Georgia Football: Why Todd Grantham Should Not Leave for the NFL

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IJanuary 17, 2013

April 14, 2011; Athens, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs defensive coordinator Todd Grantham in the first half of the Georgia spring game at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

The college football world was in shock to learn that Oregon head coach Chip Kelly had decided not to stay with the Ducks and instead become the new head man of the Philadelphia Eagles.

With a new head coach means a new coaching staff and there are reports that Kelly is targeting Georgia head coach Todd Grantham to be his new defensive coordinator.

Making the jump to the NFL will be nothing new to Grantham because from 1999-2009 he was an assistant coach with the Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, Houston Texans and Indianapolis Colts.

But as intriguing it would be to be a defensive coordinator in the NFL (again), it would be in the better interest for Grantham to stay in Athens.

The Bulldogs defense was nothing to brag about last season, ranking 27th in total defense after ranking third in 2011-12.

But with this being the fourth year of the 3-4 scheme, Grantham is starting to get the right players to fit his style of play.

And while the unit will lose 12 starters from last season, there are a lot of players on the roster that can make an impact right away.

If Grantham decides to join Kelly in Philadelphia, there’s a really good chance a few recruits will de-commit and sign with another school, which is something the Bulldogs don’t need when they have depth issues on defense.

The Bulldogs are expected to be ranked in the top-10 this upcoming season mainly because they have everyone coming back on offense. The defense, on the other hand, will go through some growing pains as new players try to adjust to the college game.

If Grantham does leave, that means the players on the defensive side of the ball will have to learn a new defense from another defensive coordinator and that will set them back a season or two.

Those are reasons that Grantham should not leave from a fan and player’s perspective. Here’s a reason why he should stay from a NFL perspective.

The Philadelphia Eagles are coming off a 4-12 season and the fans there are not happy with that at all.

In fact, the fans are known for being passionate about their team and if a player or coach is not doing well, they will let them hear it on a consistent basis.

Grantham will walk into a situation where he’s expected to succeed right away. If the Eagles defense does not improve after year one, a lot of fans will ask for Grantham’s head.

Grantham signed an extension last year, which ends in two years. However, he can leave Athens without a buyout to take a coaching job in the NFL.

Currently, Grantham is making over $825,000 and is expected to be paid significantly more with the Eagles.

And there’s also that notion that Grantham is considered a “NFL guy” because of the 11 years he spent in the league.

If Grantham does get offered the job with the Eagles, there’s a really good chance he’ll take it. But with his 3-4 scheme getting off the ground and the fact the Eagles are in disarray, staying in Athens could be the best option for Grantham at this point in his career.


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