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Blog: Grantham: `Look at the body of work we’ve done’

The regular season is over. The coaching carousel season has begun.

Florida has now confirmed earlier reports that offensive coordinator Brent Pease and offensive line coach Tim Davis were fired today.

Will Georgia’s staff look the same at its bowl game as it did after Saturday’s double overtime win against Georgia Tech?

Remember, Rodney Garner left his job as recruiting coordinator/defensive line coach last December to return to Auburn.

Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, who interviewed for the New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator job last winter, was asked after the game Saturday whether he expected to be back next season after some fan discontent this season.

“I ain’t worried about any of that stuff,” said Grantham, completing his fourth season running the Bulldogs’ defense. “I mean, hey, I look at the body of work I’ve done and I’m fine.”

He feels the same way about the rest of his defensive staff.

“Like I said, look at the body of work we’ve done and look where the program is now relative to four years ago,” he said. “So I think we’re on the arrow going up.”

The body of work for the program, of course, includes 6-7, 10-4, 12-2 and 8-4 records in Grantham’s four seasons, with two trips to the SEC title game. That’s a 36-17 record.

The Bulldogs were coming off an 8-5 season when he took over in 2010. The final four years of Willie Martinez as defensive coordinator saw the Bulldogs go 37-13 with a Sugar Bowl win in 2007 before he was fired two years later.

Georgia coach Mark Richt said on his radio show last week that he was “pleased with our coaches.”

Grantham’s defense has improved this season against the run, giving up 148.5 yards per game after allowing 182.1 in 2012. The Bulldogs are giving up 232.8 yards per game passing, 68th nationally after ranking 8th, 10th and 17th the previous three seasons.

Georgia Tech averaged 4.5-yards per rush Saturday—its lowest in four games against Grantham’s defense—but Georgia  gave up “some explosive plays in the passing game, which allowed plays, but the players kept playing and showed resiliency,” Grantham said, by giving up only seven second-half points.

‚ÄúWe‚Äôve got a lot of young players on our team that will grow from it and they‚Äôll get confidence from it and we‚Äôre going to develop them and move forward and win a bunch of games,” he said.

Cornerback Damian Swann was the only defensive back that started every game this season.

“We’re not going to make excuses for guys with injuires,” Grantham said. “You just take who you’ve got and keep playing hard and you find a way to win the game.”

Richt said on his radio show last week about the defense “we just had one side of the ball just a little bit younger than the other, a little bit more immature and guys just learning as they go. You get some bumps along the way. The one good thing is next year we should have a lot of guys coming back on both sides of the ball.”

Indeed of the starters on defense against Georgia Tech, only defensive lineman Garrison Smith is a senior, On offense, quarterback Hutson Mason, tailback Todd Gurley, recevers Chris Conley and Michael Bennett and offensive linemen David Andrews and John Theus are all expected back along with injured playmakers Keith Marshall, Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley.

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