Kris Richard
Personal information
Born: (1979-10-28) October 28, 1979 (age 44)
Carson, California, U.S.
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 a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:54
Forced fumbles:1
Pass deflections:2
Coaching stats at PFR

Kris Richard (born October 28, 1979) is an American football coach and former player who was most recently the defensive backs coach for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL).[1] He previously served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks.

Playing career

High school

Richard prepped at Serra High School in Gardena, California.[1]


Richard attended the University of Southern California, where he played college football as a cornerback under coach Paul Hackett and Pete Carroll from 1998 to 2001.[2]

National Football League

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
5 ft 11 in
(1.80 m)
186 lb
(84 kg)
29+18 in
(0.74 m)
9+14 in
(0.23 m)
4.42 s 1.55 s 2.54 s 4.15 s 39.5 in
(1.00 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
10 reps
All values from NFL Combine[3][4]

He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 3rd round (85th overall) in the 2002 NFL Draft.[5][6] 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.[6]

Coaching career


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

Seattle Seahawks

He followed Carroll to the NFL and joined his former team, the Seahawks, as secondary coach.[7] 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. 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. He won his first Super Bowl title when the Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII.[8]

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.[7]

As the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks, Richard's defense ranked first in points allowed for the 2015 season, third in 2016 and thirteenth in 2017.[9]

Richard was relieved of his defensive coordinator duties following the 2017 season.[9]

Dallas Cowboys

On January 22, 2018, Richard was hired by the Dallas Cowboys as their defensive backs coach.[10] On January 13, 2020, it was reported that Richard would not be retained by Dallas following the removal of head coach Jason Garrett. [11]

New Orleans Saints

On February 2, 2021, Richard was hired by the New Orleans Saints as their defensive backs coach under head coach Sean Payton, replacing Aaron Glenn, who departed to become the defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. On February 1, 2023, Richard parted ways with the Saints.[12]


  1. ^ a b "Kris Richard". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  2. ^ "Kris Richard". Archived from the original on June 18, 2016. Retrieved January 28, 2006.
  3. ^ "Kris Richard, Southern California, CB, 2002 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kris Richard, Combine Results, CB - Southern California". Retrieved November 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "2002 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved March 18, 2023.
  6. ^ a b "Kris Richard". Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  7. ^ a b Pompei, Dan (January 17, 2014). "Seattle Seahawks' Legion of Boom Is Pure, Old-School Football at Its Finest". Bleacher Report.
  8. ^ "Super Bowl XLVIII - Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos - February 2nd, 2014". Retrieved February 20, 2023.
  9. ^ a b "Analysis: Why did the Seahawks move on from Kris Richard as defensive coordinator? A look at the numbers". January 22, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  10. ^ "Cowboys hire ousted Seahawks DC Kris Richard". Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  11. ^ "Report: Cowboys won't retain Jon Kitna, Kris Richard". January 13, 2020. Retrieved January 18, 2020.
  12. ^ "Saints, co-defensive coordinator Kris Richard part ways". Retrieved February 1, 2023.