After reading these perceptions of Todd Grantham and Al Groh from their first respective meetings with the local press since taking on their shiny new jobs, it’s clear there’s one big difference already. Recruits will have to make a tough call between the guy with an old Super Bowl ring on his hand and the guy who’s on a first name basis with Jessica Simpson.
We’ll have to wait and see how that shakes out.
Seriously, Bradley’s got one interesting Q & A with Grantham worth mentioning:
… Grantham has spent the past decade working in the NFL. Not to go all Charlie Weis on you, but it’s clear Georgia’s new DC believes his new team will have a schematic advantage because of his background. Here, responding to a question submitted by Luke, was Grantham’s response about the ongoing quest of pro teams to exploit matchups, as opposed simply to playing a basic defense every down:
“The last 11 years I’ve been dealing with matchups, and that’s what you have to do in the NFL. You don’t get guys running free to the quarterback very often; the best you can hope for is getting a one-on-one…
Doesn’t that sound like the defensive equivalent of what spread offenses try to do? It sounds like there could be some interesting chess matches this fall for us to watch.