I want to see the Eagles put some NFL experience behind Chip Kelly by helping him put together a staff of coaches who have coached in the league. There’s talk that the Birds are trying to talk Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham into running the defense here in Philadelphia.
Grantham spent 11 years in the NFL. He was an assistant on several NFL teams; Dallas, Cleveland, Houston and Indianapolis. If they sign Grantham, it will mean that both he and Kelly will have major adjustments to make, so it will be very important that they add NFL-experienced coaches to the staff.
“Todd is an outstanding coach, coached on our staff way back at Michigan State,” Saban told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “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.”