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Dallas Cowboys: Report: Kris Richard to interview for trio of head-coaching jobs one day after Cowboys’ wild-card game vs. Seattle

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

Update, 11:45 a.m., Jan. 5, 2019: ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard is scheduled to have head coaching interviews with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Jets and Miami Dolphins on Sunday.

Richard will be on the sidelines for the Cowboys for their wild-card game on Saturday against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks. 


FRISCO — Another day, another team interested in interviewing Kris Richard for a head coach opening.

The Cowboys defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator will interview with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to NFL Network. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins also have plans to meet with Richard.

Richard will not interview with any teams before Saturday night’s wild card playoff game against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks.

“Whoever is interviewing him, they are smart people,” Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli said. “He’s sharp. He’s got great communication skills. He has a great background. He relates well with players. [He has high standards] and he’ll hold you to the standards.”

Marinelli has called Richard the team’s biggest offseason acquisition. The former Detroit Lions head coach expects Richard to eventually become an NFL head coach.

Marinelli said he wants to see “good men take over franchises and do the things the right way,” adding that Richard fits his description.

Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith said he knew Richard was special from the first day they met.

“You could tell there was something different about him,” Smith said. “The tenacity he brings, the love of the game, the love for his men that he’s teaching. I’ve gotten a chance to learn a lot from him, much more beyond football.

“He definitely has a purpose, within athletics, but beyond as well.”

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was asked during a conference call this week with Seattle reporters about Richard getting head coaching interest from other teams.

“I was in that position a number of years ago,” Garrett said. “The people who were around me supported me. I think the biggest thing you have to do is you have to focus on what your job is right now, and do that to the best of your ability. Then if the logistics work out where you can interview with another team in and around your playoff games, you go ahead and figure that out. But your focus has to be on what you’re doing. I think that’s first and foremost. 

“Typically, people who are interviewing you when you’re involved in the playoffs understand that. To me, it’s more impressive to them when you do have that kind of focus because they know that’s the kind of guy you’re getting if they do in fact hire you. Kris is fantastic in terms of that. His focus on what we need to do each day to become a better team is fantastic. He does a great job instilling that in our defense.”

Original story, Dec. 31: As expected, Kris Richard’s name is being linked to NFL head coaching opportunities.

The Cowboys’ defensive backs coach and defensive passing game coordinator has been named in multiple reports regarding interview requests with the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets.

Eight head coaching jobs became available on Monday, following the last day of the regular season.

Richard, Seattle’s defensive coordinator from 2015 to 2017, joined the Cowboys’ staff in January. His fingerprints are all over Dallas’ strong defensive play this season. Although Rod Marinelli is defensive coordinator, Richard has been calling the defense for a unit that finished the regular season ranked seventh in total defense.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Monday morning that it was “premature” to discuss what teams were calling about interviewing Richard.

“Certainly we will not be surprised at all if we get several calls on Kris before it’s all said and done,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. “He’s done a great job for us this year working with Rod. We certainly want to keep him. That’s an important part of what we’re about on the defensive side of the ball, but we also realize when these assistants get head coaching opportunities they have to look at that.”

Richard, who has been interviewed for head coaching positions in the past, said in November that his focus was solely on coaching Dallas’ defenders.

“I’ve never ever looked beyond,” he said at the time. “It’s no secret I’ve been in an interview and had the opportunity to prepare. Will I be prepared? Yes. I am preparing. But is it so important to where it’s a distraction? Never ever.”

The stats

Here’s a look at Dallas’ defensive statistics in 2017 and then in 2018 with Richard.

Category per game

2017 regular season

2018 regular season



20.8 (13th in NFL)

20.3 (6th in NFL)



318.1 (8th)

329.3 (7th)


Passing yards

214.1 (11th)

234.7 (13th)


Takeaways (total)

21 (16th)

20 (16th)


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