Kris Richard likely to get a promotion, somewhere

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Earlier this month, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman lobbied for Seattle defensive backs coach Kris Richard to receive a promotion.

“He took kind of a ragtag bunch of DBs in 2011 and made them perennial All-Pros and Pro Bowlers, and you don’t hear his name being mentioned as much for D-coordinator jobs and things like that,” Sherman said.  “Which I think it should be.  We obviously know what kind of coach he is and what he’s done.  But obviously everybody else doesn’t.”

People are starting to figure out it.  Per a league source, Richard currently is expected to become a defensive coordinator after the Super Bowl — either by joining Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in Atlanta or by taking Quinn’s position after he becomes head coach of the Falcons.

Richard came to the Seahawks with coach Pete Carroll in 2010, after spending two years as an assistant at USC.  As a player, Richard was a third-round pick of the Seahawks in 2002.  The connections to Seattle and to Carroll may nudge Richard to remain in Seattle, if he receives the opportunity to replace Quinn.

17 responses to “Kris Richard likely to get a promotion, somewhere

  1. Does he deserve a promotion? I don’t think so, but he sure does deserve consideration. He is indeed the best cornerbacks coach in NFL–all anyone knows.

  2. Either him or Norton as Seattle’s next defensive coordinator if D.C. does leave to become Atlanta’s next HC. As long as the defensive expertise of Pete is still around, I think our defense will continue to be a wrecking force.

  3. dans761 says:
    Jan 23, 2015 8:39 PM
    Seattle is starting to turn into a head coach factory.
    Like your more successful rivals to the south. just a few ex niner coaches that became or are head coaches:
    Mike Holmgren
    Mike Shanahan
    Marc Trestman
    Pete Carroll (know him?)
    Marty Morwighen (sp)
    Mike McCarthy
    Norv Turner
    Lots more…too much to remember without more research

  4. Him or Rocky if we’re staying in house. I’ve read that Norton is happy just coaching the LBs. I don’t know that’s fact, but as a longtime player & coach, he’s fully aware of how demanding a coordinator job is. Understandable that it’s not for everyone.

  5. I like Norton, but I heard that he doesn’t want to leave the linebackers. Kris Richard is the guy. He’s familiar with Pete’s system and could add just enough of his own personality to keep the defense strong and competitive for many years.

    I don’t know his relationship with Dan Quinn, but I would find it difficult to imagine that Richard would leave an opportunity to be the defensive coordinator for a two-time Super Bowl winning team to be a part of what is basically a work-in-progress (ATL).

    Go Hawks!

  6. He isn’t the best DB coach in the league. The ex Texans DB coach now Bengals. DB coach Vance Joseph is and is also. Head coach in the making and Kubiak was making him DC in Denver. The Bengals blocked it

  7. lurch61 says: Like your more successful rivals to the south. just a few ex niner coaches that became or are head coaches:
    …Pete Carroll…

    There’s no doubt that Bill Walsh has a tremendous legacy in terms of a coaching tree. But Pete Carroll really doesn’t belong on that list. When he was head coach of the Jets and Patriots? Sure. But after he was fired from those jobs, he reinvented himself. He’s not the same coach as he was before.

    Besides, if Carroll were to identify which coaching tree he descended from, he’d probably say Bud Grant.

  8. Yeah it will be Kris Richard as the next DC. Only makes sense if Ken Norton is fine with just the linebackers.

    Dan Quinn is a good guy but I feel he will become just another Gus Bradley where he was good with these group of guys but not good with an average or mediocre roster. Atlanta is awful on defense as is.

    Kris Richard seems like a valuable piece as to why the legion of boom are who they are since 2012.

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