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Raiders Hire Gus Bradley As New Defensive Coordinator

The Las Vegas Raiders have employed Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator with the duty of turning round one of many leagues worst models.

Coach Jon Gruden determined to carry on the skilled Bradley on Tuesday to fill the function Paul Guenther had for the primary two-plus seasons on his employees earlier than being fired in December.

Bradley received his begin within the NFL on Grudens staffs in Tampa Bay from 2006-08 earlier than heading to Seattle, the place he served as defensive coordinator for 4 seasons. He helped construct a dominant protection for the Seahawks that went on to win the Super Bowl the 12 months after he left for a head teaching job in Jacksonville.

Bradley struggled with the Jaguars, going 14-48 earlier than getting fired late in his fourth season. He then returned to a defensive coordinator function the previous 4 seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers.

He takes over a Raiders protection in want of main enchancment. Since Gruden returned in 2018 with Guenther as his defensive coordinator, the Raiders allowed probably the most factors within the NFL, had the fewest sacks, the second-fewest takeaways and allowed the second-most yards per play.

That led to the choice to fireplace Guenther after Week 14. Defensive line coach Rod Marinelli dealt with the job the final three video games and is anticipated to stay on Bradleys employees.

The Chargers allowed the eighth-fewest factors and 11th-fewest yards per play throughout Bradleys 4 seasons operating the protection however struggled to generate takeaways and strain the quarterback regardless of having a pair of high edge rushers in Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram.

The unit he takes over with the Raiders lacks that type of star energy. Second-year defensive finish Maxx Crosby has been the best move rusher with 17 sacks however isnt a game-changing participant like Bosa. Clelin Ferrell, the 2019 fourth general choose, confirmed enchancment in his second 12 months however isn’t an elite move rusher.

The secondary is younger with security Johnathan Abram and cornerbacks Trayvon Mullen and Damon Arnette all being picked up to now two drafts.

The linebacker group was fortified this previous offseason with the additions of free brokers Nick Kwiatkoski and Cory Littleton. But Littleton struggled to regulate to the brand new protection and might want to enhance subsequent season.

The Raiders have missed the playoffs all three seasons underneath Gruden however have proven modest enchancment, going from 4 wins his first 12 months to seven in 2019 and eight this previous season because of an enhancing offense.

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