Kris Richard made Cowboys’ defensive calls Sunday

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It was obvious by the amount of blitzing the Cowboys did Sunday against the Giants that Kris Richard, not Rod Marinelli, was making the defensive play calls. Blitzing is not in Marinelli’s DNA.

The Cowboys’ defensive coordinator confirmed Thursday that the team’s passing game coordinator handled the defensive calls against the Giants. Richard primarily handled the duties in the season opener at Carolina, too.

“All week [we talk about the play-calling], and I’ll say, ‘Hey, take it, Kris. You got it. Let’s go. You got a good feel of the back room,'” Marinelli said, via Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News. “Because he has to feel pressure-wise if we can hold up, all those things. The thing I’ve always believed in, and it’s one of our standards here, is it’s about the team. The team to me is everything. Every decision you make is how you get the team better. Some of the things he can do he makes us better. So I’m really glued to that.”

It’s hard to argue: The Cowboys rank fourth in total defense and have allowed only 29 points in two games.

Marinelli said it was similar to what the Cowboys allowed linebackers coach Matt Eberflus to do last season. Eberflus left in the offseason to become the Colts defensive coordinator. The Cowboys hired Richard to replace Eberflus after the Seahawks fired Richard.

Richard goes against his former team Sunday.

14 responses to “Kris Richard made Cowboys’ defensive calls Sunday

  1. I for one would love if Garrett, Marinelli, and Linehan all got fired and Richard’s was promoted to HC. Realistically atleast DC. Cowboys problems aren’t so much the players as it is the fossils they have calling the plays. Lenihan and Marinelli plays are dated as hell.

  2. LOL Seattle fired Richard, blaming him for their decline in defense last season. Now he is making the Cowpies’ defense better and Seattle’s defense has gotten even worse, giving up almost twice as many points as the Cowpies gave up in the first 2 games. Same story with the O line and the rushing game. Tom Cable was fired and the O line got worse. Since running back coach Sherman Smith was fired, Seattle’s rushing attack has become one of the worst in the league after being one of the top ones for years.

  3. chino1985 says:
    September 20, 2018 at 3:53 pm
    I for one would love if Garrett, Marinelli, and Linehan all got fired and Richard’s was promoted to HC. Realistically atleast DC. Cowboys problems aren’t so much the players as it is the fossils they have calling the plays. Lenihan and Marinelli plays are dated as hell.

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    Fun to fantasize about the unknown, but I’m pretty sure they would hire an actual qualified candidate for the head coach position. Richard isn’t there yet.

    The unknown could be better, but it could also be much worse.

  4. Linehan and Garrett should have probably already been gone, but Marinelli still has the ability to coach at a high level I believe. He is also willing to let someone else help him out, with new ideas and schemes. Linehan has to much of an ego to do that. Garrett just doesn’t have what it takes to be a HC in my opinion.

  5. I have respect for Marinelli for not declining the help given by coach Richard. Sometimes a fresher approach is taken to by the players simply because it’s different and whether consciously or not, you know those players are trying harder c’mon who doesn’t love blitzing from all kinds of angels if you play defense.

  6. is passing game coordinator the right title for a defensive coach? sounds like an offensive job no? but big shout to Marinelli for leaving the ego at the door and putting the TEAM first…gotta dig that

  7. thought Richard was a loss when they let him go. seemed to have the players respect, no small task on that version of the Hawks D. Seahawks defense in week 1-2 hasn’t been bad – and they’re banged up. It’s the O that’s let us down so far.

  8. I love Richard’s intensity and passion which is definitely rubbing off on the defense, if Marinelli ever retires Richard would be the perfect replacement as the defensive co-ordinator.

  9. Why would a team hire a DC who is disinclined to use a particular tactic to help win? The fact that this fact is well known makes it ridiculous.

  10. Marinelli is one of the best D-Line coaches in history and is the guy who built the historically bad Cowboys defense to respectability the last few years. They’re far from being where they need to be to be contenders, but don’t equate the guy with Scott Linehan. Props to Marinelli for allowing Richard (and Eberflus before him) to make ingame calls and recognizing that his philosophy does suit every situation. Marinelli gains nothing individually by doing so (and in fact loses face in some peoples’ eyes) but the team gets better, and there’s not much more I can say than that that deserves respect. Not every DC would do that.

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