I made it no secret that I was happy with the departure of defensive coordinator,Todd Grantham. I think he did a good job for most of his tenure but he reached a point where the defense no longer was getting better even with NFL talent. I mean, if I could figure out that he was going to blitz on every third down then so could any division one coach.
I also made it no secret that the hiring of Peter Sirmon was questionable in my opinion. Not because he wasn’t a good coach but the fact that we didn’t know if he was or not. I believe that being a coach at Louisville is no longer a stepping stone job but rather a destination job. Therefore I felt we didn’t need to hire an up and coming young coach who needed to prove himself. We needed to go out and get the best proven guy that we could.
Many people blasted Sirmon from the start because of his stats from his last job at Mississippi State. I decided to reserve judgement and give him a chance to prove himself.
Well, it’s only been six games but I’m seeing trends that I don’t like. I want to give him the benefit of the doubt because he has not had the services of his preseason All-American, Jaire Alexander, due to injury and Drew Bailey has been injured as well. Now linebacker Stacy Thomas is out. But that is all part of it and he needs to make adjustments to play with the personnel he has. Read the rest of this entry
The game is over. We lost. Time to lick our wounds and move on. It is not time, however, to start blaming people and second guessing every decision. It’s our jobs as fans to support our team through the ups and downs. Yes, you have the right to voice your opinion and express your frustration – I get it. But is that really helping or is it just giving the optics of a program that lacks full support?
I think we all need to take a step back, take a deep breath and gain a little perspective. This game counts as one loss no matter how bad it hurts. There is no shame in losing to the #3 team in the nation. With any luck, this will be that one game a year that, for unknown reasons, the team doesn’t quite show up. We can still go 11-1 or 10-2 and possibly make the Orange bowl. Read the rest of this entry
Adam Rittenberg of ESPN reports “Mississippi State and Louisville are swapping defensive coordinators. Mississippi State announced Todd Grantham will be its new defensive coordinator after three seasons with Louisville. Peter Sirmon is expected to take Grantham’s spot at Louisville after one season as Mississippi State’s defensive coordinator. FootballScoop.com first reported Sirmon’s move to Louisville. Sirmon had been in the mix for Colorado’s defensive coordinator vacancy.”
I am one of the most positive people you will ever meet. I also call it like I see it. I try not to be a homer but sometimes my heart overtakes my head. Coming into the UK game I didn’t really think there was a chance Louisville could lose. Then I listened to the talk shows, read the tweets and listened to everyone’s over exuberant confident proclamations about the outcome of the game. I kept hearing “we are going to make it six in a row” and thinking how hard it is to do that and how UK was due to win one. I quickly brushed that thought out of my head and carried on with my own confidence. I figured there is no way we lose at home with the Heisman favorite. There is no way we come out uninspired or flat after the beat-down from Houston and Bobby doesn’t lose to Kentucky. Right? Read the rest of this entry
LOUISVILLE, Ky. For the second-straight day, rain played havoc with the University of Louisville football practice schedule.
With practice delayed for about 15 minutes to let a storm pass through the area, the veterans took the field and looked more comfortable, and with shoulder pads coming on for the first time, the speed and intensity of practice was elevated to a different level.
Video of Coach LD Scott & DC Todd Grantham speaking after practice today.
Another video from the new Mic’d up series. This time it is the Defensive Coordinator Todd Grantham. Enjoy!
(via Andrea Adelson
Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham is facing a vastly different situation this offseason compared to one year ago. The opposite situation, really.
Last year, Louisville had three players leave school early for the NFL draft: Gerod Holliman, James Sample and Charles Gaines.
This year, Louisville had four players decide to return to school for their senior seasons: Devonte Fields, Keith Kelsey, DeAngelo Brown and Josh Harvey-Clemons. Those four are set to anchor a defense that brings back eight starters, including top tackler (Kelsey), sack leader (Fields) and interceptions leader (Trumaine Washington).
Earlier today an interview came out that had quotes from former Secondary coach Greg Brown stated that he was glad to be gone because the Louisville Defense was “a neglected stepchild”. It didn’t take long for ESPN Reporter Andrea Adelson talked to Todd Grantham and got his response.
Louisville fans have been getting great news lately for the 2016 football season. Josh Harvey-Clemons, Keith Kelsey, DeAngelo Brown, and Devonte Fields all requested to get feedback on their stock from the NFL. They then had to decide if they wanted to try and go pro or return to school. Fans probably hoped at least two would come back, just so the team wouldn’t lose too much on defense. But surprisingly, all four juniors decided to return to UofL for the 2016 season.
On Thursday afternoon, the four guys talked about their decisions to come back.
The last piece of the puzzle on defense is now complete. DeAngelo Brown will be returning to the University of Louisville for the 2016 season. The defensive lineman had 40 tackles in 2016, 6.5 of those for loss.
He joins Josh Harvey-Clemons, Keith Kelsey, and Devonte Fields as the four guys that requested feedback from the NFL. All four will be Louisville Cardinals for the 2016 season. Again, Todd Grantham is smiling.
The good news for Louisville football in 2016 continues to roll in. This time, it is Devonte Fields announcing that he will be coming back for his senior season in 2016. He joins Josh Harvey-Clemons, Shaq Wiggins, and Keith Kelsey as players who have said they are coming back. Todd Grantham has been spotted with a smile on his face.
Transcript below (also includes Garrick McGee and Todd Grantham)
BOBBY PETRINO AND KEVIN SUMLIN
COACH SUMLIN: Great to be here. Just got through with the luncheon. I know that our guys, our team, our travel party, the administration, has had a fabulous time here in Nashville.
The city has been wonderful hosts. Franklin American Mortgage has done nothing but provide us with first-class events. Our guys are really, really appreciative of it, practice overing at Vanderbilt. Want to thank them, too, being able to utilize their facility and stadium and locker rooms, practice facility, it’s been great for us, too. Everything has been very, very convenient from that standpoint.
Coordinators Todd Grantham and Garrick McGee met with the media on Monday to talk about the upcoming Music City Bowl for the Cards and also just discuss the team and things going forward.