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Steelers requested to interview Saints defensive backs coach Kris Richard for DC job

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It's likely that the Steelers will promote Teryl Austin to defensive coordinator with Keith Butler retiring, but they're doing their due diligence. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers have requested to interview Saints defensive backs coach Kris Richard for the defensive coordinator position. The Steelers have also requested to interview Giants defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.

Richard, 42, was the Seahawks defensive coordinator from 2015-2017. After his tenure with Seattle, Richard was the defensive backs coach and passing game coordinator for the Cowboys (2019-2020).

Richard was a third-round pick by the Seahawks in 2002 and played nine seasons in the NFL as a cornerback. Along with playing for Seattle, Richard also played for the Dolphins, 49ers and Raiders. Richard started his coaching career at his alma mater USC and then rejoined Pete Carroll in Seattle in 2010 as an assistant defensive backs coach.

Richard played and coached under Carroll, who is regarded as a defensive back guru. Richard also has experience as a defensive coordinator and was the Seahawks secondary coach during the Legion of Boom era, so he could be an interesting option for Mike Tomlin to add his staff.


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