Todd Grantham and adjusting

For those of you who haven’t caught this, “Today, Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was asked whether he has changed his scheme more to fit the personnel, or if the players have been forced more to adjust to Grantham’s philosophy and scheme.”

“… I think part of coaching is that you’ve always got to be flexible with your system relative to the players that you have. You’re always going to do that.We’re going to be different next year than this year. Defense is about 1-on-1 matchups, guys that can play, how to fit those matchups, and trying to take the players that you have that can affect the game and put them in those positions. We’re going to do that with the players that we have. The big thing with me is we’ve got to play with the intensity we need to play, we need to play with the passion you have to have to be a good defense. That part of it, we’re still working on but we’re moving in the right direction.”

I don’t know how we all missed seeing that last season.

I have a feeling that watching Louisville’s defense this year is going to be a guilty pleasure of mine.

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UPDATE:  Name droppin’.

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27 responses to “Todd Grantham and adjusting

  1. rob10274

    “… I think part of coaching is that you’ve always got to be flexible with your system relative to the players that you have. You’re always going to do that” ………and he said that shit with a straight face I almost feel sorry for Louisville, but with Petrino as HC I’m happy for them

  2. Duglite

    The Grantham express and the Petrino express are on the same track at full speed. The problem is they are heading towards each other. It’s going to be fun by week 6.

  3. stick jackson

    You know, I got to clicking around on some of the old links the site generates, and one of the first couple of posts contained this, from my right honorable friend The Senator, circa 2010 re: Grantham: “I love this guy. He knows what matters.”

    Now that’s not a poke. I was giddy, too. He seemed to be just the cure for what ailed, ailed so badly it looked like it was about to get Richt fired. And I too drank deeply of the uniquely unappealing cocktail of arrogance and incompetence that Grantham served up the last couple of years. Gag.

    I only bring it up for a bit of perspective on the Pruitt love that seems to be the norm these days (which, once again, I too share). In fact, if someone asks me what I think about Pruitt now, I’d probably say: “I love this guy. He knows what matters.”

    I just hope we all still love him six weeks from now.

    • Cosmic Dawg

      Yeah, I was not a fan of Grantham or his arrogance, but I have to think the guy was trying to do his job and just wasn’t quite able to figure it out. I’ve been there, sometimes there are a lot of moving parts and you just can’t quite make it right. Now, humility is a real asset in that situation, and that is certainly something he could have learned, particularly under CMR. But now that CTG is gone, I say let’s wish him the best and hope he has great success at Louisville. Life is too short.

    • Well, good post. It’s a valid point. I think we all bought in early on, why wouldn’t we? How could we know that Grantham was a double-talking bag of hot air? It sounded good. I did bail early on, but it wasn’t any easier.

      That said, I’m confident, if not certain, that Pruitt is real. The Grantham experience doesn’t affect that at all. In the words of Thornton Melon, “flunk him”.
      ~~~

    • Why make up a new name for this BS? Unless I missed something..

  4. Scorpio Jones, III

    I have made it clear about the combination of hope and football being a dangerous thing, but….I hope by the end of the Clemson game Georgia’s defense has made me forget Todd Grantham was ever in Athens, and have no further interest in anything Todd Grantham does…ever.

    • Greg

      Success or failure, Grantham was destined to leave Georgia within 5 years. If you look at his resume’, he has never stayed anywhere more than 4-5 years and it has not always been because the next job was a step up in his career path. While he does have a lot of experience, he had obviously worn out his welcome at some other places before he got to Athens. I’ll give him credit for one thing – he has made a damn good career simply by staying one step ahead of the grim reaper.

  5. Louisville opens the season against Miami (FL) on Monday night, September 1. ESPN will broadcast the game.

    ** watching Louisville’s defense this year is going to be a guilty pleasure of mine.**

    Me too. But without the guilt. Just more double-speak from Grantham. More of the same ole crap. SO glad he’s gone. I actually reached the point where I couldn’t stand him.
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  6. My great fear is that Grantham is going to be a massive success at Louisville, just as we thought he would be here. And Petrino will say, “Who’s laughing now?” And it will be verified that life is a theater of the absurd. For this reason, I have held off with all the worries about Pruitt so easily conquering our defensive problems that he bolts next year for czar of the football universe or something.

    • I have a great fear of dragons too, but like Grantham being a “massive success at Louisville”, I take solace in the fact that that our life in “the theatre of the absurd” still does not include mythological things.

    • charlottedawg

      Grantham’s ceiling of “success” is looking good against weaker teams, then getting totally blasted against any legit offenses. Even if the guy reinvented himself (and make no mistake it would be a complete reinvention) and puts together top 5 defense year after year it wouldn’t change the fact that he absolutely failed as a DC at Georgia and should’ve been canned immediately after GT game.

      I think it’s hilarious when trolls want to go on and on with some variant of “Aaron Murray can’t beat big time opponents” “Mark Richt can’t pick/ recruit good QBs and then is too loyal to the one he ultimately picks” when if you simply change QB to DC and Murray to Grantham/ Willie you have the root of 90% of our failures as a program. (sorry for the run on sentence). I am hoping, wishing, and praying Pruitt reverses that trend but I’m not making any judgments good or bad until we’ve seen at least a full season and recruiting class under the guy.

      • Cojones

        You forgot the fans’s anti-Bobo drift rendered out of Grantham’s excuses. It was heavy on here, but thank goodness memories are short. I realized at that time that some of the hot air on here wasn’t as football savvy as some wanted us to think. And that the reasoning was no better than my made-up shit.

      • Good post.

        Grantham’s ceiling of “success” is looking good against weaker teams, then getting totally blasted against any legit offenses. Even if the guy reinvented himself (and make no mistake it would be a complete reinvention) and puts together top 5 defense year after year it wouldn’t change the fact that he absolutely failed as a DC at Georgia and should’ve been canned immediately after GT game.

        Well said.

        I’m not making any judgments good or bad until we’ve seen at least a full season and recruiting class under the guy.

        Fair enough. And who could blame you? I try not to get ahead myself. We can, however, take some comfort in the fact that, at this point, we are on track. IDK know how we could be any further along than we are. Good so far, on all fronts.
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  7. Jim

    Or to be Head Coach of UF if their dumpster fire continues this year.

  8. rampdawg

    I think everybody bought into Grantham, because he had fire, and his first year was pretty good. I also think that he had a good first year because he kept things simple. When he started adding his more intricate and complicated pro playbook defensive plays in years 2 and 3 with the younger players, his process failed him and the defense suffered as well. He forgot, or was just to pigheaded to keep it simple and let players play naturally, instead of thinking to much about how they should play.

  9. rampdawg

    Or, maybe he just started sucking and kept on sucking. I like what Pruett has said this year though. To paraphrase him. “If we can’t learn it well enough to run it, we won’t run it”

    I think his scheme will work, even with our thin Dee Backfield. I see a marked improvement coming this year in getting our O back on the field when our Dee faces 3rd and a fucking mile .JMO

  10. He said he’d adjust his players. He didn’t say he’d adjust his system. Same old Grantham.

  11. W Cobb Dawg

    Although CTG didn’t have direct responsibility, I’ll be interested to see how L’ville’s special teams perform, as well as our STs. I wonder if we retained some of the lousy coaching on STs, or is the virus totally gone. And has the virus transported to L’ville?

    I’m with brother Bluto. I’ll be taking an interest in Louisville football this season.

  12. 69Dawg

    It was really so simple, you can’t be real complex in 20 hours a week. Pro coaches don’t worry about that stuff because pros are paid to sit down and watch film. College kids actually think that an NCAA rule is a real rule and that the adults won’t get pissed when they don’t watch film or work out on their own. Todd had just been too long in the Pro’s to start over in college. CJP knows that KISS is the only way to go in college. Auburn’s offense is a high school offense and it took them to the BCS Championship game. So Simple can be good.

  13. AusDawg85

    Todd didn’t yell at his own players though.