The Washington Redskins interviewed former Jacksonville Jaguars Coach Gus Bradley on Wednesday about their vacant defensive coordinator position, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed.
The Redskins have strong interest in Bradley, who was fired by the Jaguars after their Week 15 loss to the Houston Texans. Bradley, in his first head coaching opportunity, went 14-48 in four seasons with Jacksonville and never finished a season with more than five wins. A deal is not expected to be made Wednesday night, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.
The Zumbrota, Minn. native has deep ties with people in the Redskins organization. Bradley broke into the NFL as a linebackers coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2006 to 2008 when Redskins President Bruce Allen was the team’s general manager and Redskins Coach Jay Gruden served on staff under his brother, Jon. Bradley, 50, then became the defensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks from 2009 to 2012 and dealt with Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan, who was the senior personnel executive in Seattle from 2010-13.
The news was first reported by ESPN.
The former North Dakota State player and assistant coach is known for his energetic practices and his ability to serve as a teacher, an element the Redskins are looking for in their next defensive coordinator, because they have a young roster. Bradley has mainly used a base 4-3 defense and cover-three, although he incorporates a 3-4 defensive subpackage. Washington ran a base 3-4 defense under former coordinator Joe Barry for the past two seasons. If the Redskins hire Bradley, that could require outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan, Preston Smith and Trent Murphy to transition into 4-3 defensive ends while the franchise seeks out more-athletic outside linebackers who can cover. Bradley’s scheme also involves the strong safety playing almost exclusively in the box, rather than switching off as the Redskins have done in the past.
It’s the second known interview the Redskins have had this week for the opening. Washington interviewed former Cleveland Browns Coach Mike Pettine on Monday. The Redskins have also received permission to interview Carolina Panthers assistant head coach/secondary coach Steve Wilks on Friday, but he has yet to interview.
Washington also plans to promote Chad Englehart to head strength and conditioning coach, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. He served as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the past seven seasons under Mike Clark, who was fired along with Barry, defensive line coach Robb Akey and defensive backs coach Perry Fewell last week. Englehart was the head strength and conditioning coach with the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League in 2009 while Gruden was the team’s offensive coordinator that season.
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