On the day the world got a look at the latest Star Wars trailer (or the tale of how Chewy and Han returned home), it feels appropriate we see UCLA linebacker (and part-time running back) Myles Jack compare his new defensive coordinator — Tom Bradley — to the greatest Jedi of them all, Yoda.
Jack said Bradley is “kind of like a Yoda figure, just sitting back and doesn’t really use his words too much, but when he does it means something.” That seems about right. Bradley has a way of not over-coaching his players, and right now he is just trying to adjust to a new program with new language and new ideas. But Bradley was hired in part because of his experience, so when he does talk his players will listen.
“He brings wisdom to our program,” Jack said. “Just the way he carries himself, you have to show respect. I’m happy to have him.”
UCLA hired Bradley this offseason to fill a vacancy on the staff at defensive coordinator. The longtime Penn State assistant previously was on West Virginia’s staff, but the opportunity to take on more responsibility as a defensive coordinator was something Bradley had been waiting for. At UCLA, he has a tremendous opportunity to make some big things happen with a talented group in a competitive division and conference.
Improve UCLA’s defense, Bradley will.