On Monday, it was announced that the Dallas Cowboys hired Kris Richard as their defensive passing game coordinator. He is replacing Matt Eberflus as passing game coordinator, who left for a defensive coordinator position in Indianapolis. Richard came from the Seattle Seahawks where he was the DB coach from 2012-14. He took over the defensive coordinator position in 2015 after Dan Quinn left for a head coach position in Atlanta.
He is known for helping to develop defensive players like Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas III, and Kam Chancellor, otherwise known as the “Legion of Boom”. From 2012 thru 2016, Richard helped the defense maintain a DVOA (defense-adjusted value over average) ranking in the top five. However, this past season, their ranking was 13, which explains the reasoning behind the Seahawks letting him go. One should note that the decline in play was due to the multiple injuries plaguing the team, not because of Richard.
This new hire was a great move by the Cowboys. Who do we have on the team that could benefit from his guidance and teaching? How about newbies Xavier Woods, Chinobe Awuzie, and Jourdan Lewis? Could it be possible that Dallas will have their own Legion of Boom? I say yes, but let’s find a cooler name to call them.
Another reason we’re lucky to get Kris Richard is because he’s had experience as a Defensive Coordinator. There have been rumors that Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys’ current Defensive Coordinator, was entertaining the idea of retiring this season. Even if they are only rumors, the Cowboys will have someone to turn to when and if Marinelli steps down.
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