Should Richt have gone the NFL route from the start?

Another bonus for Todd Grantham in taking the UGA job: He won't have to wear orange again. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Another bonus for Todd Grantham in taking the UGA job: He won't have to wear orange again. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Are we there yet?

Yes, at last. This morning Mark Richt has confirmed Rivals.com’s Tom Dienhart’s report that he’s hiring Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Todd Grantham as defensive coordinator. No details on the terms of the deal yet from Richt but Dienhart Tweeted that it is for three years and will make Grantham “third highest paid DC in the nation.”

I think Richt has made a good hire. Not a hire that will leave Bulldogs fans with stars in their eyes, but one that probably would have been hailed as a fine move if it had come more quickly and if it hadn’t been preceded by the Georgia coach going after bigger college names who were long-shots to start with and eventually turned him down.

Grantham, who formerly was defensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, seems like the best of the “realistic” candidates for the Georgia job.

He’s another Nick Saban disciple and reportedly came highly recommended to Richt by Virginia Tech’s Bud Foster, one of the earlier candidates for the UGA job. If that means he brings a more aggressive brand of defense to Athens, I’m all for it.

It’s true Grantham has been out of college ball (and its recruiting wars) for a decade, after working with Saban at Michigan State, but his NFL experience ought to be enough of a selling point to young players to balance that out.

It will be interesting to see whether Grantham will leave Dallas before their season is over.

How do you feel about how all this has played out? Should Richt have reached for the stars even though he was bucking the odds or should he have gone the NFL assistant route from the start and just gotten it over with? And if the report about Grantham’s pay is accurate, is that just the reality of where the Georgia DC job should rank pay-wise, or is UGA paying more than it ought to for a guy who wasn’t first choice? (Update: Grantham got a three-year deal worth $750,000 per year.)

Of course, we won’t really know how good a hire this is until we see how Georgia’s defense plays.

But at least we now know Grantham is indeed the guy.

WAY TO GO, YATA!

If you haven’t yet seen former Bulldog Sundiata Gaines’ buzzer-beating winning three-pointer to give the Utah a win over Cleveland, take a look. Gaines, playing in only his fifth NBA game, has been trying out with the Jazz on a short-term deal, but hopefully that will get him signed at least for the remainder of the season.

ANOTHER HONOR FOR BUTLER

Congratulations again to Georgia punter Drew Butler, who has made the ESPN.com All-America team.

193 comments Add your comment

Blindog

January 15th, 2010
10:27 am

beachdog

January 15th, 2010
10:28 am

First,maybe, don’t care as long as he can coach

Blindog

January 15th, 2010
10:28 am

I will never do that again.

Cuz

January 15th, 2010
10:30 am

Someone photoshop him in red.

JMar

January 15th, 2010
10:33 am

Six months from now, it will have made no difference that UGA offered the job to a few other coaches before getting Grantham, versus having signed Grantham from the start. You still end up with the same DC. Only difference is that now other schools that compete against UGA are paying even bigger bucks to their own DC’s, which is less money they can spend elsewhere (such as other assistants in upcoming years). Not that that is necessarily a legitimate positive, but I see no negatives, unless that kid who changed commitments to Louisville might have stayed for Todd Grantham (and I don’t think he would have).

how2fish

January 15th, 2010
10:33 am

I think its a good hire (when confirmed) however it will take at least a year to tell..with Curren and the D line leaving we will have big holes to fill with underclassmen so maynot get a real read on him till 2011. But Lord I hope this is over and we can move on.

seventh

January 15th, 2010
10:35 am

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Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 15th, 2010
10:38 am

I was afraid we weren’t even going to field a defensive team next year (kinda like 09) so the fact we are going to try to play defense is pretty darned exciting. I don’t miss 09 at all, I’m just looking forward to ‘10. Seems as if GT got their man as well

AugDawg

January 15th, 2010
10:38 am

CMR did due dilligence going for the established college coach. maybe could have done without the koening talks but shooting the moon for foster is justifiable and smart had to be asked. u just have too, uga guy, up and comer, NC, etc. but we got a solid hire but maybe slightly overpriced if it ends up being 700k/yr. hopefully he earns it by briniging JYD defense back.

Gordon

January 15th, 2010
10:38 am

Georgia Tech’s Al Groh is the highest paid DC in the nation at 4.2 million over the next 2 years. And the good news is UVA will be paying most of that.

Dawg Stephen

January 15th, 2010
10:39 am

Why do you have to question him and how he did it Bill?? He went till he got the right person, remember they have to ACCEPT…Grantham has been on the radar from the start, and he went down the list to find the right fit.

Just congratulate CMR on hiring, why do we have to question and doubt?

Since Vince

January 15th, 2010
10:40 am

Lets see if we can fix the other problems now. Boo Boo’s vanilla play calling and our strength and conditioning program. I was really irritated with Jeff Owens diet over the course of the year.

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
10:40 am

Probably so but he was going after three of the best dc’s in college fd. You can’t really blame him and I am looking forward to seeing that 3-4 attacking d that Grantham will bring to Athens. Richard S you have to move to lb and be a star in that package.

JB

January 15th, 2010
10:40 am

Let’s quit looking back and move on. This guy is tough, knows x and o’s and will have us playing better next year, not great, but better. Let’s get 5 or 6 new players in their who will want to hit, cover and play some smash mouth football……My biggest hope is that our DB’s won’t be playing 20 yards off the receiver and start back peddling when the ball is snapped. GATA. Say’s he likes an attacking style of play. Hadn’t seen that since Erk left.

GreggJ

January 15th, 2010
10:41 am

Looks to be a fine hire since we did not get Smart! NO idea what he was making in NFL so dont know about Salary- I just sooo glad slick willie is gone gone gone-you dont see his name in ANY of these coaches searches

AceDawg

January 15th, 2010
10:41 am

The final point – how good UGA will be – is of course the crux of the matter. I don’t think Richt messed up searching around for a well-established college coordinator first. Grantham seems credible, and I’m delighted if it officially means Willie style defense is gone, even if Grantham can’t coach worth a flip. That said, Grantham may have been informed that Richt was looking especially for a college guy and that he respected Grantham’s playoff role and that they would again touch base if his more available targets weren’t panning out. Paying him big may be mostly a result of Grantham hearing about the other offers UGA made. He wouldn’t want to leave NFL feeling like a budget choice. That could be the one negative, but as soon as the Dawgs break a poor running back’s clavicle next year and sprint with the ball into the endzone, I won’t ask any questions about salaries for whoever is the coordinator.

JB

January 15th, 2010
10:42 am

ANY word on filling out the staff……..?????

Steven

January 15th, 2010
10:42 am

Sundiata is the man. It’s awesome to see a UGA guy work hard and make it through Europe and D league and finally get his chance in the NBA. Atta kid

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
10:45 am

Here comes more 4 – 5 star recruits to Athens to play for a NFL guy that can teach them what it takes to get there.

D&D fan

January 15th, 2010
10:45 am

I know its semantics; but I don’t think any of the previous coaches were “offered” the job. I truly believe that CMR wanted to be able to stand up and say; we got the guy we wanted and offered the job too, without lying. I think all the talk was just that; and CMR got played, which is unfortunate. Maybe CMR will learn from this experience, I certainly hope he does.

Now to Grantham, if nothing else I love this quote; “I understand the passion and standard of excellence expected. I look forward to developing an aggressive, physical, attacking style defense that offenses will not look forward to playing against.” God bless you CTG!

Chipped Tires

January 15th, 2010
10:45 am

Any word on a special teams coach? sure is taking a while….

shannon1776

January 15th, 2010
10:46 am

Since the 3 DLmen in a 3-4 are basically NT’s, let’s try and convince Jeff Whitaker and Mike Thornton to commit to us-we need more true DT’s now. Samuel, move him to OLB and watch him flourish. Justin Houston, will be a hell of an OLB!!!

Go Dawgs!!!

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Looks at this guys stats, he has made the 3 – 4 work and has stuffed the run during his first year. Just needs to go after a good secondary coach now. He will probably be DC and line coach now.

Dooley's Veer Offense

January 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Bill,

Good report but bad question. SHould he have gone to the NFL earlier? (a rearveiw mirror rehtorical question masked as a complaint). Answer: No. He was after a DC, not necessarily an NFL pedigree. Frankly, there is too much commentary about the “style” of a difficult process by people (press and fans) who know little about management and employee recruiting. Truth is…Richt could have hired Manny Diaz in a week and been done with it. Decent hire but not an optimum hire. Nevertheless, Richt didn’t. He took his time. And during courtship..let’s all remember, no matter how much you may want someone, it doesn’t mean anything if they don’t want you. The press wanted UGA to hire the first big name on the first date. It is not Richt’s job to sell papers or web traffic! Richt aimed high..as he should have. The process has led UGA (apparently) to the right guy at the right time. Now, why doesn’t everyone just get off his back. The hiring process will be history in a few days and a non-issue in less than two weeks. At this point, Bill, you and many others, despite mostly good intentions, are kicking a dead horse.

Good hire…right guy…on with recruiting.

jellybeandawg

January 15th, 2010
10:47 am

I am fine with the hire but if we were going to spend that kind of money (750k+) anyway, then why didn’t we just offer it to Bud Foster who is the best candidate out of all the ones considered in the first place?

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
10:47 am

Chipped Tires:

I would like A special teams coach too…I am wondering how the position coaches are going to work out? Can Grantham coach DB’s or LB’s?

Good Hire Dawgs

January 15th, 2010
10:47 am

I am very excited about this hire. Now I can’t wait to see how the rest of the Staff fills out!

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
10:50 am

I’m telling you, Richard Samuel is a first round pick if he moves to LB, he is extremely fast and can pick up about 20 more pounds in the weight room. NFL proto type LB, Big and fast, just hope he can wrap up good on tackles. I know he will knock the crap out of tb’s

Dawg Fud

January 15th, 2010
10:50 am

i have no problem with how Coach Richt conducted the search and i don’t think he “settled” for Grantham. Richt has always had Grantham on his radar.

Glad we have a DC, glad Kirby is happy, glad to be Bulldog.

Welcome Coach Grantham. GO DAWGS!

Blindog

January 15th, 2010
10:52 am

Richt took a risk trying to hire high profile coiiege coaches and he paid the price but I have no problem with him trying.High school kids that want to play in the NFL will want to play for this guy because he has been there the past 9 years.That will bring in the big name recruits.Great hire! GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!

GW

January 15th, 2010
10:52 am

Gotta’ let the guy play out the string in Dallas and go for a Super Bowl ring. It will be something to flash to easily impressed recruits. He will definitely be an improvement but this season will be a period of transition and adjustment. We have to be patient. Getting fired by the Browns is the greatest mark on his resume`. Lots of good coaches in that category.

Dawg Fud

January 15th, 2010
10:53 am

jellybeandawg,

because Foster ain’t leaving Blacksburg. why is this so difficult for people to understand? he has been an asst with the Hokies for 23 yrs. he likes where he lives and works.

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
10:53 am

I liked Grantham’s quote too, he knows how dawg gone passionate us dawgs fans are. I

1eyedJack

January 15th, 2010
10:54 am

Bill, did you have to put up a picture of him in that ugly looking orange?

robodawg

January 15th, 2010
10:55 am

Like the hire. There’s something to be said for going after proven college coordinators. Though lateral moves are less likely, it does happen enough at the assistant level that you just never know. But those are longshots. So in a sense I’d say Grantham was our first choice on the “realistic” level of candidates.

The risk with an NFL guy is that the this-is-a-business approach don’t cut it on the college level. Witness a defensive mind like Marion Campbell (or Groh?) who just can’t relate to and motivate college kids. But Grantham has enough college experience that you expect him to know what’s expected of him in that area.

I’m not sure about making him the third highest paid DC before he’s proven himself as a college DC. I’d prefer that be put in an incentive package. But I guess that’s what it took. The stakes seem to have grown since our last DC hire — we’re trying to compete with the Florida and Bama and LSU. Until the NCAA does something about the “arms race,” spending more than you need to on college ball is going to continue to be part of the game.

Dawg Fud

January 15th, 2010
10:55 am

NCDAWG,

my guess is that Grantham will bring Reggie Herring (LB’s coach of the Cowboys) with him. Richt also has a connection to Herring and Herring’s niece is a UGA graduate.

helmet head

January 15th, 2010
10:55 am

Belichick was fired by the Browns. Would you take him as your coach. I thought so.

Observe & Report

January 15th, 2010
10:55 am

I’m excited about this hire, he has a solid background and Dallas’s D-line is arguably the best in the NFL. Now, who will he bring to fill out the staff?

1eyedJack

January 15th, 2010
10:56 am

Gordon, did you factor in his social security check?

Tailback U

January 15th, 2010
10:56 am

Glad it’s a done deal now and it is going to be interesting to see
who Grantham brings with him on staff. There of course have been rumors
that guys with Georgia connections might be possibilities as position
coaches. To me Bill while many discussions have gone in the direction
of strength and conditioning a much greater need is an upgrade in the
area of special teams play. I personally think Saban is a little
better coach than Meyer because of Meyer’s specific system. But one
thing about Meyer’s coaching is indeed superior and that is special teams. The teams like Kentucky’s of the world are seemingly never
a threat because they are exploited on special teams significantly
enough that games quickly get out of hand and Florida is never having
to deal with a screw up or two costing them the game. As much as
I admire CMR this has been a chink in his armor that MUST be repaired
before the Dawgs will ever be as potent as dominant as we believe they
have the potential to be.

Blindog

January 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Where you at UGA 2010 ??

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Does anyone know if Grantham can coach the secondary?

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 15th, 2010
10:59 am

Great hire. Glad to have it over….now can we get a new strength coach? Everyone in the SEC knows that we are weak in that area. DVH ’s methods are antiquated…Smart wanted to bring in a new one cause he knew we were weak.

Maddawg

January 15th, 2010
11:00 am

If he’d gone after the NFL route to begin with, I guarantee you that people like you and many others would be second-guessing that and complaining that he should have gone after the other high-brow college DC’s. Sheesh. Either way, you’re not going to be happy. When are you and others going to quit your cynicism and hypocritical self-serving viewpoints and just let Richt do his job?

dan

January 15th, 2010
11:01 am

Bill,

I think it’s a pretty solid hire. College football for better or worse has taken on a Pro Football /Big Business mentality. These kids( and more importantly their parents) are looking at schools that will showcase their talents for the next level. Mark Richt’s method of recruiting kids and building them to be great human beings of faith is honorable, but it isn’t resonating like it used to. And Richt’s model of treating players and coaches like they are family( ala FSU) needed to change as well. College Football is a business, and a college football program needs to be run as such. To Richt’s credit he learned his lesson( albeit a bit too late). Now UGA has a better selling point to kids, especially defensive players. Athens has always been a great town with an awesome fan base. And now they have a defensive coach who has experience in the NFL( something Richt’s previous staff’s have lacked), who brings an NFL scheme to the table which will get players ready for the next level. If I were a defensive player with no ties to UGA( especially a defensive lineman since that’s Grantham’s speciality), I would strongly consider UGA whereas I wouldn’t have when Willie was there. And I think the 3-4 is a good fit for UGA’s current personel because their defense is a bit small but they have speed and are pretty decent when they blitz which is what the 3-4 is all about. That’s the biggest knock I had against Willie, he always had success when he blitzed and never did it enough!

knoxdawg

January 15th, 2010
11:01 am

I can’t blame Richt for trying to hire the DC’s he went after first. However, I think in the end having an NFL coach on the staff is better. Perhaps he can bring some assistants from the NFL as well. Recruits today look hard at the coaches NFL experience cause they all want to play in the NFL. Should be a plus in the recruiting area. Now go get the LB that decommitted from UT. Rennie leaving opens an opportunity for early playing time.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:04 am

to Tailback U:

urban myer coaches the special teams at UF, like Beamer does at VT……….I wonder if Richt could/would go that direction…..if not UGA should hire a Special teams coach…along with any assistants Grantham wants to bring.

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
11:05 am

1st……uhm…..Page!

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
11:06 am

I am loving this hire…….I knew he would do the right thing and make a BIG hire! NFL guy in the livingroom of your recruits coming soon!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:09 am

Let the rumors begin as to who Grantham brings with him…..I would like to see Travis Jones… UGA guy that could take over if/when Grantham leaves.

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Bryan

January 15th, 2010
11:16 am

I would love to see us continue to make a splash by putting together an all-star cast of defensive position coaches!

Jimmy

January 15th, 2010
11:17 am

All this talk of Richt having “egg in the face”
For offering a job to Smart and simply talking to a couple of possible candidates
is a bunch of crap.

If he failed to pursue Smart, critics would have bashed him.
The PR would have been just as negative.
If Richt had gone to Grantham first, people would have went, “Why not Smart?”

This way, people say he had to settle…he has egg in his face…

PLEASE.
Richt did the right thing.
Nothing wrong with the process except a lack of character on the part of some POSSIBLE candidates.
I question Smart’s character after this, too.
Couldn’t he have turned it down before an official offer was made?
In the end it doesn’t matter.
The PR fallout would have been nearly the same.

Good job Richt.

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
11:18 am

Who would we love to get?

Albert the Alligator

January 15th, 2010
11:19 am

Mr Grantham have you met your new daddy yet, The Florida Gators? You will

athensdawg

January 15th, 2010
11:19 am

i have my doubts…..the guy used to wear orange.

Douglas

January 15th, 2010
11:20 am

I think it is a great hire. The only person I don’t think Richt should have gone after was Chavis — he is a sold DC but not great. This guy is young too — only age 43. If Saban wanted him as his DC, he must be pretty good.

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
11:20 am

Who would you love to see come with Grantham?

Bremen Dawg

January 15th, 2010
11:24 am

Rumor was some stuff was twittered that Smart had accepted the job and said show me the money in writing. Richt never would have sent something in writing unless there was a verbal agreement. Then Smart sat on it and leaked it out to get Bama to bid on him. That was Smart on his part but it is a question of character but that is how the game is played. I think in the future if this get out of control and it is you will see states and colleges coming up with some sort of a salary cap.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:24 am

I wonder how many assistants Grantham will want/Need? If he runs a 3-4: You typically have: DL, ILB, OLB, and Secondary coach……a 4-3: DL, LBs, and secondary coach…….I wonder if Grantham has the guys he wants or will he start searching now?

Hal

January 15th, 2010
11:24 am

No, Mark has done EXACTLY what he needed to do. He spoke to (NOT OFFERED) Foster & Chavis, good moves considering he really wanted Kirby but had to wait. Either of those guys say yes, done. Neither did so he waited for Kirby, who was close, damn close and actually did say yes before backing out.
Mark and the rest of us all kind of knew this was the guy and long range probably the best hire. But he had to make those other guys say no first. The search hasn’t gone on and on for 6 weeks as Shultz and Bradley would have you think. More like 3 days here, 4 days there while he waited for Kirby to come available. Bulldog nation should welcome Grantham, this guy WANTS to be here. And when we do meet Kirby next, we need to hang half a hundy on the heralded defensive coordinator who chose to stay beside the sabanator while Mr. Grantham holds ‘em to zero.

GO DAWGS!!!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:26 am

to: Bryan.

Travis Jones

Richie

January 15th, 2010
11:28 am

This will be good.built a great def.@Dallas.

outkasted

January 15th, 2010
11:30 am

if he gets the job done no matter what choice but the right choice

Tailback U

January 15th, 2010
11:31 am

NCDAWG
I like to think CMR is smart enough to learn and grows as a coach.
I agree with you and think if I am correct in my assessment of CMR
he will learn from past mistakes and get a guy who is a special
teams guru. I am sure you share my frustration of not having a little
more juice there in terms of blocked kicks and even more important
sick of of pathetic coverage on kickoffs and occasionally on punts.
Momentum is such a crucial factor in a football game and a big play
on special teams is perhaps the most significant of all in determining
momentum.

YoungDawg

January 15th, 2010
11:32 am

People complain about the length of this search process but when AL made it to the NC game you knew this would be a long process because they HAD to talk to Kirby. He was the perfect candidate & had UGA ties could you imagine the backlash if he hired a DC without talking to & offering Smart! In the mean time CMR talked to two top flight DC’s in Foster & Chavis whom if he hired either no one was going to say they were bad hires that we shouldn’t have waited on Kirby first before hiring them. He talked to up & comer Vic Koneing who took the IL DC job rather than waiting on the UGA job. He finds Todd Grantham who has a great defensive background, likes his fiery passion & feels like he’s a good fit for UGA. BUT first he HAS to talk to & offer Smart, 1 because he’s the perfect candidate & 2 the Dawg nation wouldn’t be accepting of off the radar guy like Grantham if he didn’t go after Smart first. In the end CMR got his & the right man for the DC job! That’s all that matters! Now Evans needs to step to the plate so we can “Finish the Drill” on this by hiring great assistants to help Grantham! GODAWGS!

Dorsey Hill

January 15th, 2010
11:35 am

I am very pleased. I think that a very good argument can be made that this was the best choice of the 4 that were apparently offered the job. The NFL experience gives him an asset that none of the other three had. While Kirby may have been just as good in the X’s & O’s, I can’t see how someone could argue that Kirby is better. Afterall this is the guy Saban wanted to coach his D at Miami and thus was picked first over Will Muschamp. Again, I’m very pleased.

Now we go to a 3-4 which is good timing considereing our losses at DT. I think the 3-4 willl also give us more flexibility in dealing with all of the spread offenses we face by pulling a DL out and putting a DB or LB in his his place, thus more speed on the field.

However, we don’t know how quickly our current ends will adapt to their new responsibilities and if they are physically suited for DE in this scheme. A DE in a 3-4 has inside rush defensive responsbilty that a 4-3 end doesn’t. A 4-3 DE contains and rushes the QB. A 3-4 end has the T/G gap responsibility. Further, we don’t know which of our LB’s are capable of playing in a three-point stance when called upon to do so as required by the 3-4. In addition, our LB’s are going to have to be a lot better then they’ve been in the past as they won’t have 4 DL keeping blockers off of them.

In the end, I think this hire can be a home-run. But our 10 returning O starters plus Aaron are going to have to score points in 2010 as there will be some growing pains not only for the players but for Grantham as well who hasn’t previously been called on to defend the vastly different offensive schemes that we see week to week. Until our DL and LB’s “fit” this system the benefits may be delayed. That is not to say that I don’t expect that we will be better on defense than in 2008 and 2009, but that’s pretty low bar. Just don’t expect a sub-10 ppg defense in the first year. Sub-18ppg will do for now.

Hal

January 15th, 2010
11:37 am

@YoungDawg you’re 100% right. I’ve said on this board as well as Bradley’s and stupid a$$ shultz that Mark did exactly what he had to. The BN would not have accepted us not at least making a run at Kirby. And Mark has too much respect for Saban and his own mistakes from FSU to have made a mess of the national championship game for Alabama by going balls out for Kirby before the game. This was a 10 day search tops and Mark handled it perfectly.

Just wish these so called journalists would get it!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:37 am

Anyone think Shane Beamer would be a good hire as the Special Teams coach, I know he helps coach the secondary too at USC……I wonder if he would consider it?

WonderDawg

January 15th, 2010
11:37 am

It has worked out fine. I mean it was an assistant coach position, not head coach. Kirby would have made a good story and a slap at Saban, but Grantham has more experience, and Saban himself offered him a DC job. Good hire Coach Richt.

dawg85

January 15th, 2010
11:39 am

Good hire. Grantham can coach. He has a solid pedigree and will bring a fresh perspective to the program. Dawgs lose some guys but have recruited well and have talent. Congrats to CMR. Grantham ought to help with recruiting too. I like this hire better than Kirby because I don’t believe we’d have kept Kirby more than a couple of years at best.

George

January 15th, 2010
11:42 am

Can anyone look at the Dallas defensive line performance and doubt that Grantham is a top notch coach? This will be a Georgia Defense that will challenge our past better defenses. It may take a year or two for him to recruit some key players for his aggressive style of defense, but Georgia’s defense will be really good from the start. We will see a better Georgia Team next season. Grantham will take some pressure off of the offense that caused Cox to press to much during the 2009 season.

Hmmmmm

January 15th, 2010
11:43 am

I like the Shane Beamer idea. VT Special Teams are freaky good.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:45 am

It looks like Grantham will not bring any Dallas assistants with him, according to ESPN….the rest of the coaching staff has a contract for next year.

GoalLineStalker

January 15th, 2010
11:46 am

Rumor has it that Coach G will be bringing the Dallas strength coach…not sure what that means for DVH…can he do anything else?

WonderDawg

January 15th, 2010
11:46 am

Who knows, Albert the Alligator, we may now have a DC who can actually scheme and adjust DURING a game. If so, watch out ….

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:46 am

to:Hmmmmm .

Shane Beamer is Frank Beamer’s son..Frank is at VT, Shane is at South Carolina……

TommyP

January 15th, 2010
11:47 am

Isn’t Shane Beamer at S.Carolina???

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:49 am

TommyP: Yes…….but I am sure his daddy taught him a thing or two about special teams

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:54 am

Probably lucked into the very best of all the candidates out there….Just glad this guy was there….Coach Richt did what he had to do waiting and at least offering it to Kirby….Kirby couldn’t pull the trigger with Nick standing over him, and dawg nation came out smelling like a rose….this guy has something to prove, that he can be a great DC in the SEC, the best conferance in America….

DScottGT

January 15th, 2010
11:54 am

I think UGA will be very happy with their DC. I haven’t seen as much written about his style scheme-wise other than ‘attacking 3-4,” but I have to admire his previous experience.

Not sure about the recruiting effect, but it seems in today’s NCAA recruiting is a full-court press involving multiple individuals. I doubt this hire causes any ill effect.

Here’s hoping both Tech and UGA upgraded a 2009 weakness with these hires…..

LAKE OCONEE DAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:55 am

Think that a special teams coordinator is still needed…these position coaches are too tied up in what they are doing to give the attention to detail that all good special teams coaches give…..

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
11:58 am

To Lake OCONEE DAWG:

Do you have any names for Special Teams Coordinator? I have a thought., If Manny Diaz really wanted to be at UGA offer him that posistion see how he does and promote him if that is what he wants

GeoffDawg

January 15th, 2010
12:03 pm

Kudos to CMR for making a fine hire. He also should never feel compelled to act rashly and quickly just to satisfy the impatient fans and pundits wanting immediate gratification. He’s demonstrated that he’s the one in charge of this program for better or worse. He went through the necessary steps with the end result of the program being in much better shape today than it was this time last year.

Just look at UT for an example of what happens with a hothead as your HC. We may not be back at the top of the conference immediately but we’re now a significant step closer.

Delbert D.

January 15th, 2010
12:04 pm

Maybe Georgia should have gone immediately to getting an NFL guy. They ended up elevating Kirby Smart to potential HC hire ahead of schedule. Will UT make an offer?

Dr M

January 15th, 2010
12:10 pm

Gotta hype Yata! He carried the Dawgs for 4 tough years and now he’s getting his chance to show he’s got the right stuff. Remember a buzzer beater at South Carolina? How about a blog on favorite Yata moments at UGA?

MW

January 15th, 2010
12:13 pm

I can’t argue with the hire,its a good hire.I would have liked Withers from UNC but some what satisfied.I really cant grade this hire yet until i know the people Grantham will surround himself with.This is what makes coaches good to great.I just hope it does’nt take as long to hire the other to coaches!

Grantham The Right Guy

January 15th, 2010
12:13 pm

Yes, NFL guy was Richt’s best option after SEC rivals Chavis and Smsrt decided to stay home. Taking out a conference rival’s DC is the best strategic move. That’s what Richt did when he went for his 2 biggest rivals for 2010. When that didn’t work, he went upstream to the NFL, yet also got someone with college experience and a guy Sban liked so much that Saban wanted him for his DC in Miami.

Note:
Impressive, Grantham TURNED DOWN working for Saban, but Richt was a better persuader than Saban as he got Grantham to say yes.

Places Georgia BETTER for recruiting, guys want to play in the NFL, who knows what it takes ot get there and play at that level, than a guy who’s been there for 10 years?

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
12:24 pm

Memo to Richt and Grantham: Travis Jones.

Paul's Johnson

January 15th, 2010
12:35 pm

750K a year for an NFL d-line coach. ‘Nuff said.

Top Dawg

January 15th, 2010
12:37 pm

Balderdash

January 15th, 2010
12:47 pm

No candidate is untouchable. Ga. Southern once had the audacity to ask long-shot Erk Russell to be their football coach. Richt was right to target who he wanted, no matter whether they seem untouchable or not. If you don’t ask, they can’t say yes.

Balderdash

January 15th, 2010
12:54 pm

The Vols are talking themselves into Kippy Brown being a great HC, much like they did with Kiffin last year. Boy those guys can talk themselves into anything.

gadawgs

January 15th, 2010
12:54 pm

Great job Coach Richt. Absolutely love the hire! Welcome to Athens Coach Grantham! I love your statement about being an attacking/aggressive defense that offenses will not want to play against. Finally, a proactive defensive coach instead of a reactive. Can’t wait till September.

Technophobia

January 15th, 2010
1:14 pm

What’s the difference between a UGA divorce and a tornado?

I don’t know but somebody’s gonna lose a trailer.

Dawghater

January 15th, 2010
1:16 pm

Bill, Bill, Bill – CMR had trouble with high profile D Coordinators becasue all three saw a boat with a hole in it. And another year like 2009, the hole would get bigger and the boat would take on more water. Grantham is a D Line Coach. He takes the UGA job and it doesn’t work out he just goes back to the NFL to get another D line job! Your article says CMR should have looked to the NFL to begin with. I guess for D line coaches! Nice to see the economy isn’t hurting UGA Coaching salaries! Just raise them ticket prices for them boys!

Technophobia

January 15th, 2010
1:21 pm

$750,000 for your fourth choice? Ouch!

ChuckWDawg

January 15th, 2010
1:22 pm

Good hire. I actually wasn’t too sure about the other “name” guys. Not that they weren’t good choices. It just was apparent to me that if Smart, Foster or Chavis came in here and had the kind of immediate success the Dog fans are hoping for some other team would have snatched them up for Head Coaching job on the spot. I like to thik Richt approached those guys mostly for political reasons. If those high profile guys don’t land at UGA it wasn’t because they weren’t asked. Grantham strikes me as the kind of guy the Dogs need. I expected it to be from the college ranks. But having a direct NFL connection among the coaches now iscan only help in recruiting.

Hank Reardon

January 15th, 2010
1:26 pm

Doesn’t it seem like the Groh hire was made to set up a quick, short term run (65 yrs old) so CPJ can have a good run and then bolt for a better program or the NFL? That seems to be a recurring problem for GT every time they have a successful coach (Ross, O’Leary).

Hank Reardon

January 15th, 2010
1:29 pm

I have very high hopes and I’m glad the search is over. Welcome to the Bulldog Nation Coach Grantham!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
1:30 pm

I will credit to CPJ….he has done well where ever he has been,……I cannot see ANY NFL team giving him a shot. I like how some Tech fans are bragging about: Thomas, Morgan, Burnette, Dwyer going to the NFL….the ironic thing…..CPJ did not recruit any of them.

Hank Reardon

January 15th, 2010
1:32 pm

Someone should hire Willie Martinez as their secondaries coach. He was excellent in that role under BVG. He’s an awesome recruiter as well. I wish he’d come back to Athens for that position. He was just in over his head as DC, IMHO.

KG24

January 15th, 2010
1:34 pm

For all you haters out there, look at this guy’s resume’ and realize other than his one bad year in Cleveland his area has been a bright spot for that particular team His first year in the
NFL he was one of the main reasons that the Colt’s went from 3-13 to 13-3.They registered 56 sacks over his two years which is still a franchise record. His defensive lines in Houston and Cleveland were solid and if anyone doubts what he has done in Dallas the last two years then you just shouldnt be allowed on here.

Welcome to Dawg Nation CTG, now lets some assitants in here and make the SEC fear the Dawg D again

Technophobia

January 15th, 2010
1:35 pm

Hank, you’re probably right about CWM but I doubt you’ll get him back.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
1:36 pm

Hank:

I agree someone may hire him, but IT SHOULD NOT be UGA.
That just does not seem good on either side…I am sure Willie is a great guy……but UGA needed a change and I am thankful for it!

GeoffDawg

January 15th, 2010
1:38 pm

Is that the best you can do Technophobia? Should I respond with a joke about Spock ears or grazing cheerleaders?

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

I hope Travis Jones comes too!

Hank Reardon

January 15th, 2010
1:40 pm

NC, that was just wishful thinking but I do wish the guy well. I can’t believe nobody has scooped him up yet.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
1:45 pm

Hank:

I can believe it, he was fired and was the DC for a team that was viewed as being very poorly coached on the Defensive side of the ball. What do you know/think of Travis Jones?

TOMMY BOY

January 15th, 2010
1:54 pm

im very glad mark richt hired Tommy Boy’s dad. he should be a great fit

J. Jones

January 15th, 2010
1:58 pm

From Americas Team to a Second Tier Team.

Chipped Tires

January 15th, 2010
2:00 pm

Derek Dooley will keep the UGA beatdowns by Tenn. intact ! Rocky Top is smiling!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:13 pm

Dooley……was not at the “top” of UT list……..La. Tech only won 4 games this year.

Vickers

January 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

UGA may have gotten the best man for the job after all. His bio looks impressive and the Cowboys have a tremendous defense. I know that sounds like a blind loyalist but I really like the results Grantham has gotten over the years. Plus he will bring an aggressive defense. I feel really good about it.

DILLIGAF

January 15th, 2010
2:14 pm

A Dooley coaching at UT. What is this world coming to!
Seriously, that would be a great hire for them. A solid, respectable guy who will bring alot of fire and passion to get the program heading in the right direction.

Chipped Tires

January 15th, 2010
2:16 pm

NCDAWG … Dooley must have been near the top because it didnt take long for Tenn to make a hire.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:17 pm

Dooley will at least stay longer than Kiffin….

Circus Act

January 15th, 2010
2:18 pm

What a bunch of Bozos in Athens, 6 weeks to hire a DC. Tenn 3 days to hire a Head Coach who is up and coming.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:20 pm

Chipped Tires: I doubt that his name was mentioned before today. I am not down playing Dooley, I wish him all the luck except when they play UGA….UT like UGA thought they had their guy (Cutcliff), only to find out he is staying at Duke.

Ryan

January 15th, 2010
2:22 pm

Ok now onto the second most important coaching job – have we hired a special teams coach yet? Are they still planning on having a st coach that will also coach other positions?

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:23 pm

Ryan…
I agree with you…UGA needs a special teams coach…..not position coaches that coach parts of the special teams…….I would think that the Ray Guy winner Lou Groza finalis, and Brandon Boykin would lure someone to the job

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:24 pm

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:33 pm

How does this look:
Shane Bramer- Special Teams Coach
Rodney Garner-DL Coach
Grantam-ILb Coach
Travis Jones-OLB Coach
Charlton Warren-DB’s (Secondary Coach at Air Force….from atlanta)

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:34 pm

Shane Beamer

NewnanDawg

January 15th, 2010
2:45 pm

NCDAWG – there is a limit on the number of coaches you can have in the NCAA. I believe we were at that number before, so we cannot hire 4 unless we fire another one.

Happy about the hire; don’t think too much else will get done right away with the playoff game for him to coach this weekend.

Go Dawgs!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:53 pm

NewnanDawg:
UGA currently has 8 coaches:
Richt-HC
Bobo, Searls, Ball, Mclendon,-off.
Garner, Grantham-Def.

This past season South Carolina had 12 full time coaches, so I do not believe the NCAA has a rule?
I am happy about the hire!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:54 pm

Forgot to put Lilly

CatsFly

January 15th, 2010
2:54 pm

All’s I know is that according to SI, UGa would finish no higher than 5th in the ACC in 2010.

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:56 pm

Cats-Fly;

They beat the ACC champ this year

NewnanDawg

January 15th, 2010
3:15 pm

NC – unless someone enlightens us in the meantime, I’ll check it out on the numbers game and repost……

Go Dawgs!

Ryan

January 15th, 2010
3:16 pm

Thanks for the comments NCDAWG – haven’t heard of a number of the folks you mentioned, but anythings better than the band of misfits we ran out their last year. What’s the chance we finally abandon this directional kicking?

NewnanDawg

January 15th, 2010
3:23 pm

NCDAWG – pulled this line from an article about a program on probation this year……

“The football program also exceeded the maximum number of 11 countable coaches during the 2003-04 through 2006-07 academic years.”

I like your selections though – excellent results on the resumes.

Go Dawgs!

AltamahaDawg

January 15th, 2010
3:39 pm

Somebody else made the point, but its worth repeating. Rather than waiting 3 more weeks, till after the bowl game and announcing that he was letting some staff go Richt did it much sooner than is the norm. Obviously the guys he wanted to get serious about werent unemployed at that time, and it took while for the bowls to conclude, and the NFL to get to this point. I doubt very seriously this timing has been the least bit of a surprised to those that were involved. (no, the AJC was not involved)

He could have waited later to start the process, or hired somebody finished with thier work a long time ago. Does anyone wish he had done either?

backroads

January 15th, 2010
3:46 pm

How do we really know who was offered a positon before Garntham? I do not believe all of the crap put out by the AJC, ESPN, SI, et al, mentioning the rejects. The 3 supposed offers may have been promulgated by their respective agents to use as leverage to get pay and incentive boosts for all we know.

AltamahaDawg

January 15th, 2010
3:47 pm

You guys are forgetting that out All-Am punt team is coached by the TE coach. The return team returned 3 TD this year, coached by the RB coach. We also blocked a few things, thats a position coach. Our special teams have never been an issue being coached by position guys with the very rare exception of the kick coverage team in only the past 2 years. Last year they barely had enough guys to play and had to use walk-ons, and had a freshman KOer. This year the KO team was not nearly as bad as the perception, but if you want to blame that on Fabris, then problem solved. Let one of the new assistants take the KO coverage team, supply him with enough healthy players to do it, and we will never hear about it anymore.

Cuz

January 15th, 2010
4:12 pm

If Richt had not made Smart and offer, Dawgs fans would gripe. He did, Smart refused and we have what appears to be a darn good hire in Grantham. I remember fans griping that Evans and Richt would not go after big names. They did. That they would not put up the big bucks necessary, they did and have. I am satisfied with the way CMR handled this process.

Who is the biggest winner? Mike Bobo. He will get a raise with Grantham coming in with the big bucks.

Cuz

January 15th, 2010
4:12 pm

Fire Coach Grantham!

First!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
4:12 pm

AltamahaDawg: I see your point, but I also think it is up to CMR to decide what he wants/is best for UGA. I am glad he took the stepswith the Defensive Coaches. UGA fans, reguardless if Grantham was #1 or #21 welcome him in and support him. The more I read about Travis Jones and Charlton Warren the more I want them at UGA….

Without-a-clue

January 15th, 2010
4:16 pm

When I see the Dawgs play nothing that resembles a “soft” defense but instead an attacking defense, then I’ll know that CMR made the right choice.

Papadawg

January 15th, 2010
4:20 pm

Fired from the Browns, who cares what the heck have they done right in awhile

Cuz

January 15th, 2010
4:24 pm

Papadawg, you may have a point. Fired from the Browns might be a step up.

Without-a-clue

January 15th, 2010
4:24 pm

As for resumes: Vince coached the freshman team at Auburn before he was hired at UGA.

Overpaid

January 15th, 2010
4:35 pm

UGA’s giving this guy a $500,000 raise to coach their D??? Are you serious–he was linebacker coach, making $250K with no other job offers. How does he now justify $750,000??? What a total joke and waste of Ga taxpayer money!

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
4:48 pm

NCDAWG: We need to hire you to coordinate the whole deal…..love the way this guy thinks!!! I behind you on your coaching picks! GO DAWGS!!!!

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
5:09 pm

Bryan: Thanks…….I would be shocked if it happens, but maybe if enought people talk about Travis Jones and Charlton Warren…then who knows?

Rome Dawg

January 15th, 2010
5:10 pm

Todd Grantham… Good hire!!! Even Todd Bridges from Different Strokes would have been an upgrade to Willie Martinez. Geez, glad those days are gone.

PT

January 15th, 2010
5:13 pm

Fate my have dealt UGA a better hand.

ONLY SERIOUS

January 15th, 2010
5:25 pm

I-DOG

January 15th, 2010
5:28 pm

I was begging for the 3-4 last Spring and it looks like it is coming to Athens. Not because one is better than the other 4-3 v. 3-4. However, I think UGA has more talent and depth at LB than we do at DE heading into next year and we sure did last year…which is more suited for a 3-4 defense.

Is it just me or does anyone else think that Kiante Trippe (spelling) could be an ideal 3-4 D end if he can stay away from injury? He does have one more year left, correct? Demarcus Dobbs seems like another good candidate for that role.

I think Grantham and his new staff will be able to take a guy like AJ Harmon and make him a solid backup noseguard in the 3-4 D. Hold two blockers at the point of attack and keep them off our LB’s so they can make the play. Tyson and Abry Jones have plenty of talent and size also, but they will be counted on heavily to fill some big shoes of the 3 seniors leaving.

I don’t think we will have a dominant defense next year, but I think we will be MUCH improved.

Tom

January 15th, 2010
5:35 pm

I think the salary is very high, but if he produces he’ll be worth every dime. Only time will tell.

REALIST

January 15th, 2010
6:06 pm

To the UGA fans the “right” person was “any” person for UGA DC.

Mark Had To

January 15th, 2010
6:15 pm

Look, CMR had to ask the best current DC’s in the country to gauge there interest. Smart was the guy all along, not because he was the best hire, but because it was the only way to get the blow-hards to shut up. Now everyone, including the “CMR is stupid and is blowing it” crowd, knows that Kirby isn’t going anywhere. The short sighted folks are saying “Boy, Richt sure is making UGA look bad with all this rejection.” The reality is, CMR spent a month and a half, asking around, waiting for Smart, so that the fan base would come back down to earth when he said “no” and we could all move forward together. Pretty “smart” if you ask me.

GaDawg

January 15th, 2010
6:24 pm

Enter your comments here

cantondawg

January 15th, 2010
6:27 pm

HOPEFULLY THE UGA DC SEARCH AND TENNESSEE HC SEARCH HAS BROUGHT SOME REALITY TO OUR UGA IDIOT FANBASE THAT WANTS TO FIRE COACH RICHT.

I am so glad that we as UGA fans got to see the Tennessee head coaching search. I feel that UGA and Tennessee are very similar financially, football talent and prestige wise. Tennessee fired a loyal good coach in Fulmer who had one bad year. Some UGA fans are trying to do the same with Richt. Fulmer had brought UT several conference and one national championship but the fans got greedy and wanted more. Does this sound familiar? Look what happened, they abandoned their loyal coach for some Johnny come lately and got screwed royally. Now, they had to settle for a career wise 17-20 coach from a bottom tier 1-a program.

I hope UGA fans are paying attention!!! I’ve heard cries to fire Richt…Hire Muschamp…Hire Gary Patterson…Hire Jon Gruden…Hire Kirby Smart..

Guess what….Muschamp, Patterson, Gruden among others turned down Tennessee….Do you really thing they would come to UGA when they turned down Tennessee…I think not…

This goes to show what would probrably happen if UGA made the change with CMR…We would think that Muschamp would come home..nope…..Then we would try for Gruden…strike out….Then maybe for Gary Patterson…another whiff…Finally we would have to settle for someone nowhere near the credentials that CMR has…I hope this DC search and Tennessee HC search has been an eye opener to you studid fans calling for Richt’s head

cantondawg

January 15th, 2010
6:28 pm

I really think that Grantham has been CMR guy all along…He had to make an offer to Smart to excite the fanbase and probrably knew he wouldn’t take it…

GaDawg

January 15th, 2010
6:32 pm

Travis Jones, Travis Jones, Travis Jones, Did I mention Travis Jones for a position on the UGA defensive staff? Check him out at: /www.neworleanssaints.com/Team/Coaches/People/Travis Jones.aspx

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
6:57 pm

GaDawg:

I agree Travis Jones!!! Also Check out Charlton Warren: http://www.goairforcefalcons.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/warren_charlton00.html

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 15th, 2010
7:23 pm

I’m glad Richt saw that the LB play has been horrible at UGA and made a big step to address that issue.Look at the commit list…we have a lot of physical specimens coming in this class.

hotdawg

January 15th, 2010
7:26 pm

I’ll be glad when Richt’s regime is over and tickets will be plentifull!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bryan

January 15th, 2010
7:42 pm

I think the phrase “you can’t please everyone all the time” is perfect for the UGA hire……Grantham is a great hire he is “LEGIT”. Half the “nah sayers” will be SLOBBERING ON HIS KNOB…when we are sitting on top of the SEC EAST! GO DAWGS!!!! Mark Richt is a great coach as well…for the record ;)

fan

January 15th, 2010
7:51 pm

kirby smart pick nick saban over money how about that i guess when he said it not always green on the other side you work for money right. poor will muschamp what a lame deal in todays world people all ready no when some body going to retire you and smart are to fools real people do not turn down money and opportunity

tim

January 15th, 2010
7:52 pm

you girls will not be near the top of the SEC East for a long, long time….you will not beat FL anytime in the near future say 5 or 6 years…Meyer went right to the pros to replace Strong, and BTW have you seen this years Gator class…..be scared puppies, the beatdowns will continue

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 15th, 2010
7:56 pm

I’m glad the GATORS have a big time class.There will be less whining about Tebow leaving.Great I want Meyer and Gator fans brimming with confidence in JAX

fan

January 15th, 2010
7:57 pm

smart pick saban over money how about that

Salty Dawg

January 15th, 2010
8:04 pm

I, for one, am quite pleased with the Grantham hire. I know a lot of people had their hearts set on Smart, but he would have been a short timer had he taken the role and I believe Grantham will be with us for the long haul. I also think it speaks volumes about his integrity that he is sticking with Dallas through the playoffs. It always amazes me when a coach takes a new position and leaves his old team in the lurch during the playoffs or bowl preparations. What encourages me the most are the quotes I’ve heard from Grantham since the announcement. He seems like he will encourage a very aggressive and physical defense, which Athens has lacked for some time. I love smash mouth football and that seems right up Grantham’s alley. Looking forward to big improvements and a solid season.

tim

January 15th, 2010
8:07 pm

why wouldn’t the Gators be brimming with confidence we’ve kicked your sorry asses 17 times out of the last 20 and John Brantley is way better than your inexperienced red shirts BTW the defense will not miss a step with the 3 D lineman coming in and the O line is almost intact so get ready for the annual beatdown and your new D coordinators initiation to a Gator puppy crusher

RNB

January 15th, 2010
8:20 pm

This guy can coach and will be a hit with the recruits. No doubt he will spark the defense.

MauiDawg

January 15th, 2010
8:35 pm

This is an excellent hire. UGA has needed NFL experience in the ranks for a long time. I was one of the guys that did not want Kirby from the get-go. At least you know what we’re getting with TG.

UGA MMX

January 15th, 2010
8:43 pm

I’m trying to control my laughter after reading all the rationalizations here.

Truth: Richt got dissed by 3 potential DC’s he was after
Truth: Grantham was not our first choice

Speculation: One of the reasons that potential DC’s stayed away is because they see Richt as a potential lame duck coach. People were calling for Martinez’s head on a plate for years. The din is now rising for Bobo. Both of these guys are Richt hires. It’s only a matter of time before the ire is turned on Richt himself. It’s not sporting to bark at nice guys, but, if he doesn’t start producing it won’t matter. We had 2 1st round draft choices year before last and were a preseason #1. Where did we end up? We’ve got all this talent coming in with highly rated recruiting classes and where has it gotten us?

There’s more wrong with this program than just a DC. We have accepted mediocrity and make excuses for it.

Say what you will by my pessimistic tone. And in the same breath rationalize some more on this hire and our overall standing in the SEC.

d1reality

January 15th, 2010
10:10 pm

“”I like how some Tech fans are bragging about: Thomas, Morgan, Burnette, Dwyer going to the NFL….the ironic thing…..CPJ did not recruit any of them.”"

True he did not recruit them, but if Gailey was the coach, Thomas, Morgan, Burnette and Dwyer would have been watching the Orange Bowl on the sofa with the rest of us.

Coach Johnson develops his players. Coach MR has had “top ten” recruiting classes for years on end, and I did not see his team in the top 25 at year end.

Beware the Dooley led Vols!!!!!

AltamahaDawg

January 15th, 2010
10:22 pm

Jimmy you are dead on, If Richt had hired Grantham (or anyone) before forcing Smart to flat turn him down, we would never hear the end of that moaning and groaning.

I also think the first part of the process was narrowing it down to 4-6 men they would have hired. And most of the middle part had to do with setting and managing the expectations for the dollars involved.. And then the hard press to close.

Looks to me as if the whole thing was done in an extremely professional manner.

AltamahaDawg

January 15th, 2010
10:29 pm

MMX, not pessimistic as much as simple-minded, banal, and just a tad too predictable to be believable.

d1reality

January 15th, 2010
10:37 pm

“” If Richt had hired Grantham (or anyone) before forcing Smart to flat turn him down, we would never hear the end of that moaning and groaning. “”

OK, I get delusion of saying Grantham was always the #1 choice, even though 3 others turned it down. We have to act pleased to mask the failures.

But the rationaliztion of CMR offering Smart and in the same breath “forcing” him to turn him down. What the heck??????????????????

BuLLdawg

January 15th, 2010
10:37 pm

Derek Dooley, walk-on Academic All-ACC receiver at Virginia, UGA Law Degree, becomes famous overnight at $2.4 million dollars a year for 5 years.

Nick Saban Disciple both at LSU and the Miami Dolphins, he left the NFL to be head coach and then also Athletics Director at Louisiana State of the WAC.

He doesn’t or hasn’t thrown the football, which doesn’t surprise any UGA fans.

$12,000,000

That’s more than Vincent J. Dooley ever made by a long wide margin.

In Stark contrast to the impetuous aggressive arrogant presumptuous Lame Kitten hired by Mike Hamilton, Derek Dooley is smart, conservative, and very rich.

I know, he had 2 losing seasons sandwich his one good year the year before last at Louisiana Tech, but here is the common thread of Mike Hamilton’s 2 most recent hires as coach : Dooley lost many close ballgames. Moral Victories. Here, he will fit in well with the vols, whose hatred for everything Bulldog finds them reaching into the WAC to steal their head coach to come coach for the vols.

Running the football makes your Defensive Stats look better.

I expect Derek Dooley to bring some respect back to the vols long-suffering football program both in the classrooms and off Cumberland Boulevard.

Win and losses ?

That hasn’t been a priority for the vols in a long time, now.

Strengths :

(1)Classroom, Coach Dooley is a smart young man.

(2)off Cumberland Boulevard, Coach Dooley is a conservative who will not put up with that stuff any more.

(3)Respectability by saying the right statements instead of every wrong statement by every vols’ head football coach ever, in the past, this also will be a huge improvement finally for the former Hillbillies of college football.

(4)Wins and Losses might well follow, and if they don’t Coach Dooley got Vince and Barbara twelve million dollars for taking care of them in their old age, with a huge helping hand by his mentor Nick Saban of Alabama, and it does seem that Nick Saban’s Disciples actually all are extremely good at Coaching.

I know y’all expect me to criticize this choice, but I do not, I actually like it.

Coach Dooley, this is a refreshing change, finally for the vols.

It’s going to be great having a conservative, smart, student of the game, with a pedigree in coaching second to none in whom he has studied under, to the North finally, for a change. I never in my lifetime thought that any of Coach Dooley’s values were of any importance to anyone with the vols, ever.

I applaud this choice. I doubt it will change anything with the vols but if he stays there 5 years, that would be great wouldn’t it ? Just imagine, no more laughing at the vols’ head coaches’ stupid hillbillies idiotic wild crap.

It changes the entire outlook of the vols, instantly. Now, if the vols’ fans can change to his type of good person…

…wait, that is asking too much. Who knows, some truly good guys may finally even play on the football teams for the vols one day. I will hold my breath on that one too, and hope beyond hope that we see Coach Dooley’s values rub off on the worst bad boys of All-Time ever in the nation.

And, a national abomination of a football program for some time now.

Good Luck vols, but I have got to share with you that Coach Dooley doesn’t fit in with the rest of you Hillbillies, you yahoos.

UGA MMX

January 15th, 2010
10:42 pm

Altamaha, the truth hurts baby. You’re living in denial if you think Richt will ever get to the pinnacle.

Pull your head out of the sand and come on in for the big win, buddy. We’ve been mired in mediocrity for years. Richt is right out of the Dooley mold. If you’re old enough then you’ll remember the calls for his arse because he had a dead offense. “3 yds & a cloud of dust” Dooley. Great D, or let’s say Erk had a great D. 25 years at UGA and he wins one NC and a few SEC titles. And we built a statue for that.

Really…..

Really?

BuLLdawg

January 15th, 2010
10:46 pm

Dump Dooley.

That’s the way I recall it, and I remember everything.

AltamahaDawg

January 15th, 2010
10:52 pm

I am pretty sure from reading your take, I am quite a bit older than you.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 16th, 2010
12:06 am

MMX??? Mental Midget to the eXtreme. Yes, that’s got to be it.

DawgVoiceofReason

January 16th, 2010
12:12 am

Circus Act,

Obviously you attended the same school of faulty logic and lack of judgment as Schultz and Bradley. Nobody else cares in the long run how long it took to hire the DC. The only thing that matters is that we got a good one who will fix the D.

January 15th, 2010
2:18 pm
“What a bunch of Bozos in Athens, 6 weeks to hire a DC. Tenn 3 days to hire a Head Coach who is up and coming.”

DawgVoiceofReason

January 16th, 2010
12:19 am

BuLLdawg,

I guess a fair amount of wind has been taken out of your sails. You will no longer be able to RANT and RAVE on about how NOT ONE NFL coach is on or has been on Coach Richt’s staff. We will NEVER have to hear that JUNK from your mouth AGAIN. Of course, my expectations are low on your moderating any of your other observations, at least in the short run.

On a positive note, on which we hopefully can agree, How ‘Bout Them Dawgs!!!

BuLLdawg

January 16th, 2010
6:00 am

Excuse me ?

I make the point that Coach Richt had ZERO coaches on his ENTIRE “COACHING STAFF” who had even 1 DAY NFL COACHING EXPERIENCE, and he actually LISTENS and DOES get a guy with 11 years NFL experience on my alma mater’s football coaching staff, and you WHAT D.A. ?

Say I am going to SHUT UP ABOUT IT NOW ?

It is MY POINT. And, it CERTAINLY IS NOT YOUR POINT.

The fact is that is EXACTLY WHAT I CALLED FOR.

EXACTLY what I said ALL ALONG WOULD HAPPEN.

NOW, it has.

It is what I said.

It is EXACTLY what you NEVER SAID.

While we are on the point, we have a LOT MORE COACHES TO HIRE for that sorry “coaching staff” ALL THE REST OF US, EXCEPT FOR YOU, really did NOT care for.

17-19 against Final AP Poll Top 25 teams in 9 years plus 8 more losses

NOT EVEN RANKED TEAMS.

Glaring ISSUE : NO COACH WITH ANY NFL EXPERIENCE.

Hires a guy for $750,000 a year from the Dallas Cowboys who have a GREAT DEFENSE with 11 years NFL coaching experience.

It was obvious to me he HAD to do THAT all along. The same goes for the rest of this “coaching staff” who have absolutely WASTED our Average Number 7 Recruiting Class 10 years in a row in both Scout.com and Rivals.

I am NOT HAPPY about :

NOT ACCEPTABLE, while you sit there and tell me how great we are :

Coaching 4th best state high school players who go on to NFL :

17-19 vs Final AP Poll Top 25 teams Richt Era plus 8 Losses NOT RANKED teams.

BuLLdawg

January 16th, 2010
6:05 am

My observations are spot-on.

BuLLdawg

January 16th, 2010
6:06 am

Which is why you NEVER address a single observation of mine and point out where I am incorrect.

I am NOT.

DawgJones

January 16th, 2010
6:52 am

Ilove the Richt comments about the boys getting turned loosed under Grantham….does that mean in his role of head coach that he could not tell Willie to do that last year? He confuses me…

Gt4ever

January 16th, 2010
9:01 am

Another reason why your program is headed DOWN. Coach Richt has NO discipline or control over his team….. He has reinstated a guy who should have been shown the road. Oh, but he won’t let the guy play the first two games….. I forget whether his two game suspension is before or after this guys court date for assaulting a female…. I don’t care how good the coach is, with this kind of accountability coming from the HC, your program is a JOKE!

SOUTHGADAWG88

January 16th, 2010
10:03 am

Guy you should be worried about GT going 6-6 this year.

TXDAWG

January 16th, 2010
10:12 am

Let’s get behind this guy and support him. He needs time to rebuild the defense because of the garbage WM left behind.

Navigator

January 16th, 2010
10:56 am

I think it went like most hires, first you ask all of the ones that have star quality first. Then you get serious and find a good assistant.

Big Bob

January 16th, 2010
11:02 am

Grantham is the right guy. It really doesn’t matter if we looked at college DCs firt or not, the fact is we have the right man. I like the fact that he has years of coaching experience in the NFL and on the college level. I think he will relate well to players and play a very agressive stype of defense, which we have so sorely missed. Things have a way of working out for the best and I am glad we did not get any of the coaches we talked to first. This is the MAN!

Jack Sports buzz

January 16th, 2010
11:05 am

750K a year for an NFL d-line coach is too much for such a short term job.

dawg

January 16th, 2010
2:46 pm

UGA would never have satisfied the masses on the vent and etc unless he made a pitch for smart,even if it did cost us a lot of cash and set the standard very high in terms of dollars. I believe that he may have had something along this line in mind all the time. We really know of only two offers,the last being accepted. It appears to have been a well thought out plan even with all the crazy UGA fools and Tech media representatives paid by AJC.

GaDawg

January 17th, 2010
5:55 am

NCDAWG

January 15th, 2010
2:33 pm

How does this look:

Shane Beamer- Special Teams Coach
Rodney Garner-DL Coach
Grantam-ILb Coach
Travis Jones-OLB Coach
Charlton Warren-DB’s (Secondary Coach at Air Force….from Atlanta

Your list is impressive. What about a top notch strength&conditioning coach?