Not to insinuate that the current Seahawks coaching staff is incapable, but in todays NFL, the loss of quality coaches is the most under rated part of being competitive long term. Yes we talk about free agency, but look at how many coaches they have lost on the defensive side of the ball the last couple of years.

    To me, that is the reason it is so hard to do what the Patriots have done. But even them, they aren’t immune to this phenomenon. After they won 3 out of 4, they lost a lot of coaches, they remained competitive because of Belichick, but they didn’t win a title for 10 years.

    Free agency departures is a big reason, but I think coaching is under rated. How many teams have assembled dream team-ish rosters and still sucked because of poor coaching. Doesn’t matter what the talent level if the coaches are sub par. The Seahwaks have lost a lot of really good coaches, and that is why they are struggling

  2. So the Seahawks are supposed to panic because they’ve lost two 10AM road games in overtime, one of them on a short week to an undefeated team. Got it Mike, good post.

  3. General Lee A. Ware says:
    Oct 16, 2015 9:50 AM

    Free agency departures is a big reason, but I think coaching is under rated. How many teams have assembled dream team-ish rosters and still sucked because of poor coaching. Doesn’t matter what the talent level if the coaches are sub par. The Seahwaks have lost a lot of really good coaches, and that is why they are struggling
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    Kris Richards is a big part of the LOB.

    Your analysis is off target.

  4. New coach, Cams holdout and the players don’t seem to be as hungry, are all part of the problem. For Richard to say that Williams didn’t play the technique we wanted him to, is admitting to bad coaching, same goes for the Eifert TD’s, both of them. On one of them, Cam never moved his feet as Eifert ran by..

    As for losing the 10 am games, that is a bogus argument because the Lions should have won that 1 pm home game if the refs made the correct call. And the Hawks beat up on a toothless Bears team with a backup QB. So what? It worked last year when the second half of the season, backups is all they played, except for Kap, who had his own tire fire going on..

  5. Maybe if the offense could muster a few first downs and run time off the clock, the Bengals don’t get three possessions in the fourth quarter and the D doesn’t get written down. Dump Bevell.

  6. Richard admitted that a portion of the defensive performance arose from cornerback Cary Williams using a technique not “in the fashion that we prefer,” and that when a tight end runs by safety Kam Chancellor in the red zone (as Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert did twice on Sunday), Chancellor must “[p]lay his technique.”

    Just so we’re all clear, the “technique” he’s referring to is holding and making significant contact past 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, right?

  7. Richard admitted that a portion of the defensive performance arose from cornerback Cary Williams using a technique not “in the fashion that we prefer,” and that when a tight end runs by safety Kam Chancellor in the red zone (as Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert did twice on Sunday), Chancellor must “[p]lay his technique.”

    Just so we’re all clear, the “technique” he’s referring to is holding and making significant contact past 5 yards from the line of scrimmage, right?
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    More like step-kick and patience at the line of scrimmage, but cute answer.

  8. Money, money, money.

    Back in 2013 that wasn’t a problem and Chancellor would have played the technique on Eifert.

    Kris Richard is a decent coach, has nothing to do with him. Bevell on the other hand…

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