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 12th, 2013
4:20 pm

Glanville was my absolutely favorite coach.


December 12th, 2013
5:46 pm

Recruitment is the lifeblood of college football programs !!!

We wish the freshmen class of 2014 the best of luck and success in their college football careers.

Auntie Christ

December 12th, 2013
7:00 pm

glanville traded Bret Favre from the Falcons to Green Bay. He didn’t think Favre could make it in the NFL. Great judge of talent, that glanville.

World's End

December 12th, 2013
10:52 pm


December 12th, 2013
11:01 pm

I know it’s SEC country down here and probably doesn’t give a D*mn about what is happing in the North, but the State of Georgia should be proud of Darqueze Dennard up here at Michigan State. Winning awards left and right and is just a stand out person. Im surprised that your local papers haven’t promoted what he has accomplished more often.

A Complete Blank

December 12th, 2013
11:45 pm

I have met coach Glanville in person and he is a funny…. humble guy.. The late 80’s early 90’s were unbelievable fun with him as the Falcons coach….. I DUMPED my Falcon season tickets after he left….. I hope Jerry gets another opportunity to coach soon!!!

Southern Prose

December 13th, 2013
6:21 am

Jerry Glanville reminds me of two things, the “Grits” blitz defense under Marion Campbell, and what NFL really stands for — Not For Long.

The King

December 13th, 2013
7:14 am

I have known Jerry Glanville for many years, from the early days as the Defensive Coordinator and later on as the Head Coach of the Falcons. I have known the personal side of him. Jerry was a hard hitting, kick butt, take names kind of coach. His players respected him and he respected them. You might remember the sidelines being full of celebrities. Jerry loved it. He got it. Football was more than a game. It was entertainment for the fans. It was awesome when we won and even when we didn’t, we were entertained. What very few fans knew about Jerry was the weekly visits to the Atlanta Children’s Hospitals. No fanfare, just checking on Jerry’s kids, bringing encouragement and hope. Every year he was here in Atlanta, he got some of his celebrity friends to donate their talent and time for the Heroes of the Heart concerts to raise money for Atlanta charities. He did this for Atlanta, not for personal gain. He never took or was given credit for anything he did for children and Atlanta charities. He just did it. He loved our military especially our Atlanta Marines. They were Jerry’s Jarheads. He had Marines at every home game and was there to welcome them home from Desert Storm. As for Bret Favre, Jerry was responsible for Bret’s career. He realized Favre would not get a chance here in this system and did him a favor. In pregame, he would bet the other team’s coaches how Favre could throw a ball and win. He liked him and saw the talent. He also knew Bret needed to grow up and he did not have the time to babysit. He came to Atlanta to win and he did. This year’s Falcon team is a disaster. It is a shame a long time Falcon fan is cheering for the other team to win so we get a higher draft pick. If you ever really watch our Falcon sideline, our coaches and players have taken on the demeanor of their owner. No emotion, BAU (Business as Usual), it’s about the money and a new stadium at this point. Watching reruns are more exciting than this team. Take a page from Jerry’s books, wake up, engage and have some fun. Jerry if you read this, thank you for exposing Atlanta to winning for the first time in Atlanta Falcon history. Thank you for caring about our community. And by the way, thank you, thank you very much for the tickets!


December 13th, 2013
7:50 am

Forget it: Jerry Glanville will not get another NFL head coach opportunity. The league does not like non-conformist (and is likely to throw around it’s influence to stop any action to have him back in the league).

Benjamin E. Mays Raider for Life.

December 13th, 2013
8:51 am

I was a Falcon season ticket holder when Coach Glanville was head coach.
He produced a winning product.

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.


December 13th, 2013
9:48 am

wow, he always has a great story to tell.


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
10:53 am

Glanville is full of BS.


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

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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..


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 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 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.

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