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Here is some video of Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley breaking the NFL’s eighth-best offense in the Atlanta Falcons.
Not captured in the video, however, is Bradley’s explanation of how one aspect of this weekend’s divisional playoff game will be a little bit easier than Sunday’s wild-card game at Washington, which featured a read-option offense.
“They had a lot of different responsibilities last week that weren’t the norm … so, yeah, that part of it I think was a little bit stressful on our guys,” Bradley said. “Some of the things that we’re seeing this week are similar concepts that we’ve seen during the year. And they’ve got some unique ones that we’ve got to be aware of, but I think just the talent that they have overall on the offensive side is what stands out the most.”
One new guy to the defensive scheme this week is free agent pickup Patrick Chukwurah, who was signed to replace injured defensive end Chris Clemons. Coach Pete Carroll said earlier in the week that Chukwurah’s role is yet to be determined, and Bradley added Thursday that the 33-year-old could potentially manage 15-16 reps in third-down situations.
“It’s tough; he’s been lifting in gyms and riding Ellipticals,” Bradley said of Chukwurah. “It’s going to be a little bit different.”
And other issue has been looming around Bradley, as well, and that’s outside interest in him as a head coach. The Eagles, for one, have been granted permission for an interview.
“Well, it’s flattering,” Bradley said, “and I know people talk about how our entire focus is on Atlanta, and it really is. It’s so important to us. We’ve worked so hard to get to this point, and our whole message to the team is, ‘Keep raising the bar. Keep getting better and better every week.’ They’re talking that, and we’re talking that, so it’s easy to stay focused on it. It’s flattering, like you’ve all heard before, but really our entire focus is on Atlanta and trying to do everything we can to get one step closer.”