After much anticipation, the Los Angeles Chargers tag Gus Bradley as the new defensive coordinator, according ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Former Jaguars HC Gus Bradley has agreed to become DC for then Los Angeles Chargers, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 21, 2017
Bradley served as the Jacksonville Jaguars head coach for four seasons before being terminated. He finished with a 14-48 record during that time but he is regarded by many as a great defensive mind and garnered interest as a defensive coordinator candidate.
What is the significance of Bradley hire?
For starters, he was one of the key influences that helped turn around the Seahawks defense. In 2012 before his departure, Bradley’s defense was ranked first in points allowed (15.3) and top five overall in the NFL.
He will help revamp a young Chargers defense who regularly blew late leads and gave up a 26.4 points per game, which is ranked 29 in the NFL.
The hiring of Bradley could possibly signal a scheme change from a 3-4 to a 4-3. If this happens it may greatly impact the Chargers draft plans.
Overall, this is an excellent hire for the Chargers. If Bradley, can replicate even a small bit of success with this young unheralded defense the Chargers will look to win a lot more games in 2017.
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