CPJ on a few topics

Two of 14 spring practices are in the books. We’ll learn more today when the Jackets put on shoulder pads, and tomorrow, when they do some real hitting in full pads.

Coach Paul Johnson addressed a few issues after practice No. 2.

Here’s what he had to say about the defensive line, which lost Michael Johnson, Vance Walker and Darryl Richard. (Currently, the first unit is Derrick Morgan and Robert Hall at DE, Ben Anderson and Jason Peters in the middle).

“In shorts, it’s hard to gauge defensive linemen. We’ve got some guys we’re excited about mixed in with some guys who have played a little bit. I think that will sort itself out. I think we’ve got to be a group of guys who really pay attention to detail and try to be fundamentally sound. We may not have the same type of physical specimens that we’ve had there, but I think we’ve got some good players.”

The backfield will be a lot deeper than it was a year ago. At B-back you start with Jonathan Dwyer and Richard Watson. At A-back you’ve got Roddy Jones, Lucas Cox, Anthony Allen, Marcus Wright and Embry Peeples. (Wright and Peeples are two of the fastest players on the roster.)

“I think we’re going to have more depth than we had a year ago, but we were very lucky a year ago,” CPJ said. “We didn’t get very many people hurt. As you start to build a program up, the ideal thing is going to be where you have depth and if you miss a guy, you move another guy in and you’re not staying up at night worrying who’s going to play if this guy gets hurt. We’re a little closer to that this year. We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer.”

He said it’s too early to speculate on how the pieces will fit.

“There’s a perception of what we think they’re going to do, but we haven’t seen ‘em do anything yet. So we’ll gauge it as we go into it.”

Players are being taught to play either position, and that’s key.

“I think it will help make us better. Our goal is to get the best 11 players on the field. It might be three of ‘em at B-back, so they’ll have to move. It could be three at A-back, and they’ll have to be able to move. We’ve just got to get the best 11 on the field.”

Your thoughts on the backfield?

97 comments Add your comment

Carolina Jacket

March 27th, 2009
7:26 am

We’ve really got some good looking backs. If everyone stays healthy we should be able to have a very good fresh back in there all the time. Hope they find a good punt and ko returner.

Willie Coyote

March 27th, 2009
8:06 am

I’d like to see Peeples & Wright get time at the return positions. Their speed will gelp a lot on special teams and their offensive snaps may be limited due to the depth of backs already there.

GT75

March 27th, 2009
8:10 am

In shorts, it’s hard to gauge defensive linemen. We’ve got some guys we’re excited about mixed in with some guys who have played a little bit. I think that will sort itself out. I think we’ve got to be a group of guys who really pay attention to detail and try to be fundamentally sound. We may not have the same type of physical specimens that we’ve had there, but I think we’ve got some good players.”

Reading between the lines it appears CPJ is using coach speak and is really saying, we aren’t going to be nearly as good on the defensive front in 09. The talent level is not close to what it was in 08.

MinnesotaJacket

March 27th, 2009
8:18 am

Or he means…that while in shorts offensive linemans blocking and defensivce linemans being able to hit the gaps and hold their own is impossible to judge (which is true)…Carolina Jacket I agree 100% that we need to find an explosive person for KO and Punt Returns this year that other teams have to prepare for otherwhise he is taking it to the house…I would say put Wright back there but he is so small that I wonder if he is the right choice? I would say Roddy be the main guy and maybe wright and Peebles as the #2 and #3 guys right now.

On the Flats

March 27th, 2009
8:53 am

Can CPJ use Peebles and Wright like Urban Meyer did with his small lightening fast running backs? That’s not really CPJ’s game plan but it may be something we can add into the mix.

And why do some people on here refer to Nesbit as a robot? Is that meant to be a compliment?

cltgtfan

March 27th, 2009
9:11 am

Just make sure whoever returns kicks will hold on to the ball. I can live with less return yards if they don’t turn it over. Last year that was one of the biggest negatives to me. There were a number of games where momentum turned against us because of fumbled kick returns.

The backfield sounds like it will have a lot of strengths. However, the triple option has the ability to make stars out of anyone if the quarterback makes the right reads.

MinnesotaJacket

March 27th, 2009
9:29 am

cltgtfan I agree with ya…but I also would like to have some kind of threat back there that at least put fears into teams kicking to him…the triple option can make anyone look good…but when you can run over the one guy you have to beat or just run by him that is all the backs ability to make a play, and with Dwyer and Allen being bruiser/speed back its going to be a fun year, then you throw in Roddy and Wright with sweep left…sweep right…Can’t wait to hear the report from spring today…If anyone is on campus that gets on here get back to me about how it went.

Todd

March 27th, 2009
9:37 am

Where’s M when you need him? Kidding….

At least CPJ tells it like it is instead of blathering on about carpet.

Zach

March 27th, 2009
9:44 am

I second cltgtfan’s comments

MinnesotaJacket

March 27th, 2009
9:53 am

Who likes the idea of having T.J and J.C as our starting tackles for the next years? having two 315lb’s to clog up the entire middle of an offensive line? I am really hoping for both of those two guys to step it up in spring practices and be two huge difference makers by allowing our linebackers to never get blocked and make plays all over the field.

BLAZER

March 27th, 2009
10:17 am

JON LOCKHART RUNS A 4.3 LET HIM RETURN KICKOFFS.

ALSO GOT LUCAS COX AT R.B. GOT A LOT OF “OPTIONS” I THINK.

Zach

March 27th, 2009
11:34 am

J.C. won’t be at spring practice – but you knew that, right?

Ken Sugiura

March 27th, 2009
11:56 am

GT75, you’re probably onto something. I don’t think you could expect this year’s d-line to be close to as good as last year’s was. Michael Johnson, Vance Walker and Darryl Richard all likely will be in the NFL, and Elris Anyaibe has a chance, too. Simply because of experience, the line won’t be as good.

That said, what Johnson said about not being able to judge players in shorts is the case. They’re not doing any contact stuff yet, so it’s difficult to draw any real conclusions, I’d think.

We’ll see how J.C. Lanier does once he gets here in the summer. Given Paul Johnson’s strong preference for redshirting freshmen, I think he’d have to really open some eyes to get on the field in the fall.

By the way, practice today (Friday) and Saturday has been moved up to the Falcons’ indoor facility in Flowery Branch, so it won’t be open to the public.

m

March 27th, 2009
12:02 pm

How refreshing it is to have a real college football coach instead of the worst coach in Tech history. Thank God and Greyhound that Chan is gone forever.

m

March 27th, 2009
12:41 pm

How refreshing is it that I’m a crazy old bat who’s out of his mind. Thank God And Greyhound I took my pills today. Otherwise I’d probably be arrested for pumping my gas naked without my dentures again. THANK GOD AND GREYHOUND FOLKS!

UGAIsSoLastYear

March 27th, 2009
12:44 pm

Yes Larry – pls tell CPJ we must hold onto the ball during punts and kick-offs. Bench whoever drops one! You keep playing them and they will never get it!!!

BLAZER

March 27th, 2009
12:52 pm

BILL LEWIS WAS!!! CHAN WAS BAD BUT BILL WAS AWFUL!

Carolina Jacket

March 27th, 2009
1:07 pm

The D-line won’t be as good, but not bad. But I think that the linebackers and d-back will be better. Might be an even swap.

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
1:16 pm

I am real scared ….. it looks like you guyzes sound awesome… I dont know how in the world we can beat you this year… I think I am afraid….mememememememememememememememememem…just kidding

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 27th, 2009
1:19 pm

I think GT75 is correct, but, at the same time, we will probably never have another “physical specimens” like Micheal Johnson. I’m mean come on, he is a freak of nature.

the real OLD GOLD

March 27th, 2009
1:22 pm

“m” I’ve been reading that for over a year now… Chan was a terrible coach, but he’s a millionair, and I doubt he took Grayhound out of Atlanta.

bluecole

March 27th, 2009
1:25 pm

It all starts at the top. CPJ is top flight, his assistants are good, and his system is proven. He’s been picking players (and making players fit) into his sytem for years.

We’ll be just fine, no matter who plays where.

Just wave the white and gold, and thank god you’re a yellow jacket.

Thanks,

B.

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
1:28 pm

It all starts with the basics over there at yech……. ohh my you guyz are so freaking good at football.. im gonna tell richt to please not take the team to Bobby dodd this year.. little nervous

Tech75

March 27th, 2009
1:29 pm

Just LMAO at the second “m” post above…

m

March 27th, 2009
1:41 pm

Just think of how different things would be if Paul Johsnon had been hired after George O’leary left, instead of Chan Gailey, the worst coach in the history of the world. Even before Chan was hired, when I heard his name mentioned, I said that it would be a horrendous mistake to hire Chan. So needlessly, Tech went through 6 long years of mediocrity, when we could have been a top 10-15 team all those years. Every one of you that tolerated Chan or even supported Chan suck to the nth degree. And any of you that are too stupid to learn from that episode suck just as bad as Chan still does. Thank God and Greyhound the worst and most needless mistake in Tech history is gone forever. Too bad he didn’t take his IDIOTIC supporters with him. Tech deserved better and now has better.

surfrider

March 27th, 2009
1:45 pm

These four DL prospects were near or at the top of Tech’s recruiting classes, respectively. Hall is going to remind people of some past DE’s that were quick and moved to DE. Anderson looks a little like a Kimsey DL in the early 90’s under O’leary but too early to tell. Peters was highly recruited. So it appears they may be a little bit quicker if not heavier. Depth will be key on how fast these younger players can develop, particular in the middle. I like the fact CJ is focusing on return positions. That’s something Bobby Ross was really good at paying attention to every facet of the game and it paid off and getting the right mix in the game.

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
1:49 pm

All u guyz need over there is some key depth,, cause once you get that .. gt should wipe the floor with the dawgs tail…cant wait… still a little nervous though

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
1:51 pm

Hey jackets….. whered u get that JACKET!! gulp gulp

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 27th, 2009
2:20 pm

Keep talking Dawggoneit.

You are making the dawg Nation proud. I wish we could match wits with you, but I dare not try.

HEDGEPRUNER

March 27th, 2009
2:20 pm

hi Dawggoneit, you wimpy little pissy fire hydrant humper READ THIS AND WEEP….45-42, their is a new sheriff in town you loser…moreno & stafford were smart to leave becasue of the arse kicking your gonna get at BOBBY DODD in 09….CPJ will dominate Mark Richt like Urban Meyers has for years,, hahahahahahahaha

Chan Gailey

March 27th, 2009
2:21 pm

Dagnabit, all you people don’t have nothing better to do than post as’nine comments all day on this here blog? Don’t y’all have no jobs to get back to?

Chan Gailey

March 27th, 2009
2:23 pm

I like tickle piles, shiny things, REO Speedwagon and Reggie Ball.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 27th, 2009
2:27 pm

I’m wondering dawgoneit, did you get your Masters Degree in Law or Journalism from UGAg?

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
2:31 pm

what the F is a “Masters Degree”? GT people just make stuff up, like the DAWGS AIN’T THE BEST!

Go Tech 2

March 27th, 2009
2:38 pm

History has proven that Gailey wasn’t a great coach, but history has also proven that he was a great recruiter and CPJ can coach. If CPJ is also a great recruiter I will purchase my season tickets for the next ten years.

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
2:39 pm

GT’S ABILITY to break the halfarss tackles are awesome… should come in handy in the future… You guyz should have lost to Gardner webb last year, is this true? Still a lil nervous about the new sherriff in town.

Dawggoneit

March 27th, 2009
2:42 pm

Are you guyz gonna sport dem mustard uni’s this season cause that is some tough looking brithches.. I am still shaking thinking about the 09 game with yalls…gt might win something like 51–7… WAIT …probably 45-42, cause thats how u get it done

Buzzman

March 27th, 2009
2:48 pm

M, are you just totally mental about Coach Gailey? Get some new material. BTW, Bill Lewis was definitely worse than Gailey. He managed to screw up Shaun Jones Sr season @ GT. Lewis left the program in a shambles. Football did not begin to recover until O’Leary as head coach & Fridge arrived with him.
That said I still love your passion for GT.

Dawgbonz

March 27th, 2009
2:50 pm

How r u gonna feel when Joe Cox comes into your own pathetic High school field day field and freaking slaps you around with our non replacing starters 38 to 10. All this mind you in CPJ’S 2ND season, a season in which you should be IMPROVED… caint freaking wait to get you off you 365 day HIGH.

Brewer

March 27th, 2009
3:13 pm

I think the running back situation will be fine. There is plenty of dept and talent back there. My two areas of concern are the Offensive Line and the passing game. All the talent in the world won’t help you if your O-line cannot block. See the Peach Bowl game if you need proof. No blocking = no offense. It would be great to see the passing game come alive also. If GT can establish a solid passing game to back up the explosive running game, it would really spread the field out and soften up the defensive front for the running attack. That could put opposing defenses in a situation where they can play mistake free ball and still give up long, grinding drives and scores to the option offense.

RAMBLE ON!!!

March 27th, 2009
3:19 pm

When we need m most (PAUL HEWITT!!!), he was no where to be found. Shame on you, m.

UGAIsSoLastYear

March 27th, 2009
3:27 pm

Chan was horrible – I agree. He made many of us mental. I have no problem if ‘m’ wants to keep bringing it up. More power to him. We must remember so we never go back there again!

To that uga stranger. I am always surprised how they continue to come onto our site on ajc.com. I have never opened the link to the UGA page. Guess most GT people have better things to do and could care less about that page. Strange that UGA people are so obsessed with us. At any rate, the longest win streak in the series is, and always will be, held by GT at 8 years in a row! Sorry Dawggoneit – - – but you are soooo last year!!!!!

GT

March 27th, 2009
3:45 pm

I think CPJ coaches a really interchangeable offense personnel wise that stays on the field a long time scoring. In the LSU game I think he was trying to open the game up some with the passes dust it off a little, this plus some unexpected fumbles and interceptions wore the defense down quicker than I have seen them all year. It is not like if you get blown out of a bowl game they won’t invite you back again, they have to it is contractual. He was trying to learn some stuff for the coming season there and allowed LSU to play into its strength doing so. Those big offensive linemen wore us out and being on the field for long periods of time with no break from the offense didn’t help. At Navy and really at Georgia Southern he didn’t have the athletes on defense to stop anybody. Even with Erk Russell as the head coach the defense took a beating in those Southern Conference games but that Hambone couldn’t be stopped.

GT

March 27th, 2009
3:48 pm

There buried Paul Duke today. Bobby Dodd’s first all American and a standard to the program with his class and grace. God speed Paul Duke you will be missed.

GT75

March 27th, 2009
3:52 pm

Some of you guys are getting a little outrageous in here. I’m still nervous about the D line. Not just the starters but the depth. With the schedule next year being a little tougher, I just don’t want to have to win shootouts week in and week out. I don’t really think that would break well for us. And even though the secondary and LBs might be improved, if the D line can’t push the pocket none of that will matter. Also, even with the talent we had there last year it looked like we were tired at seasons end. We gave up a lot of points and were getting pushed around even with MJ and company. What would have happened if UGA had gotten the ball back with a couple minutes left? We have to play better D in 09 or I just can’t see another 9 win season or better. Sorry. But it is still D that wins at this level.

Keith plays every hand

March 27th, 2009
4:00 pm

Great blog….Tech should use 3 or 4 different backs…The more the better….Just like at cards, I can’t learn the different games unless I try each game and play all the different hands.

BS Patrol

March 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

Scrotes……..KENNEL UP!!!! GA will never in the lifetime of anyone reading this blog have a 4 game win streak against Tech again much less a 7. Chan is gone!
The streak is now at one. The eight game streak is King.

DawgBite

March 27th, 2009
4:15 pm

UGAIsSoLastYear does that mean that TechIsSoLeatherHelmetEra?

Dawgbonz

March 27th, 2009
4:43 pm

Does it really matter or not if you had chan considering we also had a 7 year streak from 91-97. Ill take 2, isaid 2, 7 year streaks over your one 8 year streak…..and how bout 33 out of 45 since Dooley started ….Eat that …. Go Dawgs

Supersize that order, mutt

March 27th, 2009
4:55 pm

Dawgbite, was that supposed to be clever or something?