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Kris Richard

Kris Richard
Seattle Seahawks
Date of birth: (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 36)
Place of birth: Carson, California
Career information
Position(s): Cornerback
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College: University of Southern California
NFL Draft: 2002 / Round: 3 / Pick: 85
As coach:

Seattle Seahawks (defensive backs coach)
Seattle Seahawks (defensive coordinator)
As player:
Seattle Seahawks
Miami Dolphins
San Francisco 49ers
Career stats
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Kris Richard (born October 28, 1979) is the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks and former National Football League cornerback.

High school career

Richard prepped at Serra High School in Gardena, California.

College career

Richard played college football at the University of Southern California under Pete Carroll.

Professional career

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

Richard was hired in 2008 by Carroll as a graduate assistant coach for the USC secondary (defensive backs). He followed Carroll to the NFL and joined his former team, the Seahawks, as secondary coach.

In an age of greater emphasis on player safety, Richard has built his secondary into a unit that plays aggressively, but still plays within the rules. For instance, Richard teaches his unit to limit their strike zone to the chest area in order to lessen the chance for penalties for illegal hits. His secondary's hard-hitting style has led it to be nicknamed "the Legion of Boom." In 2013, his unit was the stingiest secondary in the NFL, allowing the fewest passing yards in the league and helping lead the Seahawks to the first Super Bowl victory in franchise history. Bleacher Report described the Legion of Boom's accomplishments as a monument 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.[1]

After losing Super Bowl XLIX, Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn left to become the new head coach for the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks then promoted Richard to defensive coordinator.


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Preceded by
Dan Quinn
Seattle Seahawks Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by