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Chargers DC Gus Bradley: Defense will convert to 4-3 scheme

Good morning.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com talks with new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley in this Q&A. Bradley said his defense will transition from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive front and believes cornerstone players like Joey Bosa and Jason Verrett will be a good fit in his scheme.

New head coach Anthony Lynn has his coaching staff at Chargers Park meeting as a group for the first time this week as they begin to evaluate the roster in preparation for free agency in March and the draft in April.

Bradley said the San Diego Chargers will be a 4-3 with elements of a 3-4, which is consistent with the defenses he helped put together as the head coach with the Jacksonville Jaguars and a defensive coordinator with the Seattle Seahawks.

But the key takeaway here is Bradley's philosophy of keeping things simple so guys can play fast.

"We believe in simplicity," Bradley said. "Now, simplicity doesn't mean easy. We just want to create a defense that allows players to come in here, play early and play fast. So it's play hard, play fast, play smart and play together.

"Now, we have a lot of work to do to get to that point. But that's what we are hoping for. That's going to be our style. We've got some work to do before we get on the field for OTAs, but I'm really excited about how it's all coming together."

My take: Bradley went on to say that one of the things that intrigued him about the DC job with the Chargers was having Philip Rivers, who he called one of the most competitive players in the league, on the roster. And facing the Chargers every season while with the Jaguars, Bradley said he admired how hard the team competed at every position.

Jack Wang of the Orange County Register provides five things on Lynn's check list as he starts his new job with the Chargers. At the top of the list for Lynn is selling the Chargers to Los Angeles.

My take: Lynn has been part of a media blitz by the team to push the Chargers in L.A. the past month, but the ultimate selling point for the Chargers will be winning games once the regular season begins in September.

Kyle Posey of Bolts From The Blue breaks down Ohio State safety Malik Hooker. Several draft analysts have the Chargers selecting Hooker at No. 7.

My take: I like Hooker's athleticism and ball skills, but tackling in the run game could be an issue.

Pro Football Focus places defensive end Joey Bosa (No. 32), cornerback Casey Hayward (No. 39) and outside linebacker Melvin Ingram (No. 47) as the only Chargers on the analytics website's top 101 players from the 2016 season.

My take: All three deserve to be on the list. Nose tackle Brandon Mebane and linebacker Jatavis Brown also could have been a consideration had the two played a full season.