Kris Richard on joining the Saints: ‘This is the best place for my family and I’

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How’s that for reloading? After losing several assistant coaches to the NFL hiring cycle, the New Orleans Saints made a splash in their first addition by adding Kris Richard as their secondary coach, as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. And Richard is eager to get to work with his new team.

“It is true. I should have everything signed and sealed today. This is the best place for my family and I,” Richard told NFL insider Josina Anderson, before excusing himself to take another call. He’s a busy man today. ESPN’s Ed Werder confirmed the hiring, adding that Richard also interviewed with the Las Vegas Raiders and Houston Texans before choosing the Saints.

A protégé of Pete Carroll back to their USC Trojans days, Richard served as the Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2015 to 2017 before taking on a number of responsibilities with the Dallas Cowboys in 2018 and 2019. Popular with players and coaches alike, he’s interviewed for different head coaching jobs around the league and remains a rising star in the NFL after opting out of the 2020 season.

For perspective, his worst pass defense was the 2018 Cowboys, which allowed just 234 passing yards per game. The Saints allowed 217 yards per game last season, which was their third-best average since winning Super Bowl XLIV. He should be a quality replacement for Glenn, and then some.