We have a leader in the competition for the job as the Redskins’ next defensive coordinator.
According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley is getting serious consideration by the Redskins, who fired Joe Barry yesterday.
Early buzz: Gus Bradley is atop Redskins' list of defensive coordinator candidates. GM Scot McCloughan knows him well from their time in SEA— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 6, 2017
Before serving as the head coach in Jacksonville for three-plus seasons Bradley was the Seahawks’ defensive coordinator for four years. During that time, he helped form the “Legion of Boom” defensive backfield that eventually was a key to the Seahawks earning a Super Bowl title. After two years of building, the Seattle defense blossomed in 2011 and 2012, establishing the unit as one of the top five units in the NFL.
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There are ties that could help bring Bradley to Washington. Redskins GM Scot McCloughan was with the Seattle organization when Bradley was there and earlier in Bradley’s career he was the linebackers coach with the Buccaneers when Bruce Allen was the general manager there and Jay Gruden was an offensive assistant.
It was reported earlier that Bradley was tied to Bills offensive coordinator Anthony Lynn, who is a head coaching candidate in Buffalo and other places. The two were going to be a head coach-defensive coordinator “ticket”. But as long as there is nothing signed, Bradley is a free agent. And he may just find the attraction of coaching with McCloughan, who helped find many of the players who made him a success in Seattle, preferable to wherever Lynn ends up, if he does indeed get a top job.
Stay tuned to this one, things could develop quickly if Bradley is indeed the choice.