How would you rate the Jackets’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Jackets’ effort Thursday at Bobby Dodd Stadium against the Clemson Tigers. Rate the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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What grade would you give the Jackets' offense?

  • C: Fair (53%, 476 Votes)
  • D: Poor (23%, 204 Votes)
  • B: Good (18%, 162 Votes)
  • F: Failed (4%, 34 Votes)
  • A: Excellent (2%, 20 Votes)

Total Voters: 896

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Decatur 4 Life

September 11th, 2009
9:21 am

“Take away the two fluke plays in the first quarter and you loose”

cpwood-man please, just like I heard on this blog earlier you can say that whenever any team loses. You can take away both touchdowns that Dez Bryant scored last week and you guys would have won. The fact is GT started well then fell off, their ability to weather the storm despite not sustaining drives shows heart. Just give them credit, a dub is a dub.

GT4Ever

September 11th, 2009
9:34 am

cpwood…If you’re going to play it that way, take away CU’s two long TDs and GT still wins!!!! Miami’s defense didn’t show up at FSU did they? NO. Funny you UGA guys talk like your still world beaters. You guys stunk it up in Stillwater didn’t you? USCe has a better defense so what are you going to do about that? NOTHING!!! Oh yeah, Cox is starting. He looked real good last weekend….257 TOT YARDS against the 90 rated D last year. mmmmmm You might win SAT only because USCe’s O sux worse than yours.

Flagboy

September 11th, 2009
9:36 am

Did anybody ever find my frightwig?? I’d do anything — and I do mean ANYTHING — to get it back!!

sec

September 11th, 2009
9:39 am

This coming from a dawg fan, Tech got a little lucky last night but thats part of the game. Number 91 is a beast but he didnt get any rest to maintain because the offense died. Im not sure why they ran so many drop back to pass plays. Bad coaching calls. If the offense doesnt let the defense rest a little its goin to be a long stretch. The fact that GT “high powered offense” scored one touchdown the entire game and that was on the 2nd play would concern me if i was a tech fan. I have enough to worry about with my dawgs so ill let yall worry about that. congrats on the win.

bp

September 11th, 2009
9:42 am

Nesbitt doesn’t even know what a spiral is, much less is he able to throw one. I was really hoping our offense would look better this year but I honestly think it looks worse so far. Besides the fact he can’t throw, I don’t even think he runs that well. He never fools anyone with what he’s going to do.

GT4Ever, I’m with you, big plays are what win most games and I’m glad we had some last night. Take away Clemson’s big plays and they wouldn’t have had much either.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Good I saw:
The new D-End looks like nice player, dude with Nigerian name.
Tarrent is nice player
Tech ran the ball well against top notch D-Line and linebackers.
Tech’s D is getting better, still a lot of young player playing.

Bad:
Nesbitt – Had bad game throwing, did not read safty at all, needs to hit quick slans to A backs before going deep all the time. I think off game, he normally better then that and I think will prove it against Miami.

Other then Nesbitt everyone else played well.

Wiley

September 11th, 2009
9:48 am

Remember this is college football anything can happen….we had a bad second half but if we play like the first we will beat Miami. Do you guys not remember beating Garder Webb by three and all the negative stuff after that game. Clemson has five star athletes at every position and better lines….but we found a way to win the game. That W is a W no matter what and we dont even know how good Clemson can be because they have not played many games. I think we could see them in the ACC championship game.

sec

September 11th, 2009
9:55 am

Wiley what are you talking about. nobody has played that many games this season. They do not have 5 star athletes at every position either. I dont think anybody but UF has that. Clemson wasnt even ranked and came in with a freshman QB

Larry

September 11th, 2009
10:02 am

BigTimeTECHFan >I am also a BTTF for the last 55 years! I agree with you on your grading of the effort. However, give Josh some credit for his FIVE runs in a row in the last drive.

Tech75

September 11th, 2009
10:05 am

I was at the game… I was delirious after one quarter, disappointed at halftime, worried at the end of the third, terrified in the fourth.

Yes, we won. Yes, the offense got dominated by the Clemson D, and yes, we are fortunate to have won.

The refs split the bad calls both ways – but we always remember the call that was made at the crucial times. Bad luck for Clemson, but, as they say, you’re not going to be successful relying on the refs and luck. However, the refs and coaches made appropriate use of the review, although it slowed the game down a good bit.

I was very disappointed in the GT interior offensive line. They could not handle the Clemson DL, and once the dive got shut down, the Clemson safeties and linebackers could sprint to their gaps and not have to be concerned about the dive, which spells disaster for the wide plays. PJ called a good number of inside counter-plays and traps to try to compensate, and some of them worked well; that was pleasing.

I would have preferred to see the A backs execute their first block, then sprint up the seams – they would have been wide open – both of them. However, the way Nesbitt was overthrowing/etc., that may not have been successful. Nesbitt has GOT to get crisp and accurate in the short passing game; when he threw long, he was inaccurate or was throwing “floaters” that allowed a lot of time for the DBs to recover and intercept.

Miami will no doubt try to dominate inside just like Clemson/LSU. CPJ now has a week to assume that and game-plan under that assumption. I think this next game we will find out a little more about how CPJ’s offense works when the dive play is not available.

Kevin

September 11th, 2009
10:16 am

I think our QB play is not very good and it is being covered up because we are able to get the wins in these early games.

Throwing a pick on the first play of the game was terrible. The second pick was at a crucial momentum turning point of the game in the second half. Not to mention under thrown balls and he was lucky to complete the one he needed to get the first down in the 4th quarter. The man was covered I think the receiver was talented enough to come down with the ball on that play and the ball probably should not have been thrown. He did not show any escapability last night.
I also believe he is not a fast or elusive runner. I have to believe we have more talent on the bench some where and don’t quite understand why he is getting all the snaps. Unless Paul Johnson is just avoiding the issue until a loss actually happens. That’s my biggest question.

I think Jaybo has less arm strength but may be a tad faster. However, he is prone to concussions and now has a busted collar bone. That may be his college career as an injury prone player. Tevin Washington got good reviews as the scout team QB last year and showed flashes of speed and elusiveness against Jacksonville State. However, they didn’t let him attempt a pass in the first game.

I expect more from our QB. Im not sure we can expect to win big without better play from the QB. Clemson keyed on Dwyer all night. If Nesbitt makes more completions I bet Dwyer has a bigger night.

Larry

September 11th, 2009
10:18 am

Tech75 . I am sure the whole Tech Nation (not to be confused with our friends in Athens)went through the same range of emotions. I think if they would go to a quicker count (like they did on the last drive) more often, it would not give the defense time to set-up. The quick over the middle pass is a great way to slow the linebackers.

cpwood

September 11th, 2009
10:19 am

GT4ever- We did play crappy last Sat against OSU, things were not clicking on Offense. My comment was about the poor punt and the fake field goal. that was not so much Tech, but Clemson getting cuaght with their pants around their ankles. That type of sh*t will not get you a win every week. Face it your QB cannot throw the football, and you only scored 3 pionts in the second half until the last field goal. Miami has some fast atheletes, and the have something to prove. Just beware. But stop with the superior program Crap. Tech has beat UGA once in 9 years, and after this year it will be 1 in 10. Dawgs will make great inprovements this weekend, and beat USCar.

Larry

September 11th, 2009
10:20 am

Kevin. Give Josh credit for his FIVE runs in the last drive.

Tech75

September 11th, 2009
10:24 am

I think there is one thing CPJ needs to work on with Nesbitt other than his throwing…

He seems to have a tendency “when the chips are down” to call his own number rather than risk a hand-off or a pitch. Maybe this is by design, but this will be noted by opposing defenses and defenses will adjust accordingly. He needs to break this tendency.

former ajc reader

September 11th, 2009
10:26 am

I’m glad they won, but two things stand out:
1) No passing game. Nesbitt has a nice arm, but couldn’t hit the side of a barn. They need to devote more time to the passing game in practice. Pitchers ‘can’t hit’ for a reason…
2) Once you get momentum going in your favor, you must sustain it, just like sustaining a block. It appears that the team kind of lost direction two weeks in a row, after making a good start.

Both issues will prevent them from great success this year, unless they can resolve them.

Good luck, guys, I hope you do!