If Todd Grantham doesn’t return to Georgia, it will be by his own accord.
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Mark Richt confirmed that Grantham would return as the Bulldogs’ defensive coordinator in 2014, unless he leaves on his own. Richt cites lack of continuity and youth on defense as the unit’s main problem. He had some interesting things to say on last night’s coaches’ conference call.
“Yeah. Everybody should be back. I mean everybody’s gotta do what they’ve gotta do, as far as if they have opportunities and all that kind of thing. But we’ve got some things we’ve certainly got to get better at.
“But the continuity is a good thing for Georgia.
“First of all, we had a young bunch. A lot of inexperience on that side of the ball,” Richt said. “The experiences that everybody went through is positive. Everybody’s gotta improve. Everybody’s gotta improve all the way around. There’s a lot of areas that we all need to improve on. But I think that we’ve got the right group of guys, and we’ve got the right staff. We’ve gotta make sure that we take care of business as far as improving, maturing, and keeping that continuity.”
Georgia’s defense replaced eight starters from last year’s NFL-filled unit that grossly underachieved and gave up 350 yards rushing to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game. This year, the run defense was much better, but the secondary took its lumps. They had communication problems the entire year. Grantham’s 3-4 scheme isn’t the issue; the issue is the players and their communication in coverage and fundamentals of tackling in space.
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Here’s a comparison of the Bulldogs’ defensive numbers since Grantham has been the defensive coordinator, starting in 2010 to present.
|Scoring Defense||29.4 PPG (11th)||19.6 PPG (6th)||20.6 PPG (6th)||22.1 PPG (5th)|
|Rushing Defense||148.5 YPG (6th)||182.14 YPG (12th)||101.21 (3rd)||148.23 YPG (7th)|
|Passing Defense||232.8 YPG (10th)||175.6 YPG (2nd)||176 YPG (5th)||180.3 YPG (5th)|
|Total Defense||381 YPG (8th)||357.8 YPG (6th)||277.2 YPG (4th)||328.5 YPG (4th)|
Grantham is entering the final year of his three-year contract worth $850,000 per season, and it looks like he’ll be in full control of the defense in 2014, unless he takes another job on his own.
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