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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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If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

If Luke Kuechly wants to coach, would Ron Rivera hire him for the Redskins?

One of the best linebackers of the last decade, Luke Kuechly retired from football this week in a move that stunned many. For years Kuechly has dealt with injuries, including multiple concussions, and decided his body could not withstand anymore life in the NFL. 

Or at least being on the field. 

A new NFL Network report suggested that Kuechly could be looking to stay in the game in a coaching or consulting role, and that it could happen this season. 

"I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Luke Kuechly in the NFL. As a player we have," Mike Garafolo said on Good Morning Football.

The natural question for Redskins fans becomes if Kuechly could land in Washington. New Redskins coach Ron Rivera was with the Panthers when the team drafted Kuechly ninth overall in 2012, and the duo worked closely together. It's been widely reported that Kuechly and Rivera have a strong relationship too. 

When Kuechly announced his retirement, Rivera took to Twitter to compare the linebacker to Hall of Famers Mike Singletary and Brian Urlacher. Rivera also said he "will remember Luke’s sense of humor, his leadership & 4 being a great teammate."

The Redskins recently announced their assistant coaches and linebackers coach Steve Russ worked with Kuechly for the past two seasons in Carolina. There is no assistant linebackers coach on the staff, but that's a role that could be created. There are few rules about assistant coaches in the NFL; for example, last season the Redskins employed an inside linebackers coach and an outside linebackers coach because they played a 3-4 system. This year the team will play the 4-3. 

It's unclear what role Kuechly would want, and while the connection to Rivera is obvious, so is the connection to Carolina. 

"Certainly the Panthers would love to have him be a part of their organization in some capacity," Garafolo said. 

What happens next for Kuechly remains unknown. He just retired from football a few days ago. He might need time to make his next series of decisions. 

Based on Rivera's actions so far as the new Redskins boss, however, it would not be a surprise at all if the head coach tries to get Kuechly to Washington. Rivera has hired just about everyone else that was with the Panthers in the last decade; why not add one more?

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Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Jason Garrett reportedly to stay in NFC East, becomes Giants offensive coordinator

Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has agreed to become the new offensive coordinator of the New York Giants, according to a report from ESPN

He will join the staff of first-year head coach Joe Judge.

Garrett was recently let go after a 10-year unimpressive stint with the Dallas Cowboys. In that span, he only led the team to three playoff appearances and with that two playoff wins. 

The team underperformed in 2019 after starting the season with Super Bowl aspirations. Stumbling to an 8-8 record, It became clear that Garrett was the not the answer at head coach. Following the end of the regular season, the team decided to go in another direction replacing him with former Packers coach Mike McCarthy.

The Princeton alum led the Cowboys to an 85-67 overall record during his tenure in Dallas.

As a former backup QB for the Giants (2000-03) and Cowboys (1993-99), he has an extensive background in game-planning against the NFC East.

Judge was named head coach on Jan. 7 after spending eight seasons with the Patriots. He was promoted to special teams coordinator in 2015, and also became the team's wide receiver coach in 2019.

Garrett and Judge will be tasked with developing a young roster with some intriguing options at their disposal, as well as the No. 4 overall pick in April's draft.

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