It’s the start of a new defense in Las Vegas.
Today, the Raiders announced that they have hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator.
Bradley’s hire comes after former defensive coordinator Paul Guenther was fired after the Week 14 loss to the Colts.
A few days ago, I did a deep dive into Bradley’s resume.
Bradley brings in defensive coordinating experience from both his stints with the Seattle Seahawks and his last stint with the Los Angeles Chargers.
During his time in Seattle, he began implementing Pete Carroll’s 4-3 Cover 3 defense. He still uses the 4-3 Cover 3 defense today.
With the Seahawks, in a four-year span from 2009-13, he improves the Seattle defense from 25th in points allowed to the top of the rankings.
Bradley also has defensive coordinator experience in his stint with the Chargers. In the first season with the Chargers, Bradley limited opponents to 17 points per game.
Since then, he’s struggled to replicate the same results.
Bradley also has head coaching experience with the Jacksonville Jaguars between 2014-16. He however owned a disappointing 14-48 record.
Finally, going all the way back to the beginning of his career, Bradley worked alongside Raiders head coach Jon Gruden with the Tampa Buccaneers. At the time, Bradley was the linebackers coach in Tampa.
Leaving the Chargers defensive coordinator position for the Raiders opening means there was something in Las Vegas that the Chargers didn’t have.
With a resume that shows he’s been able to create successful defenses, as Bradley gets settled into Las Vegas, Raider Nation will see how the defense performs and if Bradley lives up to his word.
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