Grantham’s aggressive style pleases this Dawg fan

Todd Grantham is saying all the right things so far. (Dallas Morning News)

Todd Grantham is saying all the right things so far. (Dallas Morning News)

Like most UGA fans, I’ve been closely parsing Todd Grantham’s initial words about his defensive plans for the Dogs, and so far I like what I hear.

Now, granted, in the recent past there’s often been a disconnect between what we hear and what we end up seeing on the field. Remember all the talk last summer about Joe Cox’s accuracy and how Bryan Evans was coming into his own at safety?

And while the lion’s share of the focus is likely to be on Grantham’s plans to go with three defensive linemen and four linebackers, instead of the opposite under Willie Martinez, the scheme wasn’t always the problem under Martinez. Too often, the Dogs showed poor fundamentals when it came to tackling and getting off blocks. I’m anxious to see how that (hopefully) improves under Grantham.

But what I particularly liked, though, was Grantham’s very first promise in the prepared statement UGA released announcing his hiring: “To the fans and boosters of the University of Georgia, 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.”

I wanted to jump to my feet and holler “Hallelujah!”

As Gen. George Patton once said, “Nobody ever defended anything successfully; there is only attack and attack and attack some more.”

One of the most frustrating things about the Georgia defense under Martinez was its soft zones and read-and-react philosophy. Too often, the reading took so long that the reaction came too late. Thus a team like Tennessee could take a simple offensive plan like play-action and devastate the Georgia defense.

It was notable that when the makeshift defensive staff simplified the schemes and reduced the number of reads for the Independence Bowl game, the defense played much better.

And don’t get me started on the way Martinez’s defense often left the middle of the field wide open — a real problem if there wasn’t much pressure on the quarterback.

Now, I’m not expecting miracles from Grantham in his first season. Georgia will have back six of the 11 defensive players who started the bowl game, so there’ll be an experience gap in addition to learning new schemes.

But the new defensive coordinator’s emphasis on a Nick Saban-style attacking defense that rushes the passer constantly and puts a premium on busting into the backfield quickly to disrupt the offense makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. It’s just how I like to see the game played, and it’s obviously done wonders for Saban.

I’m also encouraged that Grantham sounds flexible. One of the most frequent complaints I heard about Martinez was that he tried to play his base defense no matter what the other team was doing, and he was slow to adjust. Says Grantham: “We’re always going to match personnel or have the ability to match personnel, meaning if someone adds a third wideout in the game, we can add an extra DB in the game. We could end up playing multiple fronts out of that nickel package whether it be four down or three down and kind of go that route.”

I would assume that also means that if a team has a strong inside running game, the offensive attack that the 3-4 alignment is most vulnerable to, Grantham will adjust accordingly.

Another thing the new DC said Friday that pleased me was that he likes to evaluate his players “one through 50″ and “find a way to get your top players on the field, because to be an aggressive attacking style of defense and to make plays, you have got to have playmakers.” I would hope that would mean we wouldn’t see any more situations like this past season, where a defensive player continued to start long after it was obvious his backup was better.

What also caught my eye was Grantham saying “what you want as a defense, after the game is over [is] the team you just played are so happy they don’t have to play you anymore. In order to do that I think it takes great conditioning and I think it takes great preparation.” I’m wondering how all the questions about the effectiveness of Georgia’s conditioning program (which Buck Belue cited as one of the supposed reasons Kirby Smart turned the job down) will play into that. If there’s an aspect of the program that Mark Richt still needs to address besides overall discipline, it’s probably strength and conditioning.

But that’s a discussion for another day. Right now visions of stunts and blitzes and sacks and fumbles are dancing in my head, and I’m ready to see the old “GATA” slogan that Richt cited Friday once again become the ruling mindset Between the Hedges!

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Gen Neyland

January 17th, 2010
11:26 pm

Please. Don’t compare the good or bad a coach did within the pro ranks to college ball. The philosophy they carry forward is one thing but the players they have to work with are a different beast. Best of luck to your new DC except when he plays a Dooley.


January 18th, 2010
1:53 am

We could not afford to Redshirt Washaun Ealey last season. We needed him against Oklahoma State; that’s game 1.

We could not afford to Redshirt Knowshon Moreno, but we did; and, as a result we got to see the best running back we’ve had in over 25 years, 2 years.

Marlon Brown. We threw Marlon Brown 2 passes for a grand total of 7 yards last season. Excuse me.

We didn’t even offer Rennie Curran a Scholarship.

I have said for some time that TJ Striping would benefit from a year bulking up; that’s obvious. What isn’t obvious to you sitting there making excuses for how great we are at evaluating talent, is that we cannot afford to sit down a player of his ability. We are not that good, that we can do without him. As a matter of fact, I’ve also mentioned that he might be moved to linebacker. Todd Grantham is not going to redshirt TJ Stripling.

Mike Bobo, you want BRAG about :

Number 80 Passing Offense.

Number 75 Total Offense.

Now, which 2 games did you want to say he was GREAT in, when he played 13 games and LOST 5 of them ?

We had 3 TURNOVERS against Oklahoma State. They had none.
We had 3 TURNOVERS against the vols. They had one.
We had 4 TURNOVERS against the crocodiles. They had none.
We had 4 TURNOVERS against Kentucky. They had none.
Why did we LOSE all these and won last 2 games ? TURNOVERS.

Number 118 in Turnovers.

Number 107 in Penalties.

Hell, every time we lined up we either we called for a Penalty, or Turned the damn ball, over.

We are Number 51 in Scoring Offense. And, you come running in here to tell EVERYONE at the games who boo Mike Bobo’s play calls, and trust me it is EVERYONE, that my grandmother could call better play calls.

We are NOT that good.

17-19 vs Final AP Poll Top 25, plus 8 losses to unranked teams Richt Era.

Matthew Stafford ended the previous 3 years under Mike Bobo with :

Stafford 18 Fumbles 33 Interceptions to 51 Touchdowns Passes.

We are NOT that great.

Truth be told, this recruiting class isn’t all that great.

And, you insist that you are correct and that I am incorrect that Todd Grantham said that he ranks the football players, and gets the best play makers on the field and that you think that although EVERY RECRUITING SERVICE has TJ Stripling as 1 of the best football players in the state and at his position in the nation, that he has sit down because he is NOT a Defensive Nose Guard.

Excuse me.

I was the 1 in here daily since Spring who said that Washaun Ealey has to play game 1.

I did not see you echoing my statement on him. Who in the hell did you look at and evaluate would be so damn great as our Running Back ?

Caleb King ?

Richard Samuel ?

Carlton Thomas ?

Come on, fess up Mr. Know it ALL.

2007 Total Offense Number 74. That’s with Stafford & Moreno.

2007 Passing Offense Number 83. That’s with Stafford & Moreno.

Willie Martinez was Number 14 Total Defense & 18 Scoring Defense 2007.

The Offense sucks under Mike Bobo.

2008 we were Turnover Margin Number 73 in the nation.


2008 was Stafford and Moreno. Number 73 Turnover Margin.

This Offense sucks.

Number 80 Passing Offense 2009.

Number 75 Total Offense 2009.

Number 118 Turnovers 2009.

2008 Penalty Yards Number 115 in 112 Penalties.

2007 Penalty Yards Number 84 in 91 Penalties.

2009 Penalty Yards Number 107 in 105 Penalties.

We cannot even line-up and run a play call.

THIS “coaching staff” of Coach Richt Era has NO DISCIPLINE.


Not off the field, and NOT ON IT. 121 ARRESTS/SUSPENSIONS in 9 years.

God Almighty.

We are NOT that great.


On 3rd down, we are Number 61 in the nation 2009 making it, 61.

On 3rd down, we were Number 38 in nation 2008 with Stafford & Moreno.

I’m sorry TommyP, we are not great.

2008 in Red Zone Offense we were Number 53 with Stafford & Moreno.

Matthew Stafford had 18 fumbles & 33 Interceptions to only 51 TD Passes in his career.

Now, what 1 stat and which 2 games did you want to compare UGA to what other 11 teams, not 118 disregarding EVERYTHING so that you can make your point that you are trying to make to ALL of us that Mike Bobo is GREAT ?

TommyP, you sit there and take 1 stat and try to make your point. Try.

TommyP, you sit there and take 2 games and try to make your point. Try.

TommyP, we LOST 5 games this season. Then, WE ALL read your post and stats on how great our Offense was in 2 games on 1 stat line and damn son, I almost FORGOT we LOST 5 DAMN FOOTBALL GAMES.

Kentucky, a 7-6 UNRANKED TEAM.

Tennessee, a 7-6 UNRANKED TEAM.


Excuse me.

You have no idea what you are talking about.

Let me get this straight TommyP, sir – Guru of Football. Not. We can’t line up and run a play without a penalty, when we do, we either fumble it or throw an interception, end up Number 80 Passing Offense, Number 51 Scoring Offense, and Number 70 Total Offense and you come running in here telling ALL of US that YOU KNOW we are GREAT ON OFFENSE. BEST in The SEC. Never mind, we are the Number 9 team in The SEC of 12 with ONLY Vandie Mississippi State and the vols WORST FOOTBALL TEAMS than UGA this season just ended. Oh, yeah, we’ve got the best Offense in The SEC. That’s why we are the Number 70 Offense of 119. There are 35 Bowls, 70 teams, and we are Number 70 Offense, and you come running in here to tell ALL of US that we “REALLY WERE THE NUMBER 1 BEST OFFENSE IN THE WHOLE DAMN SEC” with 5 LOSSES and UNRANKED for the 1st time in 13 years starting 1997.

TommyP, I will BE HERE to talk about TJ Stripling.

Let’s see who is RIGHT bout TJ Stripling and Todd Grantham ranking his players (not a great recruiting class, sorry), and getting his play-makers on the field.

Bring it BACK in HERE TommyP, and daily for the next 3 years I will tell you so about TJ Stripling, while you SIT THERE AND ROOT AGAINST TJ STRIPLING, TommyP – you POS.

Todd Grantham has ALREADY SAID he ranks the players and then gets his play-makers on the field. TJ Stripling will be on the field sir. Our recruiting class is not that good. We cannot afford to redshirt TJ Stripling to beef him up so you can play him at Nose Guard. TJ Stripling is a play-maker not a Nose Guard.

TommyP, I will Be HERE for you about these statements about TJ Stripling. The Next 4 years when you post in here, I will say “TommyP, is that you ? How is TJ Stripling doing, son?”

Take it back.


January 18th, 2010
1:54 am

There is NO BICKERING going on in here. It is JUST TommyP.


January 18th, 2010
1:54 am

Everyone else AGREES.


January 18th, 2010
2:14 am


By TommyP January 17th, 2010 9:23 am

There’s a lot of ignorance on this blog. Geez…

And Bobo, if you get past the interceptions, had one of the best seasons of any QB in the SEC this year against SEC opponents. This is how Cox ranked this year AGAINST SEC opponents:

TDs: 1st
Yards per attempt: 1st

Again, it was Cox’s decision making that at times killed us. Cox had a much better year than most fans want to admit.

People, just because Bulldawg broke down just about every player on the roster and in our signing class does not mean he knows what he’s talking about. Sounds like that retard “Ghostzilla” on rivals. Everyone is going to be an All-American.

Bulldawg: How much does TJ Stripling weigh? And if we’re going to a 3-4, there’s no freakin’ way he sees the field next year. Stripling is a lightweight for a 4-3 DE right now. You need much more size at DE in a 3-4 set.

And the Bobo detractors….your stats are wrong.

Bulldawg: How much does TJ Stripling weigh? And if we’re going to a 3-4, there’s no freakin’ way he sees the field next year.

Everyone is going to be an All-American.

Everyone is going to be an All-American. There’s no freakin’ way TJ Stripling sees the field next year.

There’s no freakin’ way TJ Stripling sees the field next year.



January 18th, 2010
2:24 am

What’s this “IF” we’re going to a 3-4 B.S. TommyP ? P for POS.

“There’s no freakin’ way TJ Stripling sees the field next year,” according to self-appointed football Guru, TommyP P for POS.

Everyone is going to be an All-American. Who else was it I said was going to be an All-American, TommyP P for POS ? Go ahead, we ALL will wait, sir (or POS.)

TommyP, excuse me, but Mike Bobo has not been a Quarterback for UGA since 1997 when we were in the Final AP Poll Top 10 after his fine senior season for us. You sit there trying to make excuses for Mike Bobo as Offensive Coordinator, TommyP P for POS. Then, you call MIKE BOBO OUR QUARTERBACK FOR 2009-2010.

MIKE BOBO is NOT our Quarterback. Mike Bobo did NOT have 1 of the best seasons of ANY QB in The SEC this year, TommyP.

I presume you know that ?

QUOTE by TommyP :

“And Bobo, if you get past the interceptions, had one of the best seasons of any QB in the SEC this year against SEC opponents. This is how Cox ranked this year AGAINST SEC opponents:”

“TDs: 1st”
“Yards per attempt: 1st”

“Everyone is going to be an All-American. There’s no freakin’ way TJ Stripling sees the field next year.”

“There’s no freakin’ way TJ Stripling sees the field next year.”



January 18th, 2010
4:08 am

BuLLdawg, as one Dawg to another, you’re dumber than a box of rocks. You act like a damn techmite in here. Sound just like one.


January 18th, 2010
8:32 am

Who is Grantham??? I thought UGA was getting Kirby Smart. Or was that Bud Foster??? Someone tell me who this guy is. Is it true that he’s the ASST. DL coach??

The Grinch

January 18th, 2010
9:01 am

I like the Grantham hire, but I do wonder if we have the necessary players to run a 3-4.

Buck Belue has a giant beer belly and wears a toupee

January 18th, 2010
9:39 am

I sure was impressed with that Dallas “D” yesterday. I am soooooo excited about our 2010 dawgs! Undefeated baby, national champions :)


January 18th, 2010
10:04 am

Yeah, his defense just got shredded by a 45 year old. And that was with professionals. What you doggie fans never realized in throwing Martinez under the bus, its overhyped, underperforming players that failed you. What will be your excuse when the same thing happens next year under this guy? You have all summer to come up with several. Start now so you will be ready to roll the out in late Nov.

Bawney Fwank

January 18th, 2010
10:14 am

Todd Grantham’s defense was more than impressive yesterday against the Vikes. With UGA’s top five recruiting class, the dawgs should be highly ranked in the preseason polls and picked to dominate the SEC and contend for the National Championship.
Tide fans, enjoy 2009 because UGA will be SEC Top Dawgs in 2010!


January 18th, 2010
12:29 pm

Aaron Murray and Orson Charles will be stars next year, count on it. On defense, no more Martinez to waste talent, I see Brandon Boykin, Branden Smith, Bacarri Rambo, and Justin Houston to have great years.


January 18th, 2010
12:33 pm

“Yeah, his defense just got shredded by a 45 year old.”

You’re an idiot. Favre is not 45, and Grantham coaches the defensive line, so you have to look at what they did against the run. Peterson did nothing against that d-line.

Mikey in the SAV

January 18th, 2010
12:53 pm

I realize this gives a lot of folks fodder for endless point-making, but why don’t we try a radical approach?
Why don’t we wait until Grantham actually coaches the D in September before deciding how good of a coach he is.

Not Worth it!

January 18th, 2010
12:57 pm

The University of Georgia President Michael F. Adams had $604,864 in total compensation, putting him at 25th highest-paid. His total compensation includes a $380,719 salary, $150,000 in deferred compensation, use of a car, $19,400 for a house, $14,745 in retirement pay, $40,000 in longevity pay, an expense account and club dues.

Money Man

January 18th, 2010
2:07 pm

If grantham was worth $250,000 coaching the D-line at dallas, how is he suddenly worth $750,000 coaching the D at Georgia? The university panicked and overpaid—no question. Plus, the dallas D-line did nothing against the vikings. He better produce quick, or the uga fans will run him out of town like the others.


January 18th, 2010
2:25 pm

Hey Nerds! You’ve won once this century. Can’t even beat us in basketball.


January 18th, 2010
2:25 pm

Enter your comments here


January 18th, 2010
2:30 pm

It won’t matter who we get, it will be another 8-5, or worse. What will everyone say, then? Wait til next year? The only thing we’ll have going for us is we play the yella terds at the end of the season. Maybe we’ll have a chance with a ’seasoned’ QB. That will be all we have to play for next year. This program has been going into the tank the last three years, and it starts at the TOP! The inmates are running the asylum! Wake up, people! You can’t win with the best athletes if they are not disciplined. This runaway stage coach is going over the cliff!


January 18th, 2010
2:30 pm

Did a reeeal nice job Sunday, didn’t he?



January 18th, 2010
3:08 pm

What evidence is there that our strength and conditioning program is a weakness? Current coach came with Richt from FSU and was considered one of the best in the business. What is the evidence?

Fleishcman in Chi Towns Bed

January 18th, 2010
3:18 pm

“Tide fans, enjoy 2009 because UGA will be SEC Top Dawgs in 2010!”…….

Thanks for that comment, that truly made my day. You fleabags are great entertainment.


big g dawg

January 18th, 2010
3:26 pm

chris o bomb,
you and Nerd Central @ North Ave just keep tea bagging each other and leave the football talk to the men, now get back to cheerleading practice and shut your hole.


January 18th, 2010
3:42 pm

hotbobby when did you get sooooo smart…doom and gllloooooooommmmm bah!

Guess Who

January 18th, 2010
4:08 pm

After watching the vikings and cowboy game yesterday, i’m not sure the new DC can stop anything!


January 18th, 2010
4:12 pm

Money Man let the Dog Nation worry about the Dog Nation just worry about staying safe on North Ave..


January 18th, 2010
4:51 pm

Great job Bill. I feel giddy already. I watch coach Grantham talk and Im really very impressed by him and his resume, I think we hit the jackpot on this one. I truly believe he is a better hire than Smart!


January 18th, 2010
4:51 pm

gtfanfrom1951 @ 1:08 p.m…it’s called sitting them on the bench and pulling their scholarship if necessary……… doesn’t matter if it 3, 4, or 5 down lineman. Grantham has worked against a whole lot more sophisticated offenses in the NFL than he will see in the SEC. He will make an impact immediately….great hire, GO DAWGS, and (((((30-24))))))HAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA


January 18th, 2010
4:53 pm

Guess Who – What an uninformed opinion. Grantham was the Cowboys DL coach. His group did a very nice job holding Adrian Peterson, best RB in the NFL, to under 70 yards. Dallas got torched on mainly very good work by Brett Farve and his receivers, so I don’t think anyone can spin yesterdays game as a poor reflection on Grantham.


January 18th, 2010
5:08 pm



January 18th, 2010
5:10 pm

Hope springs eternal that this cat is the next Erk Russell.

I am not a believer yet – Did anyone see Richt’s interview of last night on WSB. He looked like he never met this cat ’til yesterday. He was not convincing – maybe intimidated.

Billy Jack could fight

January 18th, 2010
5:16 pm

I’m glad Dallas lost..we need Grantham to “get to work on recruiting..” ASAP…dawgma Richt is always “coy”..I wouldn’t read anything in to last nights interview…JMO


January 18th, 2010
5:19 pm

Hey nerd central@north ave I’d like to take you up on that bet.I’ll take the DAWGS straight up for a grand right now.How does that sound….Yeah that’s what i thought.You better run your late for your trig class.LET THE BIG DAWG EAT.

Grantham's Stout

January 18th, 2010
5:23 pm

Saban offered Grantham his DC job, Grantham turned Saban down.

That’s all you need to know about Grantham folks.

90 SEC Wins in 9 Seasons-Richt is #1

January 18th, 2010
5:32 pm

Ok, find me another SEC coach who has 90 SEC wins in 9 seasons besides Richt.

...Gold and White...

January 18th, 2010
5:43 pm



January 18th, 2010
6:13 pm

UGA Grad: Everyone in football knows that UGA ALWAYS has a top 10 class
and never does anything with it. Please don’t bore any of us with how great your recruiting class is. It will be great next year and the year after that and UGA will still UNDERACHIEVE>
After Dallas’ performance yesterday, Grantham would be fired if he hadn’t grabbed another job.

Midland Dog

January 18th, 2010
6:55 pm

Bill, what happened to Marlon Brown??????

Thirty to Twenty Four aka 30-24

January 18th, 2010
7:04 pm

Hey Nerds, remember me? Some of you still seem to be stuck in 2008. Can’t say I blame you.

Eight out of Nine aka 8 out of 9

January 18th, 2010
7:13 pm

Don’t forget me either, Nerds. Perhaps you’ve met my cousin, 60-39-5.


January 18th, 2010
7:38 pm

During a road game at Georgia Tech, Coach Russell saw a Yellow Jacket trainer in a sweatshirt reading “G.T.A.A.”—”Georgia Tech Athletic Association”—and came up with the idea of rearranging the letters to produce what is perhaps the sport’s most memorable slogan: “G.A.T.A.”—”Get After Their Asses” (or the politically correct “Get After Them Aggressively”


January 18th, 2010
7:55 pm

Well Bill I got to say that this is Richt’s last stand.

If he can’t make this work then he needs to go. If He can’t put a better product on the field then he needs to go. If he and Bobo can’t develop a QB better than they did with Joe Cox( isn’t this the guy who coached 2 Heisman Trophy winning QB’s??), then he needs to go. If he can’t evaluate talent better then he has and put his best players on the field then he needs to go.

Ya’ll got to understand, this Grantham hire is more than just a coaching change, this is a shift in Richt’s coaching philosophy! And that’s so hard to change! And I got to say that Bobo still being our OC bothers me. Some of his play calling in games actually makes me cringe! As in ” wow are you really THAT stupid to call THAT play in THAT situation!”. If Richt were to take over the play calling duties again while allowing Grantham to run the defense, I would feel better about the situation. But keeping Bobo around sucks and shows that Richt is still stuck in his old loser ” let’s be loyal to my under-performing coaches” mentality. *Sigh*

Regardless, the Dawgs are talented enough( and as always I feel our overall team talent is WAY overrated by our fan base) to finish 8-4. 7-5 or worse is completely unacceptable! In fact if this program finishes 7-5 and embarrasses itself in losses like it did last year, then fire Mark Richt. I’m sick of this crap! Run the program like a competent person or get the hell out. I’m sick and tired of being embarrassed to watch my team play on Saturdays


January 18th, 2010
7:58 pm

Regardless of Romo’s foul play, Dallas defense was helpless against Vikings, no pass rush, and linebackers tardy on tackles leaving secondary to ruin. Great hire uga, this guy has taken regressive positions and titles over his career.

Beware the Dooley Vols!

Brian "Nasty Boy" Knobbs

January 18th, 2010
8:04 pm

Grantham’s Stout – You are 100% full of shi*t!!!

inquiring minds want to know

January 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

does grantham prefer the black helmets or red. i mean, if it’s a big game and we want to do a blackout, which color helmet is better?


January 18th, 2010
9:15 pm


January 18th, 2010
9:46 pm

Your new DC would be looking for a job today anyway. Wow Nice job in a big game atmosphere! Hey Bill King – yeah, he looked real agressive Sunday :) Great hire! he he he


January 18th, 2010
9:59 pm

Georgia was 2-0 against Tech this year. What excuse do you have now for Dawg Nation?

There is a reason why your stadium seats 35,000 and all of girls are ugly? Because your NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


January 18th, 2010
10:02 pm


by Art

January 17th, 2010 11:20 am

“Matthew Stafford was horrible”.

“BuLLdawg the more you post the dumber you get. I think the NFL is a more accurate source on the ability of Matthew Stafford than a legend in his own mind armchair qb like you. And btw, maybe you’re the POS. And a stupid one at that.”


Response : Matthew Stafford’s NFL statistics are a more accurate source on the ability of Matthew Stafford than a legend in his own mind armchair qb like you.






No different whatsoever, than what he did here. Our Offense sucks, and has since the very day DJ Shockley graduated with Honors. Matthew Stafford had 18 FUMBLES at UGA, 33 INTERCEPTIONS at UGA = combined 51, and threw a grand total of 51 TD Passes.

What Matthew Stafford has done in the NFL, is EXACTLY PRECISELY what I said he would do in the NFL. We never taught Matthew Stafford to value the football, and he hasn’t learned how in the NFL either.

Has he ?

Now, what do you think he has proved in the NFL ?

That I am WRONG ?