Raiders hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator

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Jon Gruden said he wanted to move quickly to find a new defensive coordinator and now he’s done so.

The Raiders are hiring former Chargers defensive coordinator and Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley for the position, the team announced on Tuesday.

Bradley had served as Los Angeles’ defensive coordinator since 2017, joining the organization the year Anthony Lynn was hired as head coach. In four seasons, the Chargers finished in the top 10 in points allowed twice and the top 10 in yards allowed three times.

Prior to his stint in L.A., Bradley compiled a 14-48 record in just under four full seasons as the Jaguars’ head coach.

The Raiders fired Paul Guenther as defensive coordinator on Dec. 13 after three seasons. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli took over as the interim coordinator through the rest of the year and is expected to remain with Las Vegas.

The team has finished last, 24th, and 30th in points allowed since Gruden began his second stint as Raiders head coach in 2018.

21 responses to “Raiders hire Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator

  1. Not exactly the missing piece that locks up the Super Bowl next year, but he should be an improvement. Mildly pleased.

  2. Good but not great hire, The defense can only go UP ,the players will love him and hopefully steel some players off San Diego—I mean LA to help form a good D. The offense should benefit from a medium D–Now lets get some CHOICE free agents and then learn how to draft young talent without reaching for picks that don’t work.

  3. Wow – Coach Marinelli is still out there working!? That guy has been a great defensive coach for a long time!

  4. Better than Gunther but I am not excited about this pick.
    Didn’t do much with the Chargers, who have much more talent on defence than the Raiders.
    Would have preferred Wade Phillips.

  5. Good job PFT…you put an actual picture of Gus Bradley up…not a pic of Ken Whisenhunt like the Raiders PR staff did this morning (which has since been removed) lol.

  6. canadaraider says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    Better than Gunther but I am not excited about this pick.
    Didn’t do much with the Chargers, who have much more talent on defence than the Raiders.
    Would have preferred Wade Phillips.

    Try to keep up. Bradley did a very good job with a revolving door starting defense due to constant injuries. Phillips is a 3-4 coach, Gruden has stated he will stay with 4-3.

  7. Oh GAWD! Saw this clown do his ‘rah rah’ routine in Jax for 4 years too many. He has a ‘system’ based on 2-3 critical players and is LOCKED to that system regardless of personnel. Never makes any adjustments as he’s so married to his ‘scheme’ defenses. Guy could sell icewater to Eskimos, but all that positive rah rah garbage just buys him time to the inevitable firing for incompetence. Easiest defensive coach to scheme against. But KEEPS getting jobs……..

  8. Sometimes for people,especially coaches, they interview well. Way mediocre hire. Raider players are texting their fellow NFLPA mates to find out how dumb this is. How about a smarter hire Mayock? There’s not a minority kick ass d coach out there somewhere?

  9. dadsource says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:48 pm
    Oh GAWD! Saw this clown do his ‘rah rah’ routine in Jax for 4 years too many. He has a ‘system’ based on 2-3 critical players and is LOCKED to that system regardless of personnel. Never makes any adjustments as he’s so married to his ‘scheme’ defenses. Guy could sell icewater to Eskimos, but all that positive rah rah garbage just buys him time to the inevitable firing for incompetence. Easiest defensive coach to scheme against. But KEEPS getting jobs……..
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    Although it has been a few years, he was very Good with the Seahawks…

    Go Hawks!

  10. warhawk7611 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm
    Sometimes for people,especially coaches, they interview well. Way mediocre hire. Raider players are texting their fellow NFLPA mates to find out how dumb this is. How about a smarter hire Mayock? There’s not a minority kick ass d coach out there somewhere?
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    ……why not just hire the best available coach?…smh…..

  11. Try to Keep Up
    Wade Phillips uses both 3-4 and 4-3 as do many Defensive Coordinators.
    As for Bradley doing a good job? Every team has to deal with injuries.
    In four seasons, the Chargers finished in the top 10 in points allowed twice and the top 10 in yards allowed three times.

    IamDadPool says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:40 pm
    canadaraider says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:13 pm
    Better than Gunther but I am not excited about this pick.
    Didn’t do much with the Chargers, who have much more talent on defence than the Raiders.
    Would have preferred Wade Phillips.

    Try to keep up. Bradley did a very good job with a revolving door starting defense due to constant injuries. Phillips is a 3-4 coach, Gruden has stated he will stay with 4-3.

  12. The problem I see with this hire is that the bar is so low ANY coach comes in and elevates this defense to an average defense is going to be considered a good hire by Gruden. The Chuckie faithful are so used to a bad defense they are going to be giving this hire a big thumbs up.

    Bradley isn’t a horrible hire but why didn’t Gruden go out and find the next Robert Saleh instead of hiring somebody he was familiar with. This needed to be a splash hire and instead it was just a MEH hire.

  13. mlhigh77 says:
    January 12, 2021 at 1:04 pm
    Maybe Gruden should also focus on getting better D players. He has done a butt poor job.

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    Yet good enough to sweep the Broncos… so there’s that…

  14. I would have liked Gruden to get out of his comfort zone and hire someone who is not a friend or a former assistant. I just hope the personnel fit the coordinator’s scheme. Outside of Seattle, Bradley’s defenses start out strong then digress the following years. And, Bradley is known for playing 4-3 cover 3 with very little blitzing. Hoping he breaks both of these trends.

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