Raiders name Gus Bradley defensive coordinator

Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-12 21:39:24-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — 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).

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.

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.

The defense allowed just one 300-yard passer in 2018, one of just four units to not allow multiple 300- yard passers. The Bolts ranked ninth in the NFL in total defense, rushing defense and passing defense while ranking eighth in scoring defense. Bradley's unit was highlighted by safety Derwin James Jr., becoming the first Chargers rookie to top 100 tackles and earning first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press.

The Chargers saw a huge turnaround on the defensive side of the ball in 2017 as the Bolts ranked third in the league, allowing 17 points-per-game — the best mark by the team since 1992 and nearly a 10 points-per-game improvement from 2016. The Chargers also ranked third in the NFL against the pass, were the best in the red zone, posted a plus-12 turnover margin to rank third and were fifth in sacks.

The defensive unit was led by Pro Bowlers Bosa, Casey Hayward and Ingram III. Bosa recorded a career-high 12.5 sacks, which were the most by a Bolts player since 2007. Hayward anchored a secondary that didn't allow a 100-yard receiver until Week 17 en route to his second-straight Pro Bowl selection. Ingram III equaled his career high in sacks with 10.5 and coupled with Bosa, the combined 23 sacks were the most by a Chargers duo in the same season since 2006.