With Joe Barry gone, the Redskins are on the march for a new defensive coordinator, and Mike Garafalo has reported heavy interest in former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley. Here are three reasons why Bradley could be the man for the job:
- Do your job - Before we get to the personal ties between Bradley and the 'Skins organization, let's point out what landed the former Jacksonville boss a head coaching job: the work he did in Seattle. Defensive coordinator of the Seahawks for four seasons, Bradley twice had Top 10 units, including the No. 1 defense in points allowed in 2012. In Jacksonville, things went bad for Bradley as his teams posted a 14-48 record, but this past season, the Jags ranked No. 6 in yards allowed.
- Back to your roots - When Bradley was experiencing most of his success with the Seahawks, Scot McCloughan was working in the Seattle front office. Multiple reports show both men think highly of one another, and the opportunity to run a defense with players McCloughan picks could appeal to Bradley. The players McCloughan picked for Bradley in Seattle seemed to work out just fine.
- Even further back - Everything goes back to Tampa, or at least it seems that way. Bruce Allen ran the Bucs as GM from 2003 to 2008, and that's when he worked with Jay Gruden on the offensive staff. Another guy on that staff? Gus Bradley. In 2006, Bradley joined the Bucs staff in a quality control role. In 2007, Bradley moved up to linebackers coach, which became vacated when Joe Barry left to become defensive coordinator in Detroit. Yes, that Joe Barry. In 2009, Seattle hired Bradley to run their defense.
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