HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders hired Gus Bradley as their new defensive coordinator, nine days after finishing an 8-8 season that began with a 6-3 record.
Defensive shortcomings down the stretch hurt the Raiders, who fired Paul Guenther as DC after a 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Dec. 13 and replaced him with defensive line coach Rod Marinelli on an interim basis. Marinelli will be retained by Bradley.
“The style that you should see is a team that plays with great effort, great enthusiasm, great toughness and a defense that plays smart,” said Bradley, who was head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars for four seasons (2013 to 2016) and most recently was the Los Angeles Chargers’ defensive coordinator the past four years.
“That is our key. That’s the style. Now, if you just said, ‘Hey, what is our nonnegotiables?’ That is fast, physical and we’ve got to find a way to get the ball.”