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Grant clarifies comments on Mora

Post by Eric Williams on Aug. 11, 2010 at 6:55 pm with 6 Comments »
August 11, 2010 9:05 pm
Former Seahawks head coach Jim Mora and safety Deon Grant (Joe Barrentine/TNT)

I talked with former Seattle Seahawks safety Deon Grant today regarding the recent comments he made about how tough training camp was last season under ex-Seahawks head coach Jim Mora.

Grant said he has no issue with Mora and how he ran camp last year, but was asked by a reporter after practice to explain the differences between training camp with the New York Giants and what he experienced last year in Seattle.

Here’s what he said, according to Newsday:

“A lot of guys were fatigued out, a lot of guys were lost mentally because they didn’t expect the camp to be as long as it was as far as how long it went on and the amount of breaks we didn’t receive,” Grant said. “We didn’t receive any breaks. You have to find something within you to make it fun and enjoy what you do, but a lot of the fun was gone from it because of how hard camp was.”

And here is Grant’s response to the report:

“I wasn’t trying to throw Jim (Mora) under the bus or anything like that,” he said. “I was saying his camp was hard, it was full speed and we were going, and we didn’t’ have those days off. Guys thought because of the type of guy Jim was and what they had heard from his time in Atlanta with Jim being a player’s coach, guys thought we were going to have more time off, and we didn’t.

“Guys just thought it was going to be different, and we thought we were probably going to a break a little earlier. And that might have mentally lost some guys at training camp at the time.”

Grant went on to say that he and Mora still keep in touch and he has no ill feelings toward his former head coach.

“If Jim really knows me, and any coach I’ve had a relationship with, they know that’s not even in my character,” Grant said.

Grant said he’s been working as the starting strong safety for the New York Giants since training camp began. The Giants picked Grant up during the offseason after Seattle released him.

And he’s kept in touch with his former Seahawks teammates, including Lawyer Milloy, Jamar Adams, Jordan Babineaux and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, among others.

Grant said the players he’s talked to are pleased with head coach Pete Carroll’s approach to camp so far, which has included just four, two-a-days.

“They’re loving it,” Grant said. “They said they’re liking it a lot. It’s going smooth, but they’re still getting their work in.”

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  1. This is very much off-topic, but is there going to be a live chat during the game?

    I doubt I’m going to be able to watch the game live (unless it’s on NFLN). At least NFLN airs all of the games at least through the week so even if I have to wait, at least I’ll eventually see it.

    This means nothing — but if I were an NFL head coach, I would kick ass for about 2 weeks of grueling, hardcore work. And then I’d go for a few weeks of Mr. Happy morale building stuff. Of course, if I were an NFL head coach, that team would be doomed to suck unless I had good coordinators and John Elway, Walter Jones, Steve Hutchinson, Dwight Stevenson, John Hannah, Jackie Slater, John Carlson, Steve Largent, Randy Moss, Cortez Kennedy, Jacob Green, Brandon Mebane, Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Lofa, Kenny Easley, etc.

  2. Does anyone else monkey around on other teams’ sites? The reason I ask is I’m wondering how Davis and Iupati are looking in SF? They could be scary if they both have good R years. But they could definitely be exploited if they both don’t have great R seasons.

    I see Bryan Bulaga is looking like a legit stud in the Green Bay camp.

  3. Dukeshire says:

    I cruise around other teams’ blogs. From what I understand, Iupati and Davis are struggling a bit. Doesn’t sound like much more than a rookie learning curve, but in any case, they have both been named starters. Davis Baas who was the LT was been moved to center. They’ve got a lot of new faces there, clearly.

  4. The Titans game is on NFL network sat 7pm.

  5. mocarob – you made my night. Thanks.

    Duke – I had heard they lost their C, but I thought Baas was an interior OL? I think he was a high pick at either C or G, so LT would be, seemingly, playing him way out of positioin. Oh well, I hope SF end up with a losing record and hopefully this helps (not that I’m hoping for injury to anyone not named Dockett).

  6. Dukeshire says:

    Yes, that should have read moved Baas from LG. But no, he’s not a center. All his career starts have been at either RG or LG. In any case, apologies for the typo…

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/08/10/SPV11ERGMB.DTL&type=49ers

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