The Todd Grantham saga continues, and that's largely because he's allowing it to.
Whether or not Georgia’s defensive coordinator is really a candidate for the Philadelphia Eagles’ defensive coordinator position – or any other NFL job -- is still unknown. He and his agent, Los Angeles attorney Michael Harrison, continue to ignore messages seeking comment.
The latest reports are that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly has tabbed San Francisco 49ers secondary coach (and former Falcons’ DC) Ed Donatell for that job. But since the 49ers have another rather significant game for which to prepare, we won’t know that for sure for at least another 10 days.
Meanwhile, another NFL defensive coordinator’s position opened up just this week. Recently reinstated New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo on Thursday. Word out of New Orleans is that Payton wants to convert from a 4-3 to a 3-4 defense and that he already knows who he’s going to hire. Could Grantham be in the mix there?
At this point, we can't be sure. Since Grantham’s contract allows him to leave UGA without penalty for an NFL coordinator’s job (or a head coach’s job), we can only assume he’d be interested any such position. And, again, he’s not saying anything. So until the Eagles or Saints hire someone, or Grantham speaks up, we can’t be sure whether Grantham is actually up for those jobs or not.
UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity said both Thursday and Friday that contact between Grantham and any other teams has not been disclosed to him, as is contractually required from Grantham. Grantham has a two years left on a three-year contract with Georgia that pays him $825,000 a year. Including bonuses from this past season, Grantham will have made about $1 million this past year. So one would think he'd be careful not to violate the terms therein.
Of course, Grantham could solve the NFL mystery with a single statement, but none has been forthcoming. And none of the reasons for his silence are very flattering, in my opinion.
Either there is real interest and Grantham and his representatives are keeping quiet until after national signing day (Feb. 6) so as to not negatively impact recruiting, or there is nothing to it and Grantham’s camp just wants to keep it out there because it's good for his reputation.
Perhaps I'm missing something. Maybe Grantham's not in the mix at all. Perhaps in coaching circles it goes against protocol to say you're not a candidate for a job that has never been discussed with you. But it seems to me if you're going nowhere it'd be best to say to as much.
A week after a pair of unimpressive losses, Georgia Tech regained a bit of its footing. The Yellow Jackets delivered an emphatic 87-57 thrashing of East Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at McCamish Pavilion to head into their final exam week on an up note.