A day after talking to new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp, the Seattle Seahawks made new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley available to Seattle-area beat reporters this afternoon.
Bradley was just as impressive as Knapp a day earlier during the 30 minutes or so we had a chance to talk with him.
He talked about his defensive philosophy and how he intends to implement that system here in Seattle.
He's a football guy who grew up around the game. The youngest of six kids, he had two brothers play in college – Scott Bradley was a defensive back at Iowa State and another brother, Kelly Bradley, played quarterback for a national title team at Montana State in 1984.
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Gus Bradley played free safety at North Dakota State, where he won a national title in 1988.
Talking to Bradley for 30 minutes you can understand why Mora was so impressed with him during the famous 15-hour interview. He has passion, but there's a humility and sincerity he exudes that I think will be infectious with Seattle's defensive players.
However, he also doesn't seem overwhelmed by taking on the new job as defensive coordinator. He talked about coaching guys like Derek Brooks and Jerimiah Trotter, veteran players that have been successful, and how he was able to reach them and make them better the last couple years while in Tampa.
"I know that they played pretty good defense here in the past," Bradley said. "And I know last year didn't meet the standards everybody has here in Seattle, or in this organization. So it's my job and our job as a coaching staff to get back to those standards."
Bradley said Seattle will be a 4-3, attacking, gap control defense that plays aggressive and plays with speed. He says they'll rally to the ball and they'll hit. Bradley avoided talking about Seattle's personnel issues, only to say that he believes the Seahawks have the talent defensively now to be successful with his scheme.
Bradley said he's talked to linebacker Lofa Tatupu and believes that he will be successful in the defensive system he and Mora plan to install this season.
"I think there needs to be a high demand on our players," Bradley said. "And hold them accountable to that. And take any grey area out of the scheme, and have a system implemented. And implemented it, teach it, coach it with passion and then demand that from the players and hold them accountable to it."
That's all for now. I'll post the rest of the transcript later.