Cowboys will reportedly hire recently fired defensive coordinator Wesley Hitt/Getty Images
ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 30: Owner Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys walks on the field before the game agaisnt the Washington Redskins at AT&T Stadium on November 30, 2017 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)

The Dallas Cowboys are reportedly bringing in recently-fired Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard.

While it appears Richard is taking a lesser role, it is worth noting Rod Marinelli won’t be in the National Football League for much longer. If anything, especially given Richard’s resume, it has the feeling of the Cowboys hiring Marinelli’s replacement a year early, but just giving him a different job title for the time being.

Total conjecture, but it isn’t often someone with Richard’s resume isn’t at least taking a later position, even if he was fired from his previous employer. Then again, given his short tenure as a defensive coordinator (2015-17), some more time grooming him isn’t a bad move either.

In Seattle, Richard worked with the defensive backs before he took over as defensive coordinator once Dan Quinn he left for the Atlanta Falcons job. He was largely credited as playing a huge role in the Legion of Boom dilly that made the Seahawks nationally relevant.

Before starting with Seattle in 2010, Richard was a graduate assistant for the USC Trojans.

He also played in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks, Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Joseph has been covering college basketball for nearly a decade. He's also the co-host of the Off The Wall podcast. Marty Jannetty is better than HBK.
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