The “L” word

Yesterday I wrote about leadership and motivation, and wondered which players were stepping up to fill the void left by defensive tackle Darryl Richard.
I asked after practice on Sunday and the answers are there are three captains: Josh Nesbitt, Morgan Burnett and Derrick Morgan.
Nesbitt said earlier this year that he has been trying to be a more vocal leader, and has intensified those efforts even more after he and the Morgans were named the season’s captains before the Clemson game.
Here’s what Nesbitt had to say about being a leader:
“I think we are doing a good job of it. They just picked us as being leaders of the team. I’ve been trying to get more vocal and get the guys more fired up and get a little bit more intensity in everybody.
“I think we are doing a pretty good job. I don’t think you can ever do a good enough job being a leader. There’s always more heights you can go. The only thing we can do is get better.

On his style:
“I don’t think you need to get in a player’s face to get them fired up. In my past experience if you get in a player’s face and say this or that to him that gets him down. Me, I just go to a player and like ‘hey just erase that last play and let’s get it going. Let’s show everybody what you can do.’

On who picks him up:
Morgan [Burnett], Gladiator [Brad Jefferson]. Different guys like that. I know like, in the Clemson game, I felt like I wasn’t playing good. They came to me and said I know you can play better than this. Just do your job.”
And he did, leading Tech on the game-tying and game-winning drives.
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North Carolina brings an interesting challenge for Georgia Tech. Against Clemson and Miami, everyone had a pretty good idea which players needed to be stopped: Spiller for the Tigers and Harris for the Hurricanes. Tech didn’t do a particularly good against either one.
The Tar Heels, however, don’t have that type of player. Other than quarterback T.J. Yates, their offense has a slew of guys who contribute.
While their defense has appeared first-rate, as Johnson notes in today’s notebook for print, it should be pointed out that the Heels haven’t really played any juggernauts: The Citadel, Connecticut and East Carolina.
Comparing that to Tech’s schedule, JSU is better than The Citadel, and neither Uconn nor ECU can be considered the equivalent of Clemson or Miami.
Are Tech’s woes, assuming there are some, due to the fact that they have played some really tough teams, or are there other issues? Planning to have more about that in Thursday’s paper.

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Here’s a kick in the statistical pants for you:

Remember the safety in the Miami game, well it was ruled that the lost yardage on that play must come from Tech’s rushing total, and it also affected the Jackets’ fourth-down conversion rate. The 18-yard loss had to be reflected somewhere, I suppose, but that seems odd.

117 comments Add your comment

Who cares?

September 21st, 2009
9:33 pm

Really, who cares about this program? Besides the players and their families, does anyone care about Tech football?

Nate

September 21st, 2009
9:35 pm

If you don’t care then why did you read it and comment?

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
10:16 pm

Expect CPJ to coach em up. This isn’t Hewitt vs. Tar Heels. Tech should (better) beat Heels. Not impressed with UNC to this point either. If Tech loses this game it could begin a freefall w/ next few weeks schedule.
Not exactly impressed with “L” at this point. Defense is not very good (same goes for Dawgs at this point) and Tech has to have a more imaginative passing game.
That being said I expect them to win this week.

quaildawg

September 21st, 2009
10:23 pm

Understand Cooper Taylor has some injury that has not been diagnoised.
It could be Third Degree burns from CJ Spiller or SWBD (Slow White Boy Disease).

GA Tech Insider

September 21st, 2009
10:24 pm

Who cares? Obviously you do as you spend all of your waking hours on the GA Tech blogs trying to think of insulting remarks that you can place on this public forum. But that’s okay, we’re big boys.

Now, are there any original insults that you can come up with, on your own? You’re getting mighty stale.

Toe Meets Leather

September 21st, 2009
10:33 pm

“Who cares?” obviously pulls for a school that doesn’t have a history like that of the Institute. That’s OK…let him mock Tech. Lose one game and the haters shout that Tech’s world has ended. His U[sic]GA will be shown soon enough who really cares about Georgia Tech football.

“Toe Meets Leather” – now available in T-shirt form at http://www.stingtees.com.

Saint Simons

September 21st, 2009
10:39 pm

The “L” Word for GT: LOSERS!! LOUSY!!! LAME!!! LACK OF SKILL, TALENT, COURAGE, LEADERSHIP, OFFENSE, DEFENSE, PASSION,

((((((((((((33-17))))))))))))))))))))) UNRANKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

HAHAHAHAAHAHAHHAHAHA!

Who Cares?

September 21st, 2009
10:42 pm

I care so much that I can’t remember the score. However Tech lost. Hahahahahahahahahahahaha

GT66

September 21st, 2009
10:52 pm

Apparently CPJ told the team after the Miami game that he was so embarrassed he might start listening to other job offers. Let’s hope he was not serious.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 21st, 2009
11:17 pm

In my experience, leadership creates accountability, and most of the time, I would agree with Josh that a word of encouragement to “keep on trying” is beneficial when players are down. BUT, and I do mean BUT, when these young players are making mental errors or are not giving 100%, they need to know that the leader(s) (not just the coaches) will call them out. Unfortunately, not all players have the drive that CPJ or some of the other players have. Some must be driven to get the maximum potential. I know that ultimately this responsibility belongs to the coaches, but it is very helpful when there are players that demand excellence of their teammates.

Go Jackets!!

ggodsey

September 21st, 2009
11:57 pm

Hey girls, what happen to all the championship talk? Didn’t I tell you Tech has one good year a decade than falls off the map? You need to start listening to me.

surfrider

September 22nd, 2009
12:58 am

We have to do a better job of executing. Passing game needs to be effective. I saw a great pass from Nesbitt to Bam-Bam for a TD. One on ones with Bam-Bam and Hill down the field combined with A-back routes and more controlled passes could open this option back up. Dwyer needs some runs on the corner with some lead blockers. Nesbitt more rollout pass/run options and playaction off of pitches..aka Hamilton, Jones. Maybe the stats can be measured as the game progresses and we can make some adjustments. It appears Miami and FSU are back along with their incredible speed. The Defense can make some adjustments…Walls at DT….maybe Peters at DE…maybe some Lb’s playing more with pressure rush and more confusion and blitzing. Good luck this Saturday Jackets!

superDawg

September 22nd, 2009
2:23 am

Well with all the smack talk from you nerds it must really suck to be yellow skeeter.no what i’m saying.boo hoo.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
6:11 am

Butch Davis D vs Paul Johnson’s O. Advantage Davis.

Baba O'Riley

September 22nd, 2009
8:16 am

Les Miles’s manhood vs. that of Richard Simmons. Advantage Simmons

T-Bone

September 22nd, 2009
8:29 am

To all the dog (I refuse to spell it dawg) commenters: What is your record? 2-1 Oh yeah. And what is Tech’s record? 2-1.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
8:36 am

That from somebody that calls themselves Baba! LMAO. Go do something nice for your boyfriend this morning. ” Are you that stupid” Baba? LMAO

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
8:38 am

GT can’t do squat on either side of the ball. How’s Dwyer’s Heisman campaign progressing? I see no reason why a tackling dummy can’t win it…..do you?

Baba O'Riley

September 22nd, 2009
8:40 am

Are you that embarrassed to say you’re a UGA fan that you use Les Miles’s name? Your team couldn’t “finish the drill” last November. Did you really LYAO at your own comment?

GTRich

September 22nd, 2009
9:19 am

At the start of the season coach Johnson said the difference between this year’s team and last year’s is like night and day. Now, does he mean the whole package or team because as a team I believe last year’s defensive and offensive lines were superior, so where is this year’s team that much better? Or does he mean the team’s grasp of the triple option is better?. If that is the night and day then either they are not executing or don’t have the personnel to do it with. I hope it is the former and that coach CPJ finds the right buttons to push this Saturday against NC. I hope Wommack does a better job with his defense too.

juvenal

September 22nd, 2009
9:25 am

the question is, as hateful 7 gladitorial as athletics have become, why would anyone care about sports at all anymore, as you can obviously spell sports without sportsmanship these days..if Tech stops using players who are more or less real college students,then i wouldn’t follow any sports, they are not my false god..

superDawg

September 22nd, 2009
9:50 am

gt not man enough.

Porty

September 22nd, 2009
10:19 am

superDog….not a man at all.

tech

September 22nd, 2009
10:41 am

“Coop” has the 2nd fastest 40 time at Tech.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
10:50 am

Baba do you keep your face in a jar by the door? Is it a face only your boyfriend can love? And I am an LSU fan. Ever since I witnessed some of the foulest language,most atrocious behavior to include a drunk Tech fan punching his wife during the bowl game last year I have enjoyed conversing with you GT “men”.

But getting back to football. If your offense had only been non-productive in a game or two a lot of this “execution” argument might fly. But your offense has been sub standard in it’s last 4 games. 4 games guys. This is becoming a pattern wouldn’t you say. It could very well be that the opposition has figured out how to stop this offense. It’s called make Tech pass. 4 games is too many to gloss over. Neither you guys or UGA has a D. But today…the way things are now…UGA would and will light you up as badly or worse than the U did. You won’t beat them running the ball.

Brad

September 22nd, 2009
11:05 am

How can a program nobody cares about whip the mighty DOGS 45-42. Riddle me that middle schooler?!

Tech and UGA Grad

September 22nd, 2009
11:13 am

Hmmm… do I detect trash talking from UGA fans? Let’s see, you lost to a team that got beaten the next week by Houston, and allowed Rice to score more than double what you could produce against them. Good luck in the SEC this year. I’d save your cheering for the Vandy game. Then again, they look pretty strong, too.

Les, you’re right about execution being too broad a statement. We would be a lot better if we could “execute” pass plays, but our quarterback throws 50-50 balls on passing plays. You would think with a triple option your quarterback would at least be 7-10 in any given game. Maybe a wildcat formation could work? Triple option is great, but it seems to get figured out as the season goes on.
By the way, I’ve seen atrocious behavior by LSU fans at the Peach Bowl against Clemson several years back, but I don’t judge the fan base by a few morons.

Brock

September 22nd, 2009
11:20 am

Les- stimulate the economy and get a job….and a life. I can’t believe how much time some non-fans spend on a blog just to be a blowhard. No substance and no character.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:22 am

Maybe because the blind squirrel does on occasion find a nut Brad.

North Ave Pimp

September 22nd, 2009
11:26 am

Jealousy and Envy runs deep!! The future/present must be BRIGHT at Georgia Tech Keep on HaTiN peoples… THWG!!

GT Que

September 22nd, 2009
11:27 am

Les Miles

When LSU loses to Bama and Ole Miss and maybe even Ark and UGA, then come back on here and critique GT football.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:28 am

Tech and UGA Grad the undersized O line is a huge part of the problem. I think PJ is starting to realize you have to have some size and strength to go with the speed in real D1 football.

GT Que

September 22nd, 2009
11:29 am

LSU was a few plays away from losing to Washington but you are on our board criticizing our program

Makes TON’s of sense

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:31 am

GT Que when you can make me I will do just that.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:33 am

Sure were GT Que. So what does that prove. That they would beat the hell out of GT? They beat USC. LSU must be pretty damn good huh genius?

GT Que

September 22nd, 2009
11:35 am

The point is smart guy is that your program has MORE than enough of their own issues for you to be on our board worrying about ours

Get a life

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:36 am

Is the Que short for que$%?

GT Que

September 22nd, 2009
11:36 am

“when you can make me I will do just that”

What are you, 13?

Grow up son

Joe

September 22nd, 2009
11:42 am

Georgia Tech will learn from the lost to Miami I believe they will be better the rest of the season sometimes it takes a lost to wake you up.

AZ Jacket

September 22nd, 2009
11:43 am

Tech fans – stop talking about 45-42 that was last year. You are only as good as your last game and we stunk last week. There was no phase of the game that we were competitive. Does that equal being a bad football team, well on that night it does. This team has to find the leadership on the field to rise above the Miami game. If that is not possible then they will loose. Mental mistakes hurt the team and I am not talking about penalties alone. There were blocks missed, if made, the play would have gained big yards. The missed blocks were not missed because of superior players on the Miami side. As for the NC game we moved the ball on this defense last year, even if the puppies think the NC defense figured out this offense. 396 yards rushing but turnovers in the red zone killed us. Just part of the game. As far as the dawg fans you had better be watching your own house because you have only played the bottom feeders in the SEC the tough teams are coming. You are not improving. Your compitition has not been at the top of the chain.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:43 am

GT Que don’t you have a boyfriend to pleasure or something. Or is your middle school closed today.

Johnny Weissmuller

September 22nd, 2009
11:45 am

Les Miles you’re an idiot

Born2Buzz

September 22nd, 2009
11:47 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.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:47 am

AZ Jacket it doesn’t appear that this years Tech team is anywhere near as good as last years team. And btw. You tell folks to forget last year and then refer back to last years UNC game. Yes AZ Jacket it is this year.

AZ Jacket

September 22nd, 2009
11:49 am

O-line undersized. At Navy he could not recruit any player above 275 because they were not allowed in the school. His teams played in D1 and this offense moved the ball on pretty good teams and he did not have the best players. Very limited recruiting at an acadamy. His system does not ask the linemen to out muscle the defense. Look at how Navy played Ohio State. They had large defensive linemen and Navy kept it close and rushed for over 300 yds. It is not the offense people.

GT-EE-93

September 22nd, 2009
11:49 am

“Are Tech’s woes, assuming there are some, due to the fact that they have played some really tough teams, or are there other issues?”

Please Doug. Drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.

Are there other issues?

Yes. Like THIS IS NOT A VERY GOOD FOOTBALL TEAM.

That being said, give CPJ enough time, and he will make one. But not any time soon.

TD tommy

September 22nd, 2009
11:50 am

The problem is the offense is not executing. Blame the defense but it’s not that bad. The offense has for the most part, the same players it did last year. They are not executing becuase the play calling from PJ has been terrible. He hasn’t made any adjustments to throw them off guard. WHen you go 3 and out 3 times in a row and hold the ball for what, 5 minutes, of course the defense will wear down. Im surprised our defense has only given up 27 and 33 considering how bad the offense is. This is the game for tech this season. PJ can show he knows how to coach or it’s going to be a long sad season. Lose this and we probalby lose 5. And I do laugh that pj says it’s a better team than last year. Well Paul either you have done a bad job of calling plays and running the offense, or that isn’t true. I think it’s the former and you’re play calling has been easy for the other teams to read. Sure hope you mix it up Sat. the only reason we beat clemson was a punt return that a stupid kicker made and a fake field goal. this team is lucky to be 1-1 in the acc. so paul it’s time to show you know how to coach. well, can you?

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:51 am

No Tarzan, the idiots can’t see the writing on the wall about the current Tech team.

Les Miles

September 22nd, 2009
11:53 am

Key word being Navy AZ Jacket. Duhhhhhh!!! So explain why the guy could beat only 4 teams with winning records in his entire 6 years at NAVY. Can you do that?

AZ Jacket

September 22nd, 2009
11:54 am

Les, among your other faults you can’t read. I did not say forget about last year I said stop talking about 45-42. My reference to NC was based on a comment about last year and NC have the option offense figured out. Just making a point, which I am sure you do not understand since it seems from your general demeanor all you can do is bad mouth the Tech program. We all understand you hate Tech and that is your choice…I am an LSU fan when they play Georgia. The reason being a true fan of the Yellow Jackets cannot stand to see UGA win.