Grantham: Dogs can be better than Florida, Texas, Southern Cal

Athens – I’m pretty sure Georgia fans are going to love these words from Todd Grantham, the Bulldogs’ new defensive coordinator:

“Over the last 11 years [in the NFL], I have evaluated a lot of players from this state –- not only players of the University of Georgia but players that have played everywhere else, too,” Grantham said today.  “And I have always believed -– and I believe to this day – that if we took the best players in the state of Georgia and within a five-hour radius of our school, if they come to the University of Georgia, then we can win the SEC championship and compete for a national title. And I think you can be better than Florida, you can be better than Texas, and you can be better than Southern Cal – if those players came to the University of Georgia. So that’s what excited me about coming here.”

Grantham’s hiring a week ago has been well received by Georgia fans, who probably will like it even more after hearing the intense new guy in town talk about being better than Florida, Texas and USC. . . .

A few other things from today’s session with Grantham:

Turning down Nick Saban: Yes, Grantham confirmed, he was offered a job in 2005 as the Miami Dolphins’ defensive coordinator by Saban, the noted defensive genius. But Grantham, who previously  worked for Saban at Michigan State, turned down the Dolphins’ job  to take the defensive-coordinator position with the Cleveland Browns instead.  “Basically it got down to a geographical decision, really,” he explained, noting that Cleveland is  closer than Miami to his Virginia hometown.

– Evaluating his new players: Grantham said the first step is to study film on them.  “Right now what I’ve done is with the two graduate assistants, who I can tell you do a great job; these guys are unbelievable. I’ve had those guys [Todd Hartley and Mitch Doolittle, who famously filled in as coaches when the staff was short-handed for the bowl game]  pull off about 25 or 30 plays of each [player]. That kind of gives you a feel for the player. So we’ll look at those and get a feel for each guy.”  Soon Grantham will get to know the players in the off-season program, and then he’ll have them on the field in spring practice. “It’s a process that will be ongoing all the way up until next [season], but you got to start somewhere,” he said. “And we’re going to start with the evaluation of what they have done so far.”

– NFL vs. college: Grantham, whose first two coaching jobs were at Virginia Tech and Michigan State,  spent the past 11 years in the NFL. He said he went there initially to enhance his future as a college coach.  “I always had an aspiration to coach in pro football, and the reason is that it is the graduate school of coaching. It’s the best players, it’s the best systems, and it is the best coaches to a point -– not that there aren’t great coaches in college. But you do get challenged up there. So I looked forward to that challenge. But, really, I wanted to do that to enhance my career in college. I have always had aspirations of being a coordinator and a head coach one day, and I felt like, what better [than the NFL] on your resume when you to into a home [recruiting]? . . . That way when I walk into a home, my resume could speak for where I could help the kid go. And that’s really one of the reasons I went to pro football. Over the past 11 years, there have been some opportunities to come back to college, but the timing was never right and I never felt as strongly as I did about this job.”

Also: Grantham says Rodney Garner will remain the Dogs’ D-line coach.

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323 comments Add your comment

stoopid

January 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

cajdawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

Ballsy. I love that he said we can be better than University of Child Porn, Texas and Southern Cal. Love it.

cajdawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

Enter your comments here

RGB

January 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

That’s MR. Smart.

Gordon

January 22nd, 2010
4:13 pm

What did you expect him to say?

“I believe UGA is a good school, and we can consistently win 9 or 10 games. We won’t win a national championship since we can’t compete with Florida, Texas, and USC, but we might every once in a while play in the SEC championship game.”

What did Willie say his first day?

jeff

January 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

“And I think you can be better than Florida, you can better than Texas, and you can be better than Southern Cal”

I don’t get it. If you’re better than those teams your’re still only second.

Roll Tide people!!!!

(he needs to figure out a way to be better than Saban and the Crimson Tide. Obviously willing to rattle the cages of Mack Brown, Urban Meyer and Lame Kiffin but smart move son to stay away from the cage which is holding the biggest animal at this point).

Have another great season of dreaming UGA fans. You’ll always be the red headed step child of the SEC.

Frank Wren

January 22nd, 2010
4:15 pm

Go Dawgs. I know he hasnt coached a down yet but I like what im hearing . He should be a good evaluator of talent and play the exact opposite of Willie’s sit back and wait defense.

This defense will look to strike first instead of just reacting.

il5

January 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Good scoop on Grantham turning down the spurned Saban. Ouch!

Grantham must be one hot shot of a defensive talent if Saban offered him the DC job, Saban’s defense just finished #1 in the country.

Interesting.

ValdostaDawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Frank Wren

January 22nd, 2010
4:16 pm

Have another great season of dreaming UGA fans. You’ll always be the red headed step child of the SEC.

3-1 last four against the great Tide. LOL UGA OWNS ALABAMA

stoopid

January 22nd, 2010
4:17 pm

yeah Jeff b/c bama has been sooo dominant this past decade! we all go through up and downs. Take for example your mighty elephants losing to Louisiana-Monroe a couple years ago… very dynasty-esque!

ValdostaDawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

lol… I always wanted to do that. Whatever it means????

Really.. I think Grantham needs to pay a in-house visit to Jef Luc and try to sway him from fsu. We need middle linbacker/general on the field. We have a lot of potential OLB’s but need that rock in the middle.

GeoffDawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

I love the attitude and even if most coaches would’ve said something similar at other programs, the local talent level he’s referring to is well documented and backs him up 100%.

Flardie Feller

January 22nd, 2010
4:23 pm

Yeah, and I can wrestle Haystack Calhoun until he is forced to submit….. in my dreams!

Jim

January 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

This guy is perfect for Ugay’s delusional fanbase. He sounds a lot like Jim Donnan…”a team so talented that it won’t even NEED a coach” We all know how that worked out.

DogFan

January 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

Jeff, congrats on another SEC and Nat Championship. Is this the first one where Bama didn’t immediately go on probation or get it a couple of years later? Saban won’t cheat, but he’s the first Bama coach who didn’t…

RFP

January 22nd, 2010
4:27 pm

I would like to get CTG’s opinion on how his NFL style defense will stack up against a high school offense. I just want to make sure we will continue winning 8 out of 9 against Tech.

Yellow Fuzz

January 22nd, 2010
4:28 pm

FIRE AL GROH NOW!!!!

Nick

January 22nd, 2010
4:29 pm

I think we’ve all known for years that we CAN be better than all those teams but the fact is, we haven’t been. Georgia’s loaded with talent, and it’s true you can’t get them all, but you get what you can and what you need and then COACH THEM UP! Something we seriously lacked under Martinez.
And by the way, for the record, I wish Martinez well. No ill feelings toward him. I just didn’t think he was all that good of a coordinator.

whiskey bottle

January 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

we can beat all those teams but we can’t beat those jackets is what I get out of that statement

il5

January 22nd, 2010
4:31 pm

Love the GATA attitude.

Winning 10 games a year ain’t the goal no more Bro.

It’s SEC thrown down, Natl Champs or Bust!

George Edwards--The New Willie Martinez!

January 22nd, 2010
4:32 pm

You gotta feel a little scared if you’re Florida….this guy brings the hits–Hi Brantley–want some of this?

SMITTYSTHEMAN

January 22nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Note he said “IF we took the best players in the state of Georgia….”. Bwahahahahahaha. What a huge “IF” !! Will never happen as long as Johnson, Meyer, Saban, etc. are around. They all will get their share of the top players in the state. And don’t think little Derek Dooley won’t play into the picture with his ties to UGA (St. Vince). If, if, if if …………… Laughable.

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Jim

January 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Now I think I know where Brooking learned to run his mouth so much in the past year.

Dude

January 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

What an idiot!! He sounds like the kind of guy who will be making a lot of excuses for the future horrible UGA Defenses. I am sure he will start most of those excuses with “IF.” Haha what a moron. He’ll be back coaching DLinemen in a year.

Karl

January 22nd, 2010
4:37 pm

Everyone knows GA produces a bunch of great talent – look at the NFL. If they go to UGA, is the critical part. Look at the rosters of the other winning SEC teams – what is one big common denominator? A bunch of players from GA. The guy has balls, I like him.

Jim Doanan as in Doans Pills

January 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Whats this guy smoking ? Hey Gordon……. he actually was thinking it but said something different! “I believe UGA is a good school, and we can consistently win 9 or 10 games. We won’t win a national championship since we can’t compete with Florida, Texas, and USC, but we might every once in a while play in the SEC championship game.” now this is more realistic while CMR is the head coach …. 30 years and counting tic tic tic tic tic tic

SMITTYSTHEMAN

January 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

If, if, if, if, if…………………. Ain’t gonna happen.

Karl

January 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

some of you guys like to talk really big. like you’re the one playing the games.

JB

January 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

If he walks it half as much as he talks it, we’ll be pleased. So far so good. Let us hope this all translates.

HBTD!!!

stoopid

January 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

gotta love all the haters. just means youre thinkin of us and we appreciate it!

Since Vince

January 22nd, 2010
4:44 pm

Hey Jim Doans….. Im inclined to agree I mean 30 years and counting tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc tic toc

Jim

January 22nd, 2010
4:46 pm

IF…1)You pick the RIGHT guys from Ga. (hint..the star ratings are a farce. Never seen a rating for mental toughness)
2)You develop them physically
3)You coach them up
Aint gonna happen at Ugag

Brad

January 22nd, 2010
4:46 pm

Really George Edwards? You might want to wait until UGA actually has a reason to believe that they can beat UF before you start down that path… Grantham has an awesome attitude, but how does that make him any different than Willie Martinez? I’m sure Martinez wanted to win just as bad and likely had the same thoughts about his players being better than everyone else’s… and I ask you; how did that turn out?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

January 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

1 NC in 50 years of college football. 2 SEC titles in 27/28 years. 0 National Title Game appearances since what, 1982?

He’s just as delusional as these fans that say that they “own” Bama or UF. He’s a perfect fit.

Crap, the 5th year seniors at UGA weren’t even alive the last time UGA played for a National Title.

All the schools that he referenced are relevant… UGA is not. But they’re “fixin” to go all the way!!!

Bremen Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

I’m glad we got this guy, I just hope he is a good as he talks and I think he is. I really think the players will respect this guy and will run through fire for him. That is what we need.

SMITTYSTHEMAN

January 22nd, 2010
4:47 pm

Hey “Since Vince” — don’t you mean “Since Herschel”? 30 years ago and nothing since. HA!

who cares?

January 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Sounds an awful lot like Lane Kiffin when he took the UT job…….

we all know how he did against the coache he called out

DirtyDawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:50 pm

Obviously UGA won’t be able to land every top kid within five hours of Athens…and don’t forget all of ‘em in South Georgia are closer to Gainesville, Tallahassee and Auburn AL, than to Athens…but you got to admit the guy’s saying the right things. Bottom line, we keep getting the quality we’ve been getting, and maybe move it up a little, we develop the kids physically and coach-’em-up with guys like this, then I’ll be ready to ‘go to war’ with anybody. This has all the earmarks of a fun time to be a Georgia Bulldog….and let me remind you, after we beat Tennessee this weekend, everybody’s gonna’ be taking notice. Another ball-handler wouldn’t hurt, but win we will.

The real winner here.............

January 22nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Georgia’s GDP is roughly 3 times that of the state of Alabama, UGA is 50% larger than U of Alabama in students and alumni, and draws from a larger pool of money. Further, UGA is a better rated school academically than UA. If you took the top 22 players in the state of GA every year vs. the top 22 in Alabama, the top 22 in GA are going to win that game 8 of 10 years. I’ll give it to Alabama, they have done a LOT with the resources they have, much more than Georgia and that is how we should all be judged. But please, get a clue, Georgia can buy and sell Alabama, and if UGA would get their act together…..they have no reason to worry about Alabama.

Troof

January 22nd, 2010
4:53 pm

Hey, if the new guy in town running his mouth gets the Dawg fans excited then who is it hurting? Doesn’t change the fact it’s been 29 years and counting since your last NC Dawg lovers!

Bama and Saban will continue to battle UF for the SEC while all others watch and despair. Become better than UF first Dawgs before thinking of challenging the Crimson juggernaut in T-town.

QUESTION

January 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

And who is relevant Ga Tech ? when was there last legitimate NC oh yeah never

SparT

January 22nd, 2010
4:54 pm

Hilarious. This guy is like your 5th or 6th choice as D-Coordinator, and you’re talking smack?

You won’t get all the instate players with Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee coming in state, while also battling GT from within. UGA’s future is dim… your best team in years (2008) was such a huge disappointment. You’ll never have another team that talented. Season-ending injuries my can… every school faces the same challenges, and UGA obviously wasn’t up to it and won’t be for some time.

Bremen Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:55 pm

You have a good D and the players will come to UGA.

TL dawg

January 22nd, 2010
4:56 pm

great, we hired the lane kiffin of coordinators
lots of talk, just shut up and prove you can coach an SEC Defense

Troof

January 22nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Last GT NC = 1990
Last UGA NC = 1980

1990 > 1980

UGA = Clemson = Perennial Underachievers

January 22nd, 2010
4:56 pm

Troof

As you can see, most dawg fans are certifiably insane and delusional

They think they are a powerhouse but when reality, they are the SEC equivalent of Clemson

Huh?

January 22nd, 2010
4:57 pm

Actually he sounds nothing like Lane Kiffin. Kiffin showed a lack of class from the beginning all the way to the bitter end. You sound like you have no idea what you are talking about, and I’d bet that’s true.

QUESTION

January 22nd, 2010
4:59 pm

UPI championships dont count lol i thought everyone knew that oh thats funny
thats why i said legitimate