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Colts Request Interview with Seahawks Defensive Coordinator Kris Richard for Head Coach Vacancy

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The Indianapolis Colts are continuing to turn over each and every stone in their process of hiring their new head coach in the wake of handing Chuck Pagano his pink slip following the Colts Week 17 win over the Houston Texans.

According to Tom Pelissero, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard is the next in a long line of candidates the Colts are looking to interview for their vacancy.

Richard played in the NFL from 2002-2006 — a third-round draft pick by the Seahawks — for three teams and after 2 seasons as a graduate assistant at USC, the former cornerback coached the Seahawks secondary in some capacity from 2010-2014 and took over as defensive coordinator in 2015. While most of the requests the Colts have sent out have been for offensive-minded candidates, Richard is one of a few quietly impressive names on the defensive side of the ball.

Through all of the names we’ve heard thus far, we have yet to hear about a request for Dave Toub who is the Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator. It does appear to be only a matter of time, but as we wait for more names it’s easy to see that Chris Ballard and the Colts aren’t pulling any punches in the search for their next leader.