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Kris Richard

Defensive Coordinator

Bio Summary

Richard begins his tenth season in the NFL, ninth overall in Seattle and sixth in the NFL coaching ranks, all with the Seahawks. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2005) as a cornerback.


Richard begins his 10th season in the NFL, ninth overall in Seattle and sixth in the NFL coaching ranks. He spent three seasons with the Seahawks (2002-04) and one season with the San Francisco 49ers (2005) as a cornerback.

He was promoted to his current position on February 9, 2015 after spending three seasons (2012-14) as defensive backs coach. He joined the club on February 4, 2010 as assistant defensive backs coach.

During his time, S Earl Thomas has become a four-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team AP All-Pro, CB Richard Sherman a two-time Pro Bowler and three-time first-team All Pro and S Kam Chancellor a three-time Pro Bowler and two-time second-team All Pro. Departed CB Brandon Browner was also a 2011 Pro Bowler while Sherman’s 24 interceptions in his first four seasons are tied (Ring of Honor member Kenny Easley) for third all-time in NFL history, trailing Lester Hayes and Everson Walls by one.

Richard inherits the best defense in the NFL since 2012. It led the NFL in scoring defense for the third consecutive season (2012-14), becoming the first defense to accomplish that feat since the 1969-71 Purple People Eaters of the Minnesota Vikings, and third overall in NFL history (Cleveland, 1953-57). Seattle also became the fourth team in NFL history to lead the league in fewest points and yards allowed in back-to-back seasons, and first since the 1985- 86 Chicago Bears.

The group finished in the top-10 in defense for a franchise-record fourth consecutive season (2011-14) while leading the league for the second straight year, seeing his secondary lead the league in passing defense for a consecutive year (185.6 ypg) and having the league’s third-ranked rushing defense (81.5 ypg).

After their Super Bowl XLIX run in 2014, CB Richard Sherman and S Earl Thomas were named to the AP All-Pro first-team for the third-consecutive season. The three-peat selections for Sherman and Thomas put them among the leaders in franchise history. Ring of Honor strong safety Kenny Easley also was a three-time first-team All-Pro (1983-85). Only the Pro Football Hall of Fame trio of left tackle Walter (six), wide receiver Steve Largent (five) and defensive tackle Cortez Kennedy (four) had more All-Pro selections. S Kam Chancellor earned second-consecutive second-team All-Pro honors.

Leader of the best secondary in the NFL in 2013, Richard’s unit propelled Seattle’s defense to one of the most dominant in NFL history and best in the last 12 seasons at the time. The Seahawks secondary shut down opposing offenses in helping Seattle rank first in the NFL in passing defense (172.0 ypg), interceptions (28) and opposing quarterback passer rating (63.4). In Seattle’s Super Bowl XLVIII victory over Denver, Seattle’s secondary held Peyton Manning to 280 passing yards (340.3 avg. in regular season), a 73.5 passer rating (115.1 rating in reg. season) and recorded one interception (by Chancellor).

Chancellor (93 tackles), Sherman (NFL leading and career-high tying eight interceptions) and Thomas (100 tackles and career high tying five interceptions) were voted to the Pro Bowl and named AP All-Pro. Sherman and Thomas were named to the first-team for the second consecutive season, becoming the fourth and fifth Seahawks players to earn back-to-back first-team honors in franchise history.

Finishing 2012 as the NFL’s fourth-ranked defense, Seattle was led by two first-team All- Pro selections in Sherman and Pro Bowl starter Thomas in the secondary.
Sherman led the team with a career-high eight interceptions (T2nd NFL) and NFL-leading 24 passes defensed while Thomas tallied 61 tackles (39 solo) and scored his second career touchdown (first interception-return touchdown) on a 57-yard return at Buffalo.

Richard’s 2011 defensive backs squad was one of the NFL’s most-improved, totaling 17 of the team’s 22 interceptions, its most since the 2004 season. Led by the Pro Bowl tandem of Chancellor and Thomas, the two ranked second and third for most tackles on the team, combining for 186, with six interceptions and 18 passes defensed.

His group saw the emergence of a CFL all-star in training camp in Brandon Browner, and a fifth-round find in Sherman after injuries to Marcus Trufant and Walter Thurmond. Browner led the team with six interceptions and set Seattle’s single-season record for interception return yards (220) and longest return (94t). A Pro Bowl participant, Browner also tied Seattle records with an interception in four straight games and returning two picks for touchdowns in a single-season.

Sherman made the most of his 10 starts, tying for third in Seattle history in most interceptions by a rookie with four.

Prior to Seattle, Richard spent two seasons (2008-09) as a graduate assistant at USC, working with the defensive backs.

In 2008, safety Taylor Mays was an All- American first-team pick for the second consecutive year and also was a finalist for the Thorpe Award, while safety Kevin Ellison made his second consecutive All-Pac-10 first team. Ellison and cornerback Cary Harris were NFL sixth-round draft picks following the season, and Mays was a 2010 second-round pick.

Originally a third-round pick (85th overall) by Seattle, Richard played in 38 games with one start for Seattle before playing one season in San Francisco.

Richard lettered four years (1998-2001) at USC, starting his final three seasons. He had eight career interceptions and returned three for touchdowns, along with 125 tackles, 19 deflections and two fumble recoveries.

He was a prep All-American cornerback, quarterback and wide receiver at Serra High in Gardena, Calif., where he also ran track and was a member of Serra’s 1996 state championship 400-meter relay team.

He received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from USC in 2002 and is working on his master’s degree in communication management.

Born on October 28, 1979, he and his wife, Chandra, have one daughter, Alyssa, and two sons, Aiden and Asher.