Dallas Hires Kris Richard To Defensive Staff

The Seahawks moved on from former defensive coordinator Kris Richard after the team agreed to terms with former Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. However, the 38-year-old coach has found a rebound job now that the Cowboys have decided to hire him to be the team’s next secondary coach and defensive passing game coordinator, according to Gee Scott of 710ESPN Seattle (Twitter link). Richard met with the team on Sunday to discuss a potential role, a source told Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (Twitter link).

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Richard coming to the Cowboys is a solid addition given the success he had in Seattle during his three-year tenure leading one of the best defenses in football. Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will continue in his current role, but adding a former defensive play caller should certainly help the staff continue to build Dallas’ defense next season.

Under Richard’s guidance, the Seahawks finished in the top five in total defense in 2015 and 2016, but dropped to number 11 this past year. However, Seattle did lose key starters in Kam Chancellor, Cliff Avril and Richard Sherman. The Cowboys ranked as a top ten defense in 2017, but could always use more experienced voices in the locker room.

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  1. itslonelyatthetrop

    Dallas needs all the help they can get on defense.

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    • Miklo916

      No they don’t. Top 10 in defense doesn’t mean need a lot of help

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      • Michael Chaney

        Unless you’re #1, you can always use help…I agree that they don’t need all they can get but you can always improve

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  2. RockHard

    Earl Thomas would be awesome.. Cowboys should be back in the playoffs next year regardless though

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    • CursedRangers

      Minus all the suspensions, the Cowboys would have likely made the playoffs this year. Will be interesting to see if they can have a low key offseason for once.

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    • tyork21

      Your delusional if you think a team that went 9-7 with rookie corners and a 6 game suspension of their best player will be 8-8 .. you may not like the Cowboys but be realistic

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  3. benny

    rod marinelli is great def coordinator adding will help the def is young I’m not cowboy fan but I like rod did a good in chitown

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