Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor is working diligently to fill out his staff. After quickly hiring his offensive staff, he appears to be eyeing the college football ranks to run his defense.
According to Will Sammon of The Athletic, the Bengals are requesting permission to interview Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for the same role. Per Sammon’s report, Grantham is considered a leading candidate for the position.
Grantham certainly has the experience to justify a high-ranking NFL position. He is a veteran coach in both college and the NFL with nearly 30 years of experience.
He last served as an NFL defensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns under Romeo Crennel from 2005 to 2007.
Bengals have formally requested permission to interview Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham for their open coordinator position, sources tell @TheAthleticCFB.
feeling is he is a lead candidate, per sources. unclear when he would interview.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) February 11, 2019
After being fired by the Browns following the 2007 season, Grantham spent two years with the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Georgia Bulldogs in 2010.
Grantham served as assistant head coach, linebackers coach and defensive coordinator with the Bulldogs for four years.
He then went to the University of Louisville to join then-head coach Bobby Petrino as defensive coordinator until 2016.
In the last two years, Grantham has bounced around SEC teams, first with Mississippi State in 2017, and most recently with Florida this past year.
Grantham’s Florida defense finished 20th in the FBS in points allowed.