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Cowboys hiring former Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard as passing game coordinator

The Seattle Seahawks’ decision to fire defensive coordinator Kris Richard was met with some criticism from fans and the media, so it’s not surprising that he quickly found another job. According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Gee Scott and ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Richard will be the Dallas Cowboys’ new passing game coordinator.

Scott also noted that Richard will serve as Dallas’ defensive backs coach, but Schefter only confirmed that he’ll serve as the passing game coordinator for Dallas.

This is a huge addition for a Cowboys team still mourning the loss of linebackers coach/passing game coordinator Matt Eberflus. Dallas offered to promote Eberflus to defensive coordinator, but he will reportedly take that same position under New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels when he officially accepts the Indianapolis Colts’ head coaching job after the Super Bowl.

After a brief playing career with the Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, and San Francisco 49ers as a cornerback, Richard became a graduate assistant under Pete Carroll at his alma mater of USC. When Carroll took the head coaching job in Seattle, Richard came over with him as the assistant defensive backs coach for the Seahawks. He continued to coach the secondary until 2015 when Dan Quinn became the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons, opening Seattle’s defensive coordinator position for Richard.

After finishing in the top three in points allowed in his first two years on the job, Richard’s defense dropped to 13th in 2017. They still placed 11th in total defense despite season-ending injuries to star cornerback Richard Sherman, safety Kam Chancellor, and defensive end Cliff Avril, as well as nagging injuries to safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner.