He’s the guy waving his arms frantically on the Cleveland Browns’ sideline, jumping up and down, looking like a panicked air-traffic controller; that’s just his nature. The Dayton Daily News is reporting this morning that on Thursday, the Browns granted defensive coordinator Todd Grantham a two-year extension through the 2009 season. The deal puts Grantham in sync with new offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and head coach Romeo Crennel, both of whose contracts have two years remaining after this season.
“I’m going to congratulate him when I see him,” inside linebacker Andra Davis said after a morning practice concluded a three-day minicamp. “We’re in our third year (together). We’re comfortable.” Grantham last season was a candidate for the Michigan State head coaching position. Many who are in the loop think he’ll eventually be an NFL head coach, possibly even of the Browns depending on how things go this season. After adding a few players recommended by Grantham, the Browns expect significant defensive improvement. The unit ranked 27th last season, 29th against the run and 15th against the pass.