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Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Gus Bradley

Redskins defensive coordinator resume: Gus Bradley

Even though we have yet to hear that he has interviewed for the job, the buzz among NFL insider types is that former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is the favorite to become the Redskins’ next defensive coordinator. Let’s take a look at Bradley’s resume to see what the Redskins might be getting if he does come aboard.

Before becoming a coordinator: Bradley played safety at North Dakota State and became a graduate assistant there. He was a defensive coordinator there and at Fort Lewis College and after 16 years of college coaching he made the jump to the NFL when Jon Gruden hired him as the Buccaneers’ linebackers coach in 2006. Jay Gruden was an offensive assistant on that coaching staff and Bruce Allen was the general manager. His reputation grew quickly and in 2009 he was hired to be the Seahawks defensive coordinator. Scot McCloughan came to Seattle as a personnel executive a year later.

Note: If you want more complete stats on Bradley’s defenses check out his page on Pro Football Reference. DVOA stats via Football Outsiders. A negative DVOA percentage is better than a positive number. Zero is average.

For players, * designates Pro Bowl selection, + designates first-team All-Pro

2009 Seahawks (5-11)

Rankings: Yards 5,703 (24th), points 390 (25th), takeaways 23 (24th), 3rd down 39.0% (19th), DVOA 12.0% (29th)
Notable players: CB Marcus Trufant

The core of players that had helped the Seahawks to the Super Bowl following the 2005 season was aging or gone. While the performance of the defense was not good, it actually was improved slightly from the previous season when it ranked 30th in yards allowed.

2010 Seahawks (7-9)

Rankings: Yards 5,897 (27th), points 407 (25th), takeaways 22 (25th), 3rd down 39.5% (24th), DVOA 12.0% (29th)
Notable players: CB Trufant, S Earl Thomas, S Kam Chancellor

The team improved somewhat, winning the NFC West at 7-9 and beating the Saints in a playoff game. But the defense basically spun its wheels; that’s not a typo, they did finish with the exact same DVOA percentage and ranking in 2010 as they did in 2009. They did add a couple of future key pieces in Thomas, who had five interceptions, and Chancellor, who played 16 games but had no starts.

2011 Seahawks (7-9)

Rankings: Yards 5,315 (9th), points 315 (7th), takeaways 31 (5th), 3rd down 34.8% (9th), DVOA -7.1% (10th)
Notable players: S Chancellor*, S Thomas*, CB Brandon Browner*, CB Richard Sherman

It’s amazing how the addition of some talented players can suddenly transform a defense from near the bottom of the heap one season to a top-10 unit the next. Sherman was a rookie, still learning while the safeties were hitting their stride.

2012 Seahawks (11-5)

Rankings: Yards 4,899 (4th), points 245 (1st), takeaways 31 (7th), 3rd down 38.4% (17th), DVOA -14.5% (2nd)
Notable players: CB Sherman+, S Thomas*+, S Chancellor, DE Clemons

They went from good to elite as the Legion of Boom was formed and the Seahawks made the playoffs and won in Washington before losing to the top-seeded Atlanta.

2013 Jaguars (4-12)

Rankings: Yards 6,070 (31st), points 449 (28th), takeaways 21 (21st), 3rd down 42.4% (27th), DVOA 10.9% (28th)
Notable players: MLB Paul Posluszny*

He was the hot commodity as the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator and the Jaguars brought him in as the head coach. Bradley did hire a defensive coordinator in Bob Babich but he did have plenty of influence on the defense. It wasn’t very good although it did improve marginally from 2012.

2014 Jaguars (3-13)

Rankings: Yards 5,932 (26th), points 412 (26th), takeaways 20 (24th), 3rd down 42.8% (23rd), DVOA 1.5% (20th)
Notable players: LB Posluszny, DE Chris Clemons

This unit did improve slightly in terms of the standard stats and significantly in the DVOA metric. What set the team back on both sides of the ball was Bradley’s decision (possibly influenced by upper management) to force rookie QB Blake Bortles into the lineup after three games.

2015 Jaguars (5-11)

Rankings: Yards 6,000 (24th), points 448 (31st), takeaways 18 (27th), 3rd down 46.3% (31st), DVOA 9.7% (26th)
Notable players: LB Posluszny

The defense was supposed to get a boost when the team drafted edge rusher Dante Fowler with the third overall pick. But Fowler suffered a torn ACL the very first time he took the field in non-contact offseason workouts and he was out for the season. The defense continued to struggle although it should be noted that the points allowed total is inflated by the four pick sixes that Bortles threw and three Jaguars fumbles that were returned for touchdowns.

2016 Jaguars (3-13)

Rankings: Yards 5,147 (6th), points 400 (25th), takeaways 13 (30th), 3rd down 37.1% (8th), -3.1% (13th)
Notable players: LB Posluszny, DE Dante Fowler, DT Malik Jackson

The defense added some talent, signing Jackson from the Broncos as a free agent and by getting Fowler on the field for 16 games. They took some steps forward in defense, particularly in yards, third-down conversions, and DVOA. But Bradley was the head coach and the offense continued to struggle. After 14 games Bradley was fired with an overall record of 14-48.

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

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Vernon Davis pulls off memorable proposal in Ocean City

Vernon Davis has long been a fan favorite in the D.C. area since his University of Maryland days. The 34-year-old is almost always well-dressed and respectful to the media. 

More recently, he has been outspoken about his interest in acting after his football career. A true renaissance man who just so happens to be a force in the National Football League. 

In April, NBC Sports Washington ran into Davis at the Team USA Awards where he was serving as guest speaker. 

He took his smooth nature to a whole new level Tuesday while vacationing in Ocean City, Md. with his girlfriend Kayla. 

Dressed in all white on the beach, Davis proposed in an epic way. 

The best motivation I ever had. #shesmyrock

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Check out the whole video produced below. We won't spoil it for you, but there were skydivers involved. Take a look: 

Davis will suit up for his third season with the Redskins when training camp opens July 26 in Richmond. 

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

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Redskins 2018 position outlook: Inside linebacker

Redskins Training camp opens next week, and we have a break here, giving us time to put the depth chart under the microscope.

Between now and the start of camp, we will look at every position, compare the group to the rest of the NFL, see if the position has been upgraded or downgraded from last year, and take out the crystal ball to see what might unfold.

Inside linebackers

Additions: Shaun Dion Hamilton (drafted in the fifth round)

Departures: Will Compton (free agent)

Starters: Zach Brown, Mason Foster

Other roster locks: Josh Harvey-Clemons

On the bubble: Hamilton, Zach Vigil, Martrell Spaight

How the inside linebackers compare

To the rest of the NFL: This is a difficult comparison to make since only about half of the teams use the 3-4 with two inside linebackers and there are many variations when they go out of their base defense. Brown certainly is in the upper tier of players at his position. Foster’s skill set may not be coveted by many teams around the league, but he is a perfect fit in the Redskins’ defense in many ways. The player who could differentiate this group from others around the league is Harvey-Clemons. If he turns into a top-notch nickel LB the inside linebackers will be a great asset. 

To the 2017 Redskins:  This is about health. In 2017, Foster missed 11 games, Brown was hampered by a variety of injuries before sitting out the last three games. Compton was the top backup to both players and he went to injured reserve after just three starts. They did re-sign Vigil, who had spent training camp with the team, and he played pretty well near the end of the season. If the front-line players can stay on the field for most of the season this should be a much better group than the one that was partially responsible for the league’s 32nd-ranked rushing defense. 

2018 Inside linebacker outlook

Biggest upside: The 2017 season was supposed to be a redshirt year for Harvey-Clemons as he transitions from college safety to NFL linebacker. He played a lot in the base defense during the offseason practices and that indicates that they are considering him for a bigger role beyond just playing nickel. You have to wonder how his size (6-4, 230) will affect his ability to get off of blocks. 

Most to prove: Spaight was a fifth-round pick in 2015 and he has yet to establish a regular role in the defense. It was telling that when they needed someone to start in the latter part of last year they brought back and started Vigil and mostly kept Spaight is going into the last year of his contract, but it would not be surprising to see Vigil beat him out for the last roster spot.  

Rookie watch: The Redskins traded up in the sixth round to get Hamilton. It wasn’t a blockbuster deal but the fact that they thought enough of him to move up says something. Gruden has said that he thinks Hamilton could be a starter at some point. He was one of the leaders on a strong Alabama defense before injuries struck. Hamilton is not going to start this year barring multiple injuries, but he should develop a role as the season goes on and be ready to compete in 2019.

Bottom line: The Redskins have not invested much in terms of free agent dollars or draft capital in the inside linebacker position in recent seasons. That changed somewhat this offseason as they made sure to spend to retain Brown and Foster. Neither commanded a huge contract but they did make a commitment and that is important. Last year Brown gave the defense a sideline-to-sideline dimension it hasn’t had in quite some time and retaining him was critical. Inside linebacker may not be a major strength for the defense this year but it should be able to get the job done. 

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