Because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already…

Freak out!

(h/t Bryant Denny)

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UPDATE:  Somewhat remarkably, Grantham (more likely the school in response to panicked inquiries) felt the need to issue a formal response to the rumors.

“This time of year there are a lot of rumors involving coaching openings. Because of the terrific recruiting class we are assembling and the juniors that have communicated to me their desire to come back to Georgia I felt it important to address some of these current and any future rumors.  I’ve had discussions with Coach Richt and (AD) Greg McGarity and we are on track to finalizing details on a contract extension. My family enjoys Athens very much. I love the passion and excitement of our fans. We have the program headed in the right direction and I want to be a part of bringing Georgia a championship. My desire is to be at UGA for a very long time. Go Dawgs!”

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81 responses to “Because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already…

  1. JasonC

    I hope Van Gorder woke up with a horse’s head next to him this morning.

  2. GShock

    OMG NO NO NO NO NO!

    I already hate the Falcons because they are terrible and Matt Ryan is not the answer but now they are going to send the UGA season down the drain!

    Not cool, Atlanta. Did a Tech grad take over their franchise or something while I was away?

  3. RC

    Gee, couldn’t see that one coming.

  4. Go Dawgs!

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop huffing glue.

  5. Spence

    I hope they are reaching out for advice on who to hire.

  6. Nate Dawg

    Yeah this sounds about right. The Barn & flarda doing good…and now this…
    On the upside tho, if I ever needed a reason to totally dismiss the falcons and stop pretending and maybe even hate them or pull against them, this would just about take care of it.

  7. AusDawg85

    Let’s blame Bobo.

    FIREMARKRICHT!!1!

    It’s all the bloggers fault. (My personal favorite.)

    • paul

      Believe me, if I thought I COULD blame Bobo I would. Wait a minute, CTG would NEVER leave Athens willingly. I mean, who would? If he goes, it MUST be because of something Bobo did. I just know it.

  8. UGLYDAWG

    If the Falcons want to generate even more ill will, this will do it.
    Someone needs to get in Mr. Blank’s face and tell him this is baaaad business.

  9. JasonC

    Seriously, Bama puts on one of the best defensive clinics EVER (with the help of some seriously poor planning on LSU’s part) and you decide to pass on Kirby Smart? WTF?!
    I think Grantham is fantastic, but you would think Smart would at least get a feeler, regardless of if it really is Saban’s D.

    • Normaltown Mike

      I think he’d have to step down to position coach before an NFL team would give a D-Co job.

    • Kirby wouldn’t go unless the Falcons hired Saban. He can’t function w/o Nick. Buy into it or not, he’s really a co-coordinator at ‘Bama with the head coach being the other head on the monster.

  10. yurdle

    If he goes, we should hire Saban as DC.

  11. Scott W.

    It’s highly unlikely that the Falcons would want to switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4 with the personnel in place. That would not lead back to the playoffs next year. Just because someone decided to tweet it doesn’t make it true.

    • Brian Dawg

      Good Point. Grantham is a 3-4 guy. Not a good fit for Atlanta at this stage. Perhaps this is his agent doing what agents do.

    • No One Knows You're a Dawg

      Falcon’s AJC beat writer points out that Falcon’s HC Mike Smith has said the same thing. To quote:

      “One thing to keep in mind is that coach Mike Smith pointed out the team has drafted for a 4-3 defense so you can rule out 3-4 guys.”

    • The other Doug

      Thank you for posting this. I was about to flip out.

    • adam

      I thought this too until I saw something TD said about a new system.

      But even then… Mike Nolan is much more likely than TG.

    • Alphadawg

      The Falcons just paid Ray Edwards a lot of money and he’s a 4-3 DE. Our Defensive line is deep and our only real strength. We barely have 3 LB who can drop into coverage, and with so many FA on the defense and no 1st or 4th round draft picks, it would be a 2 plus year rebuild to change schemes.

      Whoever the Falcons hire he almost has to be a 4 – 3 guy.

  12. Skeeter

    Grantham’s agent floating rumor to help in current UGA negotiation.

  13. SCDawg

    Why don’t we all call the Falcons and Blank and tell them we’ll cancel our season ticket packages if they take Grantham from GA. Don’t tell him none of us have season tickets, though.

  14. stoopnagle

    Well, guess I’ll go ahead and unlock the liquor cabinet.

    And put a hit out on BVG: he’s just a gift that keeps on taking.

  15. pantslesspatdye

    After reflecting upon my personal interaction with this website over the past 20 minutes, methinks the Senator is simply fishing for page hits.

    Someone, please, please, please tell me the Senator is simply a page-hit greedy *******.

  16. Irishdawg

    I think the Falcons will most likely go with an established 4-3 NFL guy; hopefully Jack Del Rio. I can’t see them reshaking the whole defense. (crosses self and whispers prayers)

  17. heyberto

    Just because they may have contacted his agent, it doesn’t mean they’re focused on him or haven’t sent feelers out to other candidates. Point being, this doesn’t mean an offer from the Falcons is imminent, as some of you seem to be concerned about above.

    From Grantham’s point of view, he’s shown he can be a fantastic college D coordinator, but he hasn’t shown that he can be a great pro D coordinator (although I think he may have been a victim of bad teams/personnel while at that position in the pros). If his goal is truly to become a head coach, I’d stick with the college gig… but that’s my $.02.

  18. Saltwater Dawg

    I like Grantham. And I understand the lure of perhaps being a DC in the pros

    But, if he convinced Jarvis to stay, and Jordan to come, and then bolted … douchebag near the likes of Junior. Personally, not believing this at all.

    Do agree it’s likely his agent is doing his job very well.

  19. Go Dawgs!

    This is probably not a real thing, since Grantham’s a proponent of a completely different scheme than Atlanta’s personnel would seem to fit as noted by other commenters. However, if it IS true, then this is solely the Senator’s fault for jinxing us with a “this offseason sure is going to be quiet” post on January 7th.

  20. Comin' Down The Track

    Sources tell me the Falcons have reached out to the agent of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.

    Dissect that. Sources? Uh, the agent himself.
    Now, why on earth would an agent say something like that right in the middle of an ongoing negotiation? Oh, right. Negotiating 101. I forgot.

    Two reasons that this is silly.
    1. The Falcons have 4-3 personnel. No real DT’s, two 4-3 prototype DE’s (one of which they just inked last year), practically invisible LB’s and midget CB’s complemented by run-stopping/WR chasing into the endzone safeties. An overhaul would be required.

    2. As stated before, it’s bad business. One thing Arthur Blank ain’t is bad at business. Steal Grantham and lose your entire fan base. I don’t think so.

    • adam

      The linebackers are actually pretty good and there are a bunch of them. Lofton, Nicholas, and Spoon are really good. A few other guys still developing.

      Atlanta probably could make the 3-4 switch more easily than people think. Abe is a FA now. If the new DC is a 34 guy, letting Abe go frees up a lot of money. Sidbury looks like a prototypical 34 OLB and Kroy Biermann could play that position too. . Lofton and Nicholas (or Dent even) would be ILBs and Spoon could go play OLB. The dlinemen they have can play 34 DE. Babineaux, Cliff Matthews, Peria Jerry, and Corey Peters could figure that out. Babs might even be able to play the nose. There’d have to be a few big signings though. And Ray Edwards probably wouldn’t fit in anywhere.

      But… Even then. Grantham has to be behind Mike Nolan, Steve Spagnulo, Jack Del Rio, Mike Zimmer, Mel Tucker, and Eric Mangini anyway. Those guys have better resumes and more experience/success as a pro DC.

      Plus, if they were looking a college coaches (they probably aren’t) they’d look at Kirby Smart first.

    • heyberto

      I’m not a Falcons fan, so I can’t speak much to their personnel, but I wonder if they’re willing to undergo a scheme change if they have to rebuild on personell anyway? I’m not sure a scheme change is as painful for a pro team as it is for a college team, anyway. More opportunities to practice, study, etc.

      • adam

        Plus, Atlanta has 17 players that are FAs. Some of them are players that they could lose/replace in a scheme change. Still think Grantham isn’t in their top 10, though.

  21. hailtogeorgia

    From everything I’ve been reading, the Falcons are going hard after Steve Spagnuolo. It’s been said before, but I just can’t see the Falcons making the switch to the 3-4…their personnel doesn’t fit it, it wouldn’t work for their linebackers they’ve drafted, and it sure wouldn’t work with Ray Edwards.

    On top of all that, Grantham has made it known that he wants to be a head coach. He seems to like recruiting (he’s said as much from the get-go, and with the Jenkins commit, seems to be good at it), so I have a feeling he stays and parlays the solid defense into a head coaching position somewhere in college, as opposed to a coordinator position in the NFL.

  22. Bulldog Joe

    Given their performance in the playoffs, the Falcons should be reaching out to UGA for an offensive coordinator.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      That would be too good to be true.

    • adam

      I love the Falcons but would gladly see their O fail for a few years to get Georgia a new OC. That’s a sacrifice I would make to get us headed in the right direction haha.

  23. Irishdawg

    Other than the gory crime scene that was his stint at the Rams, what’s Spagnuolo’s resume like? I honestly never heard of him before he got a HC gig. What teams’ defenses has he run?

    • Silver Creek Dawg

      DC for the Jints and worked for 8 years under Jim Johnson, DC for the Iggles.

      Has a very solid reputation.

      • UGLYDAWG

        PLEASE SAY IT AINT SO, TODD!
        There’s every reason for Grantham and the Atlanta Falcons to immediatly put an end to this if it’s only a rumor. They have to know it will hurt recruiting. I also suspect that this serves many people’s purposes (Grantham’s negotiations, every college in the SE USA for recruiting, news outlets for interest, etc), while it can only hurt UGA.
        I hope the rumor is killed very quickly, or we will have to suspect that maybe it IS so, Todd.

  24. Bruce Lauriault Rugby79

    Grantham is not going anywhere-no way he would have Jarvis stay then bolt himself–would ruin his credibility for ever as a college coach–what is really better than making close to a million a year and living in Athens ?

    • UGLYDAWG

      Ever hear of Pitino? I would never hope to compare TG to him, but some people don’t know the meaning of loyaty or honor.
      Until he denies it, which he needs to do RIGHT NOW, I’m holding my breath.

      • UGLYDAWG

        (loyalty…sp from above post)…
        Point is…..For those who have the “mojo” of success sticking to them, lack of past loyalty doesn’t count. Hungry teams and programs will line up to bid for their services. That’s my point above.

      • AthensHomerDawg

        Help me out here….yes I’ve heard of PItino. What does Pitino’s knocking up of the equipment managers wife have to do with Coach TG being courted by the Falcons?
        ( And a “I beg your pardon” to all the lady/wo-person posters here who might take exception to the phase “knocking up”)

        • UGLYDAWG

          I was using Pitino as an example of a coach who never seems to let the fear of losing his credibilty his decisions.
          BLR79 was making the point that TG would be risking his credibility if he left Georgia (esp after just signing JJ).
          Two completely different individuals and a personal equivalancy is not intended…I’m just saying it happens.
          (Was it not Pitino who tried to weasle into Auburn behind TT’s back, then went to the Falcons for a week or so, then left ATL for Arkansas…am I leaving anything out? I wouldn’t let him in my henhouse.

  25. Hobnail_Boot

    As if I didn’t already dislike the Falcons enough..

  26. Mike

    From Coachingsearch.com;

    Atlanta Falcons: Sources with knowledge of the situation tell me that a member of the Falcons’ organization has been in contact with Michael Harris, the agent representing University of Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham. Georgia has been working on a new contract with Grantham’s agent, but don’t be surprised if the new contract is signed in the next few days. With the departure of Brian VanGorder, the Falcons are looking for a new defensive coordinator.

    [url]http://coachingsearch.com/coaching-search-ticker.html[/url]

  27. 81Dog

    I think I see the fine hand of Kirby Smart in this anonymous tip. Anything to derail recruiting momentum for UGA as Grantham gets a commitment from a 5 star anchor for this year’s class. Of course, it could be Chin Gizik or SOD or Spurrier, or Dabo or Flahduh or a host of others. It’s just life in the shark tank known as the SEC.

    The Falcons arent a 3-4 team, dont have 3-4 personnel, and dont seem likely to want to wait a couple of years while a new guy comes in and scraps their entire system. Mike Smith worked for Jack Del Rio, you’d think JDR, or any number of 4-3 guys who can tweak a system Smith already knows would be the way the Falcons are going.

  28. HK

    Stop posting this stuff. I’m trying to get some work done around here.

  29. Chopper Reid

    My sources are telling me that James Franklin just took the Head Coaching position for the Raiders.

    Also…Dunwoody’s proudest son, Ryan Seacrest, finally came out of the closet on air this morning.

  30. Guys — Grantham was…uh….not good as an NFL DC. #BeingNice

    That’s kind of being overlooked as a reason this is unlikely to be true. That and the fact that he coaches the wrong system for the Falcons personnel. And Blank isn’t going to hire UGA’s DC. Oh…and it’s not going to happen.

  31. Faulkner

    I keep hearing people say Grantham was a DC in the pros. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought he was the D line coach in Dallas, not the DC.

    • Derek

      You are correct. But he was DC at Cleveland prior to that. I think he was on butch davis’ staff without checking.

  32. Will Trane

    Would not have these issues if we had an Athletic Board and Athletic Department worth a damn. Understand recruting is in full swing, but that is pretty much year round anyway. So when you hear McGarity’s comments last week about extensions, we will sit down after recruiting period, and etc. In essence we have a bunch of over paid idiots, people who can not make decisions, and people who piss away time like it is there forever. Time is money or did they not get any degree in business administration. When the alums demand an Athletic Board and Athletic Department that is more than your local community recreation department…well, just maybe our men’s big three will be men’s programs at the top in the SEC. You can not recruit top players unless you have top coaches. Just maybe McGarity is not the AD we thought along with Adams as president of the University.

  33. NRBQ

    Because you don’t have enough anxiety in your life already…

    Orson Charles is gone.

  34. BulldogBen

    Saw that NRBQ. I’ve already received emails from friends where the general theme is “BOBO WASTED HIS TALENT”, etc. He certainly didn’t maximize it but I’m curious, has Bobo ever moved a player from a position he wasn’t familiar with and HAD success?

    ie- Donnan moving Robert Edwards from D to RB or Richt putting Pollack at DE.
    W

    Wasn’t sure where else to put that question?

  35. Dr. Robert

    I have everything you need.

  36. Turd Ferguson

    I love Todd Grantham. That is all.

    • Mayor of Dawgtown

      Er….I don’t think I would have told that brother. (Todd is already married anyway. But I hear that Ryan Seacrest may be available.)

  37. Tronan

    Initially, I thought Grantham said, “My desire is to beat UGA for a very long time.”

    Whew.