Recruiting is crazy, just ask Glanville

Former Atlanta Falcons coach Jerry Glanville, who has always been handy when you need a good quote, had plenty of interesting things to say in a recent article in the Los Angeles Times.

Glanville told a few interesting stories about recruiting in the story that also quoted several current and former coaches who have coached both college football and in the NFL, including Pete Carroll, and two other former Falcons coaches, June Jones and Jim Mora.

Glanville, who coached at Georgia Tech in the late 1960s to early ’70s, and at Hawaii and Portland State after leaving the Falcons, said:

“I’ve sat in a living room talking to a kid and it’s me and [Ohio State's] Woody Hayes. Me and [Alabama's] Bear Bryant. Me and [Auburn's] Shug Jordan. When I’m sitting in that room with Woody Hayes, I’m going to try and compete and kick his butt recruiting that kid. I got a kid to come with me instead of going with Bear Bryant. You know what Bear did the next year? Tried to hire me.
“You come to a recruit’s house at a scheduled hour. Well, the good guys, when their hour is over, don’t leave. They’d say, ‘He hasn’t left.’ And I’d say, ‘Doesn’t bother me. I’m coming in.’ I loved every minute of it.”

And then there’s this from Glanville about a recruit who was about to sign with Tennessee:

“I said, ‘That’s nice. Let me take you for a milkshake and I’ll bring you back for the press conference. He got in my Buick Riviera, and I drove him to Atlanta and enrolled him at Georgia Tech. And they were sitting up there waiting for the press conference. Close the deal!”

Money issues and recruiting are the biggest differences between coaching in the NFL and in college, Glanville said.

Mora, who also coached the Seattle Seahawks and now is at UCLA, said he prefers the “energy and enthusiasm” of the college game.

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December 15th, 2013
10:25 am

Then came bill walsh and san fran to show the nfl how to run an offense. And tremendous defense.
The falcons were toast in the nfc west after that. Bennett and Glanville could not adjust and the Falcons went spiraling downward for years to come. Peachtree Bart’s knees couldn’t take any more.


December 15th, 2013
10:15 am

Great “D” in ‘78, but the offense had not matured yet. Leeman Bennett held that offense back with a very conservative approach. Same thing in ‘78 and ‘80 playoff losses. Never should have lost that game to Dallas In ‘80. Had a nice lead and Bennett went ultra conservative. And Glanville put in the always popular prevent defense that prevented nothing. Except for allowing Dallas to score twice in final minutes to win. That team should have won the Super Bowl (and played Brian Sipe and the Browns, but they had their own crappy misfortune).
The most devastating loss in Falcons history. Set the team back till ‘98. Some say they have never recovered


December 13th, 2013
9:02 pm

Glanville was at Tech when I went there. I recall Tech D’s back then which were really good. We had Maxie Baughn who was a LB at Tech and with the LA Rams as an LB, and we had Bud Carson who became coach of the Browns. Carson was head coach, and he was a D specialist so I heard. Glanville was the D secondary coach, and Baughn was the LB coach. We had a brute All American D tackle named Renso “Rock” Perdoni, a juco transfer out of Ferrum in Virginia who went to pro football in Canada after graduating from Tech. He was on Bob Hope’s tv All America college football player show. I was walking by the Rose Bowl practice field one afternoon when Tech was practicing, and I recall hearing Glanville kinda shout at Perdoni “Come on Rock!” trying to get more out of him. Then I heard a tv clip of Glanville with the Falcons saying about Brett Favre something like “let’s give the Mississippi guy a chance” in a sarcastic way. When at Tech, Glanville never wore all black like he began to do with the Falcons.


December 13th, 2013
7:38 pm

No matter a person’s thoughts on Glanville as a man, he was one helluva defensive coordinator.

Summa you younger folks might not know this, but in 1978 (with Glanville as DC) the Falcons set the ALL-TIME record for least points in a 14-game season, by allowing 129. THAT was 9.2 points per-game average, a mark that not even the 1985-86 Chicago Bears defense could match. Steel Curtain? Nawp, they never matched it either. The FALCONS 9.2 points per game is STILL the NFL record!

Jerry Glanville’s “Gritz Blitz” got it done. Blitzing ALL ELEVEN at times, was a totally new and foreign concept in the 70s. His schemes were simply genius.

I’ll never forget what an adrenaline rush that season was. It was a bigger rush than making the Super Bowl to me. I LOVE busting chops on defense, which is now, unfortunately, a thing of the past. Quarterbacks will be wearing flags 10-years from now, with no tackling of the signal-caller allowed. This year’s rules changes have jump-started the beginning of the end of the NFL..

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December 13th, 2013
11:45 am

mark bradley used to derisivley call him the little man with the big belt buckle,i always got a laugh out of that one


December 13th, 2013
10:53 am

Glanville is full of BS.


December 13th, 2013
9:54 am

27-37 as Falcons head coach. 6-10 for both his last two years and was losing momentum. I think the problem with Glanville is that his act grew old in a hurry – for the players and the fans. That’s too bad because he’s a likable guy and funny as crap but just too much bravado without being able to back it up. Here’s the video of that clip of Glanville in Dallas talking to the ref.


December 13th, 2013
9:48 am

wow, he always has a great story to tell.

GT jim

December 13th, 2013
9:15 am

Glanville could coach a bad team to a mediocre team, but not sure if he could take the next step. But great for the league. There was one clip where he was taking to the ref on the sidelines, believe against Dallas, which us one of the funniest I havecever seen.

Good guy and did well for the falcons.