Grantham returns Spurrier’s barb

ATHENS — Todd Grantham took note of Saturday’s barb from Steve Spurrier –- and returned the volley Tuesday night with a reference to Spurrier’s lack of success in the NFL.

Spurrier, the South Carolina coach, poked at Grantham, the Georgia defensive coordinator and long-time NFL assistant, after Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore had 182 yards rushing against the Bulldogs by saying: “That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play. That’s a new scheme, I guess.”

Grantham was asked after Georgia’s practice Tuesday if he saw Spurrier’s comment.

“Yeah, that was texted to me,” Grantham replied with a grin. “I appreciate his assistance, you know. But we actually knew what plays they were running. And they actually run that play in pro ball, and our offense actually runs that play, too. So we’re kind of on top of our game.

“It was kind of an out-of-left-field comment,” Grantham added. “I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL. I really wasn’t sure if it was because of his lack of success there or what. So I kind of took it more like that than anything.”

Spurrier was 12-20 in two seasons as coach of the NFL’s Washington Redskins.

Grantham coached in the NFL for 11 seasons before being hired as Georgia’s defensive coordinator this year.

South Carolina beat Georgia 17-6 on Saturday.

715 comments Add your comment

Rob

September 14th, 2010
8:04 pm

That was awesome! Way to go Todd!!!

Right On Time

September 14th, 2010
8:08 pm

Well here we go. I like that he is shooting back.

Unfortunately, he and his “D” have to live with getting run for another 361 days…

Dawgs Beat Hawgs

September 14th, 2010
8:12 pm

Grantham’s not going to put up with spurrier’s BS—steve couldn’t make it in the nfl so he has no right to be questioning former NFL coaches.

[...] Tonight, Grantham returned Spurrier’s serve, according to Tim Tucker of the AJC. [...]

GT-Armchair-QB

September 14th, 2010
8:15 pm

Awesome!

A “Paul Johnson”/”Oleary” “Kiss my ass”, attitude.

You guys got yourselves the next Van Gorder.

CLEVON LITTLE

September 14th, 2010
8:16 pm

I like it!!!!!!!!!!! GO GRANTHAM & GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

CLEVON LITTLE

September 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

GT-Armchair-QB, Thanks for the comment!!!

Brian

September 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

Haha I love it, you tell him Coach Grantham! The lack of penalties on defense shows our defense is heading in the right direction.

Bull

September 14th, 2010
8:17 pm

Why highlight that blurb…just for effect?

SoCal Dawg

September 14th, 2010
8:18 pm

About time we had a coach on the staff that is not so “mature” and “above it all” to put Spurrier in his place. Now maybe some of that attitude will pour out onto the players when they are on the field.

SEC Observer

September 14th, 2010
8:18 pm

I sense some frustration. Losing tends to do that.

Brad

September 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

“We actually knew what plays he was running.”…. And you still had that much trouble? As the legendary Lewis Grizzard once said, “Damn brother, I don’t believe I’d have told that!” I’m a Georgia grad and want to see you succeed. And I realize that you are new to the scene and Lattimore is a heck of a back to try and stop. But maybe you can at least work on all that arm tackling and standing around hoping somebody else makes the play. Pretty sure they don’t teach that in the NFL.

Bull

September 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

Grantham vs. Spurrier in a bar brawl…my money is on Grantham

SoCal Dawg

September 14th, 2010
8:20 pm

SEC Observer you’re full of crap!

blord

September 14th, 2010
8:21 pm

If TG knew about it why couldn’t he stop it. I’m a Dog fan but that makes TG look even more stupid.

Freehawk

September 14th, 2010
8:23 pm

Grantham missed the point, again. If this was an argument about the NFL, not sure his journeyman assistant career qualifies him to say. Then again, he came to the college game, where Spurrier is a legend (just passed Vince Dooley on the all time conference wins list) and the time is still 17 to 6. Grantham needs to polish his barbs, if he wants to match words with Spurrier.

gary

September 14th, 2010
8:26 pm

Hallelujah! Somebody from UGA is finally taking up for us! Spurrier is suddenly a genius again because of Lattimore.

UNC Rocks and Rules

September 14th, 2010
8:27 pm

If SCar wasn’t a UGa rival in the past, they gonna be one from now on!

St. Richt

September 14th, 2010
8:28 pm

I like that. Its refreshing to see a coach that has a pair in Athens. Keep your heads up Dawg fans, we got a lot more problems at GT than you do with your team. Trust me. Its lookin ugly on the flats. At least you guys got beat by a respectable team…

Double g

September 14th, 2010
8:28 pm

Freehawk, methinks it you who missed the point. Spurrier, in his wisecracking way, zinged Grantham. Grantham just zinged back.

It was not an argument about the NFL. Hello…

charlotte dawg

September 14th, 2010
8:29 pm

dont be petty just win.

The Real SugarHillDawg

September 14th, 2010
8:30 pm

UNC Rocks and rules, SC is gonna have to beat us with more regularity than and it ain’t gonna happen. Kinda like UF and UGA, it ain’t a rivalry now.

tell me again

September 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

After this week in practice I think the Dawgs will be ain a foul mood and ready to roast some pig on Saturday…

DawgBreath

September 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

Talk when you do something. Until then, shut up and earn that 3 quarters of a mil.

richtisdelusional

September 14th, 2010
8:33 pm

Knew it, but couldnt stop it? Man that was a whooping UGA took this past weekend and nothing but bs’ing and excuses since. Grow up pups, you got worked.

Jason

September 14th, 2010
8:34 pm

You didn’t hear Spurrier running his big mouth BEFORE the game about Grantham. If he was so confident, he sure didn’t seem like it in his comments. Don’t recall reading anything Spurrier said about Grantham’s lack of comptancy. That’s a joke–consider the source–a dude who loses tons of games at Duke, SC, and Wsashington, he just finds a way to lose everywhere he goes.

Swagger is talking about it BEFORE the game, and then backing it up.

Jason

September 14th, 2010
8:35 pm

Ask Spurrier about Lakatos sometime. Abut the UCONN game, & the Georgia game, about how his QB did the 2 times he faced Scott Lakatos.

AthensDAWG

September 14th, 2010
8:36 pm

Love it, Grantham!! Spurrier hates Georgia and takes great pleasure in beating our behinds like a drum. So, glad you are sharp because I am betting that your defense will learn to play like Erk’s junkyard dawgs!!!

popabear

September 14th, 2010
8:38 pm

Wow !!!! That’s really an insightful observation sec observer. I guess when you have beaten USC as many times as UGA has it would be just a little flustrating to get beat. You can go back to sleep now.

woodie

September 14th, 2010
8:39 pm

You gotta love Spurrier..he is funny.

G8tr h8tr

September 14th, 2010
8:40 pm

Good point, TG. Spurrier has got a mouth on him. I wish Ray Goff had gotten his wish to meet him in a dark alley. Somebody needs to take out a little of his swagger. If you could buy him for what he’s worth….

Warhorse

September 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

Todd actually ought to win something before he tries to barb with the big boys. Right now he is a rank amateur who has defended some dufuss team and done nothing in the big leagues. But he is a typical poodle, all talk and not action — and little success.

Beau

September 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

Pretty empty comment considering how confused he (Grantham) looked on the sidelines.

Dan Mullen

September 14th, 2010
8:41 pm

My Offense will run over this guy’s weak defense

Warhorse

September 14th, 2010
8:43 pm

South Carolina needs to be worked into a rivalry with UGA. One thing is for certain, the poodles no longer can consider the Gators a rival — you need to win occasionally, at least once every decade to be a rival!

Police Chief

September 14th, 2010
8:43 pm

If Georgia’s offense runs the same play then why couldn’t their defense stop it

BigDawg

September 14th, 2010
8:43 pm

Spurrier take shot after he wins. Grantham was right. Spurrier got his a$$ kicked in the NFL. Grantham had the right defenses called that put the players in position to make plays. The players on the field did not make the play. What else does Grantham have to do? Make the tackle too????

Dan Mullen

September 14th, 2010
8:44 pm

Warhorse you need too get off this blog unless you are a real bulldogs fan

Barkin'Dog

September 14th, 2010
8:46 pm

DawgBreath – do you hate it when superiors wonder if you’re worth the money? What diff does it make what he earns, as long as he earns it (unlike DCs past).

richtisdelusional – Do you even know what a whooping is? One win by 11 points does not make up for a long past of inferior play. Like Tech, SC gets it’s occasional win. I’ll give them props for that. But you (and they) can’t talk much until it becomes a regular thing.

Most of you people are so spoiled by great play at CMR’s first 7 years, a few off seasons has corrupted your brains (and blogs). Rest assured (or not), this program will get turned around – and it will start this year! For cripes sake… give THIS team a chance. Starting this week!

P.S. Who’s to say what Murray is doing or thinking while biting his nails on the sidelines? Maybe he’s rehearsing the next series in his head. You won’t believe what he will do the next 3 years… hide and watch!

Dan Mullen

September 14th, 2010
8:47 pm

Barkin’Dog you need too stop being a fan of these sorry dogs and become a fan of the real bulldogs miss.state son

Willie Martinez

September 14th, 2010
8:50 pm

Maybe Grantham should see how well he can perform as head coach at any level before deciding to comment on another head coaches’ performance. If he had Spurrier’s Deadskin teams he would have probably gone 0-32, judging from the way his defense played on Saturday.

Police Chief

September 14th, 2010
8:51 pm

The tweet that said that coaches review game film too see how many loafs happen, then they must didn’t the safety rambo loaf almost the whole game

Mike S

September 14th, 2010
8:52 pm

Exactly Big Dawg. Lattimore was hit IN THE BACKFIELD on at least 70% of his runs, grantham had the correct Defense called, but the players didn’t tackle.

Part of that is credit to Lattimore, the guy is a hoss, but a lot of it goes on the shoulders of the Dawgs players.

I can tell you one thing, SC is not going to win more than 8 games (maybe 9) if they have to count on Lattimore running 40 times a game. The kid will break down with that kind of workload — and no matter how you slice it, Steven Garcia will SINGLE HANDEDLY lose at least 3 games for SC — he almost gave this game to UGA.

superDawg

September 14th, 2010
8:55 pm

Mullen be careful your up soon.

Gamecoug

September 14th, 2010
8:57 pm

i’m confused. So, Grantham’s comeback was to say that, yes, we do know that play, we ran it in the NFL, we run it at UGA, and we practiced against it a lot.

So, he’s saying that SC just ran it better than UGA runs it? And that their defense couldn’t stop it, even though they knew what was coming and HOW to stop it? Methinks that’s more of an indictment than saying they were outsmarted or unprepared. Isn’t UGA football about being tough, physical, running the football and defending the run? I know that’s how UGA has beaten SC in previous years…

SC just beat UGA in all the things that UGA takes pride in doing, and y’all are excited because your coach knew what was coming, and still couldn’t stop it?

Wow.

Dan Mullen

September 14th, 2010
8:58 pm

superDawg after my team whoops your dogs, I will save you a seat on our fans bandwagon son

G8tr h8tr

September 14th, 2010
8:59 pm

That was a chicken Sh– comment by Spurrier. Like somebody said , Why didn’t he run that mouth before the game? Spurrier brought up the NFL and Grantham reminded Stevie of his lack of success there. Fair enough.

Toadwillgetfired

September 14th, 2010
8:59 pm

So Todd knew what was coming but couldn’t stop it?
WAY TO GO TOAD!….LOL

Brad

September 14th, 2010
9:01 pm

Wow times really are great when USC has to worry about losing the games in the media versus on the field. What feels even better is that UGA and Clemson are relegated to only being able to win the media games——LIFE IS GOOOD!!! UGA will never again be realistic about how far they have fallen.

AltamahaDawg

September 14th, 2010
9:02 pm

“and our offense actually runs that play too”? Not very well.