A week ago, Todd Grantham’s name was getting lots of play in connection with the defensive coordinator position of the Philadelphia Eagles. Florida’s Dan Quinn — who left for the Seattle Seahawks last week — and Alabama’s Kirby Smart were tied to the Philly gig, too. But since last week… silence.
Now one report claims that new Eagles coach Chip Kelly will hire San Francisco 49ers secondary coach Ed Donatell as his defensive coordinator. So can Georgia fans stop fretting about possibly losing their own D-coordinator? Not exactly.
Until Donatell’s hiring becomes official — and that won’t happen until after next Sunday’s Super Bowl — the job technically hasn’t been filled. Also, recently returned-from-exile New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo yesterday. Payton and Grantham might have some connections through their days as assistants with the Dallas Cowboys, though they never served on the same staff together. Would Dallas owner and Arkansas alum/booster Jerry Jones call Payton and recommend Grantham just to get him out of the SEC?
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia AD Greg McGarity continues to say that Grantham has not informed him of any offers coming from the National Football League. Contractually, Grantham is bound to tell McGarity if he is approached by anyone. But Grantham also has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave UGA for an NFL head coaching job or an NFL coordinator’s position without having to pay the school a buyout. In addition, Grantham hasn’t kiboshed the rumors — it’s called leverage — which could cause some Bulldog recruits to worry as signing day nears.