So is Grantham the guy?

All indications  continued to point Wednesday toward Dallas Cowboys assistant coach Todd Grantham as Mark Richt’s latest target for Georgia’s defensive-coordinator job.

What remained uncertain is whether Grantham would accept the job, and when he would feel free to do so.

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, Georgia keeps running into complications in its search.  The complication with Grantham -– beyond his decision about whether to return to college football after 11 years of building a strong reputation as an NFL assistant –  is that his current team is still playing.  Would the  Cowboys tolerate a potentially distracting announcement –- or even potentially distracting negotiations –- as they prepare for Sunday’s playoff game at Minnesota?

Grantham hasn’t commented publicly on the Georgia job. Georgia also had no comment Wednesday, reiterating Richt’s refrain that he won’t comment until he has his guy.

But it does appear that Georgia has zeroed in one another strong candidate, this time one whose resume indicates a willingness to change jobs.

Grantham, 43, started his coaching career under Frank Beamer at Virginia Tech and then coached under Nick Saban at Michigan State.  Since 1999, Grantham has coached for four NFL teams –- the Colts, Texans, Browns (as defensive coordinator from 2005-07) and  Cowboys (as defensive-line coach the past two seasons).

Saban tried to hire Grantham as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator when Grantham took the Browns job instead in 2005.  He was mentioned as a potential head coach in Cleveland in 2006, then fired as defensive coordinator a year later. Such is life in the NFL.

Grantham has one known tie to Georgia -– a vacation home on Lake Oconee.

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Reptillicide

January 14th, 2010
1:21 am

Reptillicide

January 14th, 2010
1:22 am

Yeah! First try ever, too.

As far as Grantham, I would be extremely pleased with the hire, and I hope it gets done and we get an announcement within the next 48 hours.

Fuuf

January 14th, 2010
1:24 am

First!

Not sold on Grantham at all…during his 3 seasons as DC for the Browns, he had one of the worst rated defenses in the NFL.

Fuuf

January 14th, 2010
1:25 am

Maybe I should type “first” before writing my piece…lol

Reptillicide

January 14th, 2010
1:26 am

Fuuf…. it was the BROWNS. They sucked long before he got there, and they still suck long after he’s been gone.

Read this for some more info on him: http://georgiadawg85.wordpress.com/2010/01/09/why-todd-grantham-should-excite-you/

The guy has a very impressive resume. Would have been Alabama’s new DC had Kirby Smart come to Georgia. Saban tried to hire him as DC while he was at Miami, too.

RED DOG 77

January 14th, 2010
1:32 am

6th….Wow I am moving up in the world!

RED DOG 77

January 14th, 2010
1:58 am

I am not sold on Grantham……But then again, I am not….not sold on Grantham. The armchair QBs I have been reading on these blogs from the very first day CMR has begun his DC search make my butt burn ! Come on people CMR is one of the top five best and brightest head coaches in the dadgum country! give the man a break ! We have a great 2010 class coming in not to mention all the studs we have that will be back……Now I agree… coaching em up is the key..along with chemistry, hard work, a good bounce of the ball here and there , and mabe a ref with eyes, but hell lots of coaches have failed in college and did great in the NFL . and some have looked weak in the NFL and done beautifully in college….So who the hell knows best ? CMR is head coach of the GEORGIA BULLDOGS…I think I will trust his judgement, I think he is better qualified than me…I am just ready for spring practice to start, cause when it does …..we will be that much closer to the 2010 season to begin.

Dawg Fans Unite

January 14th, 2010
2:02 am

Dawg fans how many of you are tired of this biased sports unit at AJC? Show of hands. Especially Bradley. This is the main newspaper in our state and they continually antagonize us. And being passionate loyal Dawg fans we fall for it every time. But they need us more than we need them. The forty-five nerds that actually follow sports can’t support this website/newspaper.So I am calling for a boycott until they stop undermining our program with backhanded and out and out demeaning commentary. Dawg fans Unite!! Find another source.

tony

January 14th, 2010
2:36 am

Hire someone who hasn’t been fired. Fired coaches are contagious. Hire Chuck Smith former falcon de. He can teach our kids how to sack qbs.

Dawg Fans Unite

January 14th, 2010
2:47 am

Thats funny tony. I have known Chuck since we were kids. I played little league with him. Went to Clarke Central HS in Athens with him and he chose not to be a bulldog but a volunteer. Maybe he could replace Kiffin. He’d be better suited as a fiery position coach.

bkbroila

January 14th, 2010
2:56 am

Anyone mentioned in these conversations are better than Willie Martinez…Grantham’s defenses’ have improved everywhere he has been…I would be all for this hire…His resume looks a hell of a lot better than Willie Martinez…Central Mich/Western Michigan/Miami assistant coach…How the hell was HE ever qualified to be DC? He sucks…Grantham’s resume is way more impressive than Kirby Smart’s ever will be….This guy is a proven coach…At least Richt is not hiring a former college Roommate again…

san diego dawg

January 14th, 2010
3:38 am

The only way the all knowing Mark Bradley would approve of this hire is if Grantham turned out to be a complete bust. That would give him more vitriolic hatred to blog, tweet and bash UGA with.

Saint Knoxville

January 14th, 2010
4:50 am

It will be Garner at the wire

Win P.

January 14th, 2010
5:55 am

This DC recuiting for UGA reminds me of the expression: cutting a dog’s (or Dawg’s) tail off 1 inch at the time. Why not treat this like recuiting for players, send out 25 offers and accept the 1st one that responses. On second thought, all 25 might turn down the offer.

Happydawg

January 14th, 2010
6:24 am

Grantham would be an excellent hire. I also like Travis Jones. Our defense will make great strides under either of these gentlemen. If I had to guess, Travis Jones will be the next DC.

Randall Boxwood

January 14th, 2010
6:25 am

To all the folks (mostly you Fuuf) who continue to pan Grantham’s efforts in Cleveland I should remind you that Bill Belichick was once the Brown’s head coach where he sported a losing record during his tenure. It’s all about the personnel you have around you, baby.

Happydawg

January 14th, 2010
6:27 am

Dawg Fans Unite, you are right. However with the internet, we can get real dawg information with out all the vitrol crap from Schultz and Bradley, by surfing elsewhere. Just cancel your AJC subscription and move on.

PappyDawg

January 14th, 2010
7:25 am

Go find Bill Lewis

Bill Belichick

January 14th, 2010
7:29 am

My name is Bill Belichick, Head Coach, New England Patriots. I am the coach of one of the most successful NFL programs in recent history. I too was once a “fired” coordinator. According to Mark Bradley, that’s a very bad thing and you wouldn’t want me either at UGA. Gee…..

Mike Bobo Offense

January 14th, 2010
7:42 am

Manny Diaz. Manny being Manny. Gotta do it.

Dawg stuck in Bham

January 14th, 2010
7:42 am

20th!!!! Which still makes my higher that the Yellow Jerkets’ recruiting class number!!

One of th eother blogs says Diaz took the DC job at Mississippi State

January 14th, 2010
7:53 am

DawgFan

January 14th, 2010
8:11 am

Ok, I’m a Dawg fan so I’ll get that out of the way. Yes, we all disagree with Mark Bradley… but that’s why we read him. Since when was it a prerequisite to work at the AJC to be a UGA fan? Bradley is from Kentucky and went to Kentucky… so he’s obviously not a UGA fan. So what? We all read the stuff because regardless, we’re getting information. Just sayin… Also, I think Grantham will be a good hire and 10 fold better than Willie.

Since Vince

January 14th, 2010
8:12 am

Doesnt matter who CMR gets because the Vanilla offense needs works too. Boo Boos playcalling can be hot,cold and a lot of times STUPID.

Mike

January 14th, 2010
8:22 am

For what it’s worth … the Cowboys defense didn’t take off until Wade Philips took over. I don’t know if it’s a sign that he didn’t ask Grantham to take over … but I’m certain he would be an upgrade over Willie. He would AT LEAST get a DB coach that will get our DBs to turn their heads and find the ball.

daddydog

January 14th, 2010
8:22 am

Grap the Air Force DC, before AF HC becomes Tenn HC and brings DC with him.

il5

January 14th, 2010
8:28 am

I doubt Georgia can get big name like Grantham, the guy’s resume is stacked. It’s probably gonna be some guy that’s been coaching in a lesser conference than the SEC or ACC but been real good there.

where to get better info

January 14th, 2010
8:33 am

There is better info and more up to date on David Hales blog and his articles at Macon.com…..Just stop reading the AJC….All of their news/business/sports reporting is a joke which is why they are on a last leg. They do good on the entertainment stuff

Bremen Dawg

January 14th, 2010
8:34 am

The guy has stuffed the run on every D line he has coached with immediate success. Mark Richt knows he needs a guy like that to turn the D around over the off season and I think this guy can do it.

Bremen Dawg

January 14th, 2010
8:36 am

New flash, Richt offers Grantham a contract worth 600,000 a year. Grantham leaks the contract terms to the media and sits on it for and few days, get a promotion and a raise with stays with Dallas. I’m just saying……..

DawginLex

January 14th, 2010
8:42 am

This search can be looked at in hindsight as being a disaster.

You can say that no one was going to make a lateral move. If that is the case, the following should have never been considered:

Muschamp
Smart
Chavis
Foster

Richt’s greatest success came with a up and coming hungry guy who was sort of an SOB-Van Gorder.

A case can be made that we should have gone after someone like that from day one.

then again, hindsight is always 20/20

Since Vince

January 14th, 2010
8:43 am

Yeah…. he is good on run D but what about pass D. I aint impressed. UGA should get muschamp and pay him the MONEY he cant refuse.

Flushed out of the pocket

January 14th, 2010
8:48 am

Maybe UGA fans can start burning dog houses in the streets to show their displeasure with CMR and Damon with this hiring circus act.

longDawg

January 14th, 2010
8:50 am

Thanks Dawg Fan you said Kentucky and ten the light came on thats whats wrong with Bradley. Up there they cant change hands or they will forget what they were doing

longDawg

January 14th, 2010
8:51 am

Thanks Dawg Fan you said Kentucky and then the light came on thats whats wrong with Bradley. Up there they cant change hands or they will forget what they were doing

Chipped Tires

January 14th, 2010
8:56 am

Any word on a DC at UGA yet ? WTH is the problem? signing day is just a few weeks away ? UGA has fallen asleep once again.

SSI FAN

January 14th, 2010
9:08 am

Don’t you wonder who the other “strong candidate … one whose resume indicates a willingness to change jobs” is?

robodawg

January 14th, 2010
9:15 am

When you say “all indications point to Grantham,” can you tell us what exactly indicates Grantham? The process seems so hush-hush right now, it seems like any number of guys could be targeted. I like Grantham and wouldn’t be disappointed if that’s who Richt is pursuing, but how do we know that?

Coach Richt

January 14th, 2010
9:18 am

Turned Saban down huh? Bet you wont hear Bradley or Schultz report that nugget.

Pitbull

January 14th, 2010
9:27 am

The AJC loves to criticize Richt for his handling of the job vacancy. Then they go telling him how to do it and posting all the secret info about it. These meetings were suppose to be PRIVATE, meetings. How does this story begin, WE HAVE SNOOPED OUT SOME PRIVATE INFO ETC ETC. Then when it falls thru they are the first to criticize!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pitbull

January 14th, 2010
9:34 am

ALL INDICATIONS, What indications, who is leaking this information. If Richt finds out they ought to FIRE HIM/HER AND SET AN EXAMPLE. Richt needs to be a little more like SABAN and cut the press out of the loop for awhile! That will teach them a lesson.

dshep

January 14th, 2010
9:37 am

Hey DUMBA***, Everyone fails in Cleveland!!!! Nuff said. Atleast CMR is looking for a style of D he likes and is proven to work! Please bring me some 3-4 with aggressive man coverage. I am sick of these “so called fans” that only come around and moan when they dont understand anything about football. I hope these idiots realize that is one of the reasons this search ha lasted so long.

dshep

January 14th, 2010
9:40 am

The indication is >>>>> Please let Favararara beat The Cowgirls this Sunday so Grantham can finally talk about the job. I can guarantee that Jerry Jones personally asked CMR to stay away until season is over. Cant say I blame him either!

dshep

January 14th, 2010
9:42 am

Richt is targeting THE 3-4. Which means Grantham!!!!!!!

JaxDawg

January 14th, 2010
9:44 am

From what I have seen from the Dallas D-Line this season, TG looks like he knows what he is doing. So lets all just take a xanax and ride this out til Dallas gets eliminated or wins the Superbowl.

dshep

January 14th, 2010
9:45 am

Amen JaxDawg!

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Dawg Fud

January 14th, 2010
9:53 am

let’s lock him up!

Denver Dog

January 14th, 2010
9:58 am

It is obvious, that the theory of defense at UGA is going to change. CMR seems to be going not only for a change of DC etc, but for a change of defense. VT, LSU, and Bama, do not run traditonal college defenses. Niether does the Cowboys. Look for a change in the style of defense also. The other available coordinators seem to run the traditional style defenses, and to stop the teams that we need to stop now, we can’t do the same thing over and over again, and expect different results.

AceDawg

January 14th, 2010
10:00 am

I do want Favre to win anyway, and hate Dallas, but Grantham being free becomes the number 1 reason to cheer against Dallas this weekend. Nonetheless, if the rumors about Brian Van Gorder again being interested are true, that my friends is where my recruiting would be fully dedicated to. Yeah, there are risks bringing back the same guy, but I’m sure there are hundreds of players that recall a horribly unpleasant experience playing the Dawgs when he was in charge. UGA had the hardest hitting, action-packed defense in college football. Stats prove it but aren’t needed – the Dawgs were on the verge of a national championship with only average offensive stats because the defense was so dominant.