The Seattle Seahawks will need a new defensive coordinator after letting go of Kris Richard, but despite apparent interest in bringing back former DC Gus Bradley, he’s going to be staying in Los Angeles.
Bradley signed a new three-year contract to remain the Chargers’ defensive coordinator, so he’s not going anywhere. The former Jaguars head coach joined Anthony Lynn’s coaching staff down in Los Angeles in 2017, but it was only a one-year deal. Los Angeles finished 3rd in points allowed, and were unlucky to miss the playoffs due to tiebreakers.
Since he’s not going to be back in Seattle, where he was the team’s DC from 2009-2012, I might as well relay the fact that the Chargers were actually only one spot better (12th) in defensive DVOA than the Seahawks. They actually regressed from 7th in 2016 to 12th under Bradley, and were a woefully bad 27th against the run. In fairness to Bradley, he’s not got the same personnel in Los Angeles as he would with the Seahawks, but that Chargers defense certainly isn’t hurting for talent in the front seven.
While the reunion between Bradley and the Seahawks isn’t happening, we will be seeing Gus return to the Seattle sidelines next season, as the Chargers will travel to CenturyLink Field for their first game in Seattle since 2010.