How would you rate the Jackets’ performance?

Time for the report card on the Jackets’ effort Saturday in Starkville against Mississippi State. Rate the team on the following four categories: offense, defense, special teams and coaching.

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GT FAN UP NORTH

October 3rd, 2009
11:44 pm

Great Game Tonight- IF and notice I said IF they continue to pass the way they did tonight other teams better take notice because they will be very difficult to stop- I still think the defense has to step up a good bit- I’ll take the W- Go Jackets-

willie

October 3rd, 2009
11:47 pm

Agree with GT FAN UP NORTH, you have to have the passing element to keep guys honest if you expect to take the next step. Hugely concerned about the defense, though. We could not stop them at all….thank goodness for the 4 fumbles.

CT_Jacket

October 3rd, 2009
11:49 pm

Up North…thanks for not saying first. Sounds like a bunch of school kids on these posts.

That was a nice road win. Offense looked good, but I don’t see as many big runs (30+ yards) as we had last year. There is a lot more grind-it-out type of drives. The secondary is very spotty and isn’t helped at all by a bad d-line; no QB pressure at all. If we play a team that can pass protect with a decently accurate QB, like what happened at Miami, we’re toast. I’m surprised we don’t blitz more with the LBs.

GT FAN UP NORTH

October 4th, 2009
12:03 am

Look forward to next Saturday-Tech looks to be getting into a rythmn now-this could be good-It was nice to see Hill get some action tonight he is going to be huge if they start to key on Thomas- I agree I like the grind it out drives- if Josh keeps his confidence like he had tonight man oh man this team will be dangerous. They are fun to watch. I try to pull for UGA up here in Big Ten land. I was kinda taken by the flags called on both teams after the score when I saw worse in the Tech game that was not called. Well to all have a blessed night- GO JACKETS—!!!!

Big B CH 99

October 4th, 2009
12:33 am

I actually think that less big running plays and more grind it out drives is better for the team this yr, b/c it keeps the defense off the field and lets them rest. And when the D is struggling like it is this yr, the more that we can control the clock and keep them off the field, the better it is for the team.

the real Old Gold

October 4th, 2009
12:37 am

Looked good tonight boys… Everybody joined in! Hill, Jones, Dwyer, Allen, Thomas all with TD’s. Passing was spot on. Keep it rolling on to North Florida!

Defense..... oh my

October 4th, 2009
1:30 am

Offense was in high gear and i agree that if we can pass the ball some, the sky is the limit for the tech offense. We may have more talented backs then anyone in the country. thomas and hill can be threats and big targets, then we can run jones,wright or peoples out of the backfield to slip onto the flats or dump out a flare pass and let them use their speed. If nesbitt can be accurate and have time, we can hang 40+ all year with the exception of vt. Not a game on the schedule we can’t win. I agree that the defense is rather poor. we have given up,27,33,31 in the first 5 games. Miss st had more yards than we did! Does womack not understand if our dline can’t get pressure, then he must dial up some pressure on the qb? My 11 year old son could complete passes with that much time. Good grief. I wasn’t sold on this guy last year as a coordinator and i’m convinced already that he stinks. Tech fans should start sending some emails to paul johnson about getting a proven defensive coordinator! Tech fans bash ugay about their defense, but ours stinks about as bad. ponder at fsu might throw for over 500 yards on us. Vt will bring a great defense into atlanta and we won’t score alot on them. If our defense doesn’t get it together, we will be watching vt in the acc title game. Just the facts people. I’m just tired of watching garbage on defense. Miami won a big game against the best in the big 12, and tech took down the mighty sec. Dawg fans say the acc stinks, but the same miss st team came 1 yard of beating the same tigers team they couldn’t handle at home today! sec..sec..sec.

THWG

Cuttysark

October 4th, 2009
4:33 am

A win is a win is a win! Throw out the statistics on the defense. They came up with 5 turnovers that helped us win on the road. As for Virginia Tech, check out their game at Duke. They are very beatable just as anyone is on a game day Saturday.

Go to http://isportsweb.com for a post game piece on the game this Monday, and other GT articles.

GT71

October 4th, 2009
6:54 am

NINTH! Just to insert a bit of juvenile school yard junk here.
We’d better play D better in the coming weeks. Although they had a big bruising back and a capable O-line, we should have done better on the keys and someone must man-up in the middle of the D or we are will be ‘toast’. The O is the O and will always be OK – that’s the way CPJ likes it..uh-huh, uh-huh.

Biff Pocoroba

October 4th, 2009
8:03 am

Defense and special teams had to improve a lot to have a chance to win next week. Butler needs to quit playing five yards off of the receivers and then playing two hand touch when they catch it. Blair needs to take the rest of the year off to work on his left strength so he can kick off past the 20 yard line. Paul knew we didnt’ have a kicker last year, so I don’t know why he didn’t try and get one this year

YJ=01

October 4th, 2009
9:00 am

The Offense was good tonite with some long drives and we got a lot of different people involved.
And the defense played fair with to many missed tackles, The five turnovers and the interceptt for six saved us. I also noticed how much there were freshmen and sophmores playing on defense. I hope cooper will be ready for FSU, we are going to need him back there.

Booger

October 4th, 2009
9:07 am

Defense was fortunate they turned the ball over, but then D caused some of those. Got to stop the pass to improve each week. Got to tackle better when the runner is contacted behind the LOS. Defense played pretty good though.
The special teams allowed the return for TD – shouldn’t have happrened.
FSU will be at home and tough after two losses that should have been better games for them. They have some of our weaknesses, including the long pass. JN should be able to connect with DT.

HelluvaEngineer

October 4th, 2009
9:47 am

Nesbitt’s brilliant (passing!) performance surely brings a lot of excitement to what this offense can achieve with balance. I agree, it was great to get Hill involved as well. I am most optimistic about time of possession – we seem to dominate nearly every game. ANY win on the road is a big feat; I generally do not worry about how they play on the road so long as they get the W. That said, what a putrid defensive performance. Miss State never punted (thanks to 4 TOs). We have learned that the front four cannot generate much pressure alone, so we’re going to have to bring a LB. I’m sure Womack will make adjustments, but I’m not sure he has the horses. Hopefully we can keep scoring to take some of the D pressure off…. this, I am confident we can do.

GA Tech Insider

October 4th, 2009
9:54 am

The Jackets played really well last evening, and before everyone starts to totally bash the defense, I would remind you that they were + 4 in turnovers (they created 5 and GA Tech lost 1). Getting 5 turnovers was part of playing defense, so let’s give those guys some credit.

Also, a large amount of the yardage the defense gave up was while the defense was playing in “bend but don’t break” mode, or “protect the lead” mode. Personally, I like to maintain an aggressive defense, but I think Dave Wommack realized that the Offense was pretty much able to score at will last evening, so he decided to let Mississippi State take long drives down field to eat up the clock (except they did blow one long pass for the touchdown).

I would also remind everyone that Mississippi State is the same team that took LSU to the wire the week before; and in fact, should have actually beaten LSU except for a missed pass and a lousy read by the QB at LSU’s 1 yard line that pretty much ended the game. This is the same LSU that was ranked in the top 5 and beat UGA at home.

The Yellow Jackets scored a lot more points against the Bulldogs than LSU did and only gave up a few more points to Mississippi State than LSU did so I’d say that it was a good game all around, especially in light of the fact that Tech was playing prevent defense for most of the fourth quarter.

collegeballfan

October 4th, 2009
10:09 am

Coach keeps saying that the defense is not reading their keys. He has been saying it all year. Says they are looking in the backfield instead of reading their keys. Obviously this is a problem.

FSU will run Tech off the field unless the defense plays a stellar game.

jacketyellow

October 4th, 2009
10:50 am

Wommack last yr inherited Tenuta’s defensive players such as Vance Walker, Darryl Richard and Michael Johnson now all in the pros. Just curious if Tenuta was even offered an opportunity to stay on before heading to Notre Dame. Guess not. Just feel we would have been ranked a top 5 team if that happened. Just question Wommack’s ability when Spurrier fired him at South Carolina and after seeing the struggles this season thus far. Our offense deserves better, they really do.

One other comment…not happy about the Ramblin Wreck not in Starkville last night. Are we some I-AA school? That is our tradition, what’s up with that? I understand the Wreck was at Dacula Friday night but can Tech not have a duplicate for special appearances? What the hell would NASCAR do if not for a 2nd racecar they bring along to all the races..

GA Tech Insider

October 4th, 2009
11:04 am

I should have added that one of MSU’s touchdowns came on a kick-off return – this means that GA Tech’s defense actually only gave up 24 points.

GA Tech Insider

October 4th, 2009
11:10 am

jacketyellow; The Ramblin’ Wreck not in Starkville; it’s our tradition to take it to away games and we should have a duplicate for special appearances? Are we some 1-AA school?

Did you stay up past your bedtime? What the heck are you talking about?

Not Disappointed

October 4th, 2009
11:18 am

Nesbitt is a Beast! The arm is coming around! Ramblin Wreck!

snapshot

October 4th, 2009
11:21 am

The defense will get better. The offense will get even better. The special teams need some major help from somewhere???
Go yellow Jackets!!!!!!!

jacketyellow

October 4th, 2009
11:32 am

ga tech insider, guess they did not keep you in the loop afterall, read the “Official Sport Report” from Ga Tech, are you on their email list? May want to be if your the insider

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The Wreck didn’t make the trip to Starkville Saturday, but it made an appearance this weekend after all — at Dacula High Friday night.

Official Sports Report: October 04, 2009
Wreck Makes Guest Appearance

by Kristy Rivero, OSR Contributing Editor
ATLANTA –The Rambling Wreck made a rare Friday night drive this week. As cheerleaders held the banner and the team ran onto the field at Dacula High School, the 1930 Model A Ford Sport Coupe broke thru the painted paper and made a lap around the field.

The appearance by one of Tech’s most famous icons was part of a centennial celebration at the school that was founded in 1910. So, you may be wondering, what does Georgia Tech have to do with a high school that is halfway to Athens?

It was 45 years ago this season that former Georgia Tech All-American David Barron, better known as Red Barron, started the football program at Dacula. Barron, a member of the Georgia Tech Hall of Fame and a player in the early 1920’s, was also the team’s first coach. The field at Dacula is named in Barron’s honor.

Alabama Jack

October 4th, 2009
11:40 am

I understand John Tenuta was out the door minutes after CPJ was hired, because he (Tenuta) wanted the job and felt Johnson would not be a short term hire. Tenuta figured he would have a better shot at ND or wherever. Also lets don’t forget that 3/4 of last years D-line is playing on Sunday now, and our entire defense is young..

Loved the shout out to George P. Burdell on the PA last night. Regarding the ‘Reck, I don’t recall it going to every away game, but maybe I am wrong.

And can’t not give props to MSU and Dixon. He will break Norwood career rushing yardage record this year, already broken the scoring record, and those who follow the Falcons know what kind of beast Norwood is.

Finally, don;t care if we win by land or air or Defense or special teams or trick plays. A W is a W is a W. Ask the dawgs. 4-1 is better than 3-2.

bobo

October 4th, 2009
11:43 am

When they lose, not a peep all week from the AJC. Win and all you hear is how great they are.

Andy Johnson

October 4th, 2009
12:12 pm

Enter your comments here What does it say when the stats show that MSU didn’t punt the ball one single time? It shows that the only way they could be stopped was by their own mistakes (four fumbles and an interception). They also gained as much yardage as GT in far less time. This was the worst defensive play I have seen yet from the jackets. And the defense was mocked by our own specialty, the spread option. No wonder PJ didn’t look too happy on the Youtube interview after the game. If I were FSU or VT, I would sure look at the MSU game for hints on how to walk all over the GT defense.

By the way, if my recollection serves me right, GT has not run back a kickoff for a touchdown in over 10 years! Yet we seem to give one up in every other game. What gives? Are we going for the world record?

StingDoc

October 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

Where have all the dawgies gone,
Long time passing,
They have gone to the Old Trash-Talkers’ Home,
When will they ever learn?
When will they ev-er learn!

Shane

October 4th, 2009
4:53 pm

Come Back, Dawgies! Come Back!

#1 GT fan

October 6th, 2009
8:15 am

Georgia Tech offense was amazing. They did great running. And something you dont normally see the Tech offense do, THEY EVEN PASSED the ball.

They need to take a look at the defense though. Thats what hurt them the most.
Really that game was a blow out. But when you look at the score (and if you did not watch the game) it looks like GT barley got by. And that cant happen when they play FSU or VT. Actually it cant happen the rest of the year.

Will find out what they changed this weekend.
GO JACKETS!