Apparently, “We’re going to use the best players and put them in a place where 
their skills can best be used,” is written in every coach’s handbook.

Now, Grantham is saying the same thing.

I like that he made MSU’s defense so good. I just hope he can do it at UF!

 

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UF’s new defensive coordinator Grantham talks schemes


By

  <http://www.gatorsports.com/author/robbie-andreu/> Robbie Andreu (Gainesville 
Sun) 

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February 13, 2018

 
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 Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham speaks to the media Tuesday at Ben 
Hill Griffiin Stadium. [Alan Youngblood/Gainesville Sun]

Since taking the job as Florida’s defensive coordinator on Jan. 3, there has 
been a great deal of speculation about what kind of scheme Todd Grantham will 
install.

Will it be a 3-4? A 4-3? Or a combination of both?

He put it in succinct terms Tuesday in his first opportunity with the media.

“That whole thing about 3-4, 4-3, to me it’s really about we’re a 3-4 
structure, but we play four down and three down and we’re going to find ways to 
get our best players on the field,” Grantham said. “And we’re going to change 
every year relevant to the playmakers. Because defense is about winning your 
one-on-one matchups.

“There’s a certain identity that you need to play with to be good, which is 
really what we’re starting with our players right now is trying to find that 
identity to what we want to be, which is fast, physical and aggressive in our 
play.”

Like Dan Mullen and the other Florida coaches, Grantham has spent most of his 
time recruiting since he’s been at UF. Now that that’s over, he’s starting to 
get to know the players and gain an idea about the talent he’s going to be 
working with this spring.

One of the things he’s been doing is watching tape of all the returning 
defensive players.

“The (graduate assistants) basically made a 25-30 play tape of everybody that’s 
coming back and we kind of went through those tapes and preliminarily put guys 
in positions to see what best combinations of players give us a chance to win 
the game,” Grantham said. “We’re really in the early stages of it right now. 
It’s really about getting your best 11 players on the field at one time.

“You want to find ways to get your best players on the field and you want to 
always find ways to match them up so they can have success. Because the game is 
about matchups. It’s about tackling the guy with the ball. And how can we win 
our one-on-one matchups.”

In an attempt to identify those 11 best, Grantham said most of the defensive 
players will be trained on more than one position and asked to carry out 
multiple roles.

Senior Cece Jefferson, for instance, will play end and linebacker. Numerous 
defensive backs also will play a hybrid position where they have some outside 
linebacker responsibilities.

“We’re going to work to cross-train guys, so guys will play more than one 
position because with the way your defensive backs are and the way your outside 
’backers are, you’re going to play multiple things,” Grantham said. “So, we’re 
going to teach guys to play multiple positions, cross-train those guys to put 
them in the best position to play, but also what combination of players gives 
us the best chance to play that game? That’s really the whole thing to me is 
how can we get our players in position to be successful with what we’re doing.”

Spring practice doesn’t open for another month, but Grantham said he’s already 
getting a feel for the kind of talent he’ll be working with.

At the moment the players are going through a physically and mentally demanding 
offseason conditioning program that consists of morning and afternoon workouts.

Those have been telling, Grantham said.

“I really like the way our players approach what we ask them to do,” he said. 
“We’re working hard to develop the identity that we need. We’re working hard to 
develop the habitual traits you need to be successful in this league. We’re not 
there yet, but we have the right mindset and the right attitude that will get 
us where we need to be.

“Athletically, I like the guys that we have. I think that we have pieces in 
place. We’ve just got to put them together. The biggest thing is I like the 
approach our guys take on a daily basis to try to do the things we’re asking 
them to do, because it’s not easy and it’s probably harder than it’s been on 
them in a while. And they’re doing it the right way.”

Once the players get on the field this spring, Grantham’s defense will be in 
full-attack mode.

Wherever he’s been, his defenses have been fast, aggressive and blitzing.

“Everybody says we like to blitz. We actually do pressure,” Grantham said. “My 
thought on that is the two things you have to do to play good defense. No. 1, 
you have to stop the run. Can’t have people run the ball on you.

“Then the next thing is you’ve got to make the quarterback play bad. So how do 
you make the quarterback play bad? That goes to disguise. That goes to jams and 
re-routes. That goes to what we term as pattern-match zone coverages, but it’s 
also pressuring the guy.

“At the end of the day, it’s how do you affect the run and not let other people 
effectively run the ball, and then how you get pressure and make the 
quarterback you’re playing against play bad.”

One of the key players in pressuring the quarterback figures to be Jefferson, 
who made the decision to return for his senior year rather than enter the NFL 
draft.

Jefferson has emerged as a team leader during the offseason strength and 
conditioning program, Grantham said.

“He’s a guy that’s really embraced everything we’ve done from that standpoint 
to want to be a complete player,” he said. “And what we’re going to do with him 
is just take it day by day and try to get a little bit better and try to work 
to let him be the best player he can be and be a dominant player on our team.”

















































 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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