Raiders interview Gus Bradley, Kris Richard for defensive coordinator

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Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said earlier this week he’d like to move quickly to hire a defensive coordinator to replace the fired Paul Guenther.

While many are still interviewing head coaching candidates, Las Vegas is now in position to get a top DC.

The Raiders have interviewed Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and former Cowboys defensive passing game coordinator/secondary coach Kris Richard, according to Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Bradley is reportedly one of the leading candidates for the job. He was Gruden’s linebackers coach from 2006-2008 in Tampa Bay. He went on to become Seattle’s defensive coordinator in 2009, parlayed that into becoming Jaguars head coach in 2013, and has been the Chargers’ DC since 2017.

Richard spent the year out of coaching after he was not retained on Mike McCarthy’s Cowboys’ staff for the 2020 season. He has not worked under Gruden in the past, but did work with Raiders’ defensive line coach Rod Marinelli from 2018-2019 in Dallas. Marinelli served as Las Vegas’ interim defensive coordinator for the last three games of the season.

Rams assistant head coach/linebackers coach Joe Barry (Marinelli’s son-in-law) and Falcons interim head coach Raheem Morris are also expected to be candidates for the job.

9 responses to “Raiders interview Gus Bradley, Kris Richard for defensive coordinator

  1. Marinelli is going to get shafted again by Richard?

    Richard’s defense in Dallas took big steps backwards from Marinelli.

  2. Both of these guys would be MEH hires. They easily would make the defense better, but that bar has been set so low anybody that has played Madden in the last 5 years could make this defense better.
    I would rather see that next Robert Saleh, not a retread that has been in the league and is getting hired for who he knows instead of what he knows.

  3. @ daysend564

    Richards Dallas D took “big steps backwards”. From 2018 to 2019 they’re PPG and YPG went down, when he took over as playcaller. Near identical numbers. Both top 10. You have no idea what you’re talking about.

  4. mlhigh77 says:
    January 8, 2021 at 2:37 pm
    Maybe if they had better defensive players

    They had good enough defensive players to sweep Denver

  5. Raheem Morris and Gus Bradley would both be great DC’s. They’re both actually head coaching material. So if they hire Morris, he’ll probably be gone in a year or two for a head coaching job. Maybe Bradley too, but I wouldn’t let that stop me from hiring a qualified coach. A lot of the defensive players they’ve drafted and signed as free agents haven’t played well. Hopefully a coordinator change will turn some of these guys around.

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