Posted: 8:35 pm Sunday, January 12th, 2014

Petrino wants Grantham? He can have him 

By Jeff Schultz

Georgia coach Todd Grantham screamed a lot but the message somehow got lost along the way.

Georgia coach Todd Grantham screamed a lot but the message somehow got lost along the way.

So is this is where Georgia fans give thanks to … Bobby Petrino?

Less than a week after Louisville made the stunning decision to rehire Petrino as its head football coach, it was Petrino’s turn to make a surprising hire: He lured Georgia’s Todd Grantham as his defensive coordinator — although “lured” might suggest Bulldog officials grabbed Grantham by the ankles and were dragged across the room as they pleaded for him not to leave, which might not be the case.

I’ll have more on this somewhat amusing development in the Dogs’ offseason in a full column on Monday. Until then, here are some quick thoughts:

• 1. Grantham stunk: His biggest fans’ seemed to be the people who loved the fact he “looked” like a great catch because, you know, he yelled at lot. This isn’t to suggest Grantham doesn’t know anything about football. I’m assuming anybody who coaches a sport for 24 years at the major college and NFL level must know something. But he wasn’t very good as a defensive coordinator at Georgia. He often had tremendous talent to work with – particularly in 2012, when the Dogs’ defense included seven future NFL draft picks, including four in the first three rounds – but the end result was underwhelming. This season, with a younger cast of players, Georgia ranked eighth in total defense in the SEC and 10th in pass defense.

• 2. Blame game: Grantham never seemed to take blame. More often than not, it was a player who did something wrong, he said. Look, that may or may not have been the case. But offensive coordinator Mike Bobo usually fell on the sword after games, and in most cases he didn’t have anything to apologize for because the Dogs’ offense was usually just fine.

• 3. He’s a climber: He’s a climber. Grantham is not unique in this area. Almost every assistant coach is looking to move up the ranks. But with Grantham and/or his rumor-planting agent, it was overt. It was as if Grantham had one eye on the field and the other on his next potential job. Personally, I also believe he’s best suited for an NFL position coaching job, where he wanted to get back to as a coordinator. He was an NFL position coach for eight of his previous 11 seasons before coming to Athens (the other three as a coordinator of the Cleveland Browns). It’s not surprising Grantham jumped at Louisville’s reported five-year contract offer because he had only two seasons left at Georgia and he wasn’t going to get an extension, based on his performance.

 4. Petrino+Grantham=Boom? This should be amusing: The combustible Petrino and Grantham under one roof. Let’s see how long this lasts — and how long before Grantham, given Petrino’s history of wearing out assistants, wants out.

5. Plusses and minuses: Grantham’s hiring gives Petrino a high profile assistant familiar with the recruiting territory. So I get that part of it. But Georgia will be fine. The way I look at it, the Dogs can’t go backward with the next hire, regardless of who it is. It’s also important to realize that every time a major coaching change is made – recent examples: Texas, Penn State, Michigan, Vanderbilt, Louisville – existing assistant coaches become free agents. I’m sure there are a number of qualified candidates out there. Georgia Tech certainly did well with Ted Roof.

I’ll have more on this tomorrow.

What are your initial thoughts on Grantham’s departure?

182 comments
MikeS777
MikeS777

I think UGA lucked out here.  In 2011, Grantham's D was very good, and it looked like UGA had solved that side of the ball.  Then 2012 came around, and the exact same defensive unit (everyone was back from 2012) looked average at best.  They totally underachieved and were the reason UGA wasn't playing for the National Championship.  2013 saw a lot of young players but no real improvement as the year went on.  The D was terrible and couldn't help an offense decimated by injuries.


I agree, Jeff.  I can't see how UGA could do worse.  They have a lot of good young talent to work with too.  Hopefully they get a good hire that can really get these kids to play and keep their head in the game.  That doesn't necessarily mean a splash hire either.  Van Gorder came from Western Illinois, and has by far been Richt's best DC.

FoSho
FoSho

todd gets $1 million salary---he'll be wanting a lot more after 1 year--his agent will be floating job rumors, demanding more money!!

TideDawg
TideDawg

Bucky......trashing the Dawgs and Georgia fans does not distract from OSU losing to Clemson. Bucky I'm beginning to believe the posts that claim you are a Techie in disguise. Your comments are right out of the GT textbook of "I hate Georgia". Haven't seen anything you post that says positive things about OSU, only "trash Georgia and the SEC" comments. Sounds suspiciously like a Techie!!

TideDawg
TideDawg

Bucky......You need to change to your white shirt. That red shirt matches the face of the OSU faithful after losing to Clemson.

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

Louisville-ino has stooped to a new low.


Petrino (football), Pitrino (bball), absolutely no integrity at that place.



Polskidawg
Polskidawg

Positive.

Watching last year's stacked roster on D under-perform was bad enough, but watching this year's D (backfield in particular) seem constantly confused, up to and including the bowl game, was more enough for me.

mcdaviddawg
mcdaviddawg

just one more of Richt's many failures.

DawgDadII
DawgDadII

There were a lot of breakdowns on defense that smacked of a lack of coaching or lack of disciplined play. One in particular.

keendaddy
keendaddy

As much as I hate to say it, I think UGA will underwhelm us with it's DC pick...in house...

keendaddy
keendaddy

Not sure I like signing in constantly. I know I've been sparse lately, but GeezeLouise!

Realisticfan
Realisticfan

Can you imagine the conversation in a recruits living room when Petrino and Grantham go together to see the family.  Not much personality there. Can't imagine them catching many fish. 

Armydawg
Armydawg

Did Louisville provide a stipend for a new motorcycle and blond to get Petrino in town?

DoubleNaughtSpy
DoubleNaughtSpy

I worked with several OSU grads and die hard fans.  They piped down a lot after the Mich State loss and got totally quiet after the Clemson loss.  However, "THE Buckeye" continues to obsess with all things UGA.  This is a clear indication that, as many have suspected and posted, he is actually a tekkie just stirring the pot.  How lame.  BAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Sc

UGA

Vandy

Bama

Auburn

Lsu

Texas a&m

Mizzou

They would all beat ohio

Dawg350
Dawg350

Touchdown Boyd....straight up the middle for 50 yards!! The bucks are overrated and lose for the 2nd time in a row! LMAO!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

Hey dogs,


Check your licenses.  Renewals may be in order. 

Match369
Match369

Lord please send us a good and proven defense coordinator.

Match369
Match369

Grantham defense was terrible and could not stop the run  case in point the SEC championship game last year.  It was horrible couldn't stop a cold.

Dawg350
Dawg350

Tech stinks and will lose 7 games next year! Delightful isn't johnny?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Our worst coaches have owned tech! I'm proud of that!

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

Your obsession with UGA has led you into mental illness....haha!

Esquire
Esquire

Dawg350 5 minutes ago

This new format is terrible!


I dunno Dawg............I haven't used it enough to know if I like it or not. It is different and that may be why you don't like it.

Dawg350
Dawg350

This new format is terrible!

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@THEBuckeye


The purpose of this Subject Post is exactly what child ?  Would it be a fair question to ask approximate age, because your posts do not ever seem to be other than childish thoughts, or have you not noticed - like ALL of us have ?

keendaddy
keendaddy

Buckykat, speaking for everybody again, lol ?

reckingball
reckingball

@Armydawg ........I heard that they did, but they stipulated that there were to be no reach-arounds performed by the blonde, anytime that the bike was off of the kickstand.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I see your spelling still awful. Please tell me the difference in your and you're? Your bucks are losers....lost to the only 2 quality teams you played all year!

THEBuckeye
THEBuckeye

@Dawg350 I see your lack of  intelligence and linguistic skills have not improved in the new year.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Dawg350 Because your brain isn't good at working on multiple levels. 

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@Dewnsav


Did James Franklin beat a single team ranked that season his entire time at Vandie ?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

@KeepOnSmilingWetWillie


You call doing fine, not beating a single team ranked for 2013 ?


You're not a Louisville fan, so quit acting like you are.  No one is a Louisville fan.

reckingball
reckingball

@Armydawg .......Louisville said that they would consider waving the stipulation, if Petrino opted to receive a three-wheeler instead.

keendaddy
keendaddy

@ Buckykat, the truth is as plain as your obsession with the Dawgs, lol...

Dawg350
Dawg350

Heck you should be growing tired of your bucks losing to top ten teams

keendaddy
keendaddy

@ POAD, I don't like it either. Guess we don't deserve an opinion on your blogs ?

ThomasBrown
ThomasBrown

Yes, it is really bad that a poster posts something and has to face the music directly to the comment.