The Green Bay Packers are reportedly interested in interviewing Los Angeles Chargers defensive coordinator Gus Bradley for their vacant defensive coordinator job.
Bradley was coaching the defense in Los Angeles on a one-year deal. That deal is up, which means the Chargers cannot stop him from interviewing elsewhere.
The Packers will have competition, of course. The Seattle Seahawks, where Bradley spent four years working as the DC, are in the mix.
Even though Chargers’ DC Gus Bradley’s contract expired today, Packers have requested permission to interview him for their DC job, per league source. Seahawks also interested, as are others.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 9, 2018
It’s widely believed that the Packers will hire a defensive coordinator from outside the organization. The favorite appeared to be former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator Vic Fangio. However, it’s unknown if the Packers can even get an interview with him. The Bears are reportedly trying to keep Fangio under new coach Matt Nagy.
The Packers, and coach Mike McCarthy, have interviewed three in-house candidates — cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt, linebackers coach Winston Moss and safeties coach Darren Perry. They were also supposedly interested in former Browns coach and Jets and Bills’ defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
Bradley, in his time with the Seahawks had these defensive rankings — 24th, 27th, 26th and seventh. Then he went on to become head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars. In his one season as DC of the Chargers, had the 15th-ranked overall defense, but the third-ranked scoring defense.