Kris Richard is in his first year as Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, but he's still better than all but nine defensive coordinators in the NFL, per Bucky Brooks of NFL.com.
Brooks credits Richard's experience as defensive backs coach for the Legion of Boom.
"The standout performance of the Seahawks' defense led to head-coaching jobs for the team's previous two defensive coordinators (Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn); Richard could be next in line after the football world gets a look at his defensive brilliance in 2015," Brooks wrote. "The stars from the 'Legion of Boom' routinely credit Richard for their collective success as the detailed teacher at the front of the room. Having served as the Seahawks' secondary coach for three seasons prior to being named defensive coordinator, Richard played an integral role in helping Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas become the premier players at their respective positions. His additional development of unheralded prospects like Byron Maxwell and Jeremy Lane speaks volumes about his teaching skills. Considering the impact the 'LOB' had on the Seahawks' dominance over the past few years, expect Richard to keep the defense performing at a high level by leaning on the secondary to anchor the unit with exceptional play in the back end."
Rod Marinelli of the Dallas Cowboys was named as the top defensive coordinator.
Kirk Larrabee | 247 Sports | June 23, 2015