According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders have officially requested permission to interview Chargers DC Gus Bradley.
Rapoport says that Falcons interim coach Raheem Morris and Rams assistant Joe Barry are two other candidates to keep an eye on for the Raiders.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports the Raiders “hope to speak” with Chargers DC Gus Bradley about their defensive coordinator vacancy.
This comes shortly after the news that the Chargers have fired HC Anthony Lynn.
Bradley could prove to be a popular defensive coordinator option for NFL teams should he be available.
The Raiders’ defense was very disappointing in 2020 and resulted in Paul Guenther being fired midseason and replaced by Rod Marinelli. However, there was still very little improvement in the final month of the season.
Bradley, 54, began his NFL coaching career with the Buccaneers back in 2006 as their linebackers coach. After three years in Tampa Bay, Bradley departed to become the defensive coordinator of the Seahawks.
The Jaguars hired Bradley as their head coach in 2013 and he spent the next four years in Jacksonville before he was fired.
The Chargers hired Bradley as their defensive coordinator for the 2017 season and signed him to a three-year extension the following year.
During his four years with the Jaguars, Bradley produced a record of 14-47 (23 percent) and no playoff appearances.
In 2020, the Chargers’ defense was No. 9 in fewest yards allowed, No. 18 in fewest points allowed, No. 18 in fewest rushing yards allowed and No. 6 in fewest passing yards allowed.