Do you like playing games?
No, seriously, do you like playing games?
Well, let me tell you, I love playing them—sometimes on a regular basis—and it doesn’t matter if it’s Scrabble, Where’s Waldo, www.foxybingo.com/ or Words With Friends, I’m down to have a little good-natured fun during my downtime; it keeps me sane when things start to get a little stressful.
That said, you know when I don’t like seeing games played? When they’re by the guy who is the defensive coordinator for my favorite college football team.
It’s now day two (or maybe it’s day three) and I’m beginning to feel like I’m stuck in a game of Clue where the “weapons of choice” are the recruiting prospects and the “locations of the crime” are where they live; think about it, folks, instead of asking where, with what, and by whom was said crime executed, we’re trying to figure out where he is, whom he’s visiting, and what the hell he plans to do?
*scratching my head*
Of course, you can check the contents of any message board, or the feed of any pro or college football-related Twitter account and find out some information (most of it old and speculative in nature), but the only person the fans want to hear from has continued to remain silent!
Now, some might say, it’s all good. No worries, he’s staying. But, be honest with yourselves, wouldn’t you feel a whole lot better about that statement if it came from him?
The main aspect of this thing that everyone is focusing on, of course, is how the sudden loss of a key assistant would effect recruiting. Georgia stands to land a big class this year and many of the players within said class are from the defensive side of the ball. So, the natural fear of any fan is going to be how a departing coordinator could effect that outcome. Truthfully, there’s no way to know that for sure and, to be frank, I don’t want to go there until there’s a reason to.
That said, I did feel a little better after reading these statements from Davin Bellamy (the defensive prospect who’s currently committed to Florida State, but considering Georgia) on yesterday; he and Grantham met for nearly two hours and when Bellamy was asked about the NFL chatter, here’s what he had to say.
“He’s a great guy and a great coach,” he said. “I mean, he has that NFL experience and he has seen that. Now that he is back in college football, he knows who to take and how to get them to the next level. My ability to naturally rush the passer is something I’ve heard from a lot of schools, so I think he was being real straight up about it. I don’t see it as a recruiting gimmick at all because he knows what it takes to get there.”
With all of the questions that Bellamy had for Grantham to answer, the UGA defensive coordinator also volunteered some information for the FSU pledge concerning reports of Grantham’s name being linked to the Philadelphia Eagles defensive coordinator vacancy.
“I didn’t even have to bring it up,” laughed Bellamy. “He brought it up to me, and one thing that he did tell me was that whatever discussed would have to be between us two. I kind of don’t want to mess up our bond and our relationship that we have right now and are trying to build. I’m just going to leave it at that, but he kind of told me to just let everyone know that we talked about it.” (Jake Rowe, Rivals)
I know there doesn’t appear to be much there, but it at least makes us aware that Grantham is addressing the matter in a way that is acceptable to prospects; I guess the rest of us, unfortunately, will just have to wait.
Well, I guess I’ll go back to playing a few more games until then.