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Todd Grantham, Sal Sunseri have plenty of NFL experience, but will it help?
Florida defensive coordinator Todd Grantham and defensive line coach Sal Sunseri met with reporters this week and both were asked about their extensive history in the NFL and whether that is an asset for them.
Grantham spent 11 seasons in the NFL, including stints as the defensive line coach with the Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans and Dallas Cowboys and a stretch as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns (2005-07).
Sunseri, meanwhile, had a long run with the Carolina Panthers from 2002-08, serving as the team’s defensive line coach. And most recently, he coached the linebackers for the Oakland Raiders the last three seasons.
“I think it expands your coaching a little bit when you coach in pro ball because you’ve got to find different avenues to have the same success relative to the system that you have because the players change each year. I think that helps you,” Grantham said. “As far as developing players, I’m going to coach — I’ve been fortunate enough to coach in the league 11 years, I’ve gotten to coach a lot of really good players — so I’m going to coach our players the same way I would coach guys in the National Football League. That experience or that coaching I think will allow them, three to four years from now when they go to the league, they’re going to pretty much understand the NFL system.”
Sunseri also said