There’s been a lot of talk here on the blog on what type of effect the loss of Gus Bradley will have on the Seattle Seahawks moving forward.
Some argue that Pete Carroll really served as the team’s defensive coordinator anyway, and Bradley just executed his orders. Others blame Bradley for the team’s struggles in closing out games, and say good riddance.
From Seattle’s perspective, believe me, defensive players are sad to see Bradley go. He’s always positive, and one of the best motivators on the team. Bradley also was proactive in getting the best players on the field in the right situations, was a good listener in trying to understand what was going wrong on the field, and was unflappable in intense, adverse situations.
He will be missed. The Seahawks were lucky to have someone like Dan Quinn available to replace Bradley as defensive coordinator. But even though Quinn is a great coach in his own right, he’s not as dynamic of a leader as Bradley, so I believe there will be a void left by Bradley’s departure.
According to this report by Ryan O'Halloran of The Florida Times Union, Bradley hired another familiar name to be his offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch, who served as Seattle’s quarterback coach in 2010. Fisch had moved on to work as the offensive coordinator for the University of Miami.
Bradley hired Bob Babich, a former Chicago Bears linebackers coach who worked with him at North Dakota State, to run his defense.
It looks like Seattle defensive line coach Todd Wash might stay put. Jacksonville’s defensive line coach Joe Cullen remains on the staff at this point.
O'Halloran asked Bradley at his introductory press conference what happened at the end of Seattle’s NFC Divisional playoff loss to Atlanta. And just as Pete Carroll said last week, Bradley said the Seahawks tried to bring pressure.
“We went for it,” Bradley said. “And I think in that situation I said, ‘Okay we can sit back. We can play loose cover-two, rush three and see what happens.’ And I think that time I said, ‘That’s not what we’re going to do. We’re going to go after them. We’re going to attack him (Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan) and that’s how we were going to go.’
“As I look back at it do I have any regrets? No, I’d do the same thing. That’s Matt Ryan back there, and I know if he has time he has a great chance to be successful. So if we had that chance again we’re going to do it again now.”
You can judge for yourself by watching the final two plays in this video link.
John McGrath of The News Tribune writes that today is the best day in the NFL season, with NFC and AFC title games on tap. Atlanta hosts San Francisco at noon Pacific time in the NFC title game, and Baltimore travels to New England for the AFC title game at 3:30.
KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler makes the mistake of giving Seahawks offensive lineman John Moffitt an open microphone. Listen to the car wreck here.
Brian Costello of the New York Post writes that new Jets general manager John Idzik could target Tarvaris Jackson in free agency because he’s cheap, and the Jets are way over the cap.
Dan Pomei writing for the National Football Post provides a nice rundown of some of the changes the Senior Bowl has made to put out a better product, along with the top prospects to watch for next week.
Rob Rang of NFLDraftScout.com provides the list of 73 underclassmen who have declared for this year’s draft.
Dan Brugler of NFLDraftScout.com provides a list of the top performers from the East-West Shrine game.