Paul Casey "Gus" Bradley (born July 5, 1966) is an American football coach who is the current defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He was the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to 2012, and the head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013 to 2016.
Bradley at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp in 2014
|Los Angeles Chargers|
|Born:||July 5, 1966|
|High school:||Zumbrota (MN)|
|College:||North Dakota State|
|Head coaching record|
|Regular season:||14–48 (.226)|
|Coaching stats at PFR|
Bradley was the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks when the Legion of Boom defensive secondary was formed.
Bradley played college football at North Dakota State University from 1984 to 1988, where he was a free safety and punter. Bradley helped the Bison win the NCAA Division II Football Championship in 1984, 1987, and 1988, or three of the four years he played. He also was a four-time academic all-North Central Conference selection.
Early coaching careerEdit
Bradley joined the North Dakota State Bison as a graduate assistant coach in 1990 and was there until 1991. He was the defensive coordinator/linebackers coach at Fort Lewis College from 1992 to 1995 and spent four months as the team's head coach from December 1995 to March 1996. From 1996 to 2005 Bradley returned to North Dakota State and coached in many positions including defensive coordinator, linebackers coach, and assistant head coach to Bob Babich and Craig Bohl. Under Bradley's guidance, North Dakota State's defense led the Great West Football Conference in scoring defense (13.7 ppg), pass defense (150.3 ypg), total defense (272.4 ypg) and turnover margin (+1.00) in 2005.
Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit
In 2006, Bradley joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as their defensive quality control coach, working closely with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in the organization and implementation of the defensive game plan. In 2007 Bradley was promoted to linebackers coach after previous linebackers coach Joe Barry left to become defensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions. Under Bradley's guidance, linebacker Barrett Ruud went on to earn NFC Defensive Player of the Month in September after leading the Buccaneers defense with 51 tackles and adding one interception, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and two passes defensed.
|“||J.L., listen to me. I have got a guy here in Tampa that is one of, if not, the finest football coaches I have ever worked with. He's an A-plus. He's a once-in-a-lifetime coach. You need to talk to him.||”|
|— Monte Kiffin to Jim L. Mora in 2009 about Bradley, after Mora was hired as Seahawks head coach.|
In 2009, under Bradley's guidance the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 356.4 yards (24th in the league) and to score 24.4 points per game (25th). The Seahawks finished the season with a 5–11 record (3rd in the NFC West, 25th in the NFL), and subsequently replaced head coach Jim L. Mora with Pete Carroll. Carroll decided to keep Bradley for the 2010 season; the two coaches have a common connection with Monte Kiffin.
In 2010, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 368.6 yards (27th in the league) and to score 25.4 points per game (25th).
In 2011, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 332.2 yards (9th in the league) and to score 19.7 points per game (7th).
In 2012, the Seahawks' defense allowed opponents to gain 306.2 yards per game (4th in the league) and to score 15.3 points per game (1st).
On January 17, 2013, Bradley was hired as the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. His first regular season win came on November 10, 2013 with a 29–27 victory over the Tennessee Titans. The Jaguars ended the season 4–12, and Bradley was eventually named the head coach of the South team in the 2014 Senior Bowl. On December 18, 2016, the Jaguars relieved Bradley of his duties as head coach, compiling a 14–48 record in 4 seasons.
Los Angeles ChargersEdit
On January 20, 2017, the Los Angeles Chargers hired Bradley as defensive coordinator under head coach Anthony Lynn. After a 2017 season that saw the defense allow 17 points per game, the third-fewest in the NFL, Bradley received a three-year contract extension in January 2018.
NFL head coaches under whom Gus Bradley has served:
- Jon Gruden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2006–2008)
- Jim L. Mora, Seattle Seahawks (2009)
- Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks (2010–2012)
- Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles Chargers (2017–present)
Assistant coaches under Gus Bradley who became NFL or NCAA head coaches:
Head coaching recordEdit
|Won||Lost||Ties||Win %||Finish||Won||Lost||Win %||Result|
|JAX||2013||4||12||0||.250||3rd in AFC South||–||–||–||–|
|JAX||2014||3||13||0||.188||3rd in AFC South||–||–||–||–|
|JAX||2015||5||11||0||.313||3rd in AFC South||–||–||–||–|
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- Craig, Mark. "Minnesota town exempts itself for a day". StarTribune.com. Retrieved October 16, 2014.
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- O'Neil, Danny (January 10, 2009). "Seahawks hire Casey Bradley as defensive coordinator". Seattle Times.
- Klein, Gary & Farmer, Sam (January 11, 2010), "Pete Carroll accepts coaching job with Seattle Seahawks'", Los Angeles Times
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- "NFL Stats: Team". NFL.com. Retrieved April 11, 2012.
- "NFL Team Total Defense Statistics – 2012". ESPN. Retrieved January 1, 2013.
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- DiRocco, Michael (January 12, 2014). "Mike Smith, Gus Bradley to coach". ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2014.
- "Gus Bradley relieved of his duties as head coach". Jaguars.com. December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
- SI Wire (January 20, 2017). "Report: Ex-Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley hired as Chargers defensive coordinator". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 21, 2019.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
- Wesseling, Chris (January 9, 2018). "Gus Bradley returning to Chargers under new contract". National Football League. Retrieved April 21, 2019.