VIDEO: Bradley On His New Job
On his defensive plan at UCLA:
Did Virginia send you out for that question? We'll be multiple. We'll do a lot of different things. We weren't always 4-3 at Penn State. We did 4-2, we ran odd fronts, we did a lot of different things. We're multiple here, we have a great scheme already and we'll add some things to it. Obviously a lot of defense in right now. The hardest thing is getting everyone on the same page. Demetrice has figured out what I call different things. Its all about words and meanings. The learning curve is on me.
On what made now the right time to move to UCLA:
I think what happens, when you say UCLA to me, it's an imitable situation out here. A chance to be with a program that does things the right way, a great tradition, an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Just being around these guys, they want to be national champions, they come out here every day and I have a lot of respect for Coach Mora. I've been able to watch him and his father, when he was with the Philadelphia Stars. A lot of guys I played with at Penn State played for Jim's dad with the Stars. They told me what a great guy he was and the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. A lot of things had to do with Coach Mora.
On if he had an existing relationship with Mora prior to coming:
Yeah, I knew him a little bit, three years ago. I knew a lot about him and his father.
On the defensive meetings:
My hardest part of the day is getting here. Its kind of exciting. I didn't almost cause an accident on the 405. No one beeped their horn at me and I didn't get lost. So that was the start of a good day. I think the meetings will come. Most of the learning curve is on me.
On how much he was asked about the Penn State/Sandusky scandal:
I think all those questions have been answered years ago. I'm here to help UCLA and these players become the best they can possibly be. When I got here, I didn't know my around campus. Players didn't know who I was, but a group of guys were walking to class and I followed them and it was interesting how they interacted with each other and how they went about their business and I was like 'hey, this is a good place.' You could tell they had a purpose.
On if he's watched 2014 film:
I have looked at it. I tried not to. When I was at one place for so long, I didn't have that problem, but I didnt want to have preconceived notions. I dont want the coaches to tell me about players. Everyone has a clean slate. I try to watch games on my own and to just get a feel for my own. I dont watch with staff members. I form my own opinion. I didn't want any preconceived notions.
On Myles Jack:
First of all, I have a lot of unbelievable players. But I'm very impressed with Myles. He has all the tools to be great. Where he goes from here is certainly up to him, he just has to work hard at it because all the great ones constantly get better. You take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves.
On if Jack reminds him of someone:
I never do that. I'll never answer that question. You're like the guys at Penn State. 'Who's the best linebacker you ever had?' I always said 'the guy who's taking me to golf for free.' But since Lavar (Arrington) lives out here, he's going to think I'll say him, but I have to be careful because then I'll have all those guys calling me. But I don't know who he reminds me of yet. We haven't put the pads on yet. He has the athletic skills and ability to be a great player, the rest is up to him. We do ask him to do a lot. We know he can play on the outside. We're trying to get a look at what he can do in the middle.
On if the scheme will change much from last year:
I don't. Its more me learning this system and adding different wrinkles. I did survive practice today. I hear the whistle and run. If I run, I can't be wrong.
On the spread offenses he saw in the Big 12:
They're very similar. Football is a copycat game. The tempo, like at West Virginia, we see it every day. We have to get use to that, like we did at West Virginia.
On what he'll bring to the table recruiting-wise:
Coach is going to let me go back East, which is great, and I have a lot of friends in that area. Its an easy deal because I'm selling a great university, an academic university, a chance to be a great student-athlete. Like I tell my friends back home, they ask what kind of day is it and I say 'gee, I saw a cloud.' If you accomplish with all that UCLA has to offer, it will help.
On if there is a culture shock coming from East:
Its a little different. We dont have the problems with the traffic. I will never complain about the tunnel traffic in Pittsburgh after being on the 405. But one thing stays the same, between the lines, when you get the guys on the field, its all the same. I'm just here to help in any small way.
On what's changed in his coaching career:
The pace of practice has changed over the years, the way football is played sideline to sideline. The old days, if someone lined up in the trips formation, you'd be like 'oh boy, what do we do now.' But high school kids are used to it. They've been doing it for years. They've played it and understand the mechanics behind it. Someone will come out with a big fullback some day. All of it is is single-wing football. And I know that, because when I did CBS football, I broke down some Army football.
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