Coach Grantham Dealing With High Expectations
When Todd Grantham was named associate head coach of Georgia last summer, Bulldog Nation rejoiced. The new title meant that, at the very least, coach Grantham would be the defensive coordinator in Athens for another few years. Now, the Dawgs find themselves rebuilding on defense during a time when expectations could not get any higher between the hedges.
Upon his arrival in Athens to help put the bite back into the Bulldog’s defense in 2010, Todd Grantham brought with him an impressive resume. Fresh off an NFL stint, most UGA fans were eager to see how Grantham’s aggressive style would translate to the college game. After three years in Athens, it is fair to say that Bulldog Nation is largely pleased with the result.
Is The Bloom Off Of The Grantham?
Following a banner year in 2011, the Georgia defense could not meet the lofty expectations that accompanied 2012. According to Georgia Dogs, UGA’s 2012 defense had seven defensive starters that would eventually be drafted during the 2013 NFL Draft. With all of that talent, the Georgia Bulldog defense was not good enough to hold an eleven point lead that would have allowed them to play for a national title at the end of last year.
In 2013, Defense Balance Wins Championships
To be blunt, the days of shut down defense are a thing of the past. College football has become more about getting key stops as opposed to shutting down the opposition. This is a trait that Georgia had some trouble with last year. UGA gave up 24 points to a Kentucky Wildcat squad that only won two games all season.
Dawg Defense Neutered In Big Games
Georgia has lost a total of six games in the past two years (including bowl games). In those six loses, the opponent has put at least 30 points on the Bulldogs. Three of Georgia’s first four games are against highly ranked opponents with experienced quarterbacks. If Georgia cannot find their defensive footing very quickly, the championship dreams of Dawg fans everywhere will be turned into a nightmare.
Todd Grantham – K.Y.P.
K.Y.P. is a popular term in the sports world, specifically on the gridiron. K.Y.P. stands for know your personnel, and that is a must for Todd Grantham if Georgia is to contend for a national title during the upcoming season. Junior linebacker Amarlo Herrera has shown flashes of brilliance in his Bulldog career, but coach Grantham needs to ensure that Herrera is positioned to succeed in a more prominent role this year. The same can be said for defensive end Ray Drew.
A Few Drives Will Make The Difference
Bulldog Nation was so close to a championship last year that UGA fans were forced to watch as it was pried from our paws. Georgia head coach Mark Richt’s mantra has always been to finish the drill. If that philosophy is followed, it is hard not to think about Pasadena, and confetti falling from the sky.