Grantham: Garner will remain D-line coach

Athens — New Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said today that Rodney Garner, the only holdover from the Bulldogs’ previous defensive staff, will coach the nose tackle and defensive end positions.

“As we move forward, that would be what he would do,” Grantham said.

Garner coached defensive tackles in Georgia’s former 4-3 defense, but the team will convert to a 3-4 — three down linemen and four linebackers rather than vice versa — under Grantham. Garner also is Georgia’s recruiting coordinator.

Grantham spoke highly of Garner, whom he had not met until this week.

“I think Rodney is a very passionate guy,” Grantham said. “He’s been here at the University of Georgia and they’ve had success, and I think if you look at where he has been before, they’ve had success there. I think Rodney has value, and I look forward to working with him and letting him help our defense. I really look forward to that.”

With the hiring of Grantham from the Dallas Cowboys as defensive coordinator and Scott Lakatos from the University of Connecticut as secondary coach, one opening remains on Georgia’s defensive staff.  Coach Mark Richt fired three defensive coaches last month.

The current plan is to fill the remaining opening with an additional linebackers coach, said Grantham, who also plans to coach that position.

“It’s not etched in stone right now,” Grantham said, “but [the final hire] is  probably going to be a linebackers coach. . . . That’s kind of the direction we’re heading right now.”

As for a timetable on making that hire, Grantham said: “I think we’re very flexible on it. It could be soon; it could be late. I think as [Richt] and I talk over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to get the right guy in here so that we can have a solid staff from a teaching standpoint. Because I think teaching is very critical.”

If an additional linebackers coach is hired, that person would coach either the inside or outside linebackers, with Grantham coaching the other. Grantham said he has no preference between coaching the inside or outside ‘backers.

Lakatos said today that Richt told him special-teams coaching assignments would be sorted out after the staff is complete and recruiting is finished.

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143 comments Add your comment

Ghost of TK Harty

January 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

I like what I hear already! Boo!

matt

January 22nd, 2010
12:29 pm

first…oh who cares…

Calhoundawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:30 pm

First! Go Dawgs !!!!

Eat and Tweet

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Calhoundawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

OK, third …Go Dawgs !!!!

matt

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

wow…that’s disappointing!

il5

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Call Sal Sunseri at Bama.

sswinfordawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:31 pm

Awesome. Thank god they didn’t hire a special teams coach/coordinator. That would be a waste. Also, any word on replacing the strength and conditioning coach? He needs to go.

Eat and Tweet

January 22nd, 2010
12:32 pm

I knew I shouldnt have taken another bite off that chicken leg…

il5

January 22nd, 2010
12:40 pm

Love to see Reggie Herring come over from Dallas Cowboys, Grantham and Reggie have worked together for years at Dallas and Houston, he really gets the 3-4 and his LB’s have been tops in the NFL in production.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
12:40 pm

I’m ready for the players to learn this system and let’s get next season started!!

Natureboy809

January 22nd, 2010
12:43 pm

sswinfordawg- hiring a ST coach would be a waste?!?! Have you watched UGA cover kickoffs lately? Special teams are 1/3 of the game.

chipperdawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:45 pm

Wish they’d get a full time Special Teams coach. Or better yet, maybe Coach Richt is planning on heading up special teams himself. Other head coachs (Meyer for one) have been very successful doing it.

Anthony C

January 22nd, 2010
12:47 pm

hire former Tampa Linebackersplayer Derrick Brooks as a coach .it will be a good fit

MoDawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

Bring on Travis Jones (New Orleans Saint’s asst. def. line coach and UGA grad) to coach the linebackers!

Go Dawgs!!

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January 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

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ButlerDawg

January 22nd, 2010
12:49 pm

Give Randall Godfrey an interview!

toph

January 22nd, 2010
12:50 pm

MoDawg, that sounds like a great idea. How could a recruit who wanted to play in the League not think about UGA?

il5

January 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

Keith Butler, Pitt Steelers LB Coach, born in Alabama, went to Memphis, south guy. Runs a mean 3-4. Productive lb’s–lots of sacks, hurries, and knockdowns.

http://www.steelers.com/team/coach/49260/

Really??

January 22nd, 2010
12:51 pm

For those who think UGA needs a new strength and conditioning coach, could you please give me some reason why? The coach is not responsible for injuries. Coach Van Hagler is the best in the business.

munson

January 22nd, 2010
12:54 pm

Travis Jones will be the man. They are waiting for the N.O. Saints season to end.

toph

January 22nd, 2010
12:55 pm

Could be this weekend. The Vikings are tough.

Nice

January 22nd, 2010
12:58 pm

Rodney is one of the best in the business. Yes, the D-Line has been questionable at times, but we need him to stay for recruiting. Travis Jones would be nice. A linebacker coach from Dallas would be nice as well. I think we need to get a southern guy though. I mean I think Lakatos was a great hire, but sometimes a regional guy can help with recruiting. What about the Falcons LB coach? I mean that was one of our bright spots on D this year.

Nice

January 22nd, 2010
12:59 pm

Munson, I said the same thing on another article/blog.

thomas

January 22nd, 2010
1:01 pm

TIM – YOU ALWAYS DO A GREAT JOB!… http://www.wedgeorgia.com

toph

January 22nd, 2010
1:02 pm

I read a profile about Travis Jones and it mentioned several times about how good of a “teacher” he was. Sounds good to me!

il5

January 22nd, 2010
1:05 pm

Reggie Herring, the Dallas Cowboys LB Coach, is from Myrtle Beach, SC, his wife is from griffin, Georgia. He has coached and recruited in the SEC and performed well.

He and Grantham have coached together at Houston and with the Cowboys for years. Cowboys LB’s have led NFL in sacks, hurries, and QB knockdowns.

Dallas Bio:

http://www.dallascowboys.com/team/team_biosCoachExec.cfm?newName=Reggie_Herring

TampaDawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:06 pm

Grey Dog

January 22nd, 2010
1:07 pm

Travis Jones would be grrrrrrrrrrrreat !

Uncle Willie

January 22nd, 2010
1:07 pm

I wish I had got this much support.

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Uncle Willie

January 22nd, 2010
1:09 pm

Why would a top NFC linebackers coach want to take a step down to coach Linebackers in college? Go from position coach to coordinator yes, but not downward.

JTUGA

January 22nd, 2010
1:10 pm

I believe it will be Travis Jones from New Orleans, he bleeds red and black.

JTUGA

January 22nd, 2010
1:11 pm

As for Special Teams, I heard Richt was going to take over the ST. If my source is accurate which has been so far, I think it will be excellent. One thing about UGA’s special teams, it’s usually all walk on’s.

Uncle Willie

January 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

JTUGA, was your source accurate about all of the rejects to CMR?

F-105 Thunderchief

January 22nd, 2010
1:13 pm

What about Richard Samuel? Linebacker?

bamadawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Special Teams HELP! Field Position, Field Position, Field Position!!! Game of inches…long returns on us all year!!!! JunkYard Dawg D is back!!! I am excited! Dang, I wish the season started next week!!

NC Dawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

We need a Special Teams coach – full-time.

Eat and Tweet

January 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

Hey JTUGA is your source David Pollock ? Im just saying……

Robert

January 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

TRAVIS JONES!

GW

January 22nd, 2010
1:15 pm

This would be a lateral move for most of the guys mentioned in the above blogs. Many of them would simply want to stay in the NFL. Need a a young, eager guy that is on fire that Grantham can train if need be. You don’t need another genius, just somebody that wants to be a genius one day. Too much worry about a special teams specialist. The way college practices are limited on time it would be a waste.

il5

January 22nd, 2010
1:17 pm

Travis Jones would give Richt that potential DC in case Grantham moves on so he would get program and system continuity. Jones can recruit like crazy, is a good age match to the coaches, DC mateiral, and coached OLB for the Miami Dolphins. He’s also a big time Georgia guy.

If we get Travis Jones, it’s lights out for Georgia for the next few years.

This, after the Grantham and Lokatas hires, would be that type of hire that would get UGA buzzing.

Nuscrypt

January 22nd, 2010
1:18 pm

My top option would be to bring David Pollack in. He was the best pass rusher UGA has had in a while, maybe all time. Although he played DE in the 4-3, he did play that OLB position for the Bengals. He’s clearly a high energy guy who would relate well college students and nobody outworks that guy! I say sigh him and groom him to be the eventual DC if/when Grantham gets a head coaching job. The fact that he hasn’t coached wouldn’t be much of a problem because he’d be working at the same position group as the DC, who could help teach him how to coach.

bamadawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

GW…I heard at VT, Beamer starts every practice with ST play…not important? duh?

bamadawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:19 pm

Enter your comments here

GW

January 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

bamadawg, Where did I say special teams “not important?” duh?

Uncle Willie

January 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

Nuscrypt, Pollack not mature enough; his future is on TV and radio.

columbusdawg

January 22nd, 2010
1:25 pm

David Pollack has said on numerous times and very emphatically that he is not interested in coaching.

a

January 22nd, 2010
1:29 pm

travis jones would be huge. morally, though, wouldn’t it be great to get sunseri from bama? just to stick a little something back at em for the kirby debacle (which, by the way, i’m not sad – grantham is going to be a better coach).