Skip Bayless explains why Richard Sherman will be a good fit in Dallas

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In his discussion about reports Seattle Seahawks will release All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, Skip Bayless explains to Shannon Sharpe and Joy Taylor why Cowboys' defensive coordinator Kris Richard may be a key reason why Richard Sherman would be a good fit in Dallas.

- He is about to turn 30 years of age. Does he-- he thinks he's got four or five good years left? He well might.

- He might.

- So when I heard yesterday, when it became clear to me they just might flat out release Richard Sherman?

- Right.

- Wow, he might just hit the open market unrestricted, no-- don't have to trade anything for him?

- Right, right.

- Wow. What team jumped to the top of my mind?

- Cowboys.

- The Dallas Cowboys, because a man by the name of Kris Richard had coached Richard Sherman his whole career in Seattle, first as his defensive backs coach, and then as his coordinator for the past three seasons. Kris Richard got fired at the end of last season, in which the Seattle Seahawks fell to 9 and 7. But they were injury wracked, as you know. But it seemed like the Seahawks were about ready to start into full rebuild mode, especially on defense.

- Correct.

- So Kris Richard is out. Ken Norton Jr. is in as the new coordinator in Seattle. They're going to a whole new direction, and Kris Richard wound up in Dallas as sort of the co-- I'm going to finesse this. He's kind of the co-defensive coordinator with Rod Marinelli. But Kris is over the passing game defense. So he's going to handle the defensive backs and how-- how they strategize against the pass.

So, wouldn't it be made to order that a Kris Richard, who's kind of a kindred spirit with Richard Sherman-- because remember, Kris Richard, for those who don't know, grew up in Carson, California, which is next door to Compton, California, just south of where we are right now, west side of Los Angeles. So they had kindred spirit there. Kris Richard went to USC, and was a pretty good cornerback for Pete Carroll, third round draft pick of Seattle, then wound up-- played four years, and wound up coaching for Pete Carroll in Seattle.

So he's been a Pete Carroll disciple from the start. And I don't know what Richard Sherman thinks of him, but it sounds like he liked him.

- Yeah.

"- Sounds like-- seemed like they got along very well. And I would guess that Kris Richard could quote-unquote, "handle" a sometimes volatile Richard Sherman about as well as any coach in the National Football League.

- Right.

- So I'm thinking, if he's right, if that Achilles-- I don't know if you can-- can you bring him in and check-- you'd have to. You need to take a look at it.

- Skip Bayless, when history looks back on the Seattle Seahawks, it will say they started disassembling this team in 2018. This team was disassembled in Super Bowl 49.

- OK. But I'm talking about Kris Richard and the Cowboys.

- Oh, yeah, we--

- You just completely interrupted my train here. So you're-- did you just dismiss that?

- I--

- Can I finish on that?

- You-- you want every elite corner to go to the Cowboys.

- I don't. I never want them to. I want to--

- You wanted-- you wanted Darrelle Revis!

- This is a system. Rod Marinelli is a system guy. And they said no to Revis where they're weak at safety. But they have now drafted three corners that they really like. Three young corners.

- But here's the thing--

- They got Jourdan Lewis, Awuzie, and Anthony Brown.

- But you have to understand, are you going to let Richard Sherman play like he played in Seattle?

- I-- it-- Kris Richard just took over the defense. He's got the passing game. So are you going to let him do with what he-- what he does?

- That's the question.

- OK.

- OK. What do--

- And by the way--

- What do you think Jerry is going to do?

- By the way, remember, Richard Sherman is now representing Richard Sherman.

- Yes.

- He doesn't have an agent.

- OK.

- And the reason they have fallen apart is he says, you owe me $11 million this coming year, Seattle. And Seattle is saying, take less. And nobody has reported how much less.

- Right.

- But I assume they're saying, we'll give you 6 million. I don't know what it is.

- Right.

- Maybe half. Maybe whatever.

- Right. OK.

- And he's saying, no, I-- I know I'm worth $11 million. So I look at-- speaking of Revis, what did the Patriots do in that pivotal 2014 season?

- Oh, they paid-- they-- they maxed him out. They paid them like $13, $14 million.

- $12.

- OK. They paid him 12 million. But he wasn't coming off the immediate injury.

- Right.

- He had ruptured his ACL two-- two years before that. Then he went to Tampa and played all 16 games. And then he was free again.

- Right.

- And so Bill Belichick says, you know what? I'm going to take a plunge here.

- Right.

- Because that was a lot for Bill Belichick to pay, 12 million.

- OK. But here's the thing. You just like Kris Richard. Are the Cowboys-- is Jerry going to let Kris Richard run his defense, which is a Cover 1, Cover 3 defense.

- OK.

- Or are they going to play the Tampa 2? So how are you going to use Richard Sherman? If you want to get Richard Sherman, are you going to let him play like Richard Sherman?

- OK. If Richard can get back to 90% of Richard Sherman, he's better than these young corners they have.

- Yeah, but--

- He could take them up a level.

- But you fell in love. Richard Sherman was Richard Sherman playing a style.

- I agree.

- Are the Cowboys going to play that style?

- I don't know. So how much stock are they going to put in Kris Richard? I don't know. They gave him a big title now. That's a big-- he's sort of the co-defensive coordinator.

- Well, don't you think if you need to know that if you want Richard Sherman to come on board? Richard Sherman is not a Tampa 2, or Cover 2 corner, Skip.

- Yeah, but he can play zone. They played a lot of zone. I saw a lot of zone. If you notice, when the Patriots are a big zone team. But when they got Revis and they had Browner, they locked them up.

- Yeah.