Tag Archives: Todd Grantham

Todd Grantham doesn’t want much.

Just what every newly hired defensive coordinator in America wants

“From a philosophical standpoint, the number one thing that you got to do is you got to stop the run,” Grantham said. “You can’t let people run the ball on you.”

From there, as Grantham added, offenses become one-dimensional with the pass and the objective, from a defensive standpoint, is to make the quarterback’s life miserable with a pass-rush and force turnovers.

“If you do that,” Grantham said, “with the identity that we want to play with, which is fast, physical and aggressive, you’re going to be in every game.”

Also, “out of his front seven, Grantham wants physicality, size and an aggressive group that will look to create negative yardage plays.”  Hey, I know of a defensive line coach out there he might want to take a look at.

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Return of the prodigal towel boy

Guess who’s back in the SEC.

Mississippi State is hiring Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, according to a source. Grantham agreed to a multi-year deal to become the next defensive coordinator in Starkville.

Current Mississippi State defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon will not return to the Bulldogs next season, according to a source.

(Sirmon, by the way, is expected to swap jobs with Grantham at Louisville.  That’s efficient, if nothing else.)

Why is Grantham leaving?  Round up the usual suspects.

In 2016, Grantham earned $1.3 million with the Cardinals, making him the fifth-highest-paid assistant coach in the country according to USA Today‘s salary database. Suffice to say, Grantham will be looking at some kind of bump in pay for leaving for Dan Mullen‘s MSU coaching staff; how significant remains to be seen.

Kind of amazed Mullen is able to round up that kind of jack, but whatevs.

Mississippi State, you may or may not recall, comes calling to Athens in the 2017 season, which means that anyone who’s grown nostalgic for the days when his white towel roamed the sidelines in Sanford Stadium will have a new opportunity to get his or her jollies.

Should be a fun week leading up to the game.

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UPDATE:

Hey, it’s not a lie if you believe it.

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UPDATE #2:  I can see Greg McGarity reading this blog post about the hire and slowly shaking his head.

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As the swallows return to Capistrano…

… so, too, does Todd Grantham seek out his annual offseason leverage for a salary bump.

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Hate to say I told you so. Except when I don’t.

The bloom is off Grantham’s rose with some Louisville fans now.  It sounds all too familiar.

That sure didn’t take long.  At least we waited longer than a season and two games to start carping.

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“There was nothing we could do. We don’t know where that angel came from.”

Quite the sales job, Coach Grantham.

When former Georgia safety Josh Harvey-Clemons was being recruited to Louisville, one of the unexpected selling points for defensive coordinator Todd Grantham — formerly at UGA as well — was who the Cardinals would play in Harvey-Clemons’ first eligible game with the new program.

Auburn.

“When he said that,” Harvey-Clemons said, “I just knew it was meant for me to come here, really. I’ve been waiting to play them again. I look forward to it.”

Boy, talk about Kismet.  But at least Shaq Wiggins assures us that Harvey-Clemons “actually handled it pretty well” at the time, which is more than you can say for us fans.

My original feeling about Auburn-Louisville was that it was going to be your basic meteor game, but at times like this I kinda hope Gus third-and-Granthams Louisville to death.  Which, now that I think about it, isn’t really that unrealistic an expectation.

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“First of all, I work for a great university. Our athletic director is the best in the country. He’s the best I’ve ever been around.”

Ah, Greg.  It sucks when they’re taking long distance pot shots at you, doesn’t it?

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“I think the world of Todd.”

Nick Saban defends a branch on his coaching tree.

“I know that people in Georgia criticized him a little bit,” Saban said, “but to play good defense you have to have really good players, and they really have to buy in and have the discipline to execute the scheme. Georgia always has good players, but I just think Todd is a really, really good coach. I thought he did a great job at Louisville here last year with the team that they had and had a lot of success. He’s a very innovative guy, but he’s a fundamental teacher and does a good job with players.”

Given that Saban’s last contact with Grantham came in the 2012 SECCG, where the Tide offense spent the second half running over, under, sideways and down Grantham’s charges, that “Georgia always has good players, but I just think Todd is a really, really good coach” is an interesting choice of words.

Of course, now that Georgia’s replaced that one branch with another branch from the same tree, I guess we can expect similar praise before this year’s game in Athens.  I just hope the praise for Pruitt is a lot more straightforward after the game.

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