Report: Packers interested in Kris Richard as defensive coordinator candidate

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Add Kris Richard to the list of potential defensive coordinators for Matt LaFleur and the Green Bay Packers.

According to Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Packers “reached out” to Richard about the team’s opening at defensive coordinator.

Richard, a long-time assistant for the Seattle Seahawks, sat out the 2020 season after not getting a coordinator job.

Between 2010 to 2017, Richard ascended the coaching ranks in Seattle, going from assistant defensive backs coach to defensive coordinator for arguably the best defense of the decade. For much of his time with the Seahawks, he worked directly under Dan Quinn, who went on to coach the Falcons and work alongside Packers coach Matt LaFleur in Atlanta.

Richard spent the 2018 and 2019 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys. The former NFL cornerback is well-versed in the Cover-3 style of defense that gained popularity with “The Legion of Boom” in Seattle.

While Richard was defensive coordinator for three years, the Seahawks ranked first in the NFL in scoring defense in 2015, third in 2016, and 13th in 2017.

LaFleur’s history with Quinn, who is now the defensive coordinator in Dallas, could give Richard a real shot at being the next Packers leader on defense.

Fun fact: Richard played college football at USC under coach Paul Hackett, the father of Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett.

The Packers moved on from defensive coordinator Mike Pettine last week. He was the team’s defensive coordinator from 2018 to 2020.

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