RTC: Bradley helped build Super defense

February, 3, 2014
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Part of the credit for Seattle's dominating defensive effort in Super Bowl XLVIII belongs to Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley.

Bradley spent four years as the Seahawks' defensive coordinator (2009-12) and helped build the defense that throttled Peyton Manning's record-setting offense by forcing four turnovers and controlling the game from the opening snap, writes Florida Times-Union columnist Gene Frenette.

The unit is constructed of young, physical and fast players. Eight of the 11 starters were acquired during Bradley's tenure. He didn't draft them but he did help develop them, Frenette writes. The Seahawks finished the regular season atop the league in points and yards allowed per game.

There's no guarantee that Bradley will be able to do the same thing in Jacksonville, but Frenette writes that Sunday's performance certainly should have Jaguars fans optimistic.

Here are some additional pieces of Jaguars-related content from around the Web in our daily Reading the Coverage feature:

Seattle quarterbacks coach Carl Smith, a former Jaguars and Bartram Trail High School assistant, was in a championship game for the first time in nearly 30 years, writes the T-U's Ryan O'Halloran.

Jaguars president Mark Lamping was instrumental in bringing the Super Bowl to MetLife Stadium. He specializes in big projects, writes O'Halloran.

For those Jaguars fans who are advocating the team trade for Washington Redskins second-year quarterback Kirk Cousins, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Cousins is open to being traded.

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ESPN Jacksonville Jaguars reporter

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