Seahawks: 5 coaches that could replace Pete Carroll after 2022
By Lee Vowell
I have written here before that I thought Kris Richard was not treated well by having him leave as defensive coordinator after the 2017 season. His three seasons as Seattle’s DC were good. 2017 didn’t go well because it seemed like almost every key player got hurt. But Richard has proven his quality as a defensive coach in the NFL since he left Seattle.
In 2022, Richard will be the co-defensive coordinator with the New Orleans Saints. Before that, Richard was the DBs coach in New Orleans and coached for a short time with the Cowboys. Every unit Richard has coached has gotten better and he gets the best out of the players he has.
One of the big reasons for Richard’s success, especially with players in the secondary, is Richard played for four years in the NFL and can speak a player’s language. Richard knows what it takes to be successful and has shown that players who play under his coaching develop. For this reason, players seem to really like working with Richard.
Richard would be a great leader in the locker room and his team would ready to play. In fact, Richard because he played for Pete Carroll and coached under Carroll would be one of the more natural progressions for the Seahawks. If Seattle chooses to keep their head coach as one who is defensive-minded, hiring Richard makes sense.