David Paschall explores the difference between coaching college and pro games through Todd Grantham’s perspective.
One – helping kids grow versus coaching players who play for a living. As Richt puts it,
“I think Todd really embraced that we’re more than coaches,” Richt said. “We’re mentors, and we’re father figures. We’re guys who these guys really kind of count on for a lot of counsel besides just football. He really embraced that from the very beginning, and I was very happy to see that along with what he could bring to the table just as far as football was concerned.”
Two – variety versus the No Fun League. Again, from Richt:
“I think there is so much more diversity in the types of offenses that you see on a week-to-week basis in college depending on who you’ve scheduled,” Richt said. “One week we might be working against a spread team and the next week it’s the triple-option and next week it might be a team that wants to run with power and slow the game down. There’s just so much more diversity in offensive styles in college compared to the NFL.”
That’s all nice, but as we learned earlier in the year, Grantham would go back to the NFL if the right opportunity presents itself. Ironically, I expect that the time he’s spent in the college ranks will wind up making him more attractive to the pros in the long run.