Gus Bradley

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Gus Bradley
Color photograph of a smiling white man with salt-and-pepper goatee (Gus Bradley), wearing a dark grey Jacksonville Jaguars t-shirt and a dark teal Jaguars baseball cap.
Bradley at Jacksonville Jaguars training camp in 2014
Los Angeles Chargers
Position: Defensive coordinator
Personal information
Born: (1966-07-05) July 5, 1966 (age 51)
Zumbrota, Minnesota
Career information
High school: Zumbrota (MN)
College: North Dakota State
Career history
As coach:
Head coaching record
Regular season: 14–48 (.226)
Coaching stats at PFR

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,[1] and the head coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2013 to 2016.

Early life[edit]

Bradley was the youngest child of six and grew up in Zumbrota, Minnesota, where he played football, basketball and baseball at Zumbrota High School.[2][3]

College career[edit]

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.[4]

Bradley earned bachelor's degrees in business administration (1989) and physical education (1990) from North Dakota State as well as a master's degree in athletic administration from NDSU in 1992.

Coaching career[edit]

Early coaching career[edit]

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 Buccaneers[edit]

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.[5]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On January 12, 2009, the Seattle Seahawks hired Bradley to become the team's defensive coordinator.[6] He was recommended for the job by former Buccaneers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin.[1]

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.[7] Carroll decided to keep Bradley for the 2010 season; the two coaches have a common connection with Monte Kiffin.[8]

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).[9]

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).[10]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

On January 17, 2013, Bradley was hired as the new head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.[11] 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.[12]

On December 18, 2016, the Jaguars relieved Bradley of his duties as head coach, compiling a 14–48 record in 4 seasons.[13]

Head coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
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
JAX 2016 2 12 0 .143 4th in AFC South*
JAX Total 14 48 0 .226 0 0 .000
Total 14 48 0 .226 0 0 .000

*Fired while season still in progress


  1. ^ a b c Farnsworth, Clare (January 13, 2009). "Mora heeds advice, hires 'A-plus' Bradley as defensive coordinator". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 
  2. ^ Craig, Mark. "Minnesota town exempts itself for a day". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  3. ^ Thole, George. "Former state preps pave coaching path to NFL". Retrieved 16 October 2014. 
  4. ^ Frey, Thomas. "Brief History On Every NFL Head Coach: AFC South". Retrieved 20 October 2014. 
  5. ^ Holder, Stephen F.; Korth, Joanne (October 4, 2007). "Suspension over, Cox has shot at roster spot with Kelly hurt". St. Petersburg Times. 
  6. ^ O'Neil, Danny (10 January 2009). "Seahawks hire Casey Bradley as defensive coordinator". Seattle Times. 
  7. ^ Klein, Gary & Farmer, Sam (January 11, 2010), "Pete Carroll accepts coaching job with Seattle Seahawks'", Los Angeles Times 
  8. ^ "Bradley will stay to run Seahawks defense", The News Tribune, January 16, 2010 
  9. ^ "NFL Stats: Team". Retrieved 11 April 2012. 
  10. ^ "NFL Team Total Defense Statistics – 2012". ESPN. Retrieved 1 January 2013. 
  11. ^ Kuharsky, Paul (January 17, 2013). "Jaguars hire Gus Bradley as coach". Retrieved January 17, 2013. 
  12. ^ DiRocco, Michael (January 12, 2014). "Mike Smith, Gus Bradley to coach". ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Gus Bradley relieved of his duties as head coach". December 18, 2016. Retrieved December 18, 2016. 

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