Some answers to your questions

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.

93 comments Add your comment

Seriously?

July 28th, 2009
8:19 am

Nice article Doug! Thanks! I am surprised by the fact that most of the play book was “in”, i wonder how much we of it we “ran” then?

patrickr

July 28th, 2009
9:06 am

CPJ has stated numerous times that most of the offense was installed or taught, but we only RAN a limited amount.

Doug, good job on the reporting. I am a little bumbed that my question about the o-line and a-back blocking scheme wasn’t asked. I have seen in the past (see last year’s Clean Old Fashioned Hate) where CPJ’s have changed there blocking assignments. I mainly wanted to know how confident CPJ is in making in-game adjustments and have his players still execute at a high level.

god and greyhound

July 28th, 2009
9:28 am

not bad for a mutt. kudos doug

ACCFan

July 28th, 2009
9:37 am

great comments and summary. glad to have you on board.

Trade School Junkie

July 28th, 2009
9:42 am

GT: 12-0, ACC Champs.

Only UNC, Miami, and Clemson (in that order of importance) stands in the way.

Not Disappointed

July 28th, 2009
10:19 am

Damn Doug! I’m impressed and I watched the conference on http://www.theacc.com. Good reporting!
Also, they asked CPJ about opposing teams adjusting to the option. CPJ replied that he has been coaching for over 20 years or something similiar. Coach PJ was letting them now he can adjust as well.

Ramblin Wreck!

Also CPJ was on College Football live yesterday. I played twice on Espn and Espn 2.

Not Disappointed

July 28th, 2009
10:21 am

Thanks for addressing my question on Nesbitt. Kudos Doug.

Don’t let it go to your head. ;-)

Go Jackets!

CPJ blocking scheme adjustments

July 28th, 2009
10:28 am

Defensive Questions

July 28th, 2009
10:30 am

Thanks for addressing my quetions about the defense (except for the turnovers….but I can understand not being able to get in a couple of questions)!

GoodWord

July 28th, 2009
10:40 am

Thanks, Doug. I believe CPJ is just saying that most of the playbook was installed last year so he doesn’t tip his hand. I was at GA Southern from 98-01 and trust me there is still plenty we haven’t seen. I am looking forward to a great season. With a little luck it could be one to remember!

chbe06

July 28th, 2009
11:14 am

Thanks for asking my question about Hill! Hope he performs well and gets a spot, but Bebe can hold his own. :)

Paddy

July 28th, 2009
11:14 am

When CPJ was at Ga Southern and things were really fine tuned, he ran alot of mis-direction. We saw a little of that last year but not much. Big holes and ugly ground numbers followed when he is finally confident in his players ability to execute. It is fun to watch just not against my Dawgs.

Dragon*Con

July 28th, 2009
11:41 am

The bigger question is what costume you all will be wearing for Dragon*Con on Sept. 04, and the Jacksonville State game on the 5th? Would it be unTech like to wear a fantasy costume to the game? Big question.

old gold engineer

July 28th, 2009
12:42 pm

Thanks for the good info, Doug. Do you know how you will cover the practices leading up to the season? In other words, what can we look for?

Engy

July 28th, 2009
12:58 pm

ACC champs and our biggest threat is UNC?

VT and Miami are, by far.

Melinda

July 28th, 2009
1:16 pm

I think UNC’s huge defensive line might give us more problems than the speedy defenses will.

Great work Doug!

How many days until toe meets leather? August will be a long month.

RAMBLE ON!!!

July 28th, 2009
1:24 pm

Melinda is right…UNC will be the toughest game of the year for us. FSU a close 2nd. WF and VT tied for 3rd. Clempson and UGAg fighting it out for 5th.

Thanks for the update Doug!!!

StingerSplash

July 28th, 2009
2:04 pm

What? No question to PJ about what the VT DB said about reading the blocking schemes? Or was PJ able to stop laughing long enough to answer?

jconservative

July 28th, 2009
2:47 pm

Offensive line is again the key for the offense. And, as usual, if you block & tackle better than the other guy you generally win. Old quote from Howard Cosell – “football is the simpliest team sport out there.”

Pi$$onaDawg

July 28th, 2009
2:59 pm

Damn, You might cover the JACKETS well this year after all. I did like the pithy replys to many of GT fans stupid posted questions. Keep up the GOOD WORK. I want more info more often, but do not become bulldog bill writing crap just to write crap.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
3:00 pm

If Georgia Tech fans are seriously overlooking Virginia Tech then that is a terrible mistake.

Trade School Junkie :GT: 12-0, ACC Champs.

Only UNC, Miami, and Clemson (in that order of importance) stands in the way.

Wow you are the most irrational ACC fan of them all here is an unbiased opinion for you all VT is 4-1 against GT since joining the ACC. GT’s last win against VT was when Calvin Johnson went there. If I can remember correctly last year’s game was a close one but we still shut down the Triple Option game. It was a defensive game seeing as VT’s offense was not anywhere close to great last year. And I don’t want to hear about any of the ref’s blowing the game for Georgia Tech either.

Joe Friday

July 28th, 2009
3:09 pm

Miami will not be good. These aren’t the Hurricanes from 10 years ago. UNC and VT will be our toughest ACC opponents this year. Why people are so scared of Miami, I have no idea.

Doug Roberson

July 28th, 2009
3:21 pm

Actually, I did ask CPJ about Kam Chancellor’s comment. He said something to the effect of “well, I guess that means he’s going to make a lot of tackles if he knows where the ball is going.” Something like that.

jacketbacker

July 28th, 2009
3:25 pm

thanks doug!…good stuff

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
3:31 pm

Oh Paul Johnson you crack me up!

As a matter of fact Kam Chancellor was a big part of helping stop the Triple Option last year. Now look as a student at Virginia Tech I know what Chancellor said was stupid and he definitely shouldn’t have even hinted at that comment. But look at the facts GT really hasn’t done much against Virginia Tech in the past. VT’s defense isn’t the only thing to look out for this year either.

@VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
3:50 pm

VT could barely beat Tech last year just a few games into the season. All we did that game was qb keep and hand off to the fullback. I didn’t see the pitch effectively added in until well into the season. You beat a team that is a shadow of what is to come this year, and VT’s 4-1 record versus Tech makes no difference during the actual game. I’ve gotta feeling y’all are gonna be thoroughly embarrassed in Atlanta this year.

Doug Roberson

July 28th, 2009
4:07 pm

I’ve got a feeling that what Chancellor said wasn’t what he meant. By referring to blocking schemes he could have been referring to anything before or after the snap. But it is what he said. I wish I could have gotten some clarification on it, but was unable to. I wouldn’t think much of it.
It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me considering so much of Tech’s offense is based upon reading the defense after the snap.
For the record, Tech had 387 yards against the Hokies last year, its third-highest total against an ACC team, trailing North Carolina (423) and Miami (518). Clemson (298) and Boston College (259) had the most success.

Trip

July 28th, 2009
4:15 pm

I just looked at Purdue’s roster on their website and didn’t see D.J. Donley listed. Anyone know what’s going on there?

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
4:20 pm

VT could barely beat Tech last year just a few games into the season. All we did that game was qb keep and hand off to the fullback. I didn’t see the pitch effectively added in until well into the season. You beat a team that is a shadow of what is to come this year, and VT’s 4-1 record versus Tech makes no difference during the actual game. I’ve gotta feeling y’all are gonna be thoroughly embarrassed in Atlanta this year.

It doesn’t matter if we squeaked by or we won convincingly a W is a W. You’re right but the game hasn’t happened yet so for preseason purposes the 4-1 record stands. VT to be embarrassed in Atlanta? Please tell me you are joking. The only embarrassment that happened was the 51-7 beat down that Virginia Tech gave Georgia Tech a couple years back. And for once in GT fan’s lives would you all stop making excuses to why you didn’t win first it was the ref’s blew it now its because the hand off wasn’t efficient enough? Sorry that is COACHING and if that is the only argument you got then there is nothing to argue about. Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech no excuses.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
4:25 pm

Oh and plus, we had a whole new receiving corps and our offense was terrible say what 105 in the nation or something around that general area. Our Defense created our offense last year. This year our receiving corps has game experience and we are deep at the RB position. Watch out for the combination of Evans/Williams. If and I mean IF Tyrod Taylor can stay healthy I don’t see any chance of an “embarrassment” at the hands of Georgia Tech. Trust me, it will be a good game down to the wire again like it was last year. Just because the game is in Atlanta doesn’t mean anything. All it means is Vegas is going to favor GT but that doesn’t mean squat.

@VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
4:36 pm

“And for once in GT fan’s lives would you all stop making excuses to why you didn’t win first it was the ref’s blew it now its because the hand off wasn’t efficient enough? Sorry that is COACHING and if that is the only argument you got then there is nothing to argue about. Virginia Tech beat Georgia Tech no excuses.”

Read what I said. I didn’t make any excuses. You beat us. But once again, that 4-1 record and 51-7 beatdown when I didn’t even go to Tech yet doesn’t mean squat on the field during the actual game. But do realize that this is not the same team y’all played last September. I’m sure that if we’d played FSU or Miami earlier in the season, we wouldn’t have won those games. Likewise, if VT was in Miami’s shoes I bet you would have been similarly demolished. What’s done is done and now you have to deal with an offense using more than three plays this year.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
4:46 pm

Read what I said. I didn’t make any excuses.

“All we did that game was qb keep and hand off to the fullback” and “You beat a team that is a shadow of what is to come this year”

so those aren’t excuses? You just said our team wasn’t that good so you didn’t really beat the true GT team. But okay. Virginia Tech’s playbook should open up a little this year since we actually have a respectable run game that can open up the passing game. I can’t stand the flanker screen play that Stinespring likes to run so much. But we have more than 3 plays I mean Virginia Tech has 5 straight 10 win seasons. And don’t go off and say yeah because you played Cincinnati in the Orange Bowl. We can’t help who the committee picked to play us. I wanted to play West Virginia.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
4:51 pm

Oh and here is one more example you said “I’m sure that if we’d played FSU or Miami earlier in the season, we wouldn’t have won those games” It doesn’t matter when you play the team you have a week maybe two if you are coming off a bye week to study tape and get ready for that particular team that particular week. And at the end of the day after the game is said and done if your team doesn’t get it done it comes down to coaching.

gt_thwg

July 28th, 2009
5:17 pm

Big talk out of the purple turkey people. A win is indeed a win, and you guys earned it last year. Bud Foster better have something up his sleeve, cause what he saw last year is not what he’ll be seeing this year…I think it’s going to be a hard fought, high scoring game and in the end, Tech will win. We’ll see in October.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
5:31 pm

gt_thwg: purple turkey people? Okay. at least you are more rational than that other person. You know that Bud will have his defense ready for GT. I think it will be a great game. The game will be won by 7 to 10 points well that’s at least what I predict. It is going to be another defensive struggle seeing as the run game probably won’t be effective for either team. It should be a good one the games that VT needs to watch out for are Bama, Nebraska, GT and UNC. VT has an amazing schedule this year and I applaud our AD Jim Weaver and the staff for getting good talent to play out of conference.

bb

July 28th, 2009
5:37 pm

Seem as though I remember Tech steamrolling a #11-ranked VT team 38-27 in 2006 at Blacksburg (VT scored some garbage points late in the game to make it look closer than it was). So it seems that VT has been embarrassed by GT in recent history.

Also, VT did NOT stop GT last year, as Doug pointed out above. GT stopped GT in that game, same as the UNC game and the LSU game.

The VT-GT game will be decided by turnovers more than likely. If GT doesn’t turn the ball over, look out!

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
5:50 pm

bb: I am pretty sure that 51-7 overkill is more embarrassing than 38-27. Oh and do you want to know who you all had at receiver that year? Calvin Johnson, one of the best players to ever come out of GT. We simply couldn’t stop him. VT did stop that triple option no team has ran the ball well against our defense in recent memory. Miami and BC were the two teams who have accumulated the most yards against our Defense. Clemsons “Thunder and Lightning” was shut down and Maryland had negative rushing yards against us last year. I don’t remember if GT had that many rushing yards or not so until I find that stat I won’t say anything. But like I said it is always a great game to watch. But if any of you Georgia Tech fans think you are going to stomp VT in the ground then you are sadly mistaken. Yes, congratulations to Dwyer for being preseason player of the year. C.J . Spiller was the player of the year last year and he did nothing against VT’s defense. We will see who gets the best of who soon enough.

hokie vpi11

July 28th, 2009
6:00 pm

good prediction gt thwg? a tech win.. both tech’s bud. and let’s be real. all these GT fans are saying it was only a couple of games into the season and that they weren’t as good as they got. Well i would also then think its fair to say they didn’t face the hokies at their best either. all the jacket fans on here seem to be ignoring that for some odd reason.

As for the record of 4-1.. of course it doesn’t matter on the field. but it’s all we have to go off of right now so just deal with it. i’m not ignorant enough to say that the hokie’s defense stopped the jackets last year because they put up 300 yds in the ground game alone. if it weren’t for turnovers and a couple key turnovers, the game would have been way different. i also know that every year the jackets talk real big game about “coming down to atlanta” and our starting qb’s play in YOUR JERSEYS and just demolish you. The fact that it is in atlanta means nothing because GT’s crowd is weak compared to Lane Stadium, which is top 5 in most blogger’s toughest places to play, and even number one in some.

let me just say from blacksburg, as a student, that the hokies are not overlooking the jackets. we respect them because they are solid year in and year out. but we’re also a little more concerned with Alabama, Miami, and Nebraska… all in the month of September. The hokies aren’t shying away from tough games right off the bat like normally, and we will be extremely battle tested by the time we travel to ATL to gobble gobble everywhere

hokie vpi11

July 28th, 2009
6:01 pm

meant to say penalties and key turnovers on the beginning of second paragraph

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
6:06 pm

hokie vpi11: well put. Except seeing as their offense is the triple option you would expect GT to get 300 yards on the ground seeing as they had no air game. One of the turnovers was a fumbled pitch and we had our LB’s on the blitz so it hurried up the pitch and caused the fumble and I am pretty sure another turnover was a desperation throw that was intercepted. But I will have to go back and check to make sure.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
6:13 pm

Here is a complete Box Score of last years GT-VT game source is hokiesports.com

http://www.hokiesports.com/football/stats/showstats.html?9222

SugarHillDawg

July 28th, 2009
6:48 pm

Tradeschooljunkie ought to change his name to Crackjunkie. Here’s a question, will Tech sell out their dump of a stadium without UGA coming to that dump?You have NO defensive line you delusional fools!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
7:41 pm

Buddy, I don’t think you understand what I’m saying. Based on your lack of periods and punctuation I’m guessing your some kid jumped up on too much candy and soda.

“You just said our team wasn’t that good so you didn’t really beat the true GT team. But okay. Virginia Tech’s playbook should open up a little this year since we actually have a respectable run game that can open up the passing game.”
You’re forgetting that tidbit that it was a brand new coach with a brand new offense. The difference between a team that is starting a completely new offense style after a few months compared to a team that is using the same offense as years previous is drastically different. If anything, you really should have torn us up with how new the system was. This isn’t an excuse, it’s an observation on the differences between GT in September and GT in November. Yes, VT won and a win is a win. You’ve completely missed my point which is that we’re significantly better than we were last September and the game will be much tougher for VT this year. Unless there is even half as much improvement on VT as there has been with GT, VT is going to have a very tough time in Atlanta this year.

“Oh and here is one more example you said “I’m sure that if we’d played FSU or Miami earlier in the season, we wouldn’t have won those games” It doesn’t matter when you play the team you have a week maybe two if you are coming off a bye week to study tape and get ready for that particular team that particular week. And at the end of the day after the game is said and done if your team doesn’t get it done it comes down to coaching.”

Once again. Learning a completely new offense is far different from improving on one already set for years.

Observer

July 28th, 2009
8:27 pm

VTHokie2012 – Dude, you need a hobby.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
8:30 pm

Oh, please forgive me for not punctuating perfectly. You couldn’t think of anything else to say so you give me an English lesson? By the way, I’m a sophomore at Virginia Tech, so I am not “some kid jumped up on too much candy and soda” but nice try though. Oh and Buddy, every new recruit has to learn a completely new offense from high school. So it’s not just the old players who have to learn a different offense. But you know they are football players it is their job to understand plays and different offenses. It doesn’t matter if they had to learn a new offense or not, they still have to execute when it’s game time. Don’t use that as some excuse as to why GT didn’t beat Virginia Tech. The football players at Virginia Tech have to do just as much tape study and learning plays as everyone else in the NCAA. Once again, it comes down to coaching and execution. But don’t sugar coat not getting the job done by saying our players had to learn a whole new offense. It is the players responsibility to have everything ready for game time. Oh, by the way was my punctuation up to your standards this time? I’m pretty sure I was trying to talk about football not English. But that’s okay.

VTHokie2012

July 28th, 2009
8:33 pm

Observer: I do have many hobbies and talking about college football happens to be one of them. It’s the last month of summer break and I finally got some time to relax. Thanks for the tip, but I have my life under control.

third quarter fan

July 28th, 2009
9:44 pm

Hokies, hope you guys start the season with a W over bammer and also hope the same HtoH ref is not calling the game this year…and it’s doubtful that CPJ is overlooking VT. May the real Tech win!

Techfan

July 28th, 2009
10:21 pm

I think in ten or fifteen years VT will be our biggest conference rival. Let’s get the trash talking going. The only thing the ACC lacks is passionate rivalries since it is a relatively new conference when compared to the other big conferences. Tarholes, turkeys, clem son’s, and criminoles are all welcome on the GT blog. Just no dawgs, they don’t bring anything of value to the conversation.

Southside GT Fan

July 28th, 2009
10:28 pm

Any news on Kyle Jackson and his foot injury?

mmgtfan

July 28th, 2009
10:47 pm

VTHokie: If youre a student at VT then why are you wasting your time on an Atlanta newspaper. Its sad to see you comment on newspaper that is 600 miles away. Just shows for Virginia Tech’s lack of civilization and journalism. Youre a joke!