UGa's Grantham withdraws from Saints consideration

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013
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"I want to thank Sean Payton and the New Orleans Saints organization for the opportunity to interview and get to know them," Grantham said. "They are a first-class organization in every respect."

Last year, Grantham was mentioned as a candidate with the Atlanta Falcons before announcing he would stay with the Bulldogs. This season, his name came up when the Philadelphia Eagles were looking for a new coordinator.

The 46-year-old Grantham coached in the NFL before taking the Georgia job in 2010.

His stock rose dramatically in 2011 when the Bulldogs ranked fifth nationally in total defense, allowing just 277.2 yards per game. This past season, despite having Jarvis Jones and several other NFL prospects, Georgia slipped to 32nd in the rankings (357.8 yards).

Grantham is known for his fiery demeanor, which included giving a choke sign to a Florida kicker before a game-winning field goal in 2010 and getting into a postgame altercation with Vanderbilt coach James Franklin in 2011.

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