Seattle Seahawks DC Gus Bradley is now free to focus on becoming a HC after his team suffered a heart-breaking 30-28 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Like Mike Zimmer, he’s not just a hot-name because of the work he’s done to build up the Seahawks defense from one of the league’s worst to 4th-ranked defense in the regular season and the #1-overall defense in the postseason, but players love to play for him:
1) Players want to play for him. He was described as a “player’s coach” by multiple players. One player called him “new-school,” and said that he’s the type of coach whom players will listen to and follow.
2) He’s full of energy and optimism. Cornerback Richard Sherman said Bradley never seems to have a bad day, ever boasting energy — even when he’s sick, or his voice is hoarse. So if a high-energy coach is appealing, Bradley should excite you.
3) The Seahawks run Bradley’s defense. I wanted to know specifically what role Bradley possesses, particularly because Pete Carroll has a decorated resume with defense. I was told that Carroll has influence, but Bradley puts together the game plan and makes the calls
The Philadelphia Eagles previously interviewed Bradley on Saturday, and are already in the process of setting up a second interview. Many view him as the clubhouse leader to become the Eagles’ next HC.
Most of the names already mentioned have been linked to the San Diego Chargers, who don’t currently have a favorite, but several quality candidates their considering:
Six guys in the running for the Chargers job: Gus Bradley, Ken Whisenhunt, Lovie Smith, Jay Gruden, Mike McCoy and Bruce Arians.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 13, 2013