Grantham fires back at Spurrier

September, 15, 2010
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Todd Grantham's Georgia defense didn't tackle nearly as well as he would have liked last Saturday in the 17-6 loss to South Carolina.

But that doesn't mean he's going to take a Steve Spurrier dig lying down.

Spurrier suggested that Grantham, who came over from the NFL, maybe wasn't ready for the zone read play that Marcus Lattimore ran over and over again on his way to 182 rushing yards against the Bulldogs.

"That little inside zone play, the NFL doesn’t run that play,” Spurrier said. “So that’s a new little scheme, I guess. Anyway, you’ll have to ask them. I’m sure they knew we were going to run it, but they certainly didn’t stop it much."

Grantham said somebody texted him Spurrier's comments after the game.

"I kind of took it more as a shot at the NFL," said Grantham, who coached in the league for 11 seasons. "I really wasn't sure if it was because of his lack of success there or what."

Spurrier was 12-20 in two seasons as the Washington Redskins' head coach before returning to college football.

And for the record, Grantham said they do run the zone read play in the NFL and that Georgia runs it, too.

"I appreciate his assistance, but we actually knew what plays they were running,' Grantham said.

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