Gus Bradley to return as Colts defensive coordinator

The Indianapolis Colts will be retaining Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator under new head coach Shane Steichen, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

While it wasn’t clear if Bradley would return, especially after special teams coordinator Bubba Ventrone took a promotion with the Cleveland Browns, the Colts won’t see many changes to the defensive side of the ball.

It’s not a surprise Bradley is returning considering the connection he has with Steichen from their days on the west coast.

Bradley was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angles Chargers for four seasons (2017-2020). At the same time, Steichen was the quarterbacks coach for three of those seasons (2017-2019) and the interim offensive coordinator (2020) following the firing of Ken Wisenhunt.

The Colts defense was a solid unit throughout the 2022 season despite not having All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard. They will need to add some depth to the defensive line and secondary, but the group was strong for the majority of the campaign.

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