But now, reports indicate that Groh, who has professed a preference for a coordinator's job in his next destination, has accepted that very job at Georgia Tech. Tech finished last season 11-3 despite a defense that ranked 77th in Football Outsiders' proprietary metrics, and former defensive coordinator Dave Wommack was fired last week.
It's a good opportunity for Groh, we suppose, but in the face of two possible NFL jobs, it's a bit difficult to understand. Groh has been nothing but a head coach at the pro and college levels over the last decade. To turn away from the NFL and take a demotion at the NCAA level? He hasn't been a college position coach since 1988 (offensive coordinator, South Carolina). Is it possible that Groh has joined the ever-increasing ranks of coaches who see the grind that the NFL requires and would rather have nothing to do with it? Or is this a temporary break from the grind? He is 66 years old, and maybe this is the best option for a coach with the ability to make his new position work for everyone involved. Still, we can't help but wonder if he'll regret the decision to spurn possible gigs with one of two of the NFL's marquee franchises.
- Bill Parcells
- Bill Belichick
- Al Groh