Richard lighting fire under Cowboys DBs

Cowboys defensive backs coach Kris Richard (center) talks with safety Jameil Showers (28) and cornerback Duke Thomas (26) during training camp at River Ridge Fields in Oxnard, Calif.Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

New passing game coordinator/DBs coach is attracting attention, getting results so far in training camp.

One of the stars of OTAs this spring and training camp so far has been new passing game coordinator and defensive backs coach Kris Richard. His group of DBs took center stage on Tuesday as they flexed their muscles during the Compete Period.

Richard, the Seahawks defensive coordinator the last three seasons before coming to Dallas in January, is known for wearing cleats to practice and bringing high intensity. He got especially amped during Tuesday's workout when he was barking at the Dallas WRs, inquiring which one was going to get beat by a Cowboys defensive back next.

"We want to make it as hard out here as possible, one for (the defensive backs') confidence, two for (the receivers') confidence," Richard told the media after practice. "Again, iron sharpens iron."

Richard is working with a young-but-experienced group. Defensive backs Jeff Heath, Byron Jones, Jourdan Lewis and Anthony Brown were four of the team's top seven tacklers in 2017. But those players could be pushed for playing time by young guys coming up, including cornerbacks Chidobie Awuzie and Duke Thomas and safeties Xavier Woods and Kavon Frazier.

"The cool part about it is is each and every single time, it doesn’t matter how old or how young the group is, the new season is a brand new unit," Richard said. "You never ever expect anybody to come back the same. So now that we have young guys, it’s just the bottom line, the bottom line is how great can we be and how fast can we get there?"

And oh by the way, Richard was also Earl Thomas's coach in Seattle since they both arrived as Seahawks in 2010. The rumor mill is churning that Dallas could trade for Thomas and reunite them.