Bradley Raiders new defensive coordinator

Jan 13, 2021 3:00 AM

Gus Bradley has been named as defensive coordinator of the Las Vegas Raiders, the team announced Tuesday.

Bradley, who most recently served four seasons as defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers, brings 15 years of experience to the position including four years as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars (2013-16) and four seasons as the architect of the Seattle Seahawks’ exceptional defense from 2009-12. He landed his first NFL position as a defensive quality control coach on Jon Gruden’s staff in Tampa Bay in 2006 and also served two seasons as the linebackers coach with the Buccaneers (2007-08).

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Bradley said. “I know things have moved pretty fast since the end of the season. Really, great visits with many people form the Raider organization including Coach Gruden himself and many of the staff. So, first of all, I want to appreciate the opportunity to be a Raider now and excited about the future and what it brings.”

In four years with the Chargers, Bradley’s unit produced four players that were selected for Pro Bowl honors. Included in that group are defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram III, who combined for six Pro Bowl nods. The duo also combined for 61.5 sacks during Bradley’s tenure in Los Angeles and both players received Pro Bowl selections in 2017 and 2019.

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Last season, Bradley oversaw a defense that ranked in the top-10 in the NFL in total defense (343.4 avg.) and ranked ninth in the league against the pass (223.6 avg.). Bosa garnered his third Pro Bowl selection after totaling 7.5 sacks and rookie linebacker Kenneth Murray paced the team in tackles with 107, the second-most by a rookie in 2020.

Bradley coordinated a defense in 2019 that finished inside the top-10 for the second time in as many seasons, ranking sixth in total defense and fifth in passing. The 200.3 passing yards-per-game allowed was the fewest since his first season with the Chargers in 2017 and the second-fewest by a Chargers defense since 2010 (177.8 avg.). Bosa earned a Pro Bowl nod for the second time while Ingram III was selected for the third-straight year.