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NFL teams eyeing pair of SEC East defensive coordinators

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If the NFL has its way, Chip Kelly won’t be the last high-profile departure from the collegiate ranks.  And, not so surprisingly, Kelly may have a hand in at least one of the future departures.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Kelly, who officially left Oregon Wednesday for the Philadelphia Eagles, is interested in Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the same position with the NFL club.  In fact, a report from Wednesday evening hints that Grantham is the front-runner for the job.

It seems as if the reported interest on the part of the Eagles would be reciprocated as the Macon Telegraph‘s Seth Emerson writes that “[t]he thinking around the program, according to a source, is that Grantham would likely take the Eagles job if he were offered.”

Per the terms of Grantham’s contract, which runs through the end of the 2014 season, the coordinator must notify the athletic director of any potential employment opportunity; Greg McGarity told the Telegraph Thursday morning that Grantham has not notified him of such a development.

The Bulldogs, though, aren’t the only SEC East team that could be raided by the professional ranks.  According to ESPN‘s Adam Schefter, there is a “strong possibility” that Florida coordinator Dan Quinn will move to the Seattle Seahawks for the same job.  The Seahawks’ coordinator, Gus Bradley, was officially named as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Schefter also mentions the Eagles and Cleveland Browns as possibilities for Quinn, who has spent the past two seasons orchestrating the Gators’ defense.  He had previously served as a defensive line coach with the same NFL club.

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10 Responses to “NFL teams eyeing pair of SEC East defensive coordinators”
  1. gatorprof says: Jan 17, 2013 12:02 PM

    Re: “…Quinn will move to the Seattle Seahawks for the same job. ”

    That would suck. He did a great job rebuilding this D.

  2. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2013 12:11 PM

    The timing of these moves, if they come about, is really bad for UGA and UF, with signing day only a couple of weeks away.

  3. gatorprof says: Jan 17, 2013 12:16 PM

    It won’t hurt UF signing wise given Boom’s accomplishments as a defensive coach. It will just put more on his plate finding a suitable replacement. Who wouldn’t want the DC job at UF given the talent that they have returning? Very few D1 teams are in a better position for an incoming DC.

  4. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Signing day isn’t until Feb. 6th. Each year, you see players leave because the coach that recruited them, moves on or is fired. Foster, formally of Auburn is a classic example.
    M. Adams has shown recent interest in Florida, but he is also sensitive to coaching changes , and you can see that, in how he reacted to UGA coach Garner going to Auburn. Until the pen hits the paper, these kids can still be jittery and a lot of these kids built good relationships with the coaches, and it does have an effect on them.

  5. gatorprof says: Jan 17, 2013 12:39 PM


    Understood…just saying Boom is the draw over Quinn. UF’s D style isn’t changing. The proof will be in the haul on signing day.

  6. gamustangdude says: Jan 17, 2013 12:44 PM

    News like this bothers me as UGA fan. Grantham did some great things at UGA. Yeah his defense wasn’t as good last year but they have a system in place and have recruted based off of that system. If Grantham leaves, UGA will be worse off on the defensive side of the ball despite the starters that have already left.

  7. woebegong says: Jan 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    If the defense doesn’t change the chances are more in favor of the kid staying as well. CMR is a reason a lot of the kids come to UGA, so it may have a minimal affect, but if a new DC comes in, I hope it is a 3-4 guy or there will have to be a whole lot of teaching in the spring and fall, before the season starts. I have read where some people say it is not a big transition from a 3-4 to 4 or visa versa, and I have to disagree there. About the only guys that don’t see a major change in responsibility are the CB’s, and even then, they can’t afford to cheat and blitz as much as they could in the 3-4. This could be an interesting year for the SEC. I hope, it causes minimal damage because I think the SEC East teams are coming back.

  8. secrules says: Jan 17, 2013 5:35 PM

    Dan Quinn has gone to the Seahawks and Muschamp announced that Linebackers Coach D. J. Durkin will take over as DC.

  9. thegamecocker says: Jan 17, 2013 5:55 PM

    I cannot believe this newsperson continues to employ Seth Emerson. He was ushered out of Columbia, SC when he was at The State newspaper. Of course, it is the Macon Telegrahp (circ. under 1,000). Hey Seth:
    where is your story on Mantei Te’o? or Gary Grey? I couldn’t stand reading you then and sorry you have popped up again with this story. But do have a quality day….in Macon.

  10. kozbee says: Jan 18, 2013 12:45 PM

    Just before signing day is coming Mark richt is not about to be very happy about all this and change of plans for his recruiting jumping ship.Hang in there Mark..IMO Todd will go to the pros and leave the defense recruits shaky as hell.I never liked the Eagles anyways.

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