Cowboys’ Grantham next target in DC search?

Athens – Hello from Butts-Mehre, where Kirby Smart won’t be coming to work.

All’s quiet here, by the way. No press conference or anything like that is in the works, if you’re wondering.

But on the day after Smart turned down Georgia’s defensive-coordinator job, Mark Richt presumably is about the business of pursuing the next candidate.

And let’s say — in the absence of any new credible rumors at the moment — that’s Todd Grantham, the Dallas Cowboys’ defensive-line coach who is known to have been on Richt’s radar for weeks.

In a search that has been full of complications, Grantham presents another. The Cowboys are in the NFL playoffs, preparing for a game Sunday against Minnesota, and will play a couple more games after that if they keep winning.   Would the Cowboys let Grantham talk about and even accept (although obviously not begin) another job during the playoffs, risking potential distraction? How would a further delay affect UGA’s recruiting, especially with the final sprint to national signing day about to commence? And would the recent success of the Cowboys’ defense put Grantham in bigger demand among NFL teams?

Questions, questions.

But all indications today are that Grantham is the next target in Georgia’s six-week-old search.

Grantham  coached at Virginia Tech (under Frank Beamer and Bud Foster) and Michigan State (under Nick Saban) before a series of four NFL coaching gigs.   His only experience as a coordinator was with the Cleveland Browns.

It is a crucial hire for Georgia’s football program, and Richt has reiterated his recognition of that by aiming high in his targets. Foster,  John Chavis and certainly Smart were already in good, winning situations at schools that, not surprisingly, proved willing and able to compete aggressively with anything Georgia could offer financially.

Foster had 15 years invested at Virginia Tech, and Chavis, although in only his first year at LSU, does not have a history of job-hopping. And while Smart was tempted by the prospect of returning to his alma mater, the fact is he is on track to be a head coach somewhere in a year or two anyway.

So while we wait for the next chapter — let’s call it Chapter 5 after the Foster, Vic Koenning, Chavis and Smart chapters -=- to unfold in this saga, how do you see the story ending?  With Todd Grantham? Or who?

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492 comments Add your comment

Tim

January 12th, 2010
1:43 pm

stooid

January 12th, 2010
1:44 pm

i dont want grantham.

Andre

January 12th, 2010
1:44 pm

If UGA doesn’t get Grantham their screwed , who elsr will you go after? Hey wait maybe Kevin Steele.

Tim Morrison

January 12th, 2010
1:44 pm

What about Manny Diaz of MTSU? http://ow.ly/VIPH.

Brookhaven Bulldawg

January 12th, 2010
1:44 pm

at this point why not just make Gardner the DC? Would bringing in Grantham effect his position at all?

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

January 12th, 2010
1:45 pm

It’ll be someone other than Smart, Foster ect. There has been too much conjecture already. I’ll just wait until the movie comes out

Dawgguy311

January 12th, 2010
1:45 pm

Can’t believe Im saying this, but FIRST!

stoopid

January 12th, 2010
1:45 pm

I want DeRuyter.

Dawgguy311

January 12th, 2010
1:46 pm

coach smith

January 12th, 2010
1:47 pm

There is still Ellis Johnson, Tyrone Nix, Travis Jones, and Grantham

But I will say that a former NFL D-Coordinator who coaches an aggressive 3-4 defense for the Dallas Cowboys would DEFINITLEY be attractive to prospective recruits!

Outsider

January 12th, 2010
1:50 pm

If Uga get Grantham would they switch to a 3-4 defense?

dawg21

January 12th, 2010
1:51 pm

Whatever happened to the talks about going after the TCU defensive coordinator ..I mean that team has a top defense every year and i would believe that we could pay him much more than TCU

30-24 Dawgs - WE RUN THIS STATE

January 12th, 2010
1:52 pm

Won’t trust Pollack’s tweets ever again.

bertb

January 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

I’m ok with not getting Kirby….dissappointed but ok. He’s a young coach who will most likely be a HC in 2 years or so. So UGA would risk losing him in a few years. Would have been a great hire but hey it didnt happen…..for the third time… Ok so apparently Todd Grantham is candidate number one. Bad thing about that is the cowboys are on a run and that would leave a lot of those defensive recruits swinging in the wind till way to close to or possibly after national signing day. I say target Ellis Johnson at South Carolina, thats one school you can definatley say UGA is in better shape than right now…

Billy Goat

January 12th, 2010
1:53 pm

Hire the crime dog. Fred Mcgriff!!

ExDawgBaller

January 12th, 2010
1:55 pm

It’s got to be Garner at this point. Give him one year…continue the search in the meantime. If it works out, great! We can keep our recruits.

If it doesn’t work out, you have a much wider DC pool next year and you can make a more educated decision. Speaking from experience, RG is just as qualified as our remaining options. Did anyone watch the Shreveport Bowl?

Buckhead Dawg

January 12th, 2010
1:57 pm

Can’t understand why all the focus on big names for DC. There has to be an up and comer who has good schemes and can motivate young men. This drill has already sent DC salaries around the region through the roof. Go get a relative unknown and give him a shot.

Has anyone seen our basketball coach?? Not too shabby, and definitely not too known.

And how hilarious is it that Tech just lost 4 of the best players in college football??? Would I have admitted that 1 month ago – no way, nor would I say it if they were staying. Good luck nerds…you’ll need it. Those guys alone accounted for 8 of your 11 wins.

mcdaviddawg

January 12th, 2010
1:59 pm

It continues to be the story at UGA under Richt, no direction.

Dawg Fud

January 12th, 2010
2:00 pm

you guys are nuts if you think its Garner

Smokie Joe

January 12th, 2010
2:00 pm

DERUYTER COME ON DOWN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MDAWG24

January 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

Man, who knows… We are about to start losing recruits through all this mess.

collegeballfan

January 12th, 2010
2:01 pm

It can’t be Grantham & his 3-4 defense – all you UGA fans on the AJC blogs have already said the 3-4 will not work in college. You started saying this after Groh’s name was connected to GT. So Grantham is out
by popular demand of the fans.

I still say Buddy Greene, the Navy DC. If he can be lured away from Navy. He will bring discipline on and off the field.

But it has to be someone who Richt feels he can work with 15 hours a day for 6 months at a time.

Paul Johnson

January 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

I run this State!!!!! Don’t ever forget it Doggies.

IF RG Better Keep him!

January 12th, 2010
2:02 pm

For all the people who keep saying, “Fine, just promote Rodney Garner until we get who we want later,” Coach Garner is extremely valuable as a recruiter and does a good job coaching, if you are going to hire him, it’s only fair to give him a regular contract. I hate to see us take a talented coach/recruiter, hire him as DC, to then only demote him in a year. That’s a great way to loose a great asset. If you hire him, you have to give him a fair shot. I certainly think he wouldn’t be worse than Martinez, but are there better options out there? I don’t think CMR can afford to make a mistake on this one, or he may be out in two or three years. Most Georgia fans are fickle!

Dawg Fud

January 12th, 2010
2:03 pm

if it was going to be Garner then Richt should have fired Willie the Sunday morning after Tennessee and told Rodney he has 6 games to prove what he can do.

didn’t happen so i believe Richt is not cosnidering Garner…in my opinion

I'm Gumby, dammit!!

January 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

Little Jimmy Mora’s available. Couldn’t do any worse than what you’ve had for the last couple of years.

CJJScout

January 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

Garner is a good recruiter, that is it. Why promote him to DC and then have to fire him and lose his recruiting acumen?

Case Quarter

January 12th, 2010
2:04 pm

They might as well make it Rodney Garner, and go after some top notch position coaches to put under him. Another DC rejection would be embarassing.

Otto

January 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

I’d take Garner and 2 Grad Assistants over 3rd and Chavis.

Troof

January 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

collegeballfan, the 3-4 will NEVER work in college. I mean, look at what kind of base defense Bama runs!…oh wait, nevermind!

LOL!! RTR!

wishful thinking

January 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

Dawgguy311 you are kind of like a Tech fan…. saying that #7 is first.
Just kidding! Go DAWGS let’s find our DC soon.
30-24

Blindog

January 12th, 2010
2:06 pm

If this keeps up I’m going to out of my mind!!

Troof

January 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

Does Vegas have a line on if UGA will have a DC in place by signing day? LOL!!

Otto

January 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

Bama runs the 3-4 just fine. Groh just can’t win.

richtfan

January 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

there is no evidence that we ever extended a written offer to foster or chavis. we probably talked to their agents, but no offer was given.

no news

January 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

JOE LEE DUNN

Peadawg

January 12th, 2010
2:07 pm

What about the D-Coordinator at air Force? Did y’all see their bowl game?

David Polelock

January 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

I went to school at UGA. It real easy to tell because I don’t know the difference between lose and loose.

Dawg Fud

January 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

Blindog, imagine how CMR and Damon Evans feel…

Troof

January 12th, 2010
2:08 pm

1:54 said “target Ellis Johnson at South Carolina, thats one school you can definatley say UGA is in better shape than right now…”

Is that like saying your the prettiest ugly girl? LOL!!

animaldr

January 12th, 2010
2:09 pm

not that we can trust a pollack tweet but he says… van gorder would be interested. no playoffs.

Cyberdawg

January 12th, 2010
2:09 pm

I’m surprised that so many other people are concerned about the length of this DC search. Richt is making offers to other coaches in very high demand as shown by the respective schools willingness to keep them no matter what it takes. I’m excited CMR is taking this path for a proven DC. I’m sure by now Coach Richt has several more candidates on his list. Whoever he gets will be a good coach and given CMR’s success at UGA so far I’m not concerned at all how long it takes or how it appears to others. He’ll get the best coach available that fits in his system.

Troof

January 12th, 2010
2:10 pm

Yes, Otto I know…so does the rest of the country!

RTR!

29 years and counting Dawg fans!

tdawg

January 12th, 2010
2:11 pm

Don’t much matter who we get. Ponder this and read the writing on the wall. 4 Teams from the SEC have Won National Titles since Uga’s last SEC title in 2005.

confusadog

January 12th, 2010
2:11 pm

Whatever happened to Jon Tenuda

Whopper Dawg

January 12th, 2010
2:12 pm

Nix and Johnson have already said they are not interested in moving. It won’t be Garner, there would be a hail storm of critics if you named him now, plus he has never been DC before. I think Grantham would be offered, but the Cowboys may run all the way to the Bowl, so Richt is in a bit of a pickle. The guys at Air Force, Navy or North Carolina would all be good choices.

TW3A

January 12th, 2010
2:12 pm

Ok putting everything in the past, this is the first day who would YOU go after and why?

Tony Martin

January 12th, 2010
2:12 pm

Hire Rodney Garner! let him and whoever coached the Defense in the bowl game have a chance. Let Coach Richt give imput just as Sabin does at Bama. There a lot of good young coaches that would come in and bust their butts just for a chance. There are High school coaches that have a vast amount of knowledge that are students of the game just as Kirby Smart was some years ago.

Dawg Fud

January 12th, 2010
2:12 pm

Cyberdawg,

i tend to agree with you. we may lose a few recruits but what has our recruting translated to recently? nada.

i would rather lose a couple recruits and gain an incredibly talented DC who can teach/develop talent and get the most out of their ability than hire someone for the sake of filling the position.

CPJ IS IN SCHULTZIE'S HALL OF FAME

January 12th, 2010
2:13 pm

Paul Johnson:
You can’t run this state losing 2 of the last 3, especially to the corn fed Iowa Hawkeyes….4 best players gone, you gonna run what????