A new week

Much has been said about Georgia Tech’s loss to Miami, and the ineffectiveness of all three units.

An offense that generated just 95 yards rushing.

A defense that couldn’t get to quarterback Jacory Harris and was shredded for three passing touchdowns, and gave up more than 100 yards rushing and 250 yards passing, to use two benchmarks.

A special teams unit that put the defense in bad positions with poor coverage, not to mention the safety on the bad snap on the punt.

So, using this as the benchmark for the worst game of the year, how does Tech improve and get back into the ACC’s Coastal Division race?

After last year’s loss to Virginia Tech, the Jackets bounced back and got on another roll that only North Carolina stopped (Tech still had 400 yards of offense but couldn’t overcome its own turnovers in that one) during the regular season.

But last year’s team had a different feel that does this one, from the few games that I observed and from talking to the reporters who covered it.

Last year’s team had a leader, Darryl Richard, who got into his teammate’s faces and got them headed in the same direction. I’m not sure this year’s team has that player. Yes, I’ve written about leadership on this team before. But that, in my opinion, is what this team needs from one or two of the players. The coaches can only do so much. 

It’s a hard team to gauge. Coach Paul Johnson said as much in his press conference in Miami. When asked if the team appeared ready by its energy level before the game, he said he can never tell with this team. He alluded to “drive” two weeks ago when he talked about the tradition of winning at Georgia Southern as the motivator there, and the fear of failure the players had at Navy as the motivator in Annapolis. 

I don’t want to guess at what he thinks about his team, that’s a job for our fine columnists. But I do wonder if he wonders what motivates these players. For three weeks the players have talked about not executing their assignments after games, in one form or another. To me, that goes to motivation and drive. I’m not questioning the character or intelligence of Tech’s players. You could see on their faces in Miami that the loss hurt and humbled them. Some of them appeared angry, some crestfallen. 

But different things motivate different players. The challenge of coaching a team as large as a college football team, with so many players, is keeping everyone focused on the same goal and moving in the same direction. 

I’m very curious to see how the Jackets come out this week against the Tar Heels.

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Tech dropped out of both the AP and coaches polls with the loss. Does that surprise you?

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TrueInsider

September 20th, 2009
5:37 pm

Well Here’s my honest and objective critique of the game because even though I respect CPJ, there are some things that I’ve noticed but it didn’t come to fruition until the Miami Game!

1. Our play calling is very predictable to be honest, belly dive, toss sweep, midline and if we don’t bust a big one on the first two plays which are 99% runs, then it’s 3rd and long and now we are asking our quarterback who is not in rhythm to come through on 3rd and long, not fair to Josh. And then when we call a pass, it’s ALWAYS a roll out. I’m still curious to know on OBVIOUS pass situations with a weakened line that we don’t have ONE shotgun pass play in our offense?? Maybe CPJ knows more than everyone else from the pros to college who use a shotgun formation to give the quarterback OBVIOUS time in the pocket since everyone knows it’s gonna be a pass. Why make the quarterback, drop back, roll out and then SET HIS feet, the average time you have in the pocket to make a throw is 3 seconds! And on our pass plays, we have to use our A Backs more and use the other receiver, BAY BAY is amazing but we need more variety in our passing game to handle the superior talent we play week in and week out.
2. OLine-probably the weakest aspect of our offense. CPJ has to understand that at NAVY, they did NOT play week in and week out the talent that we face. Ever since LSU, 2nd Half of Clemson after adjusting at halftime and Miami, the DTackles and DEnds are destroying us. EVERYONE in the stadium knows that people are going to stop Dwyer first with Dtackles and it’s penetration. And this is where I think CPJ’s greatest asset is becoming his weakness, his supreme confidence in his system that he figures he can just plug people in on the line and it will be the same last year. Let’s be honest, we played the same Miami Defense last year and it was just our first year running the offense, so we weren’t as crisp in the execution standpoint. But let’s be honest in the major differences from last year’s line to this year’s, the starting center from last year and the starting left tackle have been replaced by two undersized lineman especially when we are going against top notch Dtackles and Dends. Our starting center is 6′1″ 268lbs this year in comparision to 6′4″ 294 from last year??? And our starting left tackle which is a very important position on the line is 6′2″ 252lbs in comparision to 6′6″ 286 from last year?? Now mind you they BOTH started for the majority of the season and we were I think in the top 3 in rushing, gashed Miami for over 400 yards and this year, we can’t even get to 100??? I understand that CPJ wants to reward people for practicing in the spring but he doesn’t have to punish the individuals from last year because they were injured in the spring! Our undersized lineman aren’t going to work against the top notch teams we play EVERY weekend. This isn’t Navy where you play against this type of competition, once or maybe twice in the season and then in a bowl game. We are Georgia Tech and we play against LEGITIMATE defenses essentially every week. Navy’s schedule in 2007 was, Temple, Rutgers, Ball State, Duke, Air Force, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Delaware, Notre Dame, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Army, San Diego?? I mean, do I need to say more, UNDERSIZED OLinemen might work against those teams year in and year out, but we played in the last four games, 3 of them were LSU, Clemson and Miami, how was our offense??
3. WR-We have Bay Bay and who else, Kevin Cone, I mean I know he’s a son of a legacy, but I mean, really? The one pass to Stephen Hill showed me enough, did you see his athletic explosiveness on that pass?? It would be nice to actually throw someone the ball other than Bay Bay, maybe, just MAYBE that would make defenses play more honest and open up the running lanes??
4. DCoordinator(Wommack)-AVERAGE at best, very predictable, WHY, WHY, especially with a very week and depleted DLine do you EVER line up your BEST DLineman as a linebacker on passing downs, where’s the PASS RUSH gonna from??? If Tarrant is more of zone corner and can’t play aggressive defense, then here we go again, PLAY LAST YEAR’S STARTER, REID!!!! Tarrant is a GREAT punt returner and specialist but he’s 10 yards off on EVERY pass play. And STOP running this 4-2-5 defense, we were better last year in the 4-3, you know we need help with our dline, so wouldn’t it be more prudent to have a linebacker to help with the run against our undersized line or a secondary player?? I mean, it’s like we are in Nickel the whole game, that’s why we are GETTING KILLED with play action because our secondary has to help out with our run defense so much!
5. Secondary-Cooper, Cooper, Cooper, he’s tackling WAY too high and being timid in run support, he wanted to be a free safety, complained about being the “wolf”, well he has to step up! Morgan Burnett doesn’t seem to be the same, his tackling is not as sure and his pass breakups haven’t been there.
6. Our ABacks blocking have been terrible outside of the first triple option play against Clemson, after that, the cut blocks have been awful especially Allen. ONE THING I LOVED about Lucas Cox, he GOT AFTER IT especially when it came to blocking, I mean, he ALWAYS took his man out, we need to utilize the PLAYERS that made it happen last year more and stop getting caught up in something new.

And last but not least, I hope all of the coaches are willing to really look at themselves and ask themselves HONESTLY, why were they so much more productive last year than this year especially since this is our SECOND year in the system especially our OLINE coaching!!!!

TrueInsider

September 20th, 2009
5:40 pm

Also, Dwyer quitting didn’t help much either. He needs to focus more on this year instead of thinking about next year and the NFL Draft! Very disappointing to see him quit especially when he’s apart of the B.I.C crew!!!!

Jim Grogan

September 20th, 2009
5:42 pm

Why should not being in the top 25 be a surprise? The team that let Clemson score 27 unanswered and played so utterly poorly in Miami probably isn’t in the top 50. That said, I certainly hope Paul Johnson and this team has the heart to play their best in the rest of their games. Playing smart, error free football with intensity, focus and consistancy. Win or lose, that’s what I hope to see. Go Jackets!!!

Who is GT??

September 20th, 2009
5:46 pm

GT IS IRRLEVANT!!

Jim Grogan

September 20th, 2009
5:47 pm

TrueInsider…you made a great analysis. It will be very interesting to see in CPJ can address the many issues here. Can’t wait until Noon Saturday. Overcoming adversity is the what makes sports and Life so great. We certainly have some adversity to overcome!! Go Jackets!!

TrueInsider

September 20th, 2009
5:54 pm

Jack G.

September 20th, 2009
6:13 pm

TrueInsider

I go along with most of your post with one comment.
I do not like CPJ’s triple offense. Why did Oklahoma and all the othe powerhouse teams abandon The triple op years ago.—Simple defense caught up and it didnt win any more. You have to have passing to go with the run—-One Hand Washes the Other.

TrueInsider

September 20th, 2009
6:18 pm

Thanks Jack and also for those that haven’t heard, Dwyer quit, that’s why he wasn’t in the second half, he took himself out of the game. I hope Dwyer realizes that BEFORE he goes to the NFL, it’s important for him to play HARD this year or his draft stock that he’s trying to protect will fall tremendously. Very disappointed in Jon especially since he’s a member of the “B.I.C.” crew!

Doug Roberson

September 20th, 2009
6:35 pm

Let’s nip this in the bud right now: Dwyer didn’t quit. He sustained a stinger. He’s not practicing today either. I’m not sure where that rumor came from, but it’s not true.

Melinda

September 20th, 2009
7:05 pm

I agree Doug, that the lack of a locker room leader is part of the problem. The fire has not been there… Miami is a VERY good team. Harris will be playing on Sundays in a few years. Clemson held BC to 54 yards total offense this week. We have played some good football teams this year.

As a fanbase, I think we need to be patient with the O. I believe we have two red-shirt freshmen this year who were 4-star recruits. Are any of CPJ’s recruits playing on the O-line yet?

You don’t win 9 games by chance. We had a good d-line last year and that kept us in the close games early in the season. Our O got rolling in the second half of the year. Our coach is a good coach. He took a bunch of no-stars into South Bend and beat the Irish (no matter what kind of year they were having, Navy should not beat ND).

He will make adjustments, and I think we will see improvement. Let’s take a deep breath and not panic… yet. :-)

Max Sizemore

September 20th, 2009
7:08 pm

Clemson and Miami have done one thing consistently on defense, and that’s take away the fullback. They tackle Dwyer on every play, whether or not he has the football (on the weak side of the defense, Miami did this with a linebacker — they ran essentially the same defense all night and Tech was powerless). This is what I expected opponents to do last season, but for some reason it rarely happened. This is the first thing you must do to stop the triple option. Now it’s up to Tech to adjust; Nesbitt is still very poor at reading the end or the tackle (depending on the defense, the first player they don’t block), and that’s why Johnson runs all this other stuff — quick pitches, FB dives, counter plays, and QB keepers (all called plays, not options) — to compensate. Nice try, but if you’re a triple option team, you have to do a better job of running the triple option. It’s really that simple.

StingerSplash

September 20th, 2009
8:00 pm

You don’t “call” a belly dive. It’s dependent on the quarterback’s read, whether he makes the right one or not. Just as you don’t “call” a keeper or “call” a pitch on the edge.
Let’s not forget what this offense can do, if executed properly. Or did last season not happen?
Teams didn’t necessarily catch up to the option. There were coaching changes, for a variety of reasons. Even after Tom Osborne left Nebraska, Frank Solich kept the offense and they still got production out of it. They didn’t win like they had under Dr. O, but it wasn’t the offense’s problem.
Switzer left Oklahoma. They brought in a variety of guys who tinkered with the offense (and Barry himself had scrapped the Wishbone to give the ball more to Marcus Dupree. It worked at Auburn with Bo. It was an unmitigated failure at Oklahoma).

gtfanfrom1951

September 20th, 2009
8:01 pm

3 games in 13 days the Jackets looked tired. Miami had it high point last Thursday. CPJ will turn this season around we will win 10 games. Georgia will has one more week then its down hill because of the olay defense!!!

Max Sizemore

September 20th, 2009
8:29 pm

You are wrong, Stinger. You can tell if the dive is a called play because they block the defensive linemen. Sure, it’s designed to look like the triple option, but it’s not. If we could draw some X’s and O’s on this, I’d show you what I mean. Same thing with the other plays; on true option plays you don’t block certain defenders, you option OFF them. On the QB keep inside the tackle that Tech has used successfully (not the true triple), the end, tackle, and LBers are all blocked. Surely, you can distinguish between a quick pitch and the option. You know what a quick pitch is, right? They pitch the ball quickly to the halfback in motion, the strong side back blocks down and the T and G pull to get the back on the corner. I taped both the Clemson and Miami games, and went back and watched the games carefully. I am not some half-assed blowhard.

Saint Simons

September 20th, 2009
8:42 pm

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OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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LOSERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 20th, 2009
9:25 pm

I really think our defense will continue to be a liability this year. I cannot understand why Morgan is not playing better, and I really do believe that Derrick was gassed for some reason. The personnel is just not that good yet, and I am not sure what Wommack can do to overcome it, but he may need some smoke and mirrors.

What really depresses me most is the effort by our a-backs, especially Allen, when trying to make their blocks. They missed umpteen blocks the other night that could have sprung some big plays. This is effort, and I just did not see the effort. I still believe this offense will be productive, but the players have to execute.

Go Jackets!!

Mr. Obvious

September 20th, 2009
10:52 pm

No one ever talks about another problem with the Triple Option – that is the first team defense practices defending the Triple Option and doesn’t really get any real test to practice against standard offenses that colleges run week-to-week. They practice against a scout team.

Just as our opponents are alien to our offense – TECH’s defense is becoming alien to the rest of the offenses that colleges run.

Oh well… it is only football. It’s not like it matters!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 20th, 2009
11:03 pm

Mr. Obvious: I have not really believed that the point you raise was that important in the past, but with the dearth of talent, especially on the d-line, this may be a bigger issue than I once thought.

BowdenRules

September 20th, 2009
11:15 pm

As long as you girls continue to try hard you have nothing to be ashamed of.

hey, Trueinsider...

September 21st, 2009
6:59 am

…You nailed it with the ” Navy’s schedule in 2007 was, Temple, Rutgers, Ball State, Duke, Air Force, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Delaware, Notre Dame, North Texas, Northern Illinois, Army, San Diego??” That is why so many have referred to the offense as a high school offense that will not work against the bigger, and mainly faster, ACC and SEC teams that Tech has to play year after year. Yes, Tech had success last year, but that was the first year anyone in the ACC or SEC had to come up with a plan to stop it in only a short amount of time each week. Now that it has been seen and defensive coordinators have had time to really game plan for a year there are adjustments that CPJ has to make if it going to continue to work.

Many posters here today have figured out what Clemson and UM did to stop it; there is a reason everyone got away from this style offense, and the wishbone, too, in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

This is not to infer that it may not be successful IF you get everything run perfectly, but that is the same bugaboo CPJ relys on with the defenses making mistakes and boom, either Dwyer, Nesbitt, or one of the A backs is gone (i.e. – see the JState game and the Clemson game first plays). My question is, if BOTH the GT offense and the opponent D both play it perfectly, who will win? My bet is on the D, and Tech HAS to have more creativity than the 6 basic plays that it runs over and over and over, waiting for the D to make a mistake.

Max Sizemore

September 21st, 2009
8:25 am

Mr. Obvious, the first-team defense practices against a scout team which runs the offense of that week’s opposition. Plus, they see a full-speed “standard” offense each week in the game. Practicing against Tech’s first-team offense in the spring and summer is not a real liability. A couple of other points about Tech’s offense: First, Nesbitt has done a tremendous job to do as well as he has in a relatively short amount of time. Learning to make the split-second reads takes months and months of practice. Second, being a Tech fan is, at some point (maybe this year), going to require some patience. It simply takes quite some time to get the pieces together for this kind of offense. Want to see how it should be run: watch Navy. It’s so much faster, it’s a blur. They do a great job with it. When Tech gets up to that speed, watch out. If Johnson has made a mistake so far, it has been by raising expectations with his first-year success.

T-Bone

September 21st, 2009
8:37 am

Question: What is the B.I.C.?

stings to lose

September 21st, 2009
9:12 am

Spreading a “quit” rumor….not cool.

Seems a few think they are smarter than the coach.

An a young engineer, I soon found out how little I knew about my own field and even less about yours.

TechTony

September 21st, 2009
10:08 am

I don’t think anyone can be really surprised that Tech fell from the rankings but in the end, what does it matter? The polls vary wildy from week to week, voted upon by writers who only remember the last thing they saw. The coaches’ poll is even more worthless; who cares what some team’s graduate assistant thinks? Miami deserves to be ranked, it has a very good team, but to go from unranked to 9th in 3 weeks I think bears out my point.
The one thing that has always disturbed me about CPJ is a Spurrieresque quality that no one’s going to tell him he’s wrong about anything, even when he may be. Even so, he’s only had 16 games and the record after those 16 is 11-5. Maybe I’m jaded but I’ll take it. CPJ has time to adjust and so do opponents so honestly the jury is still very much out in both directions. What I’m doing a bad job of trying to say is this: don’t read too much into this year’s 2 wins but by the same token don’t read too much into the 1 loss. There’s still a ton of football left to play.

Miller Groves #1Fan

September 21st, 2009
10:12 am

Tech needs to throw the ball to the open receiver . Hill was open so many times. Mr QB throw to the open man.

CaptainDave

September 21st, 2009
10:21 am

“Seems a few think they are smarter than the coach”. Stings to lose said it best. CPJ has too much history of success to doubt him at this point. Last week, I was reading posts about GT never being able to keep CPJ because of his success, and that Nebraska would hire him away.

This week, I read posts that he cannot succeed. Same coach, same offense.

That said, this team appears to lack:
1) Leadership
2) Execution
3) Toughness
All were there last year. There were spells of lack of execution, but not for several consecutive games.

SAINT SIMONS

September 21st, 2009
10:35 am

CAPTAIN DAVE, DON’T FORGET GT’S LACK OF INTELLIGENCE AND ABILITY TO PLAY FOOTBALL.

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DawginLex

September 21st, 2009
10:44 am

Man, you guys sound like us after Okie state. Things change. Things are never as good as they seem nor as bad as they seem(except for our pass coverage).

Did anyone think that UGA would give a right arm to get to play Okie State again WITH JOE COX AS QB after week 1?

Beat UNC and GT can still win the ACC. In my opinion, the offense will get fixed a whole lot quicker than the D. You are in the same spot we are in-you outscore folks that you play against in 35-31 type games all year.

The over/under on the game in ATL is 100.

CaptainDave

September 21st, 2009
10:49 am

Saint Simons: Who read you my post?

I will consider you qualified to respond only after you finally get my order right and are able to count out my change correctly.

DamnGoodDawg

September 21st, 2009
11:20 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Disciplined defenses can stop the option. But take heart techies, UGA is demonstrating that we are not disciplined enough to stop any offense, particularly the option. Looks like you guys might get another ring for the other hand after Nov 28 if we don’t learn some discipline before then.

Ramblin Wrecker

September 21st, 2009
11:23 am

After the first two games, I thought this team was rough around the edges but were just getting their bearings. The Miami game absolutely blew me away. I was so disappointed. I agree, I don’t see that leader that this team needs. You watch Florida and Tim Tebow and you know that every player on that team is accountable to Tebow (himself included) and they have guts. I just don’t see the guts on this GT squad. Nesbitt is the logical guy (at least for the offense) and I rarely see him talking to other players. The defense absolutely needs a leader. Morgan Burnett is a great safety, but I guess he’s not a vocal guy. Same with Derrick Morgan. This team needs a Ray Lewis-type to fire them up. I love the energy of Julian Burnett the freshman LB, but I didn’t even see him on the field at Miami. Maybe I just missed him. He’s a fireplug. I’m really disappointed in the offensive line. They need to be nasty and play dirty with these defensive linemen. And I just don’t see that mean streak. Does Harvey Dahl have any eligibility left? That guy would be an all-american in this offense.

Get angry. Get mean. Get nasty. That should be the message. This offense for the o-linemen is a matter of will. If you want it more than that DT or DE, you will make it happen.

juvenal

September 21st, 2009
11:32 am

chan’s teams were always hot and cold, maybe that’s why CPJ said it was hard to tell what they’d do-his 1st year was better than Rich rodrigues’ at mich, but he still doesn’t have his people in esp at qb 7 o-line

mowreck

September 21st, 2009
12:38 pm

This triple option offense HAS TO HAVE a quick footed QB. Josh is big and runs over and thru some linemen. He also has good speed when he gets free. But he doesn’t have the quick feet or quick decision-making that I have seen some option QBs have. I still like Jaybo if he ever gets well and can hold on to the ball. Anyway, Josh is gonna HAVE to learn to throw the football. I am for throwing it five to 10 to 15 yards rather than bombing it all the time.

collegeballfan

September 21st, 2009
12:52 pm

Football is a real simple little game. It is about executing the acquired skills of blocking & tackling. The Tech team is not blocking & tackling. Until they do so they will not win a single game.

T-time

September 21st, 2009
1:24 pm

Another missing element…. With the addition of all the talented A-backs, Dwyer is not getting the pitch to the outside (something like..1 against Clemson, 0 against Miami). Anyone recall seeing him create big plays outside? The smaller backs just can’t break that first tackle out there). So the DT’s are just tackling him on every play.

GA Tech Insider

September 21st, 2009
2:03 pm

TrueInsider; Glad you like my handle so much that you fill the need to piggy back off of it.

First of all, Jonathan Dwyer didn’t come of the game against Miami of his own volition, the training staff wouldn’t let him return to the game. If your were a “True Insider,” you would have known that. Stop trying to demean such a fine young man as Jonathan Dwyer. He doesn’t deserve it, and fans like you, who act like they know everything, without knowing all of they facts, are one of the main reasons the word “blowhard” was invented.

You need to stick to facts in the future, son. Making things up are for wannabe journalists and hate mongers.

Ezekiel

September 21st, 2009
2:09 pm

The Tech team was punched in the mouth against Miami, we’ll see how they respond now that they have had their lunch money taken away. North Carolina is playing good football and will be a huge test this Saturday. If Tech doesn’t win Saturday then many of the goals the team set for the year will start to fall by the wayside. Talk Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

buzzbrain

September 21st, 2009
2:22 pm

Is this head coach as dumb as he looks? Let’s take a look at game film from last year…..How did we win games with this offense? You might start by having an A-back that can block…Where has Cox been these first 3 games…. Some of our A-backs might be fast, and look for an open hole, but that is not their only job….How long is it going to take before you cost the team any more losses and put Cox in to run some A-back to block for these guys???????? Not too smart, or do we just not like to admit we have made a mistake….

superDawg

September 21st, 2009
3:59 pm

I know you guys just got trampeled but you can get it back together.Fix your O and score as many pionts as you can,because if you don’t it will be a long season.Same goes for the DAWGS.

superDawg

September 21st, 2009
5:34 pm

yellowfuzz you can come out now.The defense won’t hurt you.

Texas jacket

September 21st, 2009
5:59 pm

Watch out for the wild jacket — direct snap to the A Back

SlimG

September 21st, 2009
6:25 pm

Yeah, I’m back. Been out on the road, but now back in touch. Ramble will be happy!

Anyway, this is not last years team. This is clear. Gailey’s recruits are almost gone, at least the lineman and receivers, so we’ll see the “Boss’s” true talents. We are young no doubt, but so is everyone else we’ve played. Think Miami will be better next year?

Let’s don’t panic, the Chicken bowl will still invite us this year.

Get Real

September 21st, 2009
7:26 pm

I could not believe what I read in the paper today, how sad for Tech. The Tech coaches, who are paid excessive amounts based on their performance, are trying to shift the blame for the loss to the players.
Johnson said that they played about as poorly as he can remember a team playing. Wommack said that the defense was the worst looking and most embarrassing he’s been around in 10 to 12 years, maybe ever. I think its fair to say that Both Johnson and Wommack did the worst job of coaching that has been seen in the state of Georgia in 10 to 12 years. Even Gailey shouldered the blame when all hell was breaking loose. This class less coaching staff is not up to the demands of top tier Div. One teams. I predict that this is the beginning of the end for them. There will be infighting, the team will lose confidence in them and recruits will be steered away from GA. Tech. by their parents. They have shown themselves to be much less then what they seemed. I feel very badly for those young men. Their season will be long and arduous.

Alex

September 21st, 2009
7:43 pm

if the GT Starters aren’t getting it done, bring in some players who have the desire and drive to WIN !
take players off the redshirt list and pull them in………….what about that kid Godhigh ? I hear good things about his blocking and running – WE HAVE TO CAHNGE THE GAME PLAN !

CatsFly

September 21st, 2009
8:17 pm

Those who contend that UNC is mediocre are possibly guilty of “whistling in the dark”. UNC arguably (based on the quality of their players and their performance to this point) has as good a defense as any team in the country. Their offense is well balanced, with lots of raw talent at the skill positions. TJ Yates will not hurt his team. I sense that some fans are afraid that UNC is going to build a football program to be feared, just like their basketball team. UNC has a powerful appeal to both students and student athletes.Enter your comments here

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
8:36 pm

Expect CPJ to coach em up and would not be surprised to see Tech handle UNC. Not impressed by what I’ve seen of the Heels.
Agree with the leadership issue.I think it plagued UGA last year. (Seeing different results w/ leadership of Curren and Cox) and always seems to be the difference in a game or two that makes a good year a great year.
Expect the Jackets to stay relevent in ACC.

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
8:39 pm

Slim G…Think ChickenBowl has enough eggs> Don’t think they want a part of another.

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
8:41 pm

GetReal, Gotta believe CPJ and Wommack know their team better than you or I and calling them out is how they see best to motivate them. Time will tell if it works.

Born2Buzz

September 22nd, 2009
7:03 am

Relax folks. We lost to a very talented Miami team that had 10 days rest, had only played 1 game and was focused to not lose to us for the 5th straight year. Miami is so much better than last years team with Harris as QB and without Patrick Nix as their OC. Miami is going to shred a lot of teams this year. Any reasonable fan probably had the Miami game circled as an L.
With the extra time off and playing at home this week we should bounce back and get back to the business of winning. CPJ is never going to lose confidence, so we shouldn’t either.