Gus Bradley: The Raiders have a hungry group of guys who want to get better

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Jon Gruden has hired Gus Bradley to be the Raiders new defensive coordinator, with the idea that Bradley will be able to significantly improve what’s been a lagging unit.

Since Gruden stepped out of the broadcast booth to coach the Raiders for a second time, the team has finished 26th, 19th, and 25th in yards allowed and 32nd, 24th, and 30th in points allowed.

In his first virtual press conference as Las Vegas’ DC, Bradley said Tuesday he wants to craft a defense that’s fast, physical, and finds ways to create takeaways.

But the Raiders have several young defensive players who need to take steps to further their development. In the last two drafts, the team has picked up defensive end Clelin Ferrell (No. 4 overall in 2019), safety Johnathan Abram (No. 27 in 2019), cornerback Trayvon Mullen (No. 40 in 2019), defensive end Maxx Crosby (No. 106 in 2019), and cornerback Damon Arnette (No. 19 in 2020). Of that group, Mullen and Crosby have displayed the most promise.

“I think there are pieces in place there. But to give you a fair assessment, I’d really like to have a chance to really watch the film because sometimes in a system they’re going to play differently,” Bradley said. “But I am excited. I know there’s a hungry group of guys and they want to get better.”

Though Bradley’s probably best known for running the Cover 3 system implemented when he was Seattle’s defensive coordinator, the coach said Las Vegas’ scheme will be multiple. But the key is to be able to rush the passer — something the Raiders haven’t done well since trading Khalil Mach to Chicago before the start of the 2018 season.

If you can affect the quarterback, you’ve got a good chance to help your team make it to that level that you’re all shooting for,” Bradley said.

Bradley plans to keep defensive line coach Rod Marinelli in place, but still has to meet with other members of the defensive coaching staff. Bradley said he’s interested in bringing on more assistant coaches he had on the Chargers if there are open positions with Las Vegas.

10 responses to “Gus Bradley: The Raiders have a hungry group of guys who want to get better

  1. “with the idea that Bradley will be able to significantly improve what’s been a lagging unit.”

    A 10 year old that plays Madden can significantly improve the defense Guenther had. If this defense is just average, this is a wasted hire.

  2. “he wants to craft a defense that’s fast, physical, and finds ways to create takeaways”. Well, the Raiders seem to have cracked the secret code. They’ll zig this way while the rest of the league zags for slow, non-physical players who never turn over their opponents. That’s genius.

  3. The Raiders reached each of the last two years with Ferrel and Arnette. Hopefully Bradley can get something out of these guys, and the rest of em

  4. Anyone should be better than Guenther, he was bad and stubborn. I hope they let go of Joyner now that Guenther left but I still need to see it happen. Guenther didn’t know how to deploy his secondary, especially the safeties, still remember them trotting out Reggie Nelson when everyone knew he was washed up and easily beaten on coverage. Also hope Erik Harris and Jeff Heath are replaced.

  5. I wish the Raiders would bring on Charles Woodson onto the coaching staff as an assistant. He wants to be a DC. I miss watching him play.

  6. I understand all of the negativity after another collapse but where is the optimism for next season. I believe we have a number of good players that hopefully Gus can get a lot more out of then what Guenther did. I believe we see a different Cory Littleton next year and the backfield will have a much clearer idea of what needs to happen. Go Raiders and welcome Gus Bradley and the other new members!

  7. “Bradley said Tuesday he wants to craft a defense that’s fast, physical, and finds ways to create takeaways.”

    No kidding. Everyone wants that for their team.
    To quote Madden “at the end of the game the team with the most points on the board is going to win.”

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