Grantham Staying-Big Gamble For Richt

I posted last week that it was my opinion that UGA should retain Todd Grantham.

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.

Corbindawg

 

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8 Responses to “Grantham Staying-Big Gamble For Richt”


  1. 1 BMacDawg87 December 2, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    With our schedule next season and all of the offensive firepower we will be returning… the Defense could be just as terrible as this year and we could still go 10-2 or 9-3. I just don’t see Richt losing his job after a 9-10 win season. Grantham’s “now experienced” Defense will be under the microscope and if they don’t show drastic improvement then 2014 will be his last year but I don’t believe it will be Richt’s.

  2. 2 SD December 2, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    Yes ,Richt needs to go. This team underachieves and it starts at the TOP.

    • 3 Fred Russo December 2, 2013 at 11:44 pm

      Join the club SD. However, we have to so called fans that just don’t care about a mediocre team so CMR will be here for a long, long time.

  3. 5 Jim December 2, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    We have had underperforming defenses for 3 of the past 4 years under Grantham. Experience or lack thereof doesn’t seem to matter. With numerous NFL future draft choices in 2012 we still underperformed. Alabama gashed our D by relentlessly running it down our throats in the championship game. We really didn’t stop anyone all year in 2012. In 2013, we won most games on the backs of our offense. We scored 35 points but lost to Clemson. We scored 38 and lost to Auburn. We gave up over 40 points to Missouri and Auburn and way too much against several more opponents.

    I would tell Grantham, if I were CMR & ADGM, he better figure it out for 2014 or expect to get his walking papers.

  4. 6 HUT December 2, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I think the reason richt is keepin him, is more than young guys. might have something to do with grantham’s 3 top 35 scoring defenses in 2010-2012 (TOP 35, THEN TOP 25, THEN TOP 20 IN 2012) and how he has forced more turnovers than Saban over the last 4 years.

    I’ll be shocked if an NFL team doesn’t snatch Grantham, NFL is all about turnovers, 29-2 record when team wins turnovers in Super Bowl. More turnovers than Saban, WOW!

    • 7 Bigboy December 2, 2013 at 10:04 pm

      Grantham’s 3 top 35 scoring defenses, never finished higher than 5th in the SEC in scoring defense,so I don’t know why that should mean so much as we do play in the SEC and have to beat other SEC teams to win a title.


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