Dwyer, no worries

For those who have worried Jonathan Dwyer.

I wouldn’t worry too much. Coach Paul Johnson isn’t.

Dwyer, 2009: 168 yards, 5.6 yards a carry, 2 touchdowns

Dwyer, 2008: 250 yards, 6.4 yards a carry, 3 touchdowns

Now, also keep in mind that Dwyer has actually only played the equivalent of 2 games this season. He sat out just about all of the second half of the JSU game, and missed all of the second half of the Miami game.

Johnson said after Wednesday’s practice that the thing about Dwyer is his yards will come in bunches. Dwyer said earlier this week that he wasn’t worried, either.

So, there you go.

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I asked Paul Johnson if there was a difference in a player’s mindset between starting a game, or coming off the bench.

He said he didn’t think so. 30 snaps are 30 snaps.

Two players, Sedric Griffin and Julian Burnett, said they thought there was a small difference.

That difference being after you’ve earned a starting job you want to keep it by doing the right things, the smart things, etc. When you are coming off the bench you try to go full-bore to get the coaches’ attentions. I interpreted that to mean that perhaps you play a bit more recklessley as you come off the bench and try to earn a starting position, than you do as a starter. But, I’d love to hear y’all’s thoughts on that.

196 comments Add your comment

NYJacket

September 23rd, 2009
9:28 pm

When you come off the bench, you play smart and you play hard. The last thing you want to do is get reckless and fail to carry out your assignment. You are being sent into the game because the coaches have confidence in your ability to execute.

Freezekalo7

September 23rd, 2009
9:51 pm

Dwyer may be getting his yards in bulk, but the lanes for him hasn’t been available. Either the line is pushed back so far by penetrating D-lines that Dwyer can do nothing but trip. Our offense starts with our line firing off the ball and not allowing that penetration. If we can improve of that, our offense will be fine and the B-Back yards will open up… Freeze

NateJacket

September 23rd, 2009
9:54 pm

Im trying not to be worried either. We should move him around a bit. put him at Aback a couple times per game to confuse the D since they seem to be tacking him on every play. oh yea, if we block we win every game…

we have only one loss. lets keep it that way.

Doug Roberson

September 23rd, 2009
10:05 pm

By reckless, I meant aggressive. I should have chosen a better word there.
I would be surprised to see Dwyer at A-back for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is if he’s at A-back, well, he’s likely getting the ball.

Metal Jacket

September 23rd, 2009
10:18 pm

For someone who has been coaching as long as Johnson has it sure is taking him a long time to figure out how to get this team going. He tries to make the offense too complicated and thinks this makes him look smart. He needs to remember these guys are only in school four years.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 23rd, 2009
10:36 pm

After what CPJ was able to pull off last year (especially after what everyone saw at our spring scrimmage), I am amazed that anyone would be questioning his wisdom. Our fanbase is very impatient at times, and they have visions of grandeur. I know that given time, our coach will have us competing for nat’l championships, but even I know that he is only in his 2nd season at GT. Come on folks!! Wake up and get a dose of reality please!! We are never going to be able to keep a great coach on the flats if our fanbase cannot get behind him.

Go Jackets!!

Metal Jacket

September 23rd, 2009
10:59 pm

Johnson said he couldn’t install much of his passing last year because the players couldn’t learn the running and passing in the same year. These guys don’t run this offense in high school and they sure won’t see it the pros. What’s the motivation to come to Tech? CPJ and the players not only don’t seem to be on the same page, they don’t even seem to be reading the same book. They seem to be disconnected. I think a little humility on CPJ’s part would go along way to bring this team back together. Thursday night comment was not good.

macrotech

September 23rd, 2009
11:15 pm

I’m growing weary of all the , “They don’t run this offense in the pros, so who would want to come to Tech” stuff. Sure, there’s an advantage to running a pro-style offense in college and then going to the pros…not as much to learn. However, the pros have their eyes on athletic ability, character (unless the athlete is a freak) and intellect. If I’m a running back, I’d be PUMPED to play for this style of offense…when run properly, you’re going to rack up yards and get some attention. Recievers might not get as many touches, but the ones they do get should be big…again, attention. These guys will be able to impress the next level on athleticism, character and intellect…. period.

SAINT SIMONS

September 23rd, 2009
11:30 pm

((((((((((33-17))))))))))))))))))

UNRANKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OVERRATED!!!!!!!!!!!

GO AHEAD GT AND FOOL YOURSELF BY USING THIS RATIONAL AND EXCUSE FOR DWYER’S POOR PERFORMANCE.

LAST YEAR NOBODY CARED ABOUT GT AND THAT IS WHY GT SNUCK UP ON TEAMS. NOW THAT THE MINIMAL SPOTLIGHT IS ON GT, GT CAN’T RUN THE BALL.

GO AHEAD AND BELIEVE THIS EXCUSE OF WHY THE OFFENSE SUCKS!!!

LOSERS!!!!!!!

superDawg

September 23rd, 2009
11:37 pm

Lord have mercy.You guys are in scrambled confusion.

superDawg

September 23rd, 2009
11:38 pm

macro how many national championships do you have.

ha,ha,ha

September 23rd, 2009
11:44 pm

33-17!!!!!!! ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha, ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha,ha

Reality

September 24th, 2009
12:29 am

GA Tech players get too much into their own head. I hope that the Miami game was a wake up call and they execute better. Miami is a top team this year, and I think that Clemson is a top 25 team (see what they did to Boston College). GA Tech can still get into a BCS game, but we cannot play another sloppy game.

Let the haters continue to hate. The thing about sports is that it will be settled on the field. UGAG has tons more problems with their players, positions, and opponents. Let them hate on Tech. It will only make their demise that much sweeter.

misterwax

September 24th, 2009
12:42 am

Yes, exactly….when blocking improves explosively and says in place according to plan, the games will be in control. Just simply have to make sure it happens on Saturday starting at 12 noon…no more excuses from the team as to why they fail to execute….things will get better quickly.

macrotech

September 24th, 2009
1:14 am

superDawg, Tech has four. Are you ever going to offer up an intelligent argument as to why you think uga is superior to Tech? Key word….intelligent. Google it if you must.

Big B CH 99

September 24th, 2009
1:29 am

I’m sure defenses have done a better job of defending the offense this yr, but the biggest problem is not that the D’s have just shut us down, the problem is we’re not executing. I’m not trying to take anything away from Miami’s D they played great, but I saw several times where the play was there, & could have gotten good yardage, but we didn’t execute it right. Mainly, someone missed a key block. If you’re giving the ball to one of the A-Back’s, then the other one has got to make a block, & if they miss that block, then that’s the difference between a loss or no gain, & a 10 yd gain.

Dwyer can’t go anywhere if he’s getting hit before he gets back to the line.

Defensivley, that’s another story. I think I could’ve thrown for at least 150 yds the other day, it’s not that hard when the QB has 10 mins to throw, & no one is within 20 yds of the receiver. Got to cover better, & most importantly get PRESSURE. It doesn’t matter how good the secondary covers, they can only stay w/ them for 5-6 seconds, when you let the QB have 20 seconds to throw, someone is gonna be open.

Tokyo jacket

September 24th, 2009
3:25 am

When you come off the bench you play with intensity. Every coach I’ve ever played for accepts a limited number of intensity induced mistakes. When you start, you’re generally more cerebral in your playing but can become stale. Both are needed the focus of the starter and the intensity and fire of the bench. That is why great teams have great starters and great benches. Not sure one way or the other if we have either right now. We’ll know more Saturday afternoon.

SatchelBuzz

September 24th, 2009
7:31 am

With increased expectations the pressure gets turned up. I like our chances with CPJ at the helm. My only hope is the ugag faithfull will stick around,…..doing to be fun.

THWG!!!

Insectinside

September 24th, 2009
7:48 am

Too bad it’s been raining. I know Saint Simons must be missing recess.

Sautee Dawg

September 24th, 2009
7:52 am

Dwyer is a great back, looks alot like Turner of the Falcons, Miami’s defense seems to have had the best scheme for him of anybody, tackle Dwyer whether he’s got the ball or not. When a running back gets tackled every play he gets run down pretty quick, holding him out until later in the game may not be a bad gameplan.

Sautee Dawg

September 24th, 2009
7:56 am

Looks like Saint Simons has worn out his welcome on the Tech site as well as the UGA site.

yellowjacket82

September 24th, 2009
8:43 am

We will be ok. Our offense ran up 418 yards on a team (Clemson) that only allowed BC 54 total yards and 4 first downs. We got some bad breaks against Miami (Roddy Jones TD called back). CPJ has make some constructive changes to our defense. UNC knocked us out of the ACC Championship last year, so revenge will be a factor Saturday.

Jackets win in a close game.

GT

September 24th, 2009
8:51 am

Doug is right, same as basketball. You have energy on your bench, that may not be starting because they are not talented enough but bring an element off the bench that is not there. Football is more that way than basketball, I think Texas A&M had that 12th man kickoff team of nothing but walk ons. LSU use to have the bandits that would come in and pump the crowd and the team, playing aggressive.

The Tech team in Miami was very much like the one that went to Chapel Hill last year. No one gives any respect to ACC rivalry, but it is there. Playing Clemson and having less rest time than Miami is a big factor. Then going down to the muggy Land Shark stadium to add injury to insult is worse. But what really threw them off in my opinion is practising on grass and then having to block on dirt in the perimeter. Land Shark was a baseball field. You ever watch tennis? Clay courts slide more that grass courts, the player have to learn to slide into the shot, same with the blocker. You could see the blocker getting unbalanced with their feet, plus we have small backs that have to go low to block which makes footwork even more important. And Miami was pretty good for a change.

Baba O'Riley

September 24th, 2009
9:08 am

I’m really happy for Julian Burnett. I think he will have an outstanding 4-year career at GT. Someone posted a link to a good article about him on macon.com. If you get a chance, check it out.

CoolBreeze

September 24th, 2009
9:12 am

Hey, Metal Jacket – When the wishbone was THE offense of champions, all the good running backs got gobbled up by the NFL….including blocking backs. The small, fast quarterbacks were not drafted. If CPJ’s offense works, there will be plenty of RB’s drafted. Big B Ch 99 is right: several times against Miami, key blocks were missed which would have sprung big gains. To Miami’s credit, they made the tackles.

Disappointed

September 24th, 2009
9:12 am

when some games! Go Jackets!

GTSteve

September 24th, 2009
9:14 am

I hope ya’ll are right, I have serious doubts and worries. We will all learn alot about this Tech team and Coach Johnson in the next 3 or 4 weeks. I hope I am worrying for nothing.

juvenal

September 24th, 2009
9:18 am

UF sure is having a tough time recruiting for their non-pro O;dont matter wut O u run if u dont blok…still, lets see wen he has his own folks..

Tech82

September 24th, 2009
9:23 am

SuperDawg – Tech has exacly three more national titles than your beloved butt sniffers. We also have the most recent national championship. Come to think of it, we own the most recent head-to-head matchup with the mangy mutts. Now, go cook some more Egg McMuffins. Break time is over.

hatfieldgeoff

September 24th, 2009
9:25 am

Clemson’s defensive scheme was simple but that was the genius of it. Bring your end directly into the backfield and totally take the pitch away. Those outside breakaway’s are gone and Dwyer is left trotting toward the sideline or running between the tackles where teams are now looking for him (this also explains his missing half of two games. The stats may not have changed much but topping tech’s passing #’s from last
last year wasn’t hard, and the fact they are behind last years rushing totals is the important point. Sure the qb will get a few yards and Dwyer himself will break one infrequently, but until Paul Johnson comes up with an adjustment the only explosion in this offense will be it getting blown up in the backfield. The passing game is not likly to help. It is like that found at a Sunday afternoon touch football game, “Go deep and I’ll hang one up to you.” The days of the big runs down the sideline are over. It is time for Paul Johnson to come up with a move, simple or not, that counters the defensive change that has so far thwarted his offense.

GTSteve

September 24th, 2009
9:32 am

Missed blocks, dropped passes on 3rd and 5 or 6 that would have continued drives and penalties that killed drives and/or brought touchdowns back have also hurt.

GT75

September 24th, 2009
9:37 am

Dwyer quit in the Miami game.

TechFaninMacon

September 24th, 2009
9:39 am

Baba O’Riley, here’s the article on Julian Burnett you mentioned:

http://www.macon.com/169/story/853537.html

Dan

September 24th, 2009
9:42 am

Your point Tech82? You know reality is setting in when GT fans start trotting out all those leather helmet, pre face mask Farmers Almanac type NCs. Now is now Tech82 and From the beginning of this series UGA has owned you and will continue to own you. With the exception of the Bobby Ross 1/2 NC GT has done nothing but hire and fire coaches for the last 40 years.

Ernest T. Bass

September 24th, 2009
9:46 am

Fans like Tech82 are the reason GT fans have such a rep as whinney little sissies. Do something noteworthy for an extended period of time. Then come back talking all that talk with a little walk mixed in. GT’s football program has to earn respect. As of yet it hasn’t.

Ernest T. Bass

September 24th, 2009
9:51 am

Wasn’t Miami playing on the same field GT? Damn you little Tech girls can find a million excuses. Try this one. GT got it’s butt kicked. Randy Shannon out coached the “great” (LMAO) Paul Johnson. GT quit as usual when the going gets tough. This Tech team is horribly out of shape. Oh, sorry, I forgot. We’re talking excuses here. Not reasons.

GWB

September 24th, 2009
9:56 am

What will the excuse be after UNC hands you your butts Saturday? Too many days to prepare? It wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

IBIS

September 24th, 2009
9:58 am

Here’s what the Hurricanes did to defeat Tech: They held them to three points following a pretty good opening drive. Then they scored twice with a quick one-two punch while forcing a three and out. After that exchange, Tech was on the ropes and knew they were going down. Right in the middle of the infield dirt.

Ezekiel

September 24th, 2009
9:58 am

If Dwyer is what we have to worry about then we are in great shape. There’s more glory as a starter. You get announced with the starting lineup and are considered a better player. Lot of people think of the guys coming off the bench as the subs who only come in when the starters are tired or injured. You can talk GT football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

Hayseed Dixie

September 24th, 2009
10:02 am

Dawgs, c’mon, don’t hate on 1990.

St. Richt would gladly trade the remaining follicles on his pathetic haircut for a 1/3rd of a national title at this point.

While Joe Cox is the real deal, any program with Willie Martinez still making decisions really doesn’t need to be talking smack.

GWB

September 24th, 2009
10:06 am

Metal Jacket sees things clearly it seems. There is something going on inside this team. It was obvious Thursday night with all the don’t give a damn behavior on the sideline. Maybe these players have stopped buying what PJ is selling. Some of them probably see that he is killing their future with HIS beloved system. Could it be that they also know that to PJ it is all about PJ.

GWB

September 24th, 2009
10:08 am

Talk sh%t Hayseed when Paul Johnson has accomplished at GT what Richt has at UGA. Until then you are just another pathetic loser with a huge case of pen&s envy.

BeeKeeper

September 24th, 2009
11:08 am

Why not allow us to blog on the “Johnson thinks offense is Good” article? Is it because Doug knew it was biased reporting??? Sure CPJ is going to say the right things at his weekly press report but the article as written by the AJC is such hogwash!! Of course this years team is averaging better than last years by a hairs breadth! But that does not mean this team is playing better! The team has the entire offense back plus noted additions Allen, Tarrant, Lyons and Watson an yet the team is playing like the beginning of last year!!! We can’t even say turnovers are the problem since we seem to be out of rhythm even when we do not turn it over. The 12 straight failures on 3rd down against Clemson are a good reason to be upset as GT fans. How is that even possible? High School teams would not expect to go 12 times without a first down against anyone! We expected this offense to resemble the Duke, FSU, MSU, Miami or UGA games last year rather than the boring, stagnant offense we have witnessed this year. Do Miami and Clemson not have good defenses…Sure! But great offenses still find a way to score (see FSU against UM). Like it or not….GT expectations were for a much better offensive team than we have seen thus far. CPJ talks all the time about meeting expectations…Tech has failed after three games to meet those expectations. They can certainly rebound by playing well against UNC, VT, FSU and UGa and could lose these a couple of these games on a high note providing the offense manages to look capable of winning rather than incapable. Amazed…Truly Amazed we have the Clemson game in our back pocket after the way we have played the past 7 quarters.

CarRamRod

September 24th, 2009
11:10 am

richt has 2 SEC titles in 8 years of coaching at uga. That is definately something uga fans should be proud of. Since CPJ has only coached 1 season at GT and has implemented a completely new offensive scheme, we’d have to give him at least another 7 seasons before we can compare the two. The only fair comparison to make as of now is there head to head battles, which as saint simmons likes to often point out, CPJ is ahead 1-0.

Option

September 24th, 2009
11:10 am

When running the triple, D-ends are frequently left unblocked as a read key for the QB. That is the beauty of the offense-you purposely leave defenders unblocked so they can be “optioned” off of. If you watch the Miami game again, the blocking on the edge was ATROCIOUS! CPJ will be running blocking drills (and believe me they are not fun) until the cows come home and will get this thing corrected.

Moving players around to different positions is not the answer. It is hard enough learning one position; to ask a player to learn two is asking too much. Simplifying is a good move so the players get really good a doing a few things instead of being mediocre at too many things. Look for tech to have a much better performance this weekend against UNC.

VegasGT

September 24th, 2009
11:11 am

Just what kind of envy would you call it to come on your rival’s BLOG to discuss a game your team had no part of and make nothing but useless, trolling remarks? I know, you are “approved” to do so because someone else is doing it over on the UGA Blogs. Grow up. I don’t condone anyone doing the same over on the UGA Blogs and just because they do, doesn’t mean I want to read your meaningless drivel. Tell them to take a hike over on that blog and do your trolling over there.

Now, if you want to come back with “we don’t consider you rivals, yada, yada, yada”. I will just ask the question again, why are you here?

Now, PJ has accomplished the equivalent of Richt at GSU, probably even more, but you probably won’t admit that because it is in a smaller conference. Well, it’s all relative. I think the same can be said of NAVY given the expectations, situation and other factors.

GWB – You have some serious issues.

Now, back to the subject. Tech did not play well at all in any facet of the game (maybe special teams was OK). I am more worried about the defense than I am about the offense. I saw way too many missed blocks on offense that should be easy to fix. And I am sure PJ saw much more that needed fixed than any of us did. The defense is another matter and appears to go much deeper since we could not stop the run or the pass, no pressure on the QB, tackles for a loss, etc.

I like PJ because the game is just more fun to watch. Well, sometimes anyway, not last Thursday. I like his attitude and the fact that what you see is what you get. He doesn’t candy-coat it. He reminds me a lot of Bobby Ross.

CarRamRod

September 24th, 2009
11:12 am

Baba O'Riley

September 24th, 2009
11:26 am

GT75- …nevermind.

macrotech

September 24th, 2009
11:32 am

GWB, honestly?! I’ve NEVER heard of ANYONE having pen and s envy!!! In regards to CMR? Would you be talking about a coach that fill seats in stadiums, wins a lot of games and has no National Championships to show for it? We’ll keep CPJ!!! Thanks for the offer, though!

Scheme or Execution of Scheme?

September 24th, 2009
11:58 am

hatfieldgeoff,

Ends don’t come directly into the backfield if they are blocked correctly, which is something that has been somewhat lacking so far. Adjustments are always made by good teams so that’s nothing new. I’m sure PJ will make adjustments but the bottom line on both sides of the ball is simplification and everyone doing their job each play. Again, something that has been lacking thus far.