Head Coach Anthony Lynn’s staff is beginning to take shape as the Los Angeles Chargers are planning to hire Gus Bradley the team’s new defensive coordinator.
Bradley spent the past four seasons as the Jacksonville Jaguars’ head coach. Jacksonville ranked sixth in overall defense this season, surrendering only 321.7 yards per game while ranking fifth against the pass (215.2 ypg).
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) as defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. He helped guide Seattle to a pair of postseason appearances while establishing them as one of the top defenses in the league. The Seahawks ranked sixth in total defense (319.2 ypg) from 2011-12, third in points per game (17.5), fifth in takeaways (62), first in opponents passer rating (73.2) and fifth in interceptions (40).
In 2012, Seattle set franchise records allowing only 15.3 points per game (first in NFL) and 306.2 yards per game (fourth in NFL). The defense also ranked sixth against the pass (203.1) and 10th against the run (103.1) that year. Bradley is credited with developing some of the NFL’s top talent during his tenure in Seattle, including Bruce Irvin, Bobby Wagner, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and current Chargers nose tackle Brandon Mebane.
Bradley joined the NFL as a defensive quality control coach in 2006 with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent the next two seasons as the team’s linebackers coach before being hired in Seattle. Bradley began his coaching career at North Dakota State in 1990. After leaving to serve as defensive coordinator at Fort Lewis College from 1992-95, he returned to North Dakota state for the next 10 seasons before heading to Tampa Bay.