Q&As with you

I’ll be heading to the ACC kickoff outside Greensboro, N.C. this weekend. The event is Sunday and Monday, with players on Sunday and coaches on Monday.

So, I thought I’d open up the floor to you.

What questions would you like asked of the coaches. I can’t guarantee I’ll get a chance, but I’ll try to ask the most relevant questions of the coaches that you submit, and then come back with a few answers.

Also, since some of you have emailed asking about the new season-ticket group that Georgia Tech hired, I thought I’d give you some updates.

First, 25,265 season tickets have been sold, compared to 23,900 last season. The new group, which has been up and running for about 10 days, has sold 138 packages that have generated about $51,000 in revenue, according to Wayne Hogan, Tech’s associate ahtletics director.

That’s it for now. I should be back next Wednesday as we hit the home stretch before practice starts on Aug. 3.

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78 comments Add your comment

Not Disappointed

July 23rd, 2009
10:38 pm

I would appreciate the status regarding Nesbit’s arm development over the summer and the defensive front in general. Also, how’s Roddy’s injury? Safe trip for you, Doug.

Thanks and Ramblin Wreck!!!

gtg236s

July 23rd, 2009
10:44 pm

Could you ask CPJ if he plans on red shirting Stephen Hill?

Tech82

July 23rd, 2009
10:45 pm

We’ve been hearing a lot about how last year’s team only used 35-40% of CPJ’s playbook. We’ve also heard that he wants to open up the passing game some this year. I would like to know what the ideal run/pass mix is in the eyes of Paul Johnson. In his ideal game, how many times does he want to run and how many times does he want to pass?

BS Patrol

July 23rd, 2009
11:40 pm

AAAUUUUUGGGGHHHH!!!!!!. Is this it? The best you’ve got? Do you get paid for this? Did you just take off for the weekend? A doggie in charge of the Tech blog! What did you do in Athens? Go to class one day a week? THE HORROR!!! AAARRRGGGGHH!!!!

GoodWord

July 24th, 2009
12:58 am

I am really interested in the kicking game. Everyone keeps talking about an improved offense with some run n shoot stuff, but those questions are old now and CPJ has already answered them many times. How bout we find out about the weakest part of our team last year. How is that coming along? Any walkons going to compete for kicking duties? We need competition amoung the kickers. Also, punt returns were subpar last year and cost us a couple of games. Who is going to compete for the return job this year? Also, why does CPJ like to split special team duties amoung the coaches? Wouldn’t it be better to have a special team coach (Kelly) concentrate on this? He was doing a helluva a job IMHO. Also, does he still plan on having the “beat UGA” signs up this year or is there a new sign like “win ACC”? I think it should be both!!

GoodWord

July 24th, 2009
1:08 am

Also, i really hope you come back a fan or at least a writer with a true interest in the team and players. No offense, but it seems you are just going through the motions of a sports writer covering a team he could care less about. I truly hope you realize that it is possible for you to cover something special here this year. I am not making any predictions, but Tech stands a good chance of having a wonderful season. Maybe I am still drunk from last year, but i believe this season or next could be magical. It would be nice to have you along for the ride from the beginning.

BAND WAGON

July 24th, 2009
2:24 am

Ok you guys get on the wagon before the season starts you don’t want to look like you been in the closet the last eight years.

ghh2525

July 24th, 2009
6:49 am

The bandwagon ain’t HERE. In case you have been on Mars, the AJC (Athens Journal/Constitution) ONLY prints BAD NEWS about Tech athletic issues/happenings. The current beat writer is a closet Georgia graduate/fan who did not even have to be directed by his management not to write anything good about Ga Tech. Just watch the number and types of articles he reports. He disappears for weeks, months while the 27 or so beat writers for UGA have 3 or 4 NEW posts every day. I usually go to the Macon papers to read about Tech. At least their beat writers and editors show no overt bias for UGA (for you UGA fans, that means they don’t display OBVIOUS pro-UGA favoritism) like this Atlanta-based Athens newspaper………….we Tech fans are watching you., AJC.

m

July 24th, 2009
6:58 am

Ask him why he defers to the second half when he wins the toss. We got behind on the first series against Ugag, LSU, North Carolina, FSU and maybe others by defering to the second half and giving them the ball to start the game.

Tell him he needs to take the ball to start the game and create our own momentum instead of giving the other team momentum and having to overcome it.

Defensive questions

July 24th, 2009
7:46 am

First off, m, we won 2 of those 4 games you listed. I think he had trust in our defense and also wanted more posessions in the 2nd half, where he was confident they could score more after the half. It didn’t happen agains UNC and as for LSU, we had more to worry about than the first drive TD.

I would like to see some defensive minded quetions. They don’t get as much coverage as the offense does, but it’s the second season for our Coach Wommack as well. Maybe some of the following:

-Slant routs and the run game seemed to hurt us a lot in both the games that we won and the games that we lost. Is there anything in the offseason that we did that we think will improve our defense against those plays?

-Coach Johnson has talked about wanting a defense that compliments his offense. One of the few weaknesses is the fact that if it is not run with a high efficiency, we have a moderate to high amount of turnovers (on average he had about 10-14 as HC for Navy and Ga Southern). However, last year being second to last in the FBS in turnovers lost, we still had a +2 overall margin due to having a top 25 defense in turnovers gained. I also noticed Wommack’s Arkansas defenses had once or twice been in the top 25 in this category and even top 10 when at Southern Miss (in 2000?). Do we credit last years turnovers gained by the defense to the impressive defensive line or to the defensive scheme that Wommack set up? Do we think this will improve next year?

-What’s the latest on Kyle Jackson?

-Who haven’t we maybe heard of that impressed you the most on the defensive side of the ball over the offseason and why?

GT Rich

July 24th, 2009
8:31 am

Why did the offense do so well inthe spring game? Was it improved play form the O-line or a drop off in the D-line with the losses of 3 seniors. Who are the projected starting A+B-backs? Will the defense be lined up mostly in the wolf (aka nickel package) most of the time? Who projects to start at CB? Aside from Morgan, which D-lineman will be the next biggest contributor?

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
10:27 am

gt will be in the middle of the acc.Vandy will beat gt.Miss.St.will beat gt.UGA will destroy gt.

superDawg

July 24th, 2009
10:31 am

Your defense will be your down fall and your offense is overrated.THE END.

EEJacket

July 24th, 2009
10:56 am

How about: How’s the backup O-line progressed?
Or really: How are the lines looking in general?

Phil McCrotch

July 24th, 2009
10:57 am

Super- thanks for caring

Doug Roberson

July 24th, 2009
11:08 am

I can answer a few of the questions y’all have posted, based upon an interview with Johnson earlier this week.
Roddy is supposed to be back in time for Jacksonville State, but may sit out until Clemson. Other than that, he will be practicing.
Kyle is supposed to be seeing a specialist today in Charlotte for his foot. I hope to get some updates on that next week.
Offense did well because of repetition and familiarity, according to the coaches. You can read more about that in the special section that will be coming out in August.
Johnson listed a lot of guys on defense that have impressed him. Wommack did also. Hall, Jefferson, Burnett, Tarrant, to name a few.
As far as special teams, there will be competition all over the place. More healthy bodies will help in that area. Blair said he’s looking forward to the competition at all three kicking spots. I’ll be surprised if Tarrant doesn’t win return duties.
Johnson said he hasn’t made up his mind on any redshirts. He wants the guys to compete first, and then he’ll go from there.

Goodword, not sure how you can think I, or anyone else, at the AJC are just going through the motions. But, if that’s the way you feel, I’m tired of arguing with yall about it.

In other news, the scoreboard and LED panels are up and ready to roll. It looks good.

Seriously?

July 24th, 2009
11:19 am

Doug-

The best thing you can do is not respond to them, seriously.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 24th, 2009
12:02 pm

WILL WE SEE THE SHOT GUN ANY?

Huh?

July 24th, 2009
12:12 pm

LOL. GoodWord needs a diaper change.

Doug, I would like you to ask Paul Johnson what its like to have the worst group of sports fans to ever grace the earth. I am not at all kidding. These crybabies take the taco my friend. I feel for you.

Defensive questions

July 24th, 2009
12:37 pm

Doug,

Thanks for the good info in answer some of the questions. Some I already knew, but some I definitely have not heard anywhere else.

Thanks for the good info!

Go Jackets!

GoodWord

July 24th, 2009
12:52 pm

Doug, first time I have ever mentioned something about it. I certainly didn’t put it the same way that BS Patrol did. I don’t care if you are a UGA grad or a soccer fan or whatever. I was just simply wishing that you would come back from the ACC media days with a newfound interest. Not trying to argue there, just wishing you well buddy. You may enjoy your job a little better. Nothing wrong with that. I don’t think it is too much to ask of a beat writer to actually be a fan as well. Isn’t that what it is all about? Please don’t put me in the same catagory as all the rest. I like you Doug, I just want you on board.

Huh?, you can kiss my azz. Why are you always on this blog? You are always calling us the worst group of sports fans, why? Cause we don’t sell out our stadium? Because we don’t troll oponents blogs trying to stir crap up with half truths? You are so pathetic it hurts.

Tokyo jacket

July 24th, 2009
12:53 pm

Doug – I’d love to hear you ask the other ACC coaches how they think they’re going to fair against GT’s offense? Do they think the film will help? Do they think that film is going to help them stop a kid that runs a 4.35 40 at 230 lbs? Do they fear the “rest of the play book”? Does Bowden think that Dwyer is a legitimate Heisman contender?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 24th, 2009
1:01 pm

Superdawg, if it is “THE END”, as you say, then I trust you will not be posting any more of your ignorant comments on here. The end of you is what we all want, so get the hell out of here.

Doug, I think so far you are doing a fine job, but I do agree with others that there should be more balanced coverage overall of Tech by the AJC. Hopefully winning will result in that. I hope your time at the ACC kickoff is fruitful and fun and you come back with lots of interesting info about the upcoming ACC season.

Defensive questions

July 24th, 2009
1:24 pm

Thanks for a nice job in answer the questions you could already! I appreciate you taking questions from us, the fans as well as all the interviews and research you do.

Go Jackets!

patrickr

July 24th, 2009
2:05 pm

Doug, I agree that the blog updates have been more infrequent than the past, but that is likely due to this being the slowest time of the year than intentional neglect. I think we all just want football season to begin! I appeciate your effort, and although your a UGA graduate and fan I hope that, if not already, you will pull for GT except when playing the Mutts of course :)

One of the facets of GT’s offense I find most interesting is the downfield blocking by our OL and backs/WR. However, it is also the hardest for me to understand at realtime speed when I watch a game. Would you please ask CPJ about our blocking schemes? Specifically, if our blocking scheme is more complicated for the option based spread offense compared to that of a pro style offense or pass based spread offense? Along the same lines, when preparing for a team do we change our blocking scheme based on the skill and talent that our opponent may have at a certain position(s) and taylor our scheme for that specific week or do we come into the game with sort of a defualt scheme? If a defense comes at us differently that what we expect, are we usually able to adjust our schemes during the games? Since we have more expierience this year, will we see new blocking schemes during games?

I know that’s a lot of questions. I am sure you can ask in a way that is more concise.

Saint Simons & Ramble On = Ace and Gary

July 24th, 2009
2:26 pm

Do you think getting rings for the victory over UGA last year was a mistake?

jconservative

July 24th, 2009
2:28 pm

Doug, the world is full of jerks. The secret to a happy life is ignoring them.
Question: will the offsensive line be 2 deep at every position or will injuries force players to change positions as last year.

GT Alum

July 24th, 2009
2:52 pm

PASSING GAME QUESTIONS: Read interviews with PJ more carefully. He states the same thing over and over again. The passing game was not implemented in the first season due to it not being in the 30% of the playbook he did implement. The passing game is to be developed so it is AVAILABLE. Paul Johnson will use what parts of the play book are needed in order to win games. If he doesn’t have to pass he won’t. If he has to pass instead of run he will. It’s about winning the game.

Doug, Questions requested:
Paul Johnson –
How has the passing game progressing.
Is Nesbitt and the receivers connecting?
How has the defense been doing against the passing game?
Is the Wolf position progressing well?

Rest of the coaches –
How much has been learned from the “Option Experts” hired?
How much of spring practice has been dedicated to the option?
What team appears to be the front runner of each division? of the whole conference?
What team does each coach not want to face this year (even if not in their schedule)?
Do the coaches feel that the ACC defenses are better than the SEC?
Have the coaches discussed with each other the progression of the conference to be one of the top powerhouses again?

Funny

July 24th, 2009
3:15 pm

Superdawg – overrated?? I doubt it but you and your puppy firends should be an expert on that. See last year!

Also, for the hundreth time, the ring were not for beating UGA!!! They were a bowl present and the seniors decided to put the score of the UGA game as part of the design. UGA fans are idiots! Sadly for those seniors, due to Chan Gailey, it wsa the best win of their careers. You can bet your a** that will not be the case under Paul Johnson.

Bowl ?

July 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

Will CPJ treat the Orange bowl as a reward?

Supersize that order, mutt

July 24th, 2009
3:55 pm

Funny, you might as well give up trying to tell the stupid mutts anything. Even a good obedience school wouldn’t help most of them. Since they can’t stand the fact that Tech beat them between those hallowed weeds in the cesspool, they have no recourse but to bring up the bowl game and the bowl rings, or ths smaller fan base and stadium. Hell, when they stopped the Tech streak in the 50s, they actually retired the number of the guy who scored the winning TD. And yet they claim beating Tech really means nothing to them. HA!!!

45 – 42, Run, Roddy, Run. THWG

AlabamaRamblinwreck

July 24th, 2009
5:34 pm

Doug: I hope you realize that some of those that blog here might not even be Tech fans or alums. Please keep that in mind. Some people had rather make others look bad than make themselves look good.

Go Jackets!!

Not Disappointed

July 24th, 2009
6:38 pm

Doug, thanks for addressing my question in reference to Roddy. Keep up the research and good work. I remain, “Ramblin Wreck!”

George P. Burdell

July 24th, 2009
10:29 pm

I’d like to know how many fans really want to see Bill King turn out endless meaningess columns on what kind of underwear the Dawgs plan on staining this year when they watch the other team run all over them for a quarter versus the meaningful insight Doug actually tries to put forth here. Fact is last year everyone expected Tech to go 3-9 and this year your just hoping they struggle to post a winning season.

Doug, I’d like you to ask what the other teams are doing to try and prepare for our high school offense. No matter what, they don’t see it but once a year but it has put up numbers that any reasonable coach would have to try and counter.

The other question I’d like to hear about is what changes will be in store defensively to put less emphasis on the DL and more on the back 7.

As always, thanks and try to ignore the idiots who are one storm cloud and a loud siren away from meeting the Almighty, which will sadly not end in a free pizza for the over half hour on the delivery.

gtstud

July 24th, 2009
10:41 pm

doug do you know if cPJ will throw in any new formations like the wishbone or the power T

rainman

July 25th, 2009
7:34 am

Doug, as mentioned above, the kicking game must improve. Ask CPJ if he thinks he can continue to rely on walk-ons to fill the critical needs at punter and FG kicker, or if he might recruit a little more to aquire better quality in this area.

Does he think T.J. Barnes has progressed enough to start at DT?

at the beach

July 25th, 2009
12:05 pm

it is nice to read a blog where the majority of the posts remain on topic and there is less sniping. thanks.

JACKETfan

July 25th, 2009
3:40 pm

If you could, ask him about the A-back situation…
We have a LOT of depth there. Roddy Jones has one spot when healthy, then the other spot is between Marcus Wright and Anthony Allen. Which one has shown promise so far? The answer probably wont be given until fall practice rolls around…
And run it by him about the possibility of Dwyer playing a little A-back as well, something that Paul mentioned earlier that may happen a little

Phil Braun

July 25th, 2009
6:28 pm

1. If you had $10M to spend on the football program, where would you invest it?
2. Is there a particular style of defense that just makes you lick your chops?
3. Do you think there is ever a situation where the “Statue of Liberty” is the perfect call?

Nate

July 25th, 2009
7:07 pm

I appreciate the job you do for us Doug. I hate it that our fellow jackets are accusing you. I will agree with them that it does seem Tech is the second rate column, but I’m guessing that’s the way it is with every technical school. Still, I appreciate the effort. Keep up the good work and ask CPJ what his expectations are this year…I’m sure he will say 12-0, ACC Championship, BCS Bowl. That’s why we love him.

GTMAN

July 25th, 2009
7:54 pm

I did not have time to read all the above comments so I may be redundant —– I am very concerned about nesbitt’s ability to throw the football. He has not proven it so far. LSU dared GT to throw with single coverage and we couldn’t do it. Does CPJ have a passer in the wings to meet this challenge???????

Tech Fan Since 1950

July 25th, 2009
7:55 pm

Doug:

I think you are doing a good job and thanks for hanging in there with us as you try to provide information to the Tech faithful. As a 62 year-old now, I remember looking at the pictures and headlines of the AJC back in the early 1950’s. Some folks would be amazed at the great coverage of Tech by the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal during the 1950’s, as they were called back in those days. Ed Danforth, the editor of the Atlanta Journal, even hosted the Bobby Dodd Show for many years. Tech was it in Atlanta and it was almost impossible to get a ticket. The only Tech game I could see regularly when I was growing up, for the most part, was the annual Thanksgiving Tech-Georgia Freshman Game which attracted 40,000+ fans. It was great beating Georgia those eight straight years in varsity competition, but I congratulate UGA on its success over the years.

I remember going to Georgia games in Athens up until the early 1960’s when the stadium was never full. When Sputnik came along the attitude by the Tech administration changed and apathy by some toward athletics began to set in to a degree. At the same time the Georgia General Assembly and the Board of Regents poured more dollars into the University System and UGA got the brunt of the state dollars to build enrollment for the future as we baby boomers hit college. It is a complex story, but Tech backed away in athletics to a certain extent and has been paying a marketing price over the years. While the prestige of a Tech degree has indeed grown, its student body became more national and international and when they got their degrees, many headed outside the state. Georgia folks pretty much have stayed home, at least in the large numbers, enabling a growing following that has contributed greatly to the success of the UGA program. BUT Tech does not now take an athletic back seat to any other institution of higher learning, especially one with a football program. It has been proven (1990 National Championship) that when there is a commitment on the part of the Tech administration and coaches there are no limits. These things tend to go in cycles, but I believe a new era has dawned at Tech and folks in both the ACC and SEC should look out, for the Ramblin Wreck is back!

Considering various factors, I think overall the AJC over the years has been pretty fair to Tech in its coverage. BUT I am concerned with what now appears to be an imbalance on the main sports web page with blogs, the latest tidbits from UGA and the recruiting situation taking up more space than usual. I do not consider this to be your fault. I know you are asking Tech fans to give you questions to ask at the ACC meeting and I’m not helping much with that. My apologies! I believe a consistent winning streak over the years will lead to a consistent and growing fan base for Tech.

Have a great time at the ACC meeting and thanks for your efforts in covering Tech!

Born2Buzz

July 25th, 2009
7:55 pm

Ask the SID if there are going to be any publicity campaigns for Dwyer and Burnett for All American. Both those guys have a chance to be 1st teamers.

CPJ for Prez

July 25th, 2009
10:06 pm

Thank you GT ALUM!!! CPJ will not pass for the sake of passing. So many fans are excited for the grand “opening of the playbook”, but that may just mean more running! I believe that CPJ is the smartest play caller in the game, and if he decided to run when we are losing or pass when we are winning, I will not question him. The man knows what he is doing and true TECH fans should support this man for as long as he is with the program. We truly are lucky to have him.

Doug, my question is…

CPJ, what are some of your more memorable moments as a head coach and offensive coordinator, (not just at GT) and why…

BS Patrol

July 25th, 2009
10:28 pm

Well Doug,
Maybe I was a little hard on you but one day I counted the # of ga blogs vs. Tech blogs & it was about 4 to 1 dogs. It just seems like an afterthought to the AJC. Being a dog yourself I’m sure you had rather be in Athens. Doggies complain about Tech bloggers on their site but some days it’s the only game in town.

2BT

July 25th, 2009
10:38 pm

Questions for Coach Johnson:

Q1 – What lessons, if any, were learned about our team’s work ethic in preparation for the bowl game last seson and has that changed his philosophy in any way for post season play?

Q2 – Having gone 2-0 during the regular season last year vs the SEC, and a projected 3-0 vs the SEC this season, does CPJ feel our Jackets could beat Florida and claim the SEC East Title this year? It’d be nice if a team from this state could COMPETE with the Gators every now and then, you know?

Q3 – Did CPJ get billed by the Athens proctologist in early December for the procedure where they removed the football from Mark Richt’s ARSE after Johnson violently ran it up the reverend’s sphincter in the 2nd half?

Q4 – (Serious one) CPJ mentioned many times last year that he was ‘looking forward’ to ‘putting on a teaching clinic’ a few months back when the coaches and ACC officials were to meet about the definition of ‘chop blocks’. It’s no secret we were probably the most penalized team in the country last year for chop blocks. Did CPJ get the forum to provide video evidence of what is and isn’t a chop block?

Thanks in advance.

Kris Jensen

July 25th, 2009
10:58 pm

Doug, you guys still tailgating by the railroad tracks for UGA games? If so, give me a shout when you come up for the South Carolina game. Take care bud.

-Kris

Brent S.

July 25th, 2009
11:44 pm

Will we possibly see the navy blue jerseys MORE during the season this year? They looked good last year in the bowl game–granted we got …B-slapped off the field by LSU. Just wondering if Coach Johnson plans on bringing them out for a few games this year?

blackprix

July 25th, 2009
11:45 pm

What steps have been taken to improve the defense. Towards the last 1/2 of the 2008 season we were giving up some big numbers.

Minnesota Jacket

July 26th, 2009
12:48 am

Is T.J Barnes going to be a starting D-Tackle or is he going to be a situation type guy? Also is Johnson going to be using Allen mainly at A-Back with Dwyer in the game or is going to be spending some time spelling Dwyer at B-Back?