Talking football with Todd Grantham: ‘We want to attack. We want to be relentless.’

ATHENS – Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham sat Thursday at the head of the long table in the large conference room in what used to be Damon Evans‘ office suite on the fourth floor of the Butts-Mehre building, talking football with a roomful of reporters:

  • Grantham said junior DeAngelo Tyson will enter preseason practice as the likely starter at the nose position on Georgia’s defensive line, but that doesn’t mean Grantham sees Tyson as exclusively a nose.

“He’s the No. 1 [nose], but he’s a guy who can give us flexibility and play an end position, too,” Grantham said. “Based on how other guys come on at both nose and end, he can move.”

Grantham is looking for Kwame Geathers, a redshirt freshman, and Justin Anderson, a junior who is shifting from the offensive line, to provide options at nose.

Geathers had a good spring, and his continued development in preseason practice is “critical,” Grantham said.

Anderson missed spring practice with a shoulder injury, so Grantham has never seen him on the field. But the 6-foot-5, 330-pounder certainly has piqued Grantham’s interest.

“He’s obviously, from a size standpoint, a guy we feel like can command double teams in there,” Grantham said. “I know he’s worked hard in the offseason to try to learn the system. He’s going to be somewhat behind just because it’s one thing to learn it in a classroom, but then to go out on the field in 90-degree heat is totally different. If he can come on, that obviously gives us some depth. I’m excited about . . . seeing what he can do.”

  • Building depth up front is a high priority for Grantham.

“I believe in playing a lot of guys on the defensive line because up there it’s a relentless approach to the ball each play,” he said. “They’re going to get gassed more than probably some other positions. Sometimes it’s harder, because they’re bigger guys, to get rejuvenated quickly. So rotation is important, and to rotate you’ve got to have depth.”

  • Six months on the Georgia staff have reaffirmed Grantham’s view of this state as a recruiting goldmine.

“The talent in this state is everything I anticipated, and I feel like we can reach all the goals we want to reach -– well, I know we can -– if we just stay the course with what we are doing right now,” he said.

  • Grantham is excited about the arrival of Jarvis Jones, the linebacker who transferred to UGA from USC. Jones will redshirt this season.

“It will be good to get him around the other players [and] get him introduced to our system,” Grantham said, “… because he’ll definitely make an impact in the future.”

  • OK, I know you’ve heard these (or very similar) words from Grantham before. But I thought you might enjoy hearing them again:

“We want to be aggressive. We want to attack. We want to be relentless in our pursuit to the ball.”

173 comments Add your comment

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:08 am

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:08 am

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:09 am

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:09 am

This is too easy….fourth

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:09 am

Hello…………………..is this a real blog

UGA Ski Dawg

July 16th, 2010
7:10 am

The first game is a little over a month and half away….getting excited!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 16th, 2010
7:10 am

I like it!! Look forward to seeing the new and hopefully much better defense this year. Go Dawgs!!!

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:11 am

Ok, to hell with Tech……I know 2 or 3 of them are up ….LOL

GW

July 16th, 2010
7:11 am

The defense has nowhere to go but up.

jeff

July 16th, 2010
7:17 am

still sweet……THIRTY to TWENTY FOUR

renegade#1

July 16th, 2010
7:18 am

I would really like an in depth interview with the whole defensive staff what they are doing and where they are trying to go with this team. These are some really good coaches that no one know a thing about. Try digging a liittle deeper a little hard work never hurt anyone if done in small doses.

Asheville Dawg

July 16th, 2010
7:19 am

Hope the attitude hits the players, because we gave up way too many points last year.

[...] tell you what:  if Todd Grantham coaches half as well as he communicates, it’s gonna be a fun [...]

Schleydawg

July 16th, 2010
7:21 am

I am excited about going to the 3-4 scheme, but one thing I am concerned about is a physical team running it right up the middle on us. All of the uncertainty about the all-important nose guard position is not alleviating my fears. Go Dawgs.

Steve Spurrier

July 16th, 2010
7:29 am

We ain’t skeered.

Kuwait Dawg.... HOOAH!

July 16th, 2010
7:30 am

I’m more excited about future years to come with recruiting along the defense side of the ball. I’m thrilled we are putting a huge emphasis on recruiting Georgia prospects. Hope we continue this approach as a building block for great things to come. I honestly believe we can do great things with the guys we have and the young men we are recruiting. All we have to do is wait and see and and continue to develop these blue chip prospects.

GO ARMY…. GO DAWGS!!!!!!

Destin Dawg

July 16th, 2010
7:31 am

I’m SURE this will get the players fired up… I’m FIRED UP !! Don’t forget Warren Belin a great LB coach.. he was also special teams at Vandy…where we need to improve too!!! and Scott Lagatos had super Dbacks at UConn… can’t wait.. We’ll win SEC in 2 or 3 years…

Scott W.

July 16th, 2010
7:31 am

NC Dawg

July 16th, 2010
7:42 am

Can’t wait to see some actual cleats on the turf in Sanford stadium.

JB

July 16th, 2010
7:51 am

Preparation and attitude alone ought to be greatly improved……………I ‘ve been told ( by a player) that Willie over coached them…. way way to many alignments, movements, etc…..to much thinking and not enough GATA…… I know you need some of that, but here’s hoping we line up, hit and stop somebody.

Mikey in the SAV

July 16th, 2010
7:53 am

I am looking forward to this:

When an opposing QB throws a pass our cover guys will actually be in the same zip code as the receivers. This will absolutely lead to more INT’s and some jarring hits.

Thanks Coach Grantham, Coach Belin and Coach Lakatos. Its about time to GATA !

Tempered Reason

July 16th, 2010
8:00 am

Remember “My philosophy is velocity”? Kevin Ramsey said that prior to taking over as our d-coordinator. We got all jacked up expecting an aggressive, attacking style D. Next thing we know he’s sucking his thumb in a fetal position in the corner of the coaches box during the Auburn game. Just sayin’…

Jim

July 16th, 2010
8:01 am

Success to you UGA – Have a great season and by the way – GO DAWGS !!!!!!!!!!!!

YELLOW HAMMER

July 16th, 2010
8:02 am

WOW… already naming a depth chart= no competition , asst coaches speaking to press, no 2 adays, = long season. GOOD LUCK doggies .

Jazzman

July 16th, 2010
8:08 am

Grantham’s biggest concern should be how many of his defensive thugs will be arrested and suspended before the opening kickoff.

He should give them some red panties to chew on when he tucks them in at night.

Dog Dawg

July 16th, 2010
8:13 am

I sure hope we can hang with you this year, Yellow Hammer.

I like Grantham’s confidence. There will be a learning curve, but I think D will be better this year because of more discipline and better tackling. He is a stronger leader than Willie.

kaput

July 16th, 2010
8:15 am

Wow, talk about a quasi-orgasmic post.

Pathetic.

bamadawg

July 16th, 2010
8:16 am

BooYaaah! This attack defense vs a soft Willie Defense would have won us 3 games last year! People, I’m telling ya now…Dawgs in SEC Championship game! Take that to the bank! And by that time, Murray will be slinging the ball all over the field and we beat, Lsu, Ark. or Bama, maybe Auburn?

YELLOW HAMMER

July 16th, 2010
8:16 am

hey DOG, me to. would love to see a TIDE ,DAWG match-up in DECEMBER

Mick

July 16th, 2010
8:20 am

We’ll win SEC in 2 or 3 years…

Dream on. Change “years” to “decades,” and maybe there’s hope, but not while Mark Richt is head coach.

It’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t
been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans, like Miami and Ole Miss fans, need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Bulldog Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many
blue chip high school plays go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. AnIt’s kind of sad to see all the Dawg fans getting so excited this year (just like the year before, the year before that, etc.). How long is it going to take for UGA fans to realize that UGA is simply no longer relevant in the SEC? In the national picture, UGA isn’t even a blip on the radar, and hasn’t been since the preseason #1 ranking two years ago.

Sit back and be grateful for the seven or eight wins you’ll get every year. Coaching genius Mark Richt may take you to 10-2 or even 11-1 occasionally, but Florida will still win the SEC, meaning no BCS bowls and no top 10 final ranking. Most years, UGA will be very lucky to finish in the top 25, and only after a big bowl win over a nobody opponent.

It’s a different world now, and Dawg fans, like Miami and Ole Miss fans, need to adjust their expectations downward to reflect reality.

Unfortunately nothing is going to change until UGA changes its mediocre coaching. That’s where the difference is, and that’s why everyone outside Bulldog Nation just laughs at Dawg fans getting so excited year after year about what a great recruiting class UGA gets. It doesn’t matter how many
blue chip high school plays go to UGA, they simply don’t get the coaching they would get at Florida or Alabama, to name two schools whose programs are far ahead of UGA. And that’s not going to change as long as Mark Richt is in Athens.

Get your heads out of the sand and face reality. And mediocrity and irrelevance. 

Football mind

July 16th, 2010
8:21 am

Here are CTG (Coach Todd Grantham) 5 biggest mistakes…

5. Lining up a depth chart without knowing his players for real. (you have got to be kidding me)

4. Talks too much (Hey coach the cards face the other way)

3. “We are running the 3-4 eer I mean the 4-3…uuuh I mean”

2. His #1 agenda is not UGA…is NFL.

1. Installing the whole playbook in one spring….(this is a 3-4 defense not a 50). This defense should be installed in steps. We will stumble so much it will be an embarrassment in 2010-11 football season.

My advice to CTG:

Quit talking to the press so much.
Do not give away your game plan.
Slow it down dude! Let the players learn before you go balls out dawg!…. This is the SEC not the NFL. The competition on this level of ball is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. My guess is you will not take my advice and get embarrassed before you learn.

huffy

July 16th, 2010
8:24 am

Wow!! just what I wanted to hear!! We’re going to dominate the nation this year!!!! Aaron murray will by a heisman finlist and we are going to go undeeated!! Go DWAGS!!!!

TommyP

July 16th, 2010
8:25 am

If Richt would’ve made this move two years ago, what a difference. Stafford would also have a different legacy, not that he would’ve played any differently but we would’ve been more successful with a better defense.

atlxmen

July 16th, 2010
8:25 am

the dawgs 3-4 will look so much better than techs 3-4. tech will have a bunch of less talented guys trying to stop opposing offenses with better players while UGA very talented guys will be running around in the backfield of opposing teams executing the 3-4 defense like pros thanks to granthem and company. also you tech will finally see how far a gap you 2 and 3 star players are behind ugs 3 and 4 star players.

it wont even be close..

atlxmen

July 16th, 2010
8:31 am

football mind..coach hasn’t giving anything away. and nothing wrong with naming a depth chart they change all the time anyways so just relax. coach TG has been getting paid pro money for years for knowing how to coach football. and as good as the sec is the NFL is much better so you make no sense at all when you reference that.

he is doing everything right and getting everyone excited about the new defense UGA is running

1eyedJack

July 16th, 2010
8:34 am

I was wondering how many ways is it possible to spell Scott Lakatos?

Tim, maybe you could do an interview with him, so we could at least learn how to spell the man’s name.

SimpleDawg

July 16th, 2010
8:36 am

Grantham will prove that he’s worthy of his salary and of the excitement he’s created in Dawg Nation.

With a RS freshman QB, and an offense that will rely on running the ball, field position will be crucial. Great defense controls field position, and with our punter, we should win the battle of field position – as long as the defense is solid.

This season will begin with the anticipation of a kid at Christmas.

Dog Dawg

July 16th, 2010
8:37 am

Hey Mick,

Did you just say the same thing 3 times in the same post?

Hey Mick,

Did you just say the same thing 3 times in the same post?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 16th, 2010
8:38 am

wow, judging by mick’s inferior advice, we should all just give up. what a tool/moron!!

Destin Dawg

July 16th, 2010
8:43 am

Mick is Sick !!!

Dog Dawg

July 16th, 2010
8:43 am

Football Mind,

Did you say “The competition on this level of ball is unlike anything you’ve ever seen”?

Your kidding, right? He coached in the NFL. Your stupidity is unlike anything I’ve ever read.

Paddy

July 16th, 2010
8:45 am

Renegade#1…no need to nitpick Tim. He will get around to giving us all we need and want in do course. My guess you would not call him lazy to his face!

JB

July 16th, 2010
8:48 am

Tech on here early bashing our D efforts…………… Georgia beat up just one team last year…………….And here’s a hint…..GT is the short spelling…… ACC champs I think

JB

July 16th, 2010
8:50 am

Oh , by the way, I say beat up because Tech defines a A$$ whipping as a 3 point win…LOL

Lane Kiffin seeking opponent for Georgia Dome- Any Volunteers?

July 16th, 2010
8:52 am

Yellow Hammer: about the depth chart, its not like it is written in stone, and not subject to change. Think of it as an author’s rough draft, there will be numerous tweaks along the way to the finished book.

Are you suggesting depth charts are uncommon?

Calhoundawg

July 16th, 2010
8:52 am

Mick, you’ve got way too much time on your hands. It’s morons like you who will have so much crow to eat you’ll choke on it. I’m amazed at the people who think they sound intelligent picking (and that’s what it is — picking) on Mark Richt. What’s ironic is that if CMR really did suck (like Spurrier at SC, Bobby Petrino, or Houston Nutt), you would have nothing to write about at all. There is simply no foundation for bashing the winningest coach in Georgia history whatsoever. The legendary Vince Dooley didn’t win his third SEC Championship until his 13th season and didn’t win his NC until his 16th season. Georgia fans have every reason in the world to believe that Richt will match or exceed those marks. You pathetic haters wish Mark Richt would go away, but it aint’ happenin’.

“Fancy stats aside, it’s hard to make the case that Richt has been anything other than a runaway success in Athens. He’s a genuinely good guy who generally runs a clean program. He also happens to have far and away the best winning percentage of any Georgia coach that stayed for longer than three seasons. The Georgia job is his for as long as he wants it, and it’s hard to see him going anywhere else. Mark Richt and Georgia are a near-perfect fit, and the two will be together for quite some time into the future.” Team Speed Kills

Get used to it. Go Dawgs !!!!!

KeithB

July 16th, 2010
8:53 am

I am very intersted in seeing how this new scheme works. I think it will benefit UGA against teams like UF, AR, AU, MSU by placing more speed on the field. I am not sure how good it will be against the heavy run, but there really aren’t too many of those teams left. I’m sure CTG has an adjustment for it.

Bride of Chucky Knapp

July 16th, 2010
8:54 am

“We want to be aggressive. We want to attack. We want to be relentless in our pursuit to the ball.”

Good to hear this! I want the Dogs to win, but I’ll settle for a good enjoyable football game with a great effort from both teams. I’m just tired of ugly wins and ugly losses. Lookin’ forward to watching the battles this fall! Go Dogs!

JB

July 16th, 2010
8:54 am

Football mind…….Do you think there’s a reason you’re at work Blogging and Grantham was a position coach for the Dallas Cowboys and now the DC at UGA for $ 750k a year…… Is everybody wrong…….and you, in your world at work, are all knowing, all seeing ? Just asking….

Dog Dawg

July 16th, 2010
9:02 am

Calhoundawg,

Your exactly right. I wanted Tech to keep Chan Gailey because he was awful. The same with Shula at Alabama. The only people who want Richt gone is our opponents.