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Report: Kris Richard hired by Cowboys as apparent replacement for Matt Eberflus (UPDATED)

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The job title given for him is a strong indication of the plans the team has.

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There is a report out of Seattle that the Dallas Cowboys have made a very significant hire for the defensive coaching staff.

It was reported earlier today that Richard was in Dallas for an interview, and if the latest information is correct, the team did not waste time making an offer to him.

This is a move that is likely to be seen in a positive light by many fans, given Richard’s links to the feared Seahawks defenses of recent years. And the job title indicates that he is intended to be the replacement for Matt Eberflus, since it includes the passing game coordinator role. That was one Eberflus held in addition to being linebackers coach, and it is more confirmation that Eberflus is indeed gone.

And being Eberflus’ replacement also would make Richard the heir apparent to replace Rod Marinelli. Although there is no official word on when or even if Marinelli is planning to retire, it is not unreasonable to infer a tacit understanding that Richard is now next in line. It also looks like Richard won a three way race with Ray Horton and John Pagano.

That still leaves the position of linebackers coach open. Horton and Pagano may be in the mix there, although it would obviously be a lower spot in the hierarchy. But Jerry Jones has a fat wallet and is quite willing to open it, so we will have to watch for future developments.

[UPDATE 9:45 ET] Multiple sources, including Todd Archer of ESPN, have stated that an agreement between the Cowboys and Richard has been reached.

With Matt Eberflus leaving, the Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with Kris Richard to be their defensive passing game coordinator, sources confirmed.