“We’re getting close to having a Denzel (Washington), we’re really close.”

Okay, so we all know that communication issues are part and parcel of what Todd Grantham brings to every table he’s dined at as a defensive coordinator, and the “we” includes Dan Mullen.  So after last year’s particularly putrid example of that, what does Mullen do?  He fires a couple of position coaches and tells the new guys it’s on them to fix Grantham.

Here’s what they’ve come up with:

“We make certain that we rehearse everything in the meeting room, go through all our checks, go through our own field checks and make certain that we’re loud and we’re vocal in the meeting room so that we can on the grass, there’s no second guessing,” McGriff said.

“When we go, we’re in a meeting room, we’re watching video, we doing install, we go through the calls and signals like we on the grass. I mean, if you walk by the meeting room you hear the calls and if you peek in there, you see the hand signals.”

In an effort to emphasize the importance of stressing the calls, McGriff has had his guys do what just about every high school drama teacher requires from their student actors. You have to over-exaggerate.

“I have to teach them how to be like Hollywood a little bit and be like actors, and make sure we call those signals out and make sure we’re hand signaling,” McGriff said. “And the biggest thing is not only just communicate with your teammates, but make sure your teammate co-signs off on it. That means now he has it, that he has the check, and I’ll tell the safeties over and over again, ‘Do not stop communicating till your teammate co-signs off on it.”

The signing off requests have gotten downright silly at times…

“You ask one person to go to the restroom, the whole room going to co-sign and sign off on it,” safety Rashad Torrence II said. “Just simple stuff like that kind of goes onto the field and we just use simple, little tidbits to kind of nag off each other and that kind of translates to the field. But I really do think that our communication has gotten better.”

Aside from my question of what happens if someone really needs to go and doesn’t get the sign off for it, my main reaction to this is it sounds like something a Tennessee head coach would come up with.  And, during a game, while they’re all getting Grantham’s late, complicated signals and then having to sign off with each other, why wouldn’t any competent offensive coordinator just go hurry-up on their asses?


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19 responses to ““We’re getting close to having a Denzel (Washington), we’re really close.”

  1. Ran A

    Just anther sign that I’m getting old… I read this, thought “what the f*%!”? And contemplated if I had lost a couple of IQ points from reading it…

    What is the matter with people today? Permission to go to the bathroom? What if they say no?


    • stoopnagle

      I thought you were referring to the loose adherence to the principles of grammar. LOL.

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      • dawg100

        You mean like: “we go through the calls and signals like we on the grass.”

        I always wondered what that aroma from my youth coming from the UF defensive coaches conference room!


  2. stoopnagle

    So, no wristbands then?

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  3. ericstrattonrushchairmandamngladtomeetyou

    HUNH them to death. FTMF.

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  4. artistformerlyknownasbman

    I’m pretty sure the “check with me, do you co-sign” adjustments are the kind of thing that gives a crappy Nebraska team a TD on 3rd and long from deep in their own territory.

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  5. JaxDawg

    So the players struggle with grasping the complexity of the defense, and the solution is to just say everything louder. Brilliant.

    Grantham and the handbags deserve each other.

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  6. Definition of insanity…


  7. Got Cowdog

    I have to admit now that Third’s defensive players are not wearing red and black? I really enjoy the “WTF?” signal they use all the time.

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  8. Dawg19

    Here’s video of life after playing for the Gators.

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  9. So where does the towel guy come into play? Does he have a larger towel now for emphasis?

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  10. W Cobb Dawg

    A little known fact is Grantham learned most of his hand signals from Tom Hanks and Geena Davis when he played Marla Hooch in the movie A League of Their Own.

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  11. W Cobb Dawg

    “We make sure we call those signals out…”

    Yes, it’s always best to call out what your signaling because opponents can’t see or hear you.


    • Down Island Way

      FU wants to be “like Hollywood” they must be “on the grass like Hollywood”, plus “to go to the restroom whole room going”…then they’ll require a “co-signer” prior to the flush, this shit is gonna’ be fun in 2021…which all points to the FU hc giving all of the FU losses this season to towel boy, then will cut him loose after they get embarrassed in a bowl game or where ever…since logical isn’t part of my daily adventures, the only reason the opposition oc’s don’t go HUNH, cause they can not believe WTF they are witnessing from the coaches box, sidelines or from the moon…#FTMF

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  12. Dylan Dreyer's Booty

    Damn, I may have to watch some UF games that we aren’t playing in just for entertainment value.


  13. 69Dawg

    Rest assured there will be at least two Gayturd defensive timeouts per half against any team that goes hurry up on Todd. There will be a pool of great actors flopping on the ground in “pain” to slow the offense down when Todd needs them. I wonder what the flop signal will be?

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