UCLA DC Tom Bradley On Defensive Playcalling

Nov. 8 -- UCLA defensive coordinator Tom Bradley looked ahead to this weekend's matchup against Oregon State, discussed the process of calling plays and game planning, and more...

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On Oregon State's offense:

They've played three quarterbacks. They're adapting, each style for a different quarterback. They have a big, strong, tough kid who can really run. He's a physical runner. We have to stop the run and get them into situations where they have to throw the football.

On the challenges they present:

It's all how they want to use him to run the football in zone read in their game plan. They do get into some wildcat formation and different formations you have to be ready for.

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On Ryan Nall:

He's physical, tough, he gets square and upfield. He's physical and runs over people. They list him at 235 but he looks a lot bigger. Maybe that's his 8th grade weight, but he looks a lot bigger than that. His shoulders are square and up the field. He's a guy we'll really have to concentrate tackling.

On how you stop Nall:

We rally to the football, get to the ball. It's hard to simulate that during practice, but we try to make sure everyone is getting to the football and when you get to the football, good things will happen.

On how much input Jim Mora has on the defensive playcalls:

We talk about it and game plan all way. He knows what we're trying to accomplish on defense and that's good. He does the same with the offense and special teams.

On if he has input during the game:

We all work together on it. If he says 'hey, what do you think about this?' I'll say 'yes or no' or 'do it or don't do it', but everybody gets a feel to get it done.

On if its chaotic on the defensive headset:

Yeah, but that's the way it's always been because of substitutions, speed of the game, getting our personnel in there, waiting on their personnel. That comes with the territory, everywhere I've been its the same way.

On the substitution and rotation patterns getting younger players reps:

The one thing we've done is you have to leave it up to your assistants. Angus rotates the down guys then we have situational players. When you talk about things happening during the game, you've got not only your personnel, but other situations.

On if the offense has chaos on their headset too:

It's kind of like that. It's everywhere, kind of the same. There are a lot of things going on trying to be communicated. You're constantly talking on the phone. It's a good thing.


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