I wanted to write that before the Tech game becuase nothing that would happen on the Flats would change my mind. Of course, when we were down 20-0, I was thinking about changing my stance. But, the defense actually played pretty well. We got burned by the deep ball several times, but the defense played the option well and made the excellent halftime adjustments to help us get back in the game.
Now, I am not blind to the compelling reasons why he should go. I have long said that it baffles me why fans for years would be willing to give Grantham and the defense a pass while critcize Bobo and Murray. The defense is to blame in the big game blunders, not the offense, many times. That meme has finally turned around this year, but it has been the same for the past several years. Bobo gets the blame; Grantham has deserved it. As I said last week, I am not in love with Grantham and it wouldn’t have hurt my feelings if last night Richt said they were going to make a change and the GAs would coach the defense for the bowl game in the interim.
To summarize, the biggest reason why is the youth on the defense, and we are returning pratically everyone next season. I think it is better to move forward with the pieces we have under the current scheme and let the young guys get better with another year of learning the system. In 2011, the defense, coached by the same guys, was one of the best in the enitre country. That was Year 2 under Grantham. Most of the guys who are on the team that got signifigant playing time this year will be in Year 2 of the scheme.
If the defense struggles agian next year, and we squander all the talent we have on the team in 2014 becuase of repeated mistakes on defense, then I think Richt’s goodwill he had built back up the last couple of years will be spent up. .
The decision to hire Grantham was extremely important for Richt to save his job. The decision to retain Grantham will prove to be of equal extreme importance for Richt to retain his as well.
Like I said last week, if Richt loses this gamble, then it won’t matter becuase a new head coach will be bringing in his own guy anyway in 2014.