Dallas Cowboys secondary coach/passing game coordinator Kris Richard is a man in demand.
First, it was the New York Jets. Then it was the Miami Dolphins.
And now it’s the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
All three teams want to speak to Richard for their vacant head coaching jobs, according to sources.
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But with the Cowboys playing in the wild-card game against the Seattle Seahawks Saturday, any possible interview can’t take place until next week, per NFL rules.
It’s no surprise that Richard is drawing interest.
He is crediting with turning the Cowboys defense from a weak link into a top-five unit and the most stable force on a team that won the NFC East title with a 10-6 record.
Richard came to the Cowboys during the offseason from the Seahawks where he helped develop the famed “Legion of Boom” secondary.
He has taken over the defensive play-calling duties from coordinator Rod Marinelli and could be promoted to the top spot next season in Dallas if he doesn’t land a head-coaching job.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said Richard has done a fantastic job and doesn’t want to lose him. Under Richard’s guidance, Byron Jones moved from safety to cornerback and made the Pro Bowl in his first season.
“Just a really, really good football coach,” Garrett said. “One of the things that we try to do, [be] very thoughtful about, is bring a coach in on the defensive side who kind of fit with the DNA of our defense, so he and Rod and our defensive staff, they really complement each other really well. I think they believe in the same things, have the same values of what they want our defense to be. I think that’s meshed really well for us.
“Then, he’s brought other things — some of the nuances and the details that he’s brought that maybe are different than what we’ve brought in the past have been positive additions. He’s a great teacher. He’s got great enthusiasm. Very knowledgeable. Very detailed.”
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