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Carroll retains Bradley as Seahawks defensive coordinator

New Seattle head coach keeps former Bucs LBs coach on staff. Dave Miller

Print This January 18, 2010, 03:03 PM EST

New Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll announced this weekend on Sirius NFL Radio that defensive coordinator Gus Bradley will be retained on the staff. Bradley was brought in last offseason when Jim Mora was named head coach.

The 43-year-old Bradley completed his first season as an NFL coordinator and directed a Seahawks defense that allowed opponents to gain 356.4 yards (24th in the league) and score 24.4 points per game (25th).

Bradley spent 10 seasons as an assistant at North Dakota State before moving to the NFL as linebackers coach at Tampa Bay for three seasons.

Former Bucs defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin raved about Bradley before he was hired by the Seahawks, as he was considered a young, innovative mind who liked to play an aggressive brand of football.

While the Seahawks failed to live up to expectations — both defensively and offensively — Carroll believes it was a player personnel issue and not a coaching problem.

“Gus is going to stay with us and be the coordinator and we're really pumped up about that,” Carroll said. “I can have the kind of influence that I like (and) let these guys run with it and really make this thing come to life.”

“We'll be fired up, we'll be energetic, it's young, the kind of group with the energy that I like to see.”

While Carroll does plan an overhaul on offense, he said at his introductory press conference that he was planning on keeping the defensive schemes in place.

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