Report: Cowboys won’t retain Jon Kitna, Kris Richard

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New Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy will not retain defensive passing game coordinator/secondary coach Kris Richard or quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna, David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Kitna, a former NFL quarterback who played 13 games for the Cowboys in 2010-11, spent only one season tutoring Dak Prescott.

The Cowboys will move tight ends coach Doug Nussmeier to Kitna’s old job, according to Moore. Nussmeier coached the team’s tight ends for two seasons, but he has a long history as a quarterbacks coach and an offensive coordinator in the college ranks.

He worked as an offensive coordinator at Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Washington and Fresno State. His only other NFL experience outside Dallas came as quarterbacks coach with the Rams in 2006-07.

Richard, 40, interviewed for the Giants’ head coaching job earlier this month. Now, he’s looking for work elsewhere as an assistant coach after two seasons with the Cowboys.

Richard had a year remaining on his contract, per Moore.

Mike Nolan is expected to become the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator, and Richard played for Nolan in San Francisco in 2005, so it was thought Richard might remain on staff.

It became obvious he won’t with the Cowboys hiring Texas A&M’s cornerbacks coach Maurice Linguist, who spent the past two seasons down the road in College Station. Linguist has never coached in the NFL.

11 responses to “Report: Cowboys won’t retain Jon Kitna, Kris Richard

  1. As long as Moore is there Jerry is still proxy head coach. Moore should have been first to go after the clapper.

  2. The linebackers and d-line are the most talented portions of the defense and they underwhelmed with horrendous run defense and pass rush. They never invested in the secondary as much as they did the other positions and the lack of turnovers were a result of that. He was actually a good coach..

  3. The reason Kellen Moore isnt leaving is cause JJ wants him to stay. But Mccarthy said he would retain him so it looked like he made the call. But everybody knows who makes the calls with cowboys.If you second guess that, your an idiot. Mccarthy will have input but very little fully be his decisions.

  4. Prescott had his best season with Kitna leading the QB room, so it makes sense for the Cowboys to get rid of him . . . um wait that doesn’t sound right???

    Moore got all of the credit for any success the Cowboys offense had and Dak was more important to that offense than Zeke for the first time in their four years together . . . that should have been a credit to Kitna.

    Jerry Jones looks at Moore as his very own McVay or whatever young coach is out there that is the hot topic of the day. The fact is that Dak didn’t perform great under Moore’s direct tutoring and I am sure the compromise that McCarthy made with Jones was to retain Moore but to be able to bring in his own guys for the other offensive coaching jobs. I am sure McCarthy is going to fill out his offensive coaches with guys he thinks can take over the OC job, if and when Moore stumbles again. Jones gets in his own way as a stubborn old dude, who has a ton of money and expects to get his own way whenever he wants.

  5. Richard took over a defense in Seattle with Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Bobby Wagner, Kam Chancellor, KJ Wright, Michael Bennett, and more. They got worse every year until Pete Carroll, Richard’s head coach at USC and the person who encouraged him to get into coaching, was finally forced to let him go. He didn’t have the same tools in Dallas but the downward trajectory was the same.

  6. McCarthy is cleaning house but I’m not sure these old retreads are the answer either! Philbin et al? Really?

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