Former Dallas Cowboys secondary coach and passing coordinator Kris Richard interviewed Thursday with New York Giants co-owner/president John Mara, general manager Dave Gettleman, and assistant general manager Kevin Abrams for their vacant head coaching position.
In 2019, the Cowboys’ passing defense finished 10th in the NFL in 2019, allowing just 223.5 yards per game. Dallas’ 23 passing touchdowns were the eighth fewest allowed in the league.
Before arriving in Big D, Richard spent six seasons with the Seattle Seahawks on Pete Carroll’s staff. Richard, who played for Carroll at USC, spent three seasons as the Seahawks’ defensive backs coach (2012-14) and three seasons as defensive coordinator (2015-17).
Richard is best known as the architect of the fearsome Legion of Boom secondary: Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Byron Maxwell, and Brandon Browner. Under Richard’s stewardship, the Legion of Boom were selected to a combined 17 Pro Bowls. The Seahawks made consecutive Super Bowl appearances: defeating the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII and coming within a foot of defeating the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
Richard was fired after the 2017 season, a decision that did not set well with some members of the Seahawks secondary.
“He’s one of the guys that pulled everybody along, no matter if you’re a rookie or a vet, there’s always something you can learn from him,” cornerback Shaquill Griffin said. “He’s extremely smart. (I’m upset) that he had to leave, but I understand that it is business. He taught me so much, more than just the game, but life itself.”
The Giants made rebuilding their secondary a priority last offseason. They acquired safety Jabrill Peppers in the trade that sent Odell Beckham Jr. to the Cleveland Browns. They moved up five spots to select DeAndre Baker 30th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft. They also picked up Julian Love in the fourth round (108th overall) and Corey Ballentine in the sixth round (180th overall).
The Giants could want Richard because of his previous success with the Seahawks. They may also look at him as a potential replacement for James Bettcher at defensive coordinator.
Richard interviewed with both the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year for their head coaching vacancies. Interest in him is bound to increase in this offseason, especially since his former employer is now in the market for a head coach. He certainly earned the respect of the owner/general manager.
“I’m very positive about the future with Kris Richard. I think he’s going to be an outstanding coach in the NFL,” Jerry Jones said on his radio show last year. “I feel good about Kris Richard and the future with him. I’m going to be with him whether I’m playing against him or with him.”