There are definitely some lofty goals for Kris Richard during his first season in Dallas.
The new secondary coach and passing game coordinator inherited a young feisty secondary with prospects Chidobe Awuzie, Byron Jones, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown and others to mold. The fingers-crossed-sort-of hope is that they will comprise his new Legion of Boom.
Richard is intense. We’ve heard all about how he straps cleats on for practice and gets out there with his players, but it was on full display during Tuesday’s practice.
At one point Jourdan Lewis and Lance Lenoir found themselves in the middle of a disagreement. They were shouting at each other and wanted to go at one another again. In fact Jourdan Lewis inserted himself opposite of Lenoir and Richard barked out that he was the one running the drill and that it would go as he said.
Jourdan Lewis and Lance Lenoir with some words for each other pic.twitter.com/zZtHyHdZpq— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 1, 2018
It got so intense that soon enough Richard himself was yelling at Lenoir. The receiver was challenging the coach to get in on the drill himself, but he stood his ground and kept on coaching everything around him.
Kris Richard getting PRETTY animated out here, yelling at everyone pic.twitter.com/vRYXi0PPUj— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 1, 2018
While Richard didn’t comply with Lenoir’s challenge he did ultimately get in the game for real. Seriously. At one point Kris Richard literally paused a drill from beginning, ran over, jumped in on defense, and proceeded to cover Geoff Swaim. Again, seriously.
Kris Richard held up this drill, ran in, and covered Geoff Swaim himself. To say he’s got energy would be the understatement of training camp. pic.twitter.com/9cqHFexkmy— RJ Ochoa (@rjochoa) August 1, 2018
Richard spoke after practice about how the day was an intense one. He kept it about his players and acknowledged that every season was a new unit. This secondary isn’t necessarily going to be the Legion of Boom, they’re simply going to be themselves however good that is or not.
The acquisition period of the offseason was a little more boring than most Cowboys fans would have liked. They may not have landed the big-time free agent that this or that person would have wanted, but they perhaps landed the most important in Kris Richard.
This guy is for real.