Here are a few answers to the questions you asked three blogs ago. I’m going to paraphrase Johnson’s answers.
Frankly, I’m surprised that Johnson didn’t blow a gasket at the ACC media days for as many times as he was asked if year 2, and lots of game film, would mean his offense would have a harder time this year. Part of it has to do with the format of the interviews. Instead of putting each coach and a player at a podium on a stage, a coach or players are put at a table, and we descend and start asking questions. Because the coaches were broken up into three groups of four, we would go from table to table. Because you can’t be everywhere at once, the coaches would hear the same questions from the migrating reporters over and over. Anyway, you can read more about his answer in the story that’s posted on ajc.com.
For Johnson, it was year 2, how can Dwyer be better, and did the loss to LSU give folks an idea how to stop the defense.
For Bowden, it was when are you going to retire (he has an idea, but he’s not telling), why are you fighting the NCAA’s decision to strip you of wins (because they are wrong), and will FSU ascend to the top again (a year away).
For Clemson, it was what have you learned about being a coach during the past year.
For Virginia, it was is Vic Hall big enough to run your offense.
You get the picture.
But, the setup had to be done that way because radio needs times with the coaches, TV needs times with the coaches, yall got to have time with the coaches, and the coaches need some time with their families before the season starts in a week.
All in all, it was a good two days and the people at the ACC who ran the meeting were very gracious, very efficient, and very helpful.
Now, on to your questions
Nesbitt’s arm development: Nesbitt is progressing well. CPJ wants the passing game to be more efficient in terms of TD passes thrown. He said they left a lot out on the field last year.
Redshirting Stephen Hill: Doesn’t know. Wants the guys to compete first.
Run/pass mix: He doesn’t care, as long as he wins. And he said the 40% playbook thing is wrong. Most of the playbook was in.
Special teams competition: There will be competition at all spots. No secret that he wasn’t happy with the teams last year. Didn’t hear an answer to condensing the coaching duties. If he wanted to do that, I assume he would have already done so. Look for Tarrant to return punts.
Me coming back a fan: As I’ve said, I’m not a fan of any team. I enjoy covering Tech. The people here are very good, very helpful, and have a great passion for what they do. Personally, I think Tech could have a very special year in a lot of sports, and am looking forward to covering all the teams.
AJC and bad news about Tech: An old, tired line that’s not worth defending.
Deferring the toss: A common practice. Coaches usually like to see what tendencies a team has in the first half, and then try to gameplan for it at halftime, and then come out and take advantage of it in the second half.
Defending slants and run game: Team worked on defending the pass a lot during the spring.
Turnovers: Didn’t hear that one asked. Sorry about that.
Offense better in spring game: A year’s worth of experience, basically. Everyone knows what they are doing.
How the lines look: Offense will have 11-12 guys competing for 5 spots. Johnson said he wouldn’t be surprised to see guys who started the last four games get beat out. Defensive line is the same.
See the shotgun: Doubtful.
Worst fans in sports: [my take] Come on, that’s silly. I think Tech fans have a healthy passion for their team. No problems here.
Year 2 going against Tech’s offense: Answered above.
Changing blocking schemes for the opponent: Good question, that wasn’t asked by me or anyone. I would guess that he didn’t, based upon Johnson’s statements in the past. He may call certain plays that work better against this opponent, compared to other ones.
Offensive line be two-deep this year: It seems so now, but who knows what could happen if injuries occur.
Changes on defense: Wommack said they will try a few new things, but wouldn’t say what they were. Wants them to be a surprise.
Dwyer at A-back: Could happen. He needs to learn the position first.
CPJ’s expectations: Win every game.
Publicity campaigns for Dwyer: let’s play some games first.
Johnson teaching clinic: As I reported in Monday’s paper, he will be back in Greensboro this week to talk about chop blocks with the referees.
T.J. Barnes: If he competes well, he will play. Same for everyone else.
Other teams devoting time in spring to defending the option: As I reported on Monday, some did, some didn’t.
Jaybo put on size and weight: I haven’t seen him, but would imagine he has after a full year in Tech’s weightroom.
How many credentials at ACC media days: Don’t know, but they said it was a record turnout.
There we go. Thanks for the great questions, keep ‘em coming throughout the season.