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I’ve got you under my skin.

Tyler catches this “ah, he wasn’t that bad” piece about Grantham that almost reads like something a troll would post in a comment thread here and has some fun with it.  But there’s something bigger I’m curious about.  It’s obvious we’ve got a few Georgia bloggers following Louisville’s season with interest, but is there more general interest than just us?  How many of you are going to add Louisville watching as a hobby this season?

Maybe I should add a recurring defensive comparison post to the blog this year.

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“laughable”

Yes, it is, Bobby.

“I have the utmost respect for Todd. I think he’s an expert at everything he does on defense. It’s great having him here because of his intensity, his knowledge, and with me being able to work on offense and him run the entire defense.

“We have a great relationship. We have the utmost respect for each other. We’re having a really good time in camp and I see our players getting better and smarter on defense every day.”

Remember, those kids were coached by Strong and Bedford last season.

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But they were getting along so nicely.

With the SI.com story about the Petrino-Grantham friction going viral, in the spirit of Lyndon Johnson, all I can say is that I don’t care if it’s true.  I just want to hear them deny it.

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UPDATE:  Here’s Grantham’s reaction(h/t Jeff Schultz)

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UPDATE #2:  Problem?  There’s no problem.

Using Sports Illustrated’s standard, a source close to the program told me on Tuesday there is “no feud” between Petrino and Grantham and that the head coach does not consider himself “stuck” with Grantham and his five-year contract worth nearly $5 million.

“I’ve been around Bobby quite a bit since he’s been here and I’ve never heard him complain about Grantham,” the source said. “I’ve heard him complain about players and a few other things, but not Todd.”

In fact, the source said that he talked to Petrino specifically about this SI story. “Bobby told me the frustrating thing about this is it’s 100 percent not true,” the source said. “Bobby and Todd are fine.

“Bobby understands that he’ll always have things to deal with because of what happened in the past. He gets that and accepts it. But this story is wrong.”

That’s mighty big of him.  But here’s Lyndon Johnson, for the win.

Here is the issue: Petrino has a reputation. Grantham has a reputation. It is going to take more than several denials to swat this story down. It is going to require an entire season of (mostly) harmony and for Grantham to remain on the sidelines for at least Year Two.

We all know how much Grantham appreciates settling down in one place.

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192.77

I really didn’t feel like taking the time to fisk this absurd post about Grantham because it was such obvious bullshit on its face, but Tyler brings the smack here, if you’re so inclined.

One thing in particular he writes bears repeating:  “On the most obvious of passing downs, Georgia allowed a staggering passer rating of 192.77, a full 25 points higher than Arkansas.”  That’s a stat I’ve taken note of before.

If that’s a situation Jeremy Pruitt can’t improve dramatically this season, then we’ve seriously overestimated the guy’s coaching prowess.

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Simple? I like simple.

Let’s hope Pruitt’s emphasis on creating turnovers pays off.

Moore said Pruitt is doing a great job with individuals breaking down what they need to do with the ball in the air.

It can be seen on the practice field at Georgia this preseason.

“Go attack the ball! Go attack the ball!” Pruitt called out to the defensive backs in a recent practice drill. “Hands on top. Go get it!”

Freshman cornerback Shaq Jones has heard a lot of that: “Basically, what Coach Pruitt is telling us is just to attack. Just attack every play.”

That didn’t translate to any interceptions in Georgia’s first scrimmage, but there was a forced fumble recovered by the defense.

“We’re stripping at the ball when we’re going against the offense, we’re ripping it out,” cornerback Damian Swann said. “We’re trying to make it habits where we can create turnovers, where we can get the offense the ball back so they can go score or we can take the ball and go score with it. That’s one of the keys to winning in this league, you’ve got to be in that top bunch when it comes to takeaways.”

What I like about Pruitt’s approach is that it’s not just about stripping the ball.  It starts with players doing their fundamentals properly.

“If you want to create turnovers you have to practice turnovers,” Pruitt said on the day he was introduced as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. “There’s more to it. You can put yourself in position to finish on an interception but you’ve got to actually catch the ball, you’ve got to watch it all the way to the tub. When the ball is on the ground you’ve got to secure it, you’ve got to get your hands underneath the ball and you’ve got to recover a fumble. There are a lot of details to it that I think get overlooked.”

Those details are being taught in practice by Pruitt on a daily basis.

“That’s something he really emphasizes playing the ball, but right now we’re just really focusing on getting lined up and following through with our assignment,” walk-on safety Lucas Redd said. “The rest will take care of itself. We’ll be able to play the ball because we’re going to be in the right spots once we have a better idea where we’re supposed to be lined up.”

And even at Florida State, where Pruitt inherited a talented defense, his emphasis on takeaways had an immediate impact:  “In Pruitt’s one season at Florida State, the Seminoles tied for second in the nation with 35 turnovers gained a year after they ranked 66th with 21.”

If nothing else, it’s hard to see how things could be any worse in that department than they were last season, when Georgia ranked second to last in the SEC in turnovers gained.

Speaking of last season, they’re keeping it real in Louisville(h/t CardDawg)

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So much for absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Mark Richt doesn’t seem to be reluctant about throwing daggers in Todd Grantham’s direction these days.

https://twitter.com/FletcherPage/status/499596760306946048

Of course, I could be totally off base about who those “some coaches” are.

But I doubt it.

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That explains it.

From Paul Myerberg’s Louisville preview:

So the defense needs help; the secondary in particular needs help. That’s not a concern to Parker, obviously, and not really a concern to the staff, and not really a concern to this program: Louisville has shifted from defense-first to offense-always…

If you’re not concerned, Grantham’s your guy.

I bet that was one helluva job interview.  His 2013 resume must have thrilled Petrino.

 

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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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Line of the day

“Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who coordinated Georgia’s defense for four seasons, is serving as a landing strip for former Bulldogs defenders.”

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