There’s plenty of evidence the Raiders made the right choice in hiring new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley. Unfortunately, there’s also some proof they made the wrong choice when making the announcement.
Make no mistake, the Raiders’ error has nothing to do with Bradley’s ability to revitalize one of the NFL’s worst defenses.
Instead, the Raiders opened themselves up to ridicule on social media by accidentally displaying a photo-shopped image of ex-Chargers offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt instead of Bradley, the former Chargers defensive coordinator who was hired Tuesday.
The official #Raiders twitter account welcomed former #Chargers DC Gus Bradley to Las Vegas by posting a picture of…. former #Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt.
Not great. pic.twitter.com/yki6Te5Tvw
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) January 12, 2021
And just like that, the (mostly) good-natured fun was underway.
Ken Whisenhunt as Gus Bradley.
Thanks for the laugh, @Raiders. pic.twitter.com/mkBqrc2YpE
— Kristen Sheft (@kristensheft) January 13, 2021
OFFICIAL STATEMENT: We will not be making a Ken Whisenhunt bobblehead that looks like Gus Bradley or a Gus Bradley bobblehead that looks like Ken Whisenhunt. https://t.co/NdmZ9cfGIG
— Alexander Global Promotions – #1 Bobblehead Maker (@AGPBobbleheads) January 12, 2021
The best defense is a Ken Whisenhunt offense, I’ve always said. https://t.co/cdWBIFjeV2
— Mike Kaye (@mike_e_kaye) January 12, 2021
And, our personal favorite, a flashback to former Raiders defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
Congrats, Coach Bradley! #Raiders pic.twitter.com/Z7h7YtO1K6
— Raider Posts (@RaiderPosts) January 12, 2021
Even though the Raiders quickly deleted the Whisenhunt-as-Bradley post and replaced it with a real photo of Bradley, the cyber-sleuths were still able to screenshot the gaffe.
Welcome to Las Vegas, Coach.
We have hired Gus Bradley as our defensive coordinator » https://t.co/8xRvXKpKnH pic.twitter.com/trpr74atDI
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) January 12, 2021
Obviously, we understand mistakes happen. The Raiders, though, missed a great opportunity to be self-deprecating and laugh at themselves when they moved on without acknowledging the unfortunate mistake.
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports