Word on Todd Grantham may come down soon.
The belief from the University of Georgia side is that Chip Kelly has already spoken with the Bulldog’s defensive coordinator, and will make a decision as early as Friday on whether he is the right fit. If the job is offered, Grantham is expected to take it.
Grantham has spent the past four seasons as Georgia’s defensive coordinator. He also has experience on the pro level. He coached the Cowboys’ defensive line from 2008 -09; was the Browns’ defensive coordinator from ’05-07; the Texans’ defensive line coach from ’02-04; and the Colts’ defensive line coach from ’99-01.
The 46-year-old served under Nick Saban at Michigan State. Saban has high praise for Grantham. From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:
“Todd is an outstanding coach, coached on our staff way back at Michigan State. That seems like a long time ago. But had a lot of good experience in the NFL. I’ve always been really close to Todd professionally and personally. I think he’s done a phenomenal job there (at Georgia). There are some similarities in the system and scheme they use relative to what we use. But I just think he has done a really good job. (He) has his own ideas and methods about how he does it. I think their players play extremely well. I think that always has something to do with the coach, the system, (and) how it’s taught. They do a really good job.
“If you’re going to rank assistants, he’s one of the two or three best I’ve ever had on our staff. Did a phenomenal job for us. I certainly have a lot of respect for what he’s done at Georgia.”
The Eagles are expected to let Todd Bowles walk. Bowles is in line to become the next defensive coordinator of the Cardinals. The former DC in Arizona, Ray Horton, has taken the same job in Cleveland.