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Todd Grantham withdraws name from consideration for Saints defensive coordinator job

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On Thursday, the Saints interviewed Todd Grantham for the position of defensive coordinator.  On Friday, the current Georgia defensive coordinator opted to withdraw his name from the process.

Or in other words (perhaps) Grantham was told he wouldn’t get the job.

“I want to thank Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them,” Grantham said in a statement, via Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune.  “They are a first class organization in every respect.  As I said Wednesday, Georgia is a great place, my family loves it here, and I do as well.

“This is where our heart is and today I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position with the Saints.  I’m excited to start preparations for another season and along with the rest of our defensive staff look forward to coaching some really good returning players as well as developing some very talented newcomers.”

Grantham was rumored to be a candidate to become the Eagles defensive coordinator.  It’s possible that he sat for the Saints gig in order to increase his own visibility while also creating the impression that the Saints have done their due diligence before inevitably hiring Rob Ryan, a move that Holder told PFT Live this week isn’t a popular one locally.

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18 Responses to “Todd Grantham withdraws name from consideration for Saints defensive coordinator job”
  1. breakingb says: Feb 8, 2013 7:31 PM

    Thank goodness, his defense can’t stop the run.

  2. helloanybodyhome says: Feb 8, 2013 7:41 PM

    Or in other words (perhaps) Grantham didn’t want the job after interviewing.

  3. dprouse says: Feb 8, 2013 7:47 PM

    “Withdrew my name from consideration” = “Didn’t get the job.”. This is a time honored face-saver in the sports and political worlds when a guy finds out he isn’t getting the gig, but has a window to bow out before they announce their choice.

  4. mojosmagic says: Feb 8, 2013 7:53 PM

    To many NFL assistants are getting blocked for leaving to better themselves in a coordinator job. Both Harbaugh brothers have blocked their linebacker coaches from interviewing with the Saints and Eagles. Why? A D coordinator makes about 750,000 more then a LB coach and it is a stepping stone to a head coaching job. What kind of ahole shows their coaches no respect like the Harbaugh’s have done. And what assistant’s will want to work for them in the future?

  5. bartlettruss says: Feb 8, 2013 8:02 PM

    Mr. Grantham how do you feel about crippling players for money? Uhhh… I think I’m going to just go now….

  6. stevemo says: Feb 8, 2013 8:07 PM

    mojosmagic says: Feb 8, 2013 7:53 PM

    To many NFL assistants are getting blocked for leaving to better themselves in a coordinator job. Both Harbaugh brothers have blocked their linebacker coaches from interviewing with the Saints and Eagles. Why? A D coordinator makes about 750,000 more then a LB coach and it is a stepping stone to a head coaching job. What kind of ahole shows their coaches no respect like the Harbaugh’s have done. And what assistant’s will want to work for them in the future?
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    One who wants to win and honor the contract they signed? Signing a contract for, say, 3 years, and leaving after year 1 kind of defeats the purpose of a contract, doesn’t it?

  7. kattykathy says: Feb 8, 2013 8:20 PM

    Since when have NFL teams believed in “honoring a contract”?

    They release players in the middle of contracts. They will attempt to get them to reduce their salary in return for not cutting them.

    Jim Harbaugh is the biggest Ahole in the league. Players and assistant coaches will soon realize this.

  8. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 8, 2013 8:29 PM

    Mitt Romney just announced he was withdrawing his name from consideration in the 2012 Presidential race.

  9. girlsinthesouthlovefootball says: Feb 8, 2013 8:47 PM

    Please do NOT hire Rob Ryan, Sean Payton. I hate this negative gut feeling about this situation.

  10. hendeeze says: Feb 8, 2013 8:53 PM

    All these fans are just upset their coaches couldn’t assemble a coaching staff like the Harbaugh brothers have done. And in the case of Ed Donatell, his words have more meaning than you opinion.

    “Nothing is better than this. I’d give up the years of advancement to be a part of this. There is so much that goes along with it. This is the highest high. This is why you coach.” – Ed Donatell on staying with the Niners after his interview being blocked.

  11. trickbunny says: Feb 8, 2013 9:12 PM

    Worst Browns DC ever. EVER.

  12. peterb21 says: Feb 8, 2013 10:19 PM

    Eric Mangini is available. What are The Saints waiting for?

  13. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 8, 2013 11:08 PM

    Oh wait. You mean the deal with Ryan that was “done” as you reported. Just like the other deals you reported then changed two posts later. It must be nice to be able to take both sides of a story and always be right.

  14. *Legion* says: Feb 9, 2013 12:51 AM

    I’m sure he’ll be welcomed back at Downton by Lord and Lady Grantham.

  15. *Legion* says: Feb 9, 2013 12:57 AM

    @kattykathy: You asked:
    >> Since when have NFL teams believed in “honoring a contract”?

    Contracts are always honored. But fans have a mistaken idea of what a contract is.

    A contract in the NFL is NOT a guarantee of a job. It is a negotiation for the rights to a player for X years, and the cost of those rights. In no way is a team obligated to keep those rights. Choosing not to do so is not a failure to “honor the contract”.

  16. dat504 says: Feb 9, 2013 1:04 AM

    You really believe that Donatell is happy to not have the chance at advancement? So I guess he went home and told his wife and kids that they really dong need 500k-750k per year. You sound crazy as he does

  17. boogymanoflamancha says: Feb 9, 2013 4:48 AM

    hendeeze says:
    All these fans are just upset their coaches couldn’t assemble a coaching staff like the Harbaugh brothers have done. And in the case of Ed Donatell, his words have more meaning than you opinion.

    “Nothing is better than this. I’d give up the years of advancement to be a part of this. There is so much that goes along with it. This is the highest high. This is why you coach.” – Ed Donatell on staying with the Niners after his interview being blocked.

    Then why block the interview?

  18. mojosmagic says: Feb 9, 2013 8:28 AM

    Steve you shouldn’t prevent a man from getting a promotion or taking care of his family. If another company offered you a promotion and a raid you would be angry if your current employer held you back.

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