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)

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Ryan

September 10th, 2009
11:33 pm

I have not seen the hard numbers yet, but it seems like our defense was on the field for 80% of the first half (and pretty much the game). That considered, they did a heck of a job. And for all of its hype – based on this performance – our offense does not deserve to be ranked among the elite of the nation. Sustained drives win games if not for scoring, then wearing down the opposing defense. We got real lucky.

GTMan

September 10th, 2009
11:37 pm

Our offense got away from its element… Too many 3 and outs. Defense played great, even though Cooper seems to be out of position alot. Special Teams in much better than last year.

urbanpeephole

September 10th, 2009
11:45 pm

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jb

September 11th, 2009
12:01 am

Wow….. I don’t think we are as good as our ranking. If not for that holding call in 4th quarter that brought back the 30 yard pass inside our 15 yard line, we likley would have lost the game. nesbitt looked terrilbe. Until the 4th quarter, he completed more passes to the other team. Our offense must be able to pass some to keep the defense honest. You can’t run it at these type of defenses all day and expect to score alot of points without mixing the pass and connecting on several even if they are 5-7 out passes. Loosen the defense up a little. Our defense is suspect also. We have no pressure with our defensive tackles at all! If we are gonna call blitz packages, then we need to do a better job of coverage down the field.. We lack a killer instinct. How can you be up 24-0 and need a field goal with 1 minute left to win?? You can rest assure that miami was taking notes and they will attack us in the air all night. I hope we get it together for this key stretch run, because what i saw tonight, was us darn lucky to come out on top. We may be a little overrated in my opinion, and i hope we get ready for miami to air it out against us. Cpj, please chew some a**, we have not shown up in 09 yet people! Let’s regroup and have a solid week of practice. The miami game is huge if we want to win the coastal! Maybe ugay will be 0-2 this saturday and make my weekend.

Go jackets

RomeDawg

September 11th, 2009
12:10 am

Dwyer for Heisman! Wait, that sounded better after ya’ll played Alabama High School. Fact is the offense was inept. That offense can be stopped all too often. (North Carolina, Gardner Webb, LSU, VT and only 20 tonight against a bad team) Matter of time before fat boy runs himself out of Atlanta. Atleast you sold out that 20K stadium, though. As a dawg fan, I used to pull for Tech expect for that one Saturday, but the NON stop crap about last year has made me HATE Tech. I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t lose 5 games this year.

Observer

September 11th, 2009
12:12 am

The option offense is exciting to watch when it is clicking, however, the option can be stopped by an athletic defense. Tech won today because of a coach trying to get cute with a “pooch” kick and having his o-line cover on the punt. Give Ga Tech, Nesbitt & CPJ for pulling it together in the 4th quarter.
Kyle parker has a bright future and Clemson has a lot of football left to play, their season is far from over.
Congrats Tech on a big win. I think we all would agree you got away with one there. BUT A W is a W.

Tonto

September 11th, 2009
12:27 am

Clemson was in my opinion the decidedly better team. Apart from the first quarter, how did Tech stack up offensively and defensively. Be objective. Given a very bad call in the fourth quarter(holding call when Clemson put it deep into Tech territory with 3-4 minutes left), Tech pulled a W from an empty hat. But take away those 21 points they got in the first quarter and Clemson dominated. However, Tech gets the win, gets the win, gets the win, gets the win, ad infinitim. It is what it is.

GT Fan

September 11th, 2009
12:37 am

Why was my poll already done? I didn’t get to vote. A win is a win. We’ll take’m all. Go Yellow Jackets!!!!!!!

Brent S.

September 11th, 2009
12:49 am

OL played piss poor after start of 2nd quarter;
Nesbitt needs to work on passing skills in practice;
If we can’t run up the middle on a defense, don’t waste two and a half quarters trying;
Our cb’s need to keep their heads in the game and NOT up there butts
Blair needs to start kicking from out side the 40 in practice, b/c if we have another game like this, when our offense ain’t moving-period, then we’ll need long distance kicks just to put points on the board.
Oh, also, let’s wear the Navy Blue jerseys sometime this season instead of just a bowl game. I miss seeing the blue jerseys for home games. They aren’t a curse either, we just had Gailey as a coach at one time when we wore them, and LSU was just better than us in the Choke-fil-a bowl.

Uncle Dupie

September 11th, 2009
12:53 am

Whenever I hear people say – well if you take away that one drive, or play, or quarter then so & so would have won I have to shake my head. Well of course, if you always take away one team’s best plays, series, etc then the team that just lost will look like a winner. BTW – in the actual game stats, both teams had to punt 6 times, GT won the time of possession and had the most rushing yards and total offense yards, the most return yards and the most sacks. Clemson IMPRESSED me with their team, but don’t anyone say that GT did not earn this WIN.

Joe Schmoe

September 11th, 2009
12:54 am

I felt like the defense went to sleep after the half. They held Clempson to only double digit yards in Offense. Also, Clemson fans are a bunch of arses. Especially the douche that kept spitting all over my wife. Almost got tossed.

rob

September 11th, 2009
1:06 am

a win is a win but that was one ugly game. I hope that CPJ has the team ready for next thursday.the offense was terrible at best and the whole team needs to get ut together. the team just looked slow at times. i hope the coaches use this game as a learning tool to get the team going.

GT$>UGA$

September 11th, 2009
1:17 am

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t lose 5 games this year.” RomeDawg

nice double negative dumba$$. i don’t even know what the F that sentence means. or should i say: i don’t even know what that sentence doesn’t mean?

TeeBerry

September 11th, 2009
1:19 am

Sounds to me like Clemson fans are a bunch of BADarses (or at least badder than ole Joe Schmoe who let them spit all over his wife——oh, wait….he did put a posting on this comment section….Bravo Bravo for ole Joe Schmoe).

Sunshine

September 11th, 2009
1:27 am

I got to agree with Joe, Clemson = UGA wanna bees.

RandyRhino

September 11th, 2009
1:38 am

OK,Romedog,who’ve ya’ll got for Heisman? Broke-Leg King? Surely not Cox. The fact is: Nobody! Get used to it. We are the superior team in Ga. I would be surprised if UMUTTS win 5 games this year,next year,or the next. Then your coach can run off to FSU or Miami. Those teams will be looking for a new coach by then after CPJ and the Jackets whip up on them for the next 3-4 years…THWG!

RandyRhino

September 11th, 2009
1:42 am

Clemson fans are pretty bad, but nothing like the UGAYs. If Joe Dirt were a football fan, he’d be barking right along with the rest of them leg humpers.

Justin

September 11th, 2009
1:48 am

GT puts the “bees” in Wannabees. This year is going to be another classic GT season…5 losses.

GT4Life

September 11th, 2009
2:05 am

Tonight’s game changed on 2 plays – both giving Clemson momentum and control of the game.
First was Roddy Jones’ drop of a pass that hit him in stride and killed another GT scoring drive in the 1st half. I can almost excuse him since he has just taken the cast off his wrist but the pass hit him in stride and was not (rightfully so) rifled in there.
Second, I’ve been telling y’all all Spring and Fall that Cooper Taylor is not the defensive saviour that he’s made out to be. He was (as GTMan stated above) out of position all night long. When Spiller burned him on the long pass play (where was that 4.3 speed?), it changed Clemson’s body language and it was a different game from that point on. I would not be surprised if Rashaad Reid starts against Miami…he will if CPJ demands accountability.

GT4Life

September 11th, 2009
2:09 am

Not all bad though…CPJ made a great call on the fake FG/pass. I like his daring attitude. J. Tarrant looked good again on special teams (not so much in coverage at times).

RandyRhino

September 11th, 2009
2:12 am

I agree with you 4lifer. Cooper had better step up. Too,I think we need to throw more, we need to get Josh in some kind of rhythm.We’ll get our brains beat out if we only complete 3 & 2 to the other guys

GT4Life

September 11th, 2009
4:30 am

RR, I think we can get Nesbitt in a rhythm by having him complete the short, quick passes early (the pass on 3rd down late in the game to A. Allen comes to mind). Even a WR screen to start a drive (like the MIA game last year). It’ll get him in a rhythm and keep the defense off balance. I trust CPJ knows better than me, so I have faith that the guys will look a lot better against MIA.
Where was frosh Stephen Hill tonight? Can anyone that made the game comment….was he able to get separation from Clemson’s DB’s and Josh missed him or was he pretty well covered all night. I’d like to see Nesbitt throw the fade to Hill, anywhere on the field as we’ve heard he knows how to go up and get it.

GT4Life

September 11th, 2009
4:32 am

And Justin puts the “Just in case you’re wondering, I’m an idiot”

Buzzboy

September 11th, 2009
4:53 am

In the last two games against legitimate competition our offense has scored one touchdown. I’m not counting the fake field goal, because that’s more of a special teams play. Even if you do count it, that’s two touchdowns in two games against Clemson and LSU, neither of which had a great defense.

DE

September 11th, 2009
5:15 am

Any time you can beat the team with two of the five best players in the country (Spiller and Ford) is a good win, no matter how ugly. I get nervous every time they get the ball. Isn’t Spiller or his 6th year? Seems like it. Glad to see him leave and go the NFL.

DE

September 11th, 2009
5:17 am

Also, yes Nesbitt needs short passes to get in a rhythm. He “can” throw well but it is not his bread and butter in this offense and needs to get his confidence as well. He gets so tentative and guiding with the ball.

DE

September 11th, 2009
5:19 am

Also, Clemson’s D-Ends are studs, and probably the best we will face all year.

optionoffense

September 11th, 2009
5:45 am

Well, no….we weren’t as good last night as our ranking. However, good start and fairly ugly game, we get a victory. Every team in the top 15 has a couple three games a year that are just plain UGLY. The difference in the top 15 teams is that they WIN those games. So to that, glad we got a victory, and let’s move on to the next one. Three weeks from now won’t anybody know the difference other than a W.

HairyDawg

September 11th, 2009
5:52 am

I’ll admit, I was wrong…thought GT would get blown out. But, after the dust settled all that counts is you guys got a win. I just hope UGA can do the same thing Saturday….I’d gladly take a 3 point win right now over the ol’ ball coach.

Topp Dogg

September 11th, 2009
7:01 am

The truth is if UGA were to play GT saturday ,UGA gets its ass handed to them thats the real truth.

Larry

September 11th, 2009
7:21 am

Clemson’s defensive ends changed Tech’s offensive game plan. They forced the running game up the middle. Tech’s defensive was on the field the entire 2nd and 3rd quarter so they were gassed. Tech’s special teams were great(20) points. Josh Nesbitt’s five runs in a row saved the day. Need to get the DB’s ready for Miami. A win is a win.

T-Bone

September 11th, 2009
7:26 am

As ugly as it was in many ways, it may be the best thing for the Jackets for several reasons. (1) It showed that they could make adjustments and come back from behind and win. (2) It highlighted things that can be corrected; this is only the second game of the season. (3) It was a win, and a win is a win.

I am not worried at all. CPJ is still doing this with Gailey’s players. The man can coach! We played a team who, though admittedly is not world-beaters, has two of the best skill-position players in the country (Ford & Spiller) and one of the best D-lines in the ACC. If you can make mistakes and not play your best and still win, that ain’t bad.

I’m still drinking the Kool-Aid, baby! That blinding light coming from North Avenue is a very bright future on the flats!

JMM

September 11th, 2009
7:44 am

To JoeSchmoe: “I felt like the defense went to sleep after the half. They held Clempson to only double digit yards in Offense. Also, Clemson fans are a bunch of arses. Especially the douche that kept spitting all over my wife. ALMOST got tossed.”

ALMOST being the key word. Nice way to step up for your wife if what you say is true. If it was true, I apologize on behalf of all Tiger fans. We have a very large fanbase in the metro area due to proximity and I can assure you, that would be the exception to the rule.

Great win for Tech, so congrats. Tech’s offense will be just fine – superb is probably more correct. They will score and run the option at will on the vast majority of their opponents this season. I would be surprised if Tech did not win the Coastal. Clemson’s defense will be very, very good this season as long as the CB’s live up to their end of the deal. The DL and LB’s will be great. Tech did not beat a bad team – I hope to see you all again in the ACCCG. The SP’s plays in the first Q were obviously the difference in the game and Clemson’s miscues were the reason. Gotta cover the fake on field goal attempts and kick it OB on the pooch.

Either way, great win for Tech to hold on. But the holding call was bogus.

JDawg

September 11th, 2009
7:48 am

Tech was lucky to get past Clemson Glad we played them early in season as they will get stronger with their freshman quarterback. Cooper Taylor’s 4.3 speed must have been a “white men can’t run” joke. Lets now look to the Dawgs taking care of the other SC team

Flagboy

September 11th, 2009
8:08 am

I lost my frightwig at the game! Has anyone found it?

Hey Dogtards

September 11th, 2009
8:11 am

“As a dawg fan, I used to pull for Tech expect for that one Saturday, but the NON stop crap about last year has made me HATE Tech.”

Yeah I believe that…

“I wouldn’t be surprised if they don’t lose 5 games this year.”

Nice grammar mutt. So you won’t be surprised if GT loses 1-4 games or 6-10 games?

“Even if you do count it, that’s two touchdowns in two games against Clemson and LSU, neither of which had a great defense.”

Uhhh, maybe you aren’t watching the same games I am or you just simply know nothing about football. Clemson’s D-Line is great and I think is 3 seniors and 1 junior. LSU probably had the best defensive line in the country last year, but one of the few games they played where they were healthy was against Tech.

This offense right now can be stopped by a d-line with speedy ends and big tackles. There aren’t many other teams on our schedule with that combination (FSU and to a lesser extent uog and vpi). Without big bruisers up the middle Dwyer might get a lane or two to run and without lightning quick (and big) DEs our A-Backs might be able to spring more runs with blocks and Nesbitt’s missed reads won’t matter as much.

Offense played ok at times. We drove when it counted, although we wet the bed in the third quarter. Defense played pretty great, aside from 3-4 plays. If the offense sustained some drives in the third quarter they wouldn’t have given up 27 points.

It basically came down to playmakers. All of our guys made some plays, especially Beybey, Allen, and Tarrant. All of their guys made some plays. The big difference was the fourth quarter, where we showed the ability to sustain two drives and they showed the ability to sustain one.

No doubt about it, this was about the best thing that could have happened for Tech. We looked good on national TV when most were still watching. Our offense wasn’t as dreadful as most are making it out to be (although Nesbitt has to complete more passes). Our defense and special teams played fine.

Most importantly, hopefully this game serves as a wake up call to our players that they really aren’t that good if they don’t play all four quarters of a game. We are still strutting around, even though this team is 2-0 and hasn’t done much of anything yet. I think we will come out hungry against Miami.

cpwood

September 11th, 2009
8:26 am

GT’s QB throws like a girl. That run option is going to cost you down the road. You have to have balance and GT does not. Stop saying “Nesbeit needs to find his rhythem”, he is a poor passer. Tech blows a 24 pt lead and all the Nerds still talk how great they are. Take away the two fluke plays in the first quarter and you loose. Clemson has become a true ACC team, they use to play like they could be in the SEC, not anymore. Miami is waiting, and the Dawgs will be coming in Nov to take back the Gov cup for another 8 years.

TechTony

September 11th, 2009
8:32 am

In the words of late great pitching coach Johnny Sain: the world doesn’t want to hear about the labor pains, it just wants to see the baby.
Yes, there were many many things Tech could have and should have done better but the bottom line is that the Jackets are 2-0 now and off to a perfect start (record wise at any rate) in the ACC.

As for the fans of UGA that spout off on a Tech blog: what’s your record? What’s that? I didn’t hear your mumble. What did you say? Huh? Take the beef jerky and wad of tobacco out of your mouth and answer me. What’s that? 0-1? That’s what I thought. Be sure to bag up those grass clippings before you go.

NotLuvinDaOption

September 11th, 2009
8:38 am

I don’t know about you guys but I don’t love the option. Will a QB with an arm EVER come to GT with this offense. I like a balanced attack and whether we win with this offense or not, it is boring!!! Nesbit could be the worst passer in the Nation. What was his QB rating last night…8?

Decatur 4 Life

September 11th, 2009
8:53 am

Good win for Tech, must tighten up secondary though. Defensive backs couldn’t match up, I know they were on the field all night but it was too much speed for them regardless. Too many 3rd and longs, this offense can chew up yardage but they couldn’t last night after Clemson tightened up. 3rd down conversions were key or lack of, that’s what enable Clemson to get back in the game. Make no mistake about it, Clemson’s front four and linebackers played an excellent game though.

logan

September 11th, 2009
8:55 am

congrats. to you yellowjackets i hope you guys win them all so we Clemson can play you in the conference championship game. as an old song says “you got lucky babe”

jacket3

September 11th, 2009
8:56 am

Fast snaps and short passing will open up the option. Nesbitt should quit flinging the ball in coverage or in the stands. CPJ will make the adjustments. I wanna see one of the redshirt freshman QB’s – soon.

Clemson was the better team last night, GT had just a little more magic. 2-0 is better than 0-1 or 0-2 Athens!

ignition

September 11th, 2009
9:00 am

Nesbitt went deep with his passes 3 times in a row…
How about mixing up short and intermediate throws and get the guy in a rhythm of some sorts..
Dropping back and throwing deep isn’t enough…
Derrick Morgans back up should START on the opposite end spot.. He played well..
GT didn’t get pressure on the passer in the second half and the safeties were out of position on the deep routes..
This game should have have been a blow out..

logan

September 11th, 2009
9:02 am

I dont think that tech is overrated i think Clemson is underrated time will tell.

bp

September 11th, 2009
9:04 am

I hate to say it but Nesbitt is worse than Reggie Ball. He throws like a middle school QB. I can’t believe PJ didn’t recruit a better QB last year. We got lucky last night, I don’t know how long that will last.

Lance

September 11th, 2009
9:07 am

Hey Dogtards — if you are a UGA fan why do you keep saying “we” as it relates to Tech-nerds??? The fact is this — GT did not look like a Top 15 team. They were shredded by a freshman QB. Tech-nerds D look “average” at best. If it wasn’t for special teams gt losses by 10 points. Yes – A W is a W, but face the facts — gt will lose 3-4 games this year — write it down. BTW- it is a blog who gives a S*&it about spelling or correct grammer- get over it Tech-nerds.

NotLuvinDaOption

September 11th, 2009
9:08 am

I’m so with ya bp (British Petroleum?). The announcers were clownin on Nesbitt saying his 15 yard pass had around 3 revolutions on it, and that was one of his 2 completions! He HAS to get more efficient if we are going anywhere this year.

logan

September 11th, 2009
9:09 am

ignition- Your safeties werent out of position they were just out ran j. ford is the fastest player in college football. as for it should have been a blowout youre right Clemson should have blown you guys out. we were out coached in the first quarter and you had a blowout in hand give Dabo a little time and that wont happen. Good luck the rest of the season.

GT4Ever

September 11th, 2009
9:10 am

Dumb statement. Of course, if you take every team’s good plays away nobody would win. I hope our teams lack of effort is due to the rust (second game of season) and not an indication of what will happen the rest of the year. Man, when we execute we’re good. Real good. I know we’re not going to score on every series but we did look bad for about 40 minutes last night. We did butch up when it counted though and I guess that’s all that counts. We do have some work to do. CPJ and the team knows that and hopefully will we’ll get rolling. Good luck jackets.

logan

September 11th, 2009
9:18 am

are you guys playing at home next week?

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!