KJR-AM's Mitch Levy interviewed Hawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley this morning, covering several topics during a 16-minute interview, including how different Bradley believes Seattle's defense will play in 2009, the division of duties between himself and Mora and how new defensive lineman Cory Redding will be used.
Here's a couple of the highlights:
On what the defensive is going to look like in terms of the team's defensive philosophy, Bradley had this to say:
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"I think there will be some similarities to what we did in Tampa. If you put on a tape and watched what we're going to be doing from starting in minicamp now to some of the schemes we did in Tampa I think you'll be able to notice some of the similarities. But there will also be some things carried over from the previous years here in Seattle.
"So it will be a mixture, but I think it will be a definite system. There will be no gray area. Our whole philosophy is we need to put guys in a position to where they can play fast. And I think we need to be an attacking defense. And sometimes I think people assume attacking means a heavy, blitzing package. And we're going to be doing that. But I think more so just getting our guys to play fast so they can be more aggressive, and that's just knowing what they do starting from each play."
Bradley went on to provide an example, saying instead of playing a Cover-2 man look where cornerbacks and linebackers are playing man-coverage trailing the receiver and not looking at the quarterback, the Seahawks plan to play more of a Cover-2, quarterback key where everyone is looking inside to the quarterback and ready to react and rally to where the quarterback throws the ball.
When asked by Levy about how he felt about the sharing of defensive play-calling duties, Bradley had this to say:
"I have absolutely no problems with it, and I knew that coming up here during the interview process that Jim was going to be involved. He was going to be involved on both sides, but he was going to be more so in the defensive meetings. And I look at is as, here's a man that has twenty-something years of NFL experience as a coordinator and coaching defensive backs. He knows the personnel pretty well here, and to me I welcome that, and would not want anything else but to have him in that meeting room.
"So I don't look at it as a situation where my ego is going to get involved, and I need to be heavily involved. We're all going to offer input and come up with the best possible game plan we can."
Bradley said the Hawks will use free agent Colin Cole to plug the middle and keep the linebackers clean, and that Cory Redding will be used as a defensive end in early downs and likely move to the inside to rush the passer as a 3-technique defensive tackle.
Bradley compared Redding's situation to Tampa Bay picking up defensive tackle Chris Hovan from Minnesota, where his play had dropped, and eventually reviving his career with the Bucs. Bradley believes Redding could have a similar affect on the team's defense.
The interview is worth a listen, if anything just to here Bradley's voice. You can check it out in this audio link.
NFLDraftScout.com's Rob Rang also was on with KJR-AM's Ian Furness on Thursday talking about the Seahawks' draft prospects. You can listen to that audio link here.