Seattle Seahawks safety Shaquill Griffin had nothing but great things to say about new Dallas Cowboys secondary coach Kris Richard.
Richard was the Seahawks defensive coordinator the past three years and Griffin only spent one season with him after being picked in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft, but he says he made a lasting impact.
“He's definitely a players coach,” Griffin said of Richard, while working out at the Michael Johnson Performance Center in McKinney. “He is one of the guys that pulls everybody along no matter if you are a rookie or vet. There is always something you can learn from him. He is extremely smart. I’m upset he had to leave, but I understand it is a business.
“He taught me so much. More than just the game, but life itself. That’s the type of coach you want, someone you can lean on and learn so much. I’m definitely going to miss him. He is going to do great things. The Cowboys got a great coach. I have only been with him one year but it feels like I have been with him three or four years. That is the type of coach he is.”
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Griffin said Richard helped him mature a lot faster because he pushed him and made him accountable for his mistakes.
Richard was the defensive coordinator in Seattle, but the secondary is his area of expertise. He coached the defensive backs from 2008-2012. He is credited with developing the famed Legion of Boom secondary.
While the Cowboys don’t have the experience or the pedigree of safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas and cornerback Richard Sherman, Griffin said the aggressive philosophy and mentality will be the same.
“The approach was to be aggressive,” Griffin said. “You play your game. You win your one-on-one battles and you hit. You compete and you be aggressive. You can see how aggressive we were on the back end. We go for the ball. That is the main goal, to get the ball.”