Per a report by SiriusXM NFL Radio host Alex Marvez, the Miami Dolphins are believed to be leaning towards Dallas Cowboys defensive backs coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard as their next head coach.
Richard was a defensive back himself, playing for the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders over a 6-year NFL career. Following his playing career, he joined Pete Carroll as a graduate assistant for USC for two years before following Carroll to the Seahawks in 2010.
He served as a defensive backs coach for 5 years and then spent three years as the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, and is largely credited for developing the ‘Legion of Boom’ secondary in Seattle with Richard Sherman, Byron Maxwell, Earl Thomas, Brandon Browner, and Kam Chancellor. His defense ranked first in points allowed in the 2015 season.
Following the 2017 season, Richard was let go by Seattle, but was immediately hired by the Dallas Cowboys, where his development of a hard-hitting defense was again on prominent display.
He is renowned by his players as a respected teacher.
Dolphins owner Stephen Ross and general manager Chris Grier completed a whirlwind tour of interviews last weekend, culminating with Richard after the Cowboys defeated the Seahawks in the Wildcard round of the playoffs. Richard’s Cowboys play the Los Angeles Rams this Saturday, and Richard will likely not be available for a second interview until his team is out of the playoffs.
With that being the case, Ross and Grier will interview current special teams coordinator Darren Rizzi on Friday.
If Richard is indeed the Dolphins top pick as their next head coach, they likely won’t face any competition from other teams for his services. Richard interviewed with the New York Jets and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but Tampa Bay has since hired Bruce Arians and the Jets are reportedly looking for an offensive-minded coach to develop quarterback Sam Darnold.
Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones doesn’t want to lose Richard, but is preparing for it to happen, saying, “Obviously we’d love to keep Kris, but I’m sure it’s just going to depend on the opportunity, and certainly we’ll sit down and discuss those things.
“He’s got all the qualities you look for in a head coach.”
Cornerback Byron Jones and linebacker Jaylon Smith have also heaped praise upon Richard. Jones says Richard is “destined for greatness,” but it was Smith’s comments that spoke the loudest when asked what he likes the most about Richard.
“The tenacity he brings, the love for the game, the love for his men that he’s teaching,” said Smith. “Getting a chance to learn from him, much more beyond football. He definitely has a purpose within athletics but beyond athletics as well.”
This story was written by Eldon Jenson. Follow him on Twitter: @EJFootball
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