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    Dallas Cowboys Hire Kris Richard as Passing Game Coordinator, Replacing Eberflus

    Rod Marinelli is nearing the end of his career, just as his appears to be building towards something special. In 2017, the Cowboys completely turned over their with positive results, and saw record 14.5 sacks. In need of bright minds to further develop this defense, the Cowboys have hired former Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard as their coordinator.

    Richard has been in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks since 2010, serving as their DC from 2015-2017. Richard's defense forced four turnovers and held 's Broncos to 306 yards in a decisive 43-8 win in XLVIII. He is now the Cowboys' replacement for , who passed on a promotion to the Cowboys DC position to join Josh McDaniels and the Indianapolis Colts.

    Eberflus' departure for Indianapolis was viewed around the organization as an overdue change of scenery, as landing the coordinator job with Marinelli still in place does little to actually “promote” Eberflus.

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    Dallas Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli, DE (Matthew Emmons / USA TODAY Sports)

    Regarded as a better teacher of front-seven talent than cornerbacks and safeties, Marinelli and Richard should have no such power struggle — instead forming a dynamic pairing that sets the Cowboys up for success on defense in the present and in the future.

    Eberflus was regarded as one of the smartest coaches behind the Cowboys defense, and Kris Richard's accolades warrant a similar level of respect. Richard found himself in a perfect situation in Seattle, getting to coach secondary players like and . The Seahawks' vaunted passing defense also sustained their excellence by getting the most out of draft picks like Shaquill Griffin and pickup Byron Maxwell.

    The ability to develop talent was clearly on display under Richard in Seattle.

    Now, Kris Richard leaves behind an aging defense with the Seahawks to coach the likes of Jourdan Lewis, , , , and . Should Richard get the most out of this promising Cowboys secondary, a defensive coordinator position could very well be in his future with Dallas.

    In this story from ESPN, Cowboys reporter Todd Archer points out that it was Matt Eberflus in his role as passing game coordinator that installed the team's dime package. This is a in which the Cowboys were arguably at their best through much of 2016 and 2017, scattering the field with defensive backs that can come up and .

    Richard deployed a similar scheme with the Seahawks, and has the personnel with the Cowboys to continue coaching his players to both his own strengths, and theirs.

    As mentioned, it likely won't be long until the DC spot is available in Dallas. With the right hires beneath Marinelli for 2018, this job could be one of the league's most coveted. Also interviewing John Pagano and Ray Horton recently, the Cowboys could ideally promote from within when the time comes to replace Marinelli.

    Like Richard, both Pagano and Horton have held DC jobs in the past. Pagano led the Chargers defense from 2012-2016 before being hired mid-season by the Raiders this year. He has a collective 21 years of NFL coaching experience.

    Ray Horton has coached in the NFL since 1994, holding DC positions with three different teams since 2011. Out of a job in 2017, the former Dallas Cowboys last coordinated the Cleveland Browns defense in 2016.

    Few coaches in new positions around the league may have a better chance at impressing their new teams more than Kris Richard in Dallas though. A fantastic hire by the Cowboys, Richard alone turns a defensive staff in desperate need of talent to replace Eberflus and Greg Jackson into one with plenty of potential.

    Dallas Cowboys Hire Kris Richard as Passing Game Coordinator, Replacing Eberflus
    Dallas Cowboys passing game coordinator Kris Richard with the Seattle Seahawks

    For all of the talk about the the Cowboys weren't making following a disappointing season, they are finally giving something to be excited about with the talent entering — and we haven't even reached the or yet.

    Sean Martin
    Sean Martinhttp://wmscradio.com/show/upon-further-review/
    Born January 28th, 1996- Cowboys Super Bowl XXX. Point Boro Panther, Montclair State Red Hawk, and most importantly a proud member of Cowboys Nation! I host "Upon Further Review" on 90.3 WMSC FM and wmscradio.com every Friday from 1-4 PM ET. Twitter: @SeanMartinNFL.

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    Mr. Jaguar

    An excellent hire. Jerry has the wallet to hire both Pagano and. Horton which would be a coup for the Cowboys, putting the Cowboys defense on the fast track.

    Sean Martin

    Agreed on both front, Horton would make an excellent LB coach to round out this staff. Thanks for reading!

    Travis Diggs

    Hopefully this means Earl Thomas or Richard Sherman is right behind him coming to Dallas

    Sean Martin

    I’d take Thomas in a heartbeat (like everyone else would), probably pass on Sherman though. Aging player with an injury history now. Let these second-year players carry you and keep drafting.

    Flushrock

    Since the Cowboys last appeared in an NFC Championship Game and/or the Super Bowl, the Eagles have been to six NFC Championships and two Super Bowls. 23 Years and 2 PLAYOFF WINS!! HOW BOUT DEM COWBOYS!!
    And We get Garrett back?? Mediocrity at it’s finest!!!


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