Cleveland Browns: Potential head coaching candidates if Freddie Kitchens is fired
Kris Richard – Dallas Cowboys Passing Game Coordinator, and Defensive Backs Coach
Kris Richard may not have the title of defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys, but he is the primary play-caller for their defense. After a successful stint as the secondary coach with the Seattle Seahawks, helping the team’s unit earn the nickname “the Legion of Boom,” he was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2015. He’s been with the Cowboys the last two seasons and has helped turn the unit into one of the leagues best.
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Many thought Richard deserved a head coaching opportunity following the 2018 season, and truth be told, he will eventually get a chance. Richard is incredibly intelligent and has been on coaching staffs with Pete Carroll, one of the best coaches in the league.
The primary concern for Richard is the exact one there was with Freddie Kitchens; a lack of experience as a coordinator and no prior head coaching jobs on his resume. With Kitchens struggling with issues of being a rookie head coach, Richard could have the exact same issues if he were to be hired. He would also be likely to help the defense, especially the Browns young cornerback duo of Greedy Williams and Denzel Ward.
Richard would need to hire someone to have complete control of the offense, however. Hiring someone that could do what Kitchens did and made the most of Mayfield’s abilities and allow Richard to focus on building up the defense would be the only way this move would work.
While this is a long shot hire, having a big-play defense to help a potentially explosive offense could be just what the Browns need.