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Kris Richard not may not have left the Cowboys even if he was offered a head coaching job

Kris Richard of the Dallas Cowboys is just like most other members of any coaching staff in the NFL. He dreams of becoming a head coach one day, but he is also aware that he doesn’t have to force it even though there have been recent developments around the league that could have paved the way for him to realize his goal.

Richard had recent interviews for a head coaching gig with the Miami Dolphins, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New York Jets. Of those three teams, the Dolphins seemed to be the closest one who could have offered Richard the job until they changed direction by zeroing in on New England Patriots assistant Brian Flores instead.

The uncertainty in the head coaching market ultimately led Richard to his decision to stay in Dallas and continue working with the Cowboys for at least one more season as the team’s defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator.

“I don’t know because it’s not my decision,” Richard said Thursday, via Jon Machota of the Dallas Morning News. “In my mind, it will happen when it does, and the right place will be wherever it is. I just want to serve. That’s my whole goal.”

Richard also said that even if he was offered a head coaching job somewhere else, there’s a possibility that he would have rejected it.

“This is a first-class organization,” Richard said. “. . .If I would’ve been chosen [for a head coaching job], there’s no guarantee that I would’ve left. I gave them my word that whatever decision was going to be made I would come back to the table and talk to them.”

Prior to joining the Cowboys last year, Richard spent his early years in the NFL as part of a coaching staff with the Seattle Seahawks from 2010-2017.