Coaching Buzz: On Grantham And Donatell

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham spoke to a group of fans gathered for national signing day Wednesday, and was vague about whether he would be returning to the program.

From the Atlanta-Journal Constitution:

Invariably came the question about Grantham’s future with Georgia. “Will you still be with us two or three years from now,” a fan asked Grantham.

“You know what? I can tell you this, that my family loves it here; I like it here a lot; and this is a very special place and I think today needs to be focused on the players we’ve got here right now and trying to get back to Atlanta,” Grantham said.

Grantham has been linked to the Eagles’ defensive coordinator job. He is also reportedly in the mix for the same post in New Orleans,  and is expected to interview with the Saints Thursday.

It is possible that Chip Kelly is waiting for national signing day to pass before naming his staff. He wants to announce all his coaches at once, so the Eagles have not been confirming any coaching hires individually.

The defensive coordinator post has been particularly difficult to pin down. The Eagles interviewed Browns linebackers coach Billy Davis and have been linked to Ravens linebackers coach Ted Monachino and Niners secondary coach Ed Donatell.  Kelly may want to interview assistants on the two Super Bowl teams before making a decision.

Meanwhile, Grantham’s name continues to pop up.

Steve Spagnuolo is also on the market, though a source recently told Birds 24/7 that nothing is cooking there.

There is some news on the Donatell front.

Donatell’s name surfaced as a potential target for the Eagles, then cooled. Perhaps the Niners denied the Eagles’ advances as well.

The Latest On the Eagles And Todd Grantham

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.