Favre & Barry Show … Friday Cup O’Chiefs

From River Falls, Wisconsin

The track for Barry Richardson is all clear.

There’s nothing but green lights and go signals between him and the job as the Chiefs starting right tackle. All he has to do is move his now much lighter caboose down the track with as few problems as possible.

That begins Friday night at the Metrodome when the Chiefs have pre-season game No. 2 against the Minnesota Vikings (7 p.m. kickoff.)

On the purple side of the game the attention falls on 34-year old quarterback who is out to push his career to 19 years. Brett Favre reportedly will start for the Vikings. How long he plays is unknown, but he’s not expected to be out there very long.

On the red side of the field are dozens of stories like that of Barry Richardson – guys just trying to make a place for themselves in the NFL. In his rookie season last year, Richardson got just special teams duty in six games. He did not play a down on offense.

Todd Haley wasn’t naming any starters on Thursday as the Chiefs started packing before breaking camp. But this week, Richardson was moved into the starting lineup at right tackle ahead of Damion McIntosh and Herb Taylor. To stay there, he must make tonight’s performance a good one.

“I try to get a little bit better every day,” Richardson said. “That’s what I want to do Friday night, just get better.”

Richardson’s opportunity is a bit of a surprise, but it comes due to his willingness to dive in head first to Haley’s off-season program.

“(I) think Barry has a chance, said Haley. “He’s a guy who used the off-season program to his benefit. Lost more weight than anybody else in the entire off-season program, got himself in condition, and got himself much stronger which he is continuing to work on. He should continue to get stronger as we go forward. He’s made progress daily, not without some ups and downs. It’s not picture perfect, by any means – a work in progress – but I think he’s created some competition at the right tackle position.”

When Richardson left Kansas City after the final game of the ‘08 season, he weighed 330 pounds.

He spent two months at home in South Carolina eating Mom’s cooking and when he showed up for the off-season program, he weighed 350 pounds.

Richardson will play at 318 pounds against the Vikings and says he will likely be down to 315 pounds in the next week as the Chiefs continue their training camp in the hotter temperatures of Kansas City.

How did he lose the weight?

“One less bite,” the soft-spoken Richardson said with a smile. “I ate a lot of salads, and cut back on the fried foods. In the South, we like fried foods.

“I just took it as a challenge when he told me he wanted me to play at 320 pounds. I just worked every day (in the off-season program) to get better. I feel lighter, I feel better. I haven’t lost any strength in losing the weight. I’m quicker now too.

“It’s helped me get better.”

Richardson lost the weight in his middle, but he laughs and says “no” when asked if he has a six-pack of abdominal muscles now. “I’d need to lose another 20 pounds to have those,” he said.

The fact the team finished 2-14 and Richardson barely got any playing time did not make the ‘08 season a complete waste for him. “I learned a lot of things,” he said. “I was able to fine tune my pass protection, which I wasn’t that great at. Practicing every day against Tamba Hali and those guys, I used that to m y advantage to work on my skills.”

Getting better bit by bit, day by day; that approach is something that has served Richardson well.

“My Mom told me once that Rome was built in a day and that it’s better to just go out every day and improve,” Richardson said. “She was always telling me to slow down, not get in a hurry, and realize that it will come if you keep working. You start stringing together those types of days and you can get something done.”

The right tackle spot has been in flux since the first days of camp, when McIntosh could not pass his conditioning test and Taylor worked with the first team. Once he was on the active roster, McIntosh took most of the snaps with the first team until this week. When the Chiefs returned from Kansas City after pre-season game No. 1 against Houston, Richardson was the starter at right tackle and there he stayed all week. McIntosh worked with the second team at right tackle, while Taylor was working as the backup left tackle.

“I think this is just trying to find the best players or the best fit for us … the guys who give us the best chance to win,” said Haley. “This is an opportunity for a young guy to have a legitimate chance.”

What awaits Richardson in this game against the Vikings is another chance for him to increase the pile of chips in front of him. It’s doubtful a starter at RT will be determined in this game, but he could certainly play his way out of contention with a poor performance.

Right now, he’s with the first team and it’s up to him to stay there.

“I hope we can put some points on the board before we get out of the game,” said Richardson. “I want to not give up any sacks and open some holes for the running game.”


  • BROWNS – signed C-G Pat Murray (Broncos) and LB Robert McCune; released WR Edwards Williams.
  • BUCCANEERS – released WR Joel Filani, DB Michael Hawkins and DT Greg Peterson.
  • COLTS – re-signed C Tom Pestock.
  • 49ERS – released RB Zak Keasey.
  • PACKERS – released TE Tory Humphrey and WR Patrick Williams.
  • SAINTS – OT Jamaal Brown is sidelined with a groin injury.
  • STEELERS – QB Ben Roethlisberger left practice on Thursday with has been reported as an Achilles’ tendon injury. No word on his immediate ability to practice or play.

On August 21, 1971, the Chiefs beat the New Orleans Saints 27-7 in a return to Tulane Stadium where they won Super Bowl IV. The Chiefs had touchdown runs by RB Ed Podolak (1-yard), RB Warren McVea (6 yards) and QB Mike Livingston (78 yards.) Livingston score came after handoff to RB Robert Holmes who gained 2 yards and fumbled. Livingston picked up fumble and ran 78 yards for the score. There were 70,459 at Tulane Stadium.

On August 21, 1976, the Chiefs beat the Washington Redskins 23-20 in a pre-season game at Arrowhead Stadium. QB Tony Adams threw two TD passes, an18-yard to WR Larry Brunson and 14 yards to WR Lawrence Williams. K Jan Stenerud had field goals of 28, 36 and 41 yards. RB John Riggins had two TD runs for Washington and 67 yards on 11 carries. QB Billy Kilmer was six of 11 for 78 yards.


Born on August 21, 1945 in Clover, Virginia was Hall of Fame MLB Willie Edward Lanier. He was selected in the second round of the 1967 NFL-AFL Draft out of Morgan State. Lanier played 11 seasons with the Chiefs (1967-77), appearing in 154 regular and post-season games, with 29 interceptions, 18 recovered fumbles and two returns for TDs. He went to eight all-star games or Pro Bowls and was named to the NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986. Lanier is also a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame and the College Football H all of Fame.

Born on August 21, 1981 in Charlottesville, Virginia was K Nick Novak. He joined the Chiefs for the start of the 2008 season and kicked in six games, hitting six of 10 FG attempts before he was released. Novak also kicked for the Cardinals and Redskins.

Born on August 21, 1985 in Dublin, Georgia was LB Erik Walden. He was claimed on waivers by the Chiefs before the start of the 2008 season, after he was released by Dallas. Walden played nine games with the Chiefs last season, contributing 10 tackles on special teams.

24 Responses to “Favre & Barry Show … Friday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • August 21, 2009  - Justin Foote says:

    Let’s go Barry! I hope you are good enough to keep D MC out of the starting lineup. I think it’s great how he’s dropped 30+ pounds in just a matter of a few months. It shows his determination. This is the type of guy that we need on this team. Keep up the good work and keep getting better.

  • August 21, 2009  - Justin Foote says:

    From the photo, it looks like Barry and Cassel both have arrowheads on their helmets.

  • August 21, 2009  - Scott says:

    We should get some good work in tonight. The Vikings are a good team…so it’s a great opportunity for us. I hope our guys take advantage. May we make some plays…and learn from our mistakes. I personally couldn’t care less what the final score is. Even if we beat them 50-0…it wouldn’t mean a thing come regular season. Just learn…and improve.

  • August 21, 2009  - findthedr says:

    Mr. Foote, that photo could have been taken at the scrimmage. It appears even the player Richardson is defending has an arrowhead on his helmet.

    Hope Richardson steps up. He has the prototypical RT build, while Taylor does not.

  • August 21, 2009  - Josh says:

    Its hard to tell where the photo is from seeing as they aren’t even in shells. Would be nice tho to get an update on the whole decal thing tho. I am happy that a young guy is getting a chance to step in, D Mac wasn’t in the least consistent as the tackle at all last year. I recall alot of “Sackintosh”’s flying around last year while sitting in the stands at ole arrowhead. And J Foote you are absolutely right about the type of player we need. Shows alot of dedication and willingness to get better on Barry’s part.

    A lot of attention will be on Farve tonight, witch is understandable. My attention, however will be on how the Chiefs handle the explosive running attack of the Vikings in the new 3-4. Hopefully the linebackers show up tonight and I would love to see the big men upfront stuff some plays as well.


  • August 21, 2009  - Scott says:

    Yeah…I’m not looking forward to the “Favre this and Favre that” that we’ll be subjected to. Probably have to watch with the sound turned off…and listen to Len and Mitch (which I do sometimes, anyway).

  • August 21, 2009  - ILChiefsFan says:

    Hell of a way to have to earn your starting job – against the Vikings D.

  • August 21, 2009  - RedandGoldRice says:

    If Richardson can cut it, can make progress throughout the season, that would give us the bookend tackles we’ve been looking for. I’m all for Barry being the RT of the future. With Brown at RG, we’d just be a C and possibly a LG away from a formidable starting O-line for the foreseeable future.


  • August 21, 2009  - steve says:

    Does worry me that he is having trouble beating out Damion. Will still need to look to upgrade in the off season.

  • August 21, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Barry Richardson…another fine product brought to you by Herman Edwards Industries ® . 6′6 318 now, listed at 319 in 2008 – and he’s lost some weight? One lb. goes a lot further than it used to…huh. Be more of that magical height and/or weight manipulation courtesy the NFL way. Least Barry is a starter – unlike this years & #5 draft miss Colin Brown who’s an even bigger man (and OT bust, now backup OG’dom.) Oh well, maybe next year a starter Col Bro or just maybe next year’s Gene Trosch of a sort. What’s that? Read on.

    - – - – - – - -

    Willie Lanier, a 2nd round draft choice in 1967 by KC, & actually their 3rd pick that year (Jim Lynch his LB mate & later roommate on the road went 2a to “Honey Bear’s” 2b – both went after DE/DT soon to be famous footnote draft history theirs Gene Trosch, a listed 6′7 277 (and then some) who went #1. Big, strong, young &… much too slow. A reserve in ‘67, cut/didn’t make the team in ‘68, back in time for ‘69, a Superbowl ring his and then- his career was done. Note to KC PR Dept: your media guide has been wrong for years – Trosch ‘not’ ‘67 thru ‘69 as you show.)

    - – - – - – -

    Tonight’s football prediction:

    Vikings 285 – Chiefs 3/8 (or maybe MIN 24 KC 9)


  • August 21, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Good luck to Mutt Ca$$el…am depending on you.

    heh heh heh

  • August 21, 2009  - Rin's Mother says:

    Rinny, darling. Come upstairs and take your meds.

  • August 21, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Can’t touch this – Hammer time!


  • August 21, 2009  - BoJacksonFan says:

    does anyone remember last preseason? i seem to remember hearing all about how Cassel wasnt even good enough to be Brady’s replacement, and there was talk he would be the 3rd string qb. well it obviously didnt pan out that way. shows how much we can base results on the preseason.

  • August 21, 2009  - Dave says:

    I’m a diehard chiefs fan since 1971. Anyone stop & think that the picture of Richardson is from last years camp?

  • August 21, 2009  - gorillafan says:

    He looks too thin to be from last year. LJ is in the background and I think that is the top of Haleys head behind the qb. but ?

  • August 21, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    No, those offensive lineman’s gloves of Barry’s are definitely SO last years…a fashion faux pas to be sure.

    Too, the picture is obviously from last year – see Larry Johnson standing behind the QB, NOT blocking?


  • August 21, 2009  - Andy says:

    These comments reiterate my thoughts on the Vikings preview. Cool sig Rin, “Daddy-O” with the smilie face with shades. Your pretty fly. Sorry to flame I just can’t stand this poster.

  • August 21, 2009  - Pollard49 says:

    nice to see someone “diving in” to Haley’s approach, they are paid ridiculous amounts to not just buy in.

  • August 21, 2009  - Pollard49 says:

    wait, so because richardson was drafted by herm, he WILL be a great player, whereas if drafted by pioli, players arent given the time of day, let alone a SEASON….

    kind of ridiculous and one sided…one could say that if richardson DID break out, it wasnt because herm drafted him, herm drafted the poor OL, maybe it took Muir and Haley to turn a light on…

    realize, a lot of times, coaching is what takes a player to the next level…like in baseball, coach sees a guy not keeping his elbow up, or a pitcher that closes his eyes at a certain time etc…

    Amazing that herm’s players are golden no matter who coaches them, Pioli and Haley players are trash…

    pretty much sums up all future posts by a select few on here…

    why root for failure?

  • August 21, 2009  - steve says:

    Just imagine if Brown was to start at guard, then we would have two guys that couldn’t make it at thier college position. Brian the “failed” tight end, and Brown the “failed” tackle. My point being I like how Haley finds positions of strength for his players, and motivates non factors such as Richardson to perform well enough to challange for a starting spot. Game on in less than hours, kids soccer tournament better be running on time. I’m out of here.

  • August 21, 2009  - steve says:

    one other thing, one of my favorite players growing up, he is just a few years older and went to K.U. was Nolan Cromwell, starting qb. Went on to be all pro safety for the Rams. College positions are not set in stone when pay is on the line.

  • August 21, 2009  - Rick says:

    On the purple side of the game the attention falls on 34-year old quarterback, what?

  • August 21, 2009  - Rin Tin Tin says:

    Andy feelin’ ‘randy’ for Rin, ag’in! Good thing he doesn’t have to leave the house (and has big double -doors he can open when he does.)


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