Seahawks defensive coordinator Kris Richard will interview for the coaching vacancy with the Buffalo Bills, according to a report on nfl.com. After the Seahawks play the Detroit Lions in their wild-card matchup at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clink (NBC), Richard will meet the Bills next week, per NFL rules.
Another Seahawks assistant, Tom Cable, reportedly wil be interviewed next week by the San Francisco 49ers, who fired coach Chip Kelly right after the Seahawks beat the 2-14 Niners 25-23 Sunday.
The Bills, 7-9 and out of the playoffs since 1999, fired Rex Ryan after two seasons in Buffalo; Kelly, the former Oregon Ducks coach, lasted one season in San Francisco after two seasons in Philadelphia.
Richard, 37, a former Seahawks player for 38 games, is in his second season as DC, and is the third to hold the job under coach Pete Carroll.
Predecessors Gus Bradley and Dan Quinn used the Seattle job to springboard to top positions with Jacksonville and Atlanta, respectively. Bradley was fired recently after going 14-48 in four seasons with the Jaguars; Quinn’s second-seeded Falcons could host the Seahawks next week if Seattle wins Saturday.
Cable, a Snohomish High School grad who succeeded Lane Kiffin as coach of the Oakland Raiders from 2009-11, said earlier in the week that assistants managing two separate tasks is not a problem for Carroll.
“Pete is great in regards to that,” he said. “That’s what he’s training all of us to do. From the beginning, that was his philosophy: To try to do this better, to take guys where they want to go. It’s a great thought and opportunity down the road. But right now the most important thing is this football thing and Detroit.
“It’s easy. If you know me, all that matters is right now.”
Richard on Wednesday said he was pleased to have his name come up.
“Absolutely very humbling to even be considered,” he said. “Nothing is official, I don’t know very much about anything, if anything at all.
“It makes no difference. Our focus is this week at hand. We still have tons of work and hopefully tons more games ahead of us riding here.”