Report: Seahawks interested in bringing back Gus Bradley

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The Seahawks are interested in a reunion with Gus Bradley, via Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Bradley, the Jaguars’ former head coach, signed a one-year deal to run the Chargers’ defense. With that contract expiring, Bradley is set to become a free agent.

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn made it clear he wants Bradley back after the Chargers had the league’s third-best scoring defense behind only Jacksonville and Minnesota. But other teams no doubt enter the bidding for Bradley’s services.

The Seahawks’ current defensive coordinator, Kris Richard, remains under contract, though he interviewed for the Colts’ head coaching job last week.

In Richard’s third season in charge, Seattle finished 11th in yards and tied for 13th in points allowed. The Seahawks, though, were banged up with Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor and Cliff Avril all missing significant time with injuries.

Brady Henderson of ESPN presented the possibility of Seattle going after Bradley in a defensive consultant role, leaving Richard as the defensive coordinator.

Bradley spent four seasons as Seattle’s defensive coordinator, and his success there prompted the Jaguars to hire him as their head coach.

Despite his lack of success as a head coach, Bradley proved again this season how good he is as a defensive coordinator. That makes him a hot commodity for teams in need of one.

14 responses to “Report: Seahawks interested in bringing back Gus Bradley

  1. Charger defense was much improved this year. But they were 31st against the run and no team missed more tackles. Doesn’t some of that fall on the DC?

  2. I can see Pete Carrol and the Hawks wanting Bradley back, Richard just isn’t that good and constantly underachieved even with everyone healthy. The Hawks are going to have to rebuild that defense starting this off-season losing Kam, Avril, Bennett, Sherman, and possibly even Thomas. DT Sheldon Richardson is a free agent and will be gone as they cannot afford him, McDougald, Shead, and Maxwell are also defensive free agents not to mention their offensive free agents, and they have no cap space really as they are tight up against the cap and have just 4 picks in the draft with no 2nd/3rd or 7th round pick, adding talent this off-season is going to be very hard being they lack resources. Given their defense isn’t likely due to be very good due to the fact they will be hemorrhaging talent I definitely could see them wanting an experienced veteran defense mind to steer the ship through the very rough waters/times ahead for SEA’s defense as they rebuild over the next 2yrs.

  3. nfl4dummies says:
    January 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Charger defense was much improved this year. But they were 31st against the run and no team missed more tackles. Doesn’t some of that fall on the DC?
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    No, not really. Most of it falls on the Chargers General Manager, he is the one who brings in the talent to build the roster around and the Chargers have some extremely good pass rushers up front in Ingram, Bosa, Corey Liuget allowing them the ability to really get after the passer but those guys strengths are rushing the passer NOT run blocking, and the Chargers lack really good run stoppers up front. Their NT Brandon Mebane is 32 and was very weak against the run, his 42.1 overall grade ranked 122nd out of 126 ranked DT/NTs ranked, they dont have any really solid 34DE run stoppers and their ILB’s behind them arent really anything to get excited about. Dont get me wrong the Chargers defense isnt bad by any measure, i’m just saying they lack real good run stoppers up front so those lighter pass rushing built linemen get pushed around a bit.

  4. I am aboard the Gus Bus. The Bolts run defense was partially due to the fact that they were in dime as their “base package.”

    They moved to this package starting in Week 5 against the Giants. The run wasn’t good to start AND they were getting caught with linebackers on players like Tyreek Hill. So they made the switch with the thinking that no team will want to grind it out on the ground and they will get pass-happy and go into the teeth of Bosa/Ingram. It worked for the most part as they went 9-3. They stuffed the Raiders (first game), Patriots, Jaguars, Cowboys, and Redskins running game. They only time it bit them was Kansas City in Week 15. Like a poster said above, we need a more stout front seven. Perryman went out against KC and the game was over. We need another linebacker and to fortify our interior D-Line. I hope Gus is around next year.

  5. Would love to have Bradley back if Richard leaves. Seahawks will bounce back next season. Wilson is a stud. We just need to get the running game going to help him and help the defense. Not worried in the least about this team.

  6. I don’t want Gus back as the D coordinator. I think he was way too conservative. I think Richard is way more aggressive. Gus had all the talent in the world on defense and everyone stayed healthy that was producing. He got lucky. He knew it that’s why he called such conservative games with the defense. He knew it was going to work….If he coordinates this next years defense with lets face it a bunch of new faces on defense minus wagner and wright (guaranteed to stay)that conservative approach isn’t going to work against the new Rams and the new 49ers.

  7. hawkkiller says:

    January 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    I can see Pete Carrol and the Hawks wanting Bradley back, Richard just isn’t that good and constantly underachieved even with everyone healthy. The Hawks are going to have to rebuild that defense starting this off-season losing Kam, Avril, Bennett, Sherman, and possibly even Thomas. DT Sheldon Richardson is a free agent and will be gone as they cannot afford him, McDougald, Shead, and Maxwell are also defensive free agents not to mention their offensive free agents….
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    Richard did a pretty dang good job. Gus had all those guys in their prime, Richard is getting them in the limelight and injury prone years, and he still kept the seahawks in games, forced turnovers, 1 of 2 teams to keep Gurley in check this year. But I agree with you in the amount of players departing this off-season. Avril and Kam most likely not coming back. I can see Kam but definitely not Avril. But that’s ok cause Bradley Mcdougald earned himself a contract so he will get some of the cap. Dion Jordan earned himself another chance, maybe not a long term deal but definitely another prove-it deal. He was impactful when he got on the field. I think the hawks get rid of Michael Bennett (worst year he’s had) and re-sign Richardson. They use money on from Jimmy Graham because he’s gone. Shead will be back and Maxwell is a wildcard in my opinion. Maxwell earned another deal, but he might be too expensive. It might be one of two between these guys and since Shead is more versatile he will get the contract.

  8. nfl4dummies says:
    January 8, 2018 at 3:57 pm
    Charger defense was much improved this year. But they were 31st against the run and no team missed more tackles. Doesn’t some of that fall on the DC?
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    31st against the run but #3 in most important stat #3 in scoring defense. Doesn’t that fall on the DC? While of course you want to be better in run defense, the bottom line is this defense was 3rd best in the league in points against, which is the ENTIRE POINT OF DEFENSE. TO NOT LET OTHER TEAM SCORE POINTS!

  9. hawkkiller says:
    January 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm
    I can see Pete Carrol and the Hawks wanting Bradley back, Richard just isn’t that good and constantly underachieved even with everyone healthy. The Hawks are going to have to rebuild that defense starting this off-season losing Kam, Avril, Bennett, Sherman, and possibly even Thomas. DT Sheldon Richardson is a free agent and will be gone as they cannot afford him, McDougald, Shead, and Maxwell are also defensive free agents not to mention their offensive free agents, and they have no cap space really as they are tight up against the cap and have just 4 picks in the draft with no 2nd/3rd or 7th round pick, adding talent this off-season is going to be very hard being they lack resources. Given their defense isn’t likely due to be very good due to the fact they will be hemorrhaging talent I definitely could see them wanting an experienced veteran defense mind to steer the ship through the very rough waters/times ahead for SEA’s defense as they rebuild over the next 2yrs.
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    You say losing Kam, Avril, Bennett, Sherman, and maybe Thomas, but can’t afford Richardson. If they lose the people you named, they will have a lot more cap space freed up. That said, I highly doubt they lose Sherman and Thomas.

  10. I’m thinking about the older, declining stars in Seattle and the younger, still improving players on the Chargers and if I’m Gus, I use the Seahawks interest to get a fatter contract in LA, but I don’t make this switch.

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