Kris Richard

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Kris Richard
Dallas Cowboys
Position:Defensive backs coach
Personal information
Born: (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 40)
Carson, California
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Junípero Serra
(Gardena, California)
NFL Draft:2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Coaching stats at PFR

Kris Richard (born October 28, 1979) is an American football coach and former player.

Richard was instrumental to the formation of the Legion of Boom defensive secondary. He helped coach and develop players such as Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor, Brandon Browner, Byron Maxwell and for his rookie season only, Shaquill Griffin.

Playing career[edit]

High school[edit]

Richard prepped at Serra High School in Gardena, California.


Richard attended the University of Southern California, where he played college football as a cornerback[1] under coach Paul Hackett and Pete Carroll from 1998 to 2001.

National Football League[edit]

He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played for the Seahawks for three seasons. He was traded to the Miami Dolphins for Ronald Flemons in 2005. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2005 and the Oakland Raiders in 2007.

Coaching career[edit]


Richard was hired in 2008 by Carroll as a graduate assistant coach for the USC secondary (defensive backs).

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

He followed Carroll to the NFL and joined his former team, the Seahawks, as secondary coach.

Richard's secondary's hard-hitting style has led it to be nicknamed "the Legion of Boom." Bleacher Report described the Legion of Boom's accomplishments as a credit not only to Richard, but to Carroll, who was a safety himself in his playing days and began his coaching career as a secondary coach.[2]

After losing Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks promoted Richard to defensive coordinator to replace Dan Quinn, who had left to become the head coach for the Atlanta Falcons.

As the defensive coordinator for the 2015 Seattle Seahawks Richards defense ranked first in points allowed for the season.

Dallas Cowboys[edit]

On January 22, 2018, Richard was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive backs coach.[3]

Coaching tree[edit]

NFL head coaches under whom Kris Richard has served:


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  2. ^ Pompei, Dan (January 17, 2014). "Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom Is Pure, Old-School Football at Its Finest". Bleacher Report.
  3. ^ "Cowboys hire ousted Seahawks DC Kris Richard". Retrieved January 22, 2018.