Jon Gruden: I don’t think one guy is going to fix the defense

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The Raiders hired Gus Bradley to take over as defensive coordinator on Tuesday, with Bradley saying he wants Las Vegas to be a fast and physical defense that generates takeaways.

While the Raiders have invested heavily in their defense through the draft and free agency over the last two seasons, the team still finished 30th in points allowed in 2020.

Entering the fourth season of his second stint as Raiders head coach, Jon Gruden isn’t looking for Bradley to be the one and only solution to all of the defense’s issues.

“I don’t think one guy is going to fix the defense,” Gruden said, via Vic Tafur of TheAthletic.com. “We’re all going to fix it together. We have a young team and this guy is a great motivator and a great teacher. He is going to teach a system that has won a world championship, one that he developed.”

Tafur reports the Raiders will hire former Chargers defensive backs coach Ron Milus and linebackers coach Richard Smith, who worked under Bradley in Los Angeles. While Bradley is known for utilizing a Cover 3-based scheme, he said Tuesday the system is multiple and adaptable.

“I am not going to get into stats and all that stuff, but I like the results over time and how he has tweaked it. Every year, he presents it a little bit differently. It’s sound, and it’s a learnable system,” Gruden said. “You can fast-track young players. You can put players in and fast-track them quickly, that’s what I really like about it. And it has a history of working.”

It might not just take one person, but the Raiders need Bradley’s system to be effective with their personnel to reach the postseason.

18 responses to “Jon Gruden: I don’t think one guy is going to fix the defense

  1. Mayock hasn’t done well. They drafted 3 WRs with the top 4 picks which is a position you don’t ever put that much into. Clelin Ferrell was a reach and doesn’t appear to be worth the 4th overall pick.

  2. Hm, I don’t know, keeping Khalil Mack probably would have gone a long way towards fixing it.

  3. The thinking seems sound. Would love to hear the reasons the cowboys have for their DC position pick. It’s definitely not because Quinns philosophy worked the last few years in Atlanta. Plus they not only hire one but two former Atlanta coaches. Crazy!

  4. While your at it Chucky, fix your own coaching where YOUR team choked the past two seasons when in position to make the post season

  5. One more year with Drew lock Vic Fangio and John Elway will doom the Broncos for the next 10 years

  6. mlhigh77 says:
    January 13, 2021 at 6:57 pm

    Only six more years left with Gruden. Time to extend him?

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    Sure. Right after the Donkeys extend John Elway.

  7. All you clowns talking about Mack, the Raiders defense was horrible with him and he wasn’t going to resign there, so get over it

  8. Well observed Gruden…………Guess if u can’t beat the competition bribe them to come to our team.

  9. 1 – Still have Macks ( Home, Away + Salute to service ) Raiders Jerseys
    2 – Couldn’t stand Gruden’s passive play calling and fear in big game moments before he got traded
    3 – Still die hard Raiders fan

    Totality = Our defense was terrible with/without Mack
    – Paying him 25mil a year is crippling with the cost of QB’s now
    – We had a QB and a DE up for new contracts at the same time, the DE was feeling himself and wrote the common blueprint for why overpaying for ONE defensive end is counterproductive

  10. Stu Bidaciou says:
    January 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Maybe they shouldnt have traded Mack? Just saying…
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    Mack is currently 0-3 in the playoffs without a sack making $24 million a year. Yeah he’s a real difference maker alright lmao!!

  11. pioniere says:
    January 13, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Hm, I don’t know, keeping Khalil Mack probably would have gone a long way towards fixing it.
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    it was broke when Mack was there. Mack has really turned the bears around hasn’t he?

  12. That’s more on the clown show at Halas Hall. Vegas atm has their own clown show to worry about…..

  13. Jon Gruden: “I don’t think one guy is going to fix the defense”

    Do tell?
    That kind of penetrating and insightful analysis is why this guy gets paid the big bucks, and why his lofty level of success is unparalleled in the annals of NFL coaching.
    Chucky is playing Chinese checkers, while the rest of us can only aspire to regular checkers.

  14. fourmoreyeartrump2020 says:
    January 14, 2021 at 6:41 am
    Stu Bidaciou says:
    January 13, 2021 at 6:52 pm

    Maybe they shouldnt have traded Mack? Just saying…
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    Mack is currently 0-3 in the playoffs without a sack making $24 million a year. Yeah he’s a real difference maker alright lmao!!

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    On a great defense nonetheless! It was the one the best moves Raiders have done. In all honesty _ Jacobs for Mack alone was a bigger impact on the team.

  15. one world championship? when? Tampa?!

    kids born then just voted for president! thats a long time with no other speakable type of success.. Why didn’t it work in Seattle then if pete loved him so much all those years an then finally got him there?
    fact is that the bolts D got better with bosa a year before bradley limped into town, since then, and his first year of a #3 D in the league, it had regressed.

    IF the raiders get to # 20 in D it will be progress though. So there is that.

    Too bad this Vegas team didn’t go all in with wade and picking up Johnson at safety and Loyd at LB from the rams.. with littleton already there, this would be a killer set and draft for the DE DL….

    but, Davis would rather spend money on a WNBA team… sigh….

    hello 11-5 and losing a first round playoff game in Buffalo next year.
    which is exactly what would have happened with the Raiders this year had they made it at all in the last position- beating Miami and Chargers.

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