Two down….

Well, both of Georgia Tech’s wins have been full of exciting moments, even if they haven’t been the prettiest games you’ve ever seen.

Through two games, what concerns do you have and why?

I wouldn’t make too much out of Jonathan Dwyer not cracking 100 yards in a game yet. He could have done it against JSU. Clemson was determined to keep him from breaking a long one, keying all four defensive lineman and a linebacker on him almost every play. Five guys on one. 

As I wrote, Nesbitt’s consistency, or consistency, with accuracy is something to discuss. He looked great against JSU, but was scattergunning passes through the first three quarters against Clemson. I asked him if the interception on his first pass caused him to really try and fire fastballs with the rest of his passes. He said no.

I could be wrong about this, but I think Tech’s quarterbacks have only attempted one pass to a wide receiver not named DeMaryius Thomas, and that pass was a Hail Mary to Stephen Hill at the end of the first half against Clemson.I thought for sure passes would be thrown to Kevin Cone or Hill just to give them the experience. At some point one of them is going to have to make a play.

The interior defensive line is still a work in progress. Ben Anderson and Jason Peters held the point of attack much better against Clemson than they did against JSU. T.J. Barnes has still yet to make a play, and looked like he was getting pushed backward against the Tigers on a few plays. He did have a tackle.

Those are a few of my thoughts. Let me hear yours. What must Tech do better against Miami next week?

101 comments Add your comment

TechDan

September 11th, 2009
2:33 pm

I’m just glad that we have a full week to prepare for Miami now. Let’s come back from Landshark 3-0.

CapTB

September 11th, 2009
2:40 pm

Seems like the Clemson defense did three things to take away the option game. One they penetrated one of the other of the big DT’s through the A gap; two they penetrated their defensive ends on both sides of the formation, finally their CB’s and outside lb’s came up extremelyfast when an A back came to their side. I couldn’t tell the adjustment Tech made in the 4th Qtr but Nesbitt was able to turn upfield between the gaurd and tackle on both sides for 4 to 6 yds. My concern is that Tech’s OL is not blocking as well as it need’s to, particularly on the inside…center and gaurds…big strong DT’s seem to cause our running game to flounder. In any event it seemed that whagt Clemson did to shut down our option was similar to what LSU did. By the way, Nesbitt is a true warrior! He carried the offense in the deciding moments of the 4th quarter.

GT Fan in Savannah

September 11th, 2009
2:47 pm

Stop the long passes!!!

DMWC

September 11th, 2009
2:49 pm

Nesbitt doesn’t need to throw the deep ball all the time to keep defenses honest. Short outs, spread around the WRs, are much more within his skill set and would have done a lot to disrupt Clemson’s defensive game plan.

And I never thought I’d see the day that Tech fans can’t enjoy a win over Clemson.

CarRamRod

September 11th, 2009
2:58 pm

Kick returning must get better. We took too long to develop our blocks which led to poor field position. Passing must get better, but our passing play selection must get better too. Need to throw some screens to the A backs and run shorter routes with our WR’s with the occasional deep ball. Need to take advantage of Bay Bays ability to make plays in the open field. We can generate chunks of yards by getting him the ball quickly in the flat if the corner is giving him any cushion at all. I’ll take Bay Bay 1 on 1 over any CB any day of the week. Must keep up our intensity level up throughout the entire game. Next week on the road will be another big test for us. Go Jackets

AtWork

September 11th, 2009
3:01 pm

I think they need to learn to finish a game…they seem too comfortable early…i want to see urgency and determination. I hope CPJ runs them good at practice because conditioning on the D line needs some work too. I hope they use this as a tool and learn from it because you play like that and you will get beat more than you win.

Like to see Nesbitt with some more time to throw and see his throws be more accurate. I think they will show up for Miami but for how long is up to them…needs to be 4 quarters!

Go Jackets!

JACKETfan

September 11th, 2009
3:03 pm

I did notice TJ in the game when clemson had the ball within the 5 yard line and he did in fact seem to get pushed back… shouldnt happen to someone who is 340 pounds. No wonder the coaching staff does not think he is worthy of a starting spot yet.

Concerns:
- Obviously Nesbitt’s play… we did a good job of holding onto the ball this game unlike JSU, but Nesbitt’s two interceptions definately hurt. He had Demaryius wide open on the first play. He has got to step up and throw accurate passes.
- The dive play didnt do crap last night. And yes im being blunt. Dwyer couldnt get anything going up the middle. Not his fault at all though… Clemson has a great D-Line. I wish PJ had gotten the ball more on the outside instead of continuing to try and pound it up the middle when it obviously wasnt there. But when Dwyer is shut down, we still have two other backs on the field who can step up, which brings me to my next point- Anthony Allen is going to be a huge part of our success. That counter hand-off play to him up the middle is great. Once Roddy gets back in the mix and gets that huge brace off so he can make a catch (that dropped pass hurt), we will have two very, very solid A-backs.
- We absolutely have to stop big plays on D. Our D played well when they didnt give up 50 and 60 yard passes. Our DT’s need to step up a little…
- And yes, we have still yet to find a proven reciever besides Bebe. Once tyler melton gets back maybe he can step up. Steven Hill is still a bit young…

Overall, im glad we got the W, but that performance last night aftet the 1st quarter wont cut it next week at Miami.

Don

September 11th, 2009
3:15 pm

Thought the interior of the defensive line played pretty well against Clemson. IMO Coach Johnson didn’t have one of his better games calling plays. He didn’t seem to catch Clemson in the wrong defenses or surprise them as much as he usually does. You have to be concerned about Josh, if the pass threat is minimal teams are going to slow down the TO. For more info on Tech football visit: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Joseph M.

September 11th, 2009
3:17 pm

Tech has passed a few to anthony allen. He had a big 1st down catch last night on a dump over the middle. Roddy Jones dropped a 1st down catch too.

MyGoodness

September 11th, 2009
3:20 pm

Things we must improve on:
1. Getting to refs to make a call. There was at least one obvious holds and another obvious face mask to R. Jones that were not called. One would have given Clemson a 3rd and 19 and the other would have given Tech a 3rd down conversion and a chance to extend the 24-7 lead before the game ever got close.

2. Nesbitt has to throw the ball a little sooner. Ball seems to be leaving his hand a little late. May also want to practice throwing at the knees of receivers that are obviously inside of the coverage – he overthrew many chances last night.

3. Kick returns still look pathetic. The new freshman returner just looks slow with no great burst of speed whenever a seam develops. If Jones is truly healthy why not put him back here?

4. Hill? Cone? Somebody other than Thomas needs to be thrown too. There were several times when these receivers appeared to have some seperation but the ball is never thrown in their direction even with the score 21-0, 24-7, 24-14, etc.

5. Great special teams calls with the kicker! But sometime or another Blair is going to have to become consistent from 35+ yards or we will lose a game or two. Last year he looked terrible from 35+ but this is a new year.

6. Punter still looks horrible even though the results are pretty good. I’ll take good results over good punting anyday! Just afraid that there is a weakness in weak/short punts. So far, Nobody has been able to return one. LOL

Thoughts

September 11th, 2009
3:31 pm

Not too concerned with Nesbitt, he won the game in the 4th qtr with his legs and pass to Thomas to set up the winning field goal. I don’t think we are giving Clemson much credit, they have arguably the best D Line in the ACC, with a lot of game experience. We still had 301 rushing yards,which is a number I think is impressive, given what Clemson was doing on the D line. Clemson also has big time play-makers in Ford and Spiller.
The passsing game does need to improve against Miami, if we are going to win Thursday.

Buzz Belle

September 11th, 2009
3:36 pm

It is a win. As I told my UGA hubby last night, if we win every game by only one point with one second in the game, we still win every game. I don’t care how ugly it is, it is a win. Although I held my breath on the field goal and the 4th quarter throw by Nesbitt. It’s what makes the game exciting. College football, nothing better! GO JACKETS and THWG!

Jacketman

September 11th, 2009
3:36 pm

Wow…I don’t know what to say! All of the praise that has been heaped upon us after last night is mind boggling. Yes we looked good in the first half at times, but two big miscues by Clemson resulted in 14 of our points! I still can’t tell you how Bay Bay wasn’t picked up by the Clemson defenders. The 2nd half was unreal! The offense couldn’t move the ball and the defense looked totally gassed. Doug, you asked what we had to do better against Miami? Are you kidding? We need to get better! We need to get in shape, and we need to play four quarters! If we don’t we will not be as happy next Friday as some are today. We should have destroyed Clemson and damn near got beat! If we don’t get that win last night, it could have been disaster as we have Miami, UNC, FSU and VA Tech all coming up real quick. We better get a grip and quit believing all the hype or we are going to get our feelings hurt.

Jim Grogan

September 11th, 2009
3:39 pm

First, that was one exciting football game, filled with spectacular plays and great efforts by both teams. It is obvious that Clemson has a lot of talent and they should be given due credit for playing with intensity and coming from behind, as did the Jackets, late when it mattered. The Clemson kicker’s 53 yard field goal looked like it would have been good from 70 yards, what a leg!! This season will be about staying healthy and growing from game to game. Unfortunately all the big ACC games are front loaded, so we better grow fast!! Great win, Jackets!! THWG!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 11th, 2009
3:49 pm

Concerns:

1. Lack of pass rush, except D. Morgan.
2. Offensive line
3. Nesbitt staring at one receiver, holding the ball too long, and floating the ball on deep, late passes.
4. Punter still taking too long to get off punts.
5. Defensive backs have to keep fast players in front of them.

That’s enough right now. I am just glad we found a way to win last night.

Go Jackets!!

GT Que

September 11th, 2009
3:49 pm

Alright, alright, alright Jacket Fans…Let’s not jump out of the window. There are a TON of negative things we can say about our performance last night, BUT there are also a TON of positives as well

Firstly, based upon GT’s past performances (gailey years, etc), we would’ve lost that game but we didn’t because things are changing on the flats

I have complete confidence in our coach and his ability to make week to week adjustments.

You can rest assured that GT will not make the same mistakes that we made last night. Sure Nesbitt’s accuracy will not dramatically improve over night, but I’m certain other facets of the game such as play calling, secondary coverage, game management (i.e., playing with a lead) will all improve

Let’s not be too confident, but lets not concede a loss to Miami next week either

Tom in ATL

September 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

From Matthew Zemek – columinst for College Football News: An unbiased view of officiating – and how it hurt UGA last week – and downright gave Tech a win this week:
2) No, I don’t love Georgia or hate Georgia Tech; let’s just acknowledge what any sensible football fan should: Much as Georgia got shafted last week by a terrible personal foul penalty late in a tight 17-10 slugfest, Georgia Tech was helped by a god-awful holding penalty with just over three minutes to go. The defensive lineman for Tech fell to the ground, while the Clemson offensive lineman executed textbook technique and remained squarely in front of his man for the duration of his sustained block. Somehow, the fall of the Tech lineman was construed as a backside push, but in reality, the white-shirted defender merely slipped in the face of stronger blocking. At any rate, the yellow laundry came out of the pocket, a 38-yard pass from Kyle Parker to Jacoby Ford was wiped out, and instead of seeing Clemson win with a field goal, the Yellow Jackets stole one. Yes, Tech was victimized by a horrible personal foul call late in the first half, but not all calls carry the same amount of weight. Once more with feeling, it’s not whining when a poor piece of officiating just happens to define the ebb and flow of a football fistfight. That holding call WAS the most influential play of the game. It would be hard to claim otherwise.

reebok

September 11th, 2009
3:50 pm

Awesome football game, big win against a very good team. The Jackets need to get better at every aspect of the game, and they will. At least this time, we will have a full week to prepare for a game…

bb

September 11th, 2009
4:00 pm

I distinctly remember Nesbitt over-throwing a ball to K. Cone last night. But, the point is valid, we need to involve our other WR (not just the A-Backs) in the passing offense.

I agree that Clemson is not being given enough credit for our woes on offense last night (if 300+ yds rushing and 400+ yds total can be considered struggling).

It seems that if the other team’s DTs and LBs can stop the dive and the DEs are stopping the pitch, then we are going to struggle to maintain drives. Hopefully not many teams on our sked have a DL as talented across the board as Clemson (and LSU last year). If the other team has a weakness on the DL then CPJ can exploit it, but it gets harder when the DL is strong across the board.

Of course, missed blocking assignments seemed to play a part also. And that is something that can hopefully be corrected.

GTPUG

September 11th, 2009
4:00 pm

The problems will be fixed – CPJ will make sure – it was a ugly win but it is a win – - positive thoughts on the Miami game

“GO JACKETS”

“TO HELL WITH GEORGIA”

BeeProudBeeLoud

September 11th, 2009
4:02 pm

To answer your question about GT QB’s throwing to someone other than BeBe… yes, last night he threw to Allen out of the back field, over the middle. Which i would like to see alot more of.

GT Que

September 11th, 2009
4:05 pm

TOM

Every team at some point in time gets a call against them that we fans deem as ‘bogus and/or game changing’…..reference GT v UGA in 2006 in Athens when R. Ball scrambled and was tackled and was down but somehow the officials allowed a ‘fumble’ to be called and UGA recovered and scored

reference yet again in 2006 GT v Notre Dame in the second half when our safety was hit with a personal foul penalty for a late hit on Brady Quinn when he was CLEARLY still in-bounds and it put Notre Dame in the red zone and they scored the ‘go ahead’ touchdown.

I understand your point, but every team gets the short end of that stick at some point if you play the game

GT Joe

September 11th, 2009
4:07 pm

Tom in ATL, do you not recall the “makeup” call during our last drive, which made it 2nd and 16? Even the announcers said it was a makeup call. Difference is, we overcame that garbage call, Clemson didn’t.

Also, there was another horrific holding call against us in the first half. What did we do? Overcame it, and ended up scoring a TD on the fake FG.

BobbyBrown

September 11th, 2009
4:16 pm

My fellow Tech fans do not be alarmed with last night game and our lack of offense or play in general. Clemson has a DEFENSE two great DE one was the number one recruit in the USA two yrs ago, and a very good team dont be suprised if Clemson wins 10 games

BobbyBrown

September 11th, 2009
4:20 pm

One more thing give the what ifs with the penalties a break. Good grief that is part of football. In the end penalties dont beat you, your play on the field does. Understand that UGA fans which all week is all I have read about on a GT blog.

GT Joe

September 11th, 2009
4:25 pm

“we won on a bogus call…” Garbage. That wasn’t a scoring play. Heck, that play barely woulda got them into the red zone. And it prevented them from a game winning FG? That play happened with 3:30 on the clock! Way too much football left to say that!

Clemson lost the game because they couldn’t stop our last two drives, one was 69 yards, one was 47 yards, both ended up with FGs. And Clemson’s last drive started with 1:55 to go, but resulted in 4 straight incompletions. And all they need was 35 yards to get into FG range.

In my book, Clemson folded. And we did what we had to do, scored when we had to, and stopped them when we had to.

DMWC

September 11th, 2009
4:26 pm

The officiating excuses are a joke. Phantom late hit call on Burnett, make-up call on the next drive to push Tech back to 2nd and 16, a bunch of other holds that could have been called on the Clemson line wrestling Derrick Morgan.

And as for UGA, please remember that you lost by two touchdowns and Oklahoma State was driving in your territory when it took a knee.

Tom in ATL

September 11th, 2009
4:29 pm

I give credit to Tech for taking advantage of the situation – I am not suggesting the refs were bought off or Tech “cheated” – however – if the call is not made – Clemson has the ball at Tech 25 – 3 minutes to play – and very likely are celebrating a 3 point win today rather than Tech. This was the 2nd consecutive week that officials calls in games with the two local teams were mentioned prominently by national sportswriters (not local fans – guys who are paid to be observant and don’t have a Dawg or Jacket in the fight). On Dan Patrick’s call in show last week – when asked the “worst of the Weekend” – the officiating of UGA game was selected – over Sam Bradford’s injury!

You can’t “makeup” a 48 yard penalty (Wiping out a 38 yd gain, and backing Clemson up 10 yards) – that also resulted ultimately in loss of possession and ballgame. Conversely – UGA couldn’t overcome 3 horrific game changing calls that went against them last week and were as much a reason for their loss in Stillwater as the players on the field. Point being – close games are often decided by who gets the calls and who doesn’t. Only way to prevent it is to not be in a position (i.e have a nice lead) late in the game when a zebra dictates a win or loss.

Bottomline – its a big win for Tech – and a crucial one considering the upcoming schedule.

Snooks

September 11th, 2009
4:35 pm

AlabamaRamblinWreck, I had the exact same concerns. Our defensive line had 0 pass rush from anyone other than Morgan, and once he got tired Clemson had all the time in the world to throw. We rarely blitzed, only rushing 4 undersized linemen against 5 oversized offensive linemen. Eventually those linebackers in coverage will get outrun if there’s no pressure on the quarterback. That’s the main concern I have, the other would be the conditioning of the offense as they looked beat by the end of the 3rd quarter.

As for the holding call, some of you weren’t looking closely enough. The refs called the wrong number for the hold. The number they called was not a hold, but when they showed the replay you could see a guy in the background wrapping up and tackling a Tech lineman. They just didn’t show a good angle, but it was a correct call.

superDawg

September 11th, 2009
4:37 pm

tek escaped a loss due to a holding penalty called on clemson with two plus minutes left.the call was not correct which would have given clemson a first down in field goal range or possibly a shot at a touchdown running the clock down to desperation mode for tek.good luck at miami.

superDawg

September 11th, 2009
4:38 pm

snooks you are incorrect.

Snooks

September 11th, 2009
4:42 pm

Go back and watch it again, superDawg. A Tech defender was clearly being tackled in the background. The refs just called the wrong number for the Clemson player, happens all the time.

superDawg

September 11th, 2009
4:43 pm

make up call my rearend when you lose possesion on a incorrect call there is no such thing as a make up call BS.

UGAIsSoLastYear

September 11th, 2009
4:46 pm

I agree with 2nd post. Go for shorter passes. Pass to running backs, set up screens, etc. Pass it 10 or 15 yards and get some confidence and rythm. Then, try the long ones. For a QB that isn’t a great passer, why would you call plays for him to throw the bomb. That is a Johnson call and I wish he would suck it up every now and then and taqke some blame. In the end, though, I am just happy we won!!

Burdell

September 11th, 2009
4:51 pm

I must say I was very impressed by the resolve and determination of the Clemson coaching staff and players last night. I was surprised by the early lead thinking it would be a nail-biter and was expecting Clemson to roll over considering new coach/coordinators, etc.

I was at the game but watched it on DVR when I got home. What the heck was Spiller wearing into the stadium?!?! Looked like something Deion would have worn…atrocious. But that kid can play…Jacoby Ford too.

I am hoping playing on the road next Thursday will be a good change for the Jackets. Other than the UNC game last year we played really well on the road. Miami thinks they already have this game won thanks to their win against FSU and our performance last night. Let ‘em keep thinking that way…reminds me of the week before last year’s game. I hope D. Morgan gets a few hard-hitting sacks on Jacory…he’ll break that string bean.

Go Jackets!

Burdell

September 11th, 2009
4:54 pm

Why the heck do you care Super D? Get your snout out of your crotch…ball licker.

BobbyBrown

September 11th, 2009
5:08 pm

Tom in ATL: Poor special teams play is what beat Clemson. Period!!

mutts R Ugly

September 11th, 2009
5:12 pm

To Hell with Georgia….

Techjock

September 11th, 2009
5:15 pm

super dawg…quit complaining about the refs…any good football player knows that you have to take the refs out of the game…the refs are not worth worrying about.

AGTFan

September 11th, 2009
5:30 pm

I thought UGA was supposed to be BullDawgs not WHINERdawgs. You got beat by a better team. Might happen again tomorrow.

GTfaSHO

September 11th, 2009
5:44 pm

“Waah waaah Clemson would have won if it weren’t for the refs…” How about, and I could be going out on a limb here, “Clemson would have won if they had covered BeBe on a fake field goal, hadn’t pooch kicked and failed to cover Tarrant, or given up one of the longest runs in Tech History on their second play from scrimmage. Officiating couldn’t have done all that could it?

Hey SuperDouche

September 11th, 2009
5:48 pm

Why do you care? Why are you on this blog? Is it to rub in the fact that Tech is 2 and 0 and your Dawgs are winless? Moron. South Carolina is about to make you cry more which I’m sure will bring you back to our blog to whine…. See you soon douche.

GTfan11

September 11th, 2009
5:49 pm

Blair for President! Do the math he was the hero last night. 1-Touchdown pass, 3 field goals, and 3 extra points!

A Rob

September 11th, 2009
5:57 pm

we need to add a formation which allows the QB to see the defense, i.e. the shotgun or something similar. pass plays are too slow developing with our O line not offering much protection. what do you guys think? Is PJ capable of adding a different formation?

superDawg

September 11th, 2009
5:57 pm

Sorry guys. I came on here to rip on you and make myself feel better about my Dawgs.

I guess it’s kinda lame since you all are undefeated and my Dawgs are about to be 0 and 2.

Scott

September 11th, 2009
6:01 pm

Tech made all the plays they had to when it counted. Nesbitt played his best at crunch time which is a great sign. We can only hope that injuries are minimal and this team improves from week to week.

juvenal

September 11th, 2009
6:14 pm

in the bcs, you want your opponents to have the best possible score, it boost your ranking; 2-0 & still 1 of the youngest teams in the us;great game Tigers, hope to see you in tampa

collegeballfan

September 11th, 2009
7:01 pm

I just watched the replay on espnu. I spent most of my time watching
Hall at DE. He really does a good job against the run. Really stuffed that side of the OL. He does not do well on pass rush – seems to be unable to separate from the OT.

The OL just does not blow anyone off the ball. To small? Is this a power offense or a finesse offense?

The Miami offense really concerns me. They looked good against FSU.
Miami high off a big win on the road, Tech on the road for the first time. But Tech played well on the first roadie against BC last year.

We will need some luck to win, just like last night.

scott

September 11th, 2009
7:05 pm

the only thing wrong with the 2nd half was play calling. neither the O or the D did the same in the 2nd half as they did in the 1st half.
in the 2nd half the offense just had some bad throws and they kept trying up the middle. up the middle is is but if there’s nothing there time after time why keep going there? nesbitt isn’t that bad at throwing the ball but there are passes that he cannot complete so why have him throw them, he isn’t one to connect with a man flying down the sideline and they already know that so why have him throw the bomb ? he won’t complete that one.
noone will watch clemson stop the spread option because in the 2nd half the spread option wasn’t tried and that was the problem

BT75

September 11th, 2009
7:09 pm

Everybody seems to have overlooked the fact that when the offense scores on their second play and the special teams score on a punt return, the defense gets no time to rest. How many minutes of the first quarter did the defense spend on the field? It’s no wonder they were getting tired. The offense has to get the ground game going and grind out some long, time eating drives to give the defense time to rest. That means better execution from the offensive line and the quarterback.