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Bob Davie, now ESPN analyst former coach of Notre Dame, was gracious enough to call me today to talk about Saturday’s game against Florida State.

More on the majority of our conversation in the Saturday advance in the paper, or on Friday’s

Anyway, he expressed his keen appreciation and respect for Paul Johnson and the option, going so far to say that it is the offense he would run should he ever get back into coaching. Remember that he went against CPJ for several years when he was at Navy.

I’m paraphrasing his next comments:
If the offense is running right, it could be Florida State’s defense or the Pittsburgh Steeler’s, it doesn’t matter.

Defenders hate going against it more than any other offense.

Thinking about it more on Thursday, I still can’t figure out how this game is going to go, but I’m of two minds: Tech is either going to thump Florida State, but good. Or FSU is going to win 42-40.
I thought MSU would be a high-scoring game, and I thought Tech would handle North Carolina. I thought Tech would handle Miami, however, so it goes to show what I know (like you need more ammunition that I’m not the sharpest knife in the drawer).
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October 8th, 2009
8:45 pm

Thanks for your work Doug !!


October 8th, 2009
9:09 pm

I didn’t think Davie and CPJ overlapped except for perhaps the two years PJ was Navy’s OC from 96-96.


October 8th, 2009
9:44 pm

PJ was recently relaying a story about Bill Belichick (who he’s known for years) spending time in the Academy football offices over the summers watching film. Steve Belichick was a long-time Mid assistant and Bill is an Annapolis native. He’d kid Bill about wanting to watch the film, saying he couldn’t really see Tom Brady running the mid-line option.

Johnson said Bill would come in for a couple of days and lock himself in an office watching film for eight straight hours….only coming out to go the bathroom.

Finally, PJ asked Belichick’s dad, “Steve, what do you think he’s doing in there?”

Said the elder Belichick, “I think it’s driving him crazy that he can’t figure out how to stop this offense”.

Not Disappointed

October 8th, 2009
9:48 pm

I apprecaite the info Dough. That’s something to hear from Bob Davie is something.

Good weekend all! Ramblin Wreck!


October 8th, 2009
9:49 pm

Well that’s one heck of a complement eh?

Go Jackets… BEAT THE NOLES!!!!


October 8th, 2009
10:04 pm

If our defense can hold FSU under 30 pts, I say GT gets another road win. That could be a big IF, but I think PJ will have enough up his sleeve for our defense to have limited success against the FSU offense.

Go Jackets!!

Tech Fan Since 1950

October 8th, 2009
10:53 pm


I said at the beginning you were doing a great job and as the season has worn on you have been even better in covering Georgia Tech. You are touching base on all the angles. I’m anxious about Saturday night since our track record in Tallahassee is not the best and the emotions of the Noles may be sky high. BUT this is a new Tech team with an unyielding head coach. If we do not turn the ball over, can sack Ponder at least twice, and our special teams tighten up, I think we can pull it off. Thanks so much for all of your work!


October 8th, 2009
11:57 pm

Keep up the great work, Doug!

Im definitely more than a little concerned about our defense after rewatching the msu game the other night. Also, this game scares me big time w/ all ot the recent drama in Tallahassie.

But, it we dont turn it over and play a great game, we should beat these guys

Toe Meets Leather

October 9th, 2009
1:19 am

Cool comments by Davie. I’m most definitely no hater of the spread option. But there’s a reason why Davie’s in the booth and not on a sideline…

Toe Meets Leather…get your GT *now* at!

Gee Tee

October 9th, 2009
1:34 am

This is at trap gaem. FSU won’t lose three in a row since the 70’s and they’ll be palying for their coach, as th media and the FUS boosters have his head on a platter. Plus you add in the “revenge” factor from last yesars game, coupled w/ a primte kick off start AT Tallahhasse, that spells a major mountain to climb. THeir corners are speed, speed, speed, which spees the middle option w/ the b back or the passing game stepping up. We are better than FSU, but its the circustances and timing of this matchup that will take us home on that lonely flight back to ATL. HOwever, I’m a dreamer and a believer and GT wins in a high scoring affair by 4 points…porvide our special teams and our kicking team can step up

Jim Grogan

October 9th, 2009
9:15 am

Turn overs, turn overs, turn overs. We need to be plus three in turn overs. Their athletes and ours have similar talent levels. Ponder is capable of exploiting our weakest link, the deep pass. We need to knock him down and intercept him. The biggest plus is we’ll be the only team with the coaches actually speaking to each other about the game plan, but more importanyly the coaching adjustments during the game. This is HUGE…we’ve NEVER won in Tallahassee against a Bowden coached team, and playing for the conference Championship probably means running the table. GO JACKETS!!! Play your best game of the season!

I used to love getting the paper

October 9th, 2009
9:22 am

Everybody needs to stop putting so much love on Doug, this may get him fired or reassigned…

Tokyo jacket

October 9th, 2009
9:41 am

I’m 99% in CPJ’s corner now and 99% on board with the fact that this is a new team or better said, his team. I will be completely over the Chan Gailey era if CPJ can find a way to do something Tech hasn’t done since 1990: win every game against unranked opponents.

Go Tech! (PS, I hope the ‘Noles win out after playing us…Bobby Bowden deserves to go out with class)


October 9th, 2009
9:43 am

pass rush needed and run the clock on them!!


October 9th, 2009
9:47 am

Revenge Factor? We haven’t completed our revenge yet! Revenge for purposefully knocking Joe Ham out of the game, for phantom interference calls, for phantom late hits (okay, that late hit in 1999 wasn’t exactly a phantom call). Forget their revenge for last year, we still have years of revenge to take out on them!

Saint Simons

October 9th, 2009
10:46 am

Doug is a uga grad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your fired


October 9th, 2009
11:35 am

Whether FSU is undefeated or winless coming into this game, it is irrelevant. This will be a blood bath and hope GT’s defense can hang in there. Just know though when Bay-Bay gives them the one-arm heading toward the end zone all will be right with the world. Go Jackets.


October 9th, 2009
11:38 am

no way will FSU’s defense be focused & discplined enough to play the assignment football needed to stop Tech’s option. on offense, FSU may only get 8 possessions in this game. GO JACKETS!!!!!

Tech Forever

October 9th, 2009
11:41 am

FSU lost three in a row in 1982 and again in 2005. In each case the 3rd game was on the road against Florida.

Here’s the question, who does the hurricane-like weather conditions favor more?

Hootie Bookems

October 9th, 2009
11:48 am

Ahhh Bob Davie the human sleeping pill that is adept pointing out the obvious at an earth shattering rate.

Bulldog Mike

October 9th, 2009
11:58 am

Ponder is going to shred you guys.

A little taste of what Joe Cox will do to you this Thanksgiving.

FSU 52 Tech 17

UGA 51 Tech 10

Joe Cox

October 9th, 2009
12:04 pm

Bulldog Mike thinks i am so good. i got news for you Tech is +8 in turnover this year and FSU is something like -3. UGA is 3-2 and soon to be 3-3


October 9th, 2009
1:00 pm

I’m a die-hard Tech fan, but I don’t get why anyone on either side of the UGA-Tech rivalry would want to broadcast themselves as being an emotional idiot who doesn’t really know the players or the game. In years when UGA had David Green, Knowshown Moreno, and Stafford, it was clear that really no one but Florida and a handful of other elite teams were good enough to beat them without them beating themselves. This year’s UGA squad is just not very good and there’s not really a way to hide that….so why say something ignorant like Bulldog Mike just did? FSU, on paper, is an inferior team to Tech. They are playing awful football. Other than an emotional surge, they don’t really match up with Tech. It’s like me getting on here and saying Tennessee is going to embarrass Georgia. UGA is so-so this year….but get real. UT is not going to beat you guys. They’re awful right now. So Bulldog Mike, remember that you ran your mouth on here come November, because it is a distinct possibility that this year will make 2 in a row. Our running backs are far superior to what you have. Demaryius Thomas and A.J. Green are very similar….Nesbitt is probably a slight bit better than Cox though they are different styles….the only real place UGA can say they outmatch us this year is probably at linebacker. So Bulldog Mike, you an get on here and rant like a trailer park fan who couldn’t get into the school, who thinks ya’ll are owed a national championship that you haven’t claimed in 30 years, or you can make some sense and show a real knowledge of football.


October 9th, 2009
1:01 pm

To Bulldog Mike,

Bobby Dodd – 8 in a row over the dawgs – Still the Record!

Tech has more National Championships than the dawgs!


All Tech players must be able to Read, Write, and pass Calculus! All dawg players must finish coloring their books!



Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
1:10 pm

Fsu’s corners go to sleep. They haven’t covered anything all season. This has the making of another 450 yards. 200 air 250 ground. 42-28 win for tech.


October 9th, 2009
1:15 pm

Morgan B needs to come up with an INT. I think he will.


October 9th, 2009
1:32 pm

I like PJ’s chances here, he broke a good many streaks last year, how about the winless streak in Tallahassee. Go Tech, Sting those Noles’


October 9th, 2009
1:47 pm

Should be a GOOD game! Like I have said in the past, if our Defense shows up to play we have a CHANCE to win. If the offense has to carry the full load we will lose…. Simple as that…. One other note, these UGA fans like Bulldog Mike are just great to have around….


October 9th, 2009
2:07 pm

Doug -

your boss (or your paper) needs to integrate an editor/spell check function on these blogs. People who are poor typists like I am, often look really stupid and uneducated when you also throw in their God-awful opinions on things… At least, if their opinons were spelled properly folks mught be able to understand fully their ignorance…..especially those men who can’t spell the word “DOG” properly…they are the worst….except for Jeff Schultz…used to be Terrence Moore… and before that it was Michelle Hiskey, but now it’s definitely Jeff.

By the way, boycott Jeff Schultz, the liberal condescending bigot….

BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ !!! (properly spelled)


October 9th, 2009
2:16 pm

Tech rolls the imploding Seminole nation.

Did y’all know that amato took exception to Jimbo addressing the team before the USF game? Bobby forgot he was supposed to do the pre game talk and was still in his office. Jimbo got up to speak and Amato confronted him IN FRONT OF THE TEAM.

42-24 GT

They say timing is everything in life and that applies to football too. CPJ coming into the ACC when one of the most successful programs in the league is blowing up from the inside out.

Win this one and VT and y’all are BCS bound since the other division has no one capable of beating you.

All this while we figure out who is going to carry the ball Saturday in KVille in the rain.

Good luck to both. We need the bigger dose of luck Saturday.

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
2:27 pm

We need more than that to get to the bcs. Miami has an easy acc road left. If we finish tied, they go. If it’s a 3 way tie with vt, then it’s the highest bcs team. which is why i was pulling for choklahoma last week. my only hope now is for usf to beat them the way they did fsu. of course the year tech might need a top ranked ga team to move up in the polls, the dawgs are struggling. oh well

This Schultz doesn't know peanuts!

October 9th, 2009
3:31 pm

misterwax says, “By the way, boycott Jeff Schultz, the liberal condescending bigot….”

I second that, and will never click on an article with his name on it again. I will, however, gleefully click on an article with his name IN it, if it’s about him being canned, tarred and feathered, or run out of town on a rail. Unfortunately, he probably secured his position with the AUC, at least until it goes broke. There’s a day for celebration, but that’s another subject…


October 9th, 2009
3:38 pm

To me the key to this offense is if it’s shut down can you throw the ball and still come from behind and that so far has proven to be the case. The better Tech QB’s I can remember were the ones that could run, pass and buy some time going back to Eddie Mccshan, John Dewberry, Shawn Jones, Donnie Davis, Joe Hamilton, George Godsey, Reggie Ball, and now Nesbitt. Also the fact that we have 6 play makers on offense each play verse 5 basically or 4. If we keep this pass percentage improment going then hopefully that will balance out and open the option. I was curious why the old wishbone teams junked the wishbone instead of figuring out a way to pass out of it instead. Now we need some consistency on defense as it looks shaky one week and then great the next.


October 9th, 2009
3:53 pm

Same as all the games- make the blocks and IF they pass like they did last week it want matter they will roll!!!! Looking forward to the game-let’s go Jackets!!!! THWG oh yeah normally I don’t get into this tit for tat but no more dog fans talking about the pop ups to sell tickets as the basketball thing is just as annoying as what they say our’s is with football!

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
4:05 pm

Godsey and Ball good qb’s? Hellll no.

Cleveland, OH jacket

October 9th, 2009
4:45 pm

Ball was not a good Qb….Godsey, however, was….go look at his stats Tech 91….then come back to me.


October 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

gte268p said that we are the ones who wnat Revenge: “Revenge for purposefully knocking Joe Ham out of the game, for phantom interference calls, for phantom late hits….Forget their revenge for last year, we still have years of revenge to take out on them!”

I completely agree! Don’t forget the bad calls, the bogus onside kick in 1991, and the devastating loss which Bowden said was the key to their sUbsequent success after which tHey went up & we went down for several years.



October 9th, 2009
4:48 pm

Hey GT fans….FSU alum from Jacksonville (Florida) here. Heading over to Tallahassee for the game tomorrow….should be interesting, for sure. Our defense hasn’t stopped anyone all year, and I suspect we will have all kinds of trouble with the GT option attack (like we did last year…the only reason that game was close was that Nesbitt rolled his ankle in the 3rd quarter). So…I think the only chance FSU has is if our offense is clicking and it turns into a shootout..of course, all the turmoil in Tallahassee is a bit of a wild card…it’ll be interesting to see if the team rallys around Bobby….

Cleveland, OH jacket

October 9th, 2009
4:55 pm

Nevermind Tech91, I did it for you.

Godsey’s stats

63.6% 2906 yards 23 TDs 6 INTs

64.8% 3805 yards 18 TDs 11 INTs

He didn’t have that great of a TD/INT ratio his second year of starting, but he definitely put up very respectable numbers, still.


October 9th, 2009
5:18 pm



October 9th, 2009
5:51 pm

“If the offense is running right, it could be Florida State’s defense or the Pittsburgh Steeler’s, it doesn’t matter.” Yeah….right….

Biggest Dawg Fan Ever

October 9th, 2009
6:38 pm

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
10:25 pm

He didn’t have 3800 yards in 2001. I don’t even have to look it up to recognize that. That would mean he averaged 300 passing ypg. No way in hell he did that.

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
10:27 pm

Just looked it up. He had 3,085 yards in 2001. Just as I suspected. Sorry but these numbers are average. And my point was look how he was worse in 01 than in 00. QB’s are suppose to get better. He was much worse. That was my memory of him. Oh and getting creamed by FSU both times.

Hey Doug

October 9th, 2009
10:27 pm

Ooops typo…..3085 yards

Cleveland, OH jacket

October 9th, 2009
10:29 pm

Sorry that last line was me….

as you can see I had a typo…3085 yards…..still good stats for a QB

Cleveland, OH jacket

October 9th, 2009
10:33 pm

He got better into two categories except for TD/INT ratio….shows that he had an incredible season in 2000. We were also not as good as a team in 2001…he had to throw from behind more which forced more INTs.

He was no Joe Hamilton, obviously, but he was a good QB and to say otherwise is just wrong. The Fridge made him into a good QB in his system….you could say that…..but not many QBs in college actually through considerably above 60% except the good ones.

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
10:34 pm

Actually the 01 numbers are horrendous. A decent td to int ratio is 3 to 1. Very good is 4 to 1. He was 1.7 to 1. 00 he did good. But 01 was horrible. Which is why I said he stunk. But not as bad as Reggie.

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
10:37 pm

I will give you he was good in 2000. But he was horrible in 2001. Like i said, good qb’s are suppose to get better. Not worse.He played in 1 more game in 01 than in 00. And his numbers were drastically worse. Anyway, enough about the past. Hopefully Nesbitt and all have a solid game tomorrow. If we control the clock and limit costly turnovers, we should win.

Tech 91

October 9th, 2009
10:41 pm

I just noticed this stat about GG.

Passing Yards (Game): 486 vs. Virginia, 2001
Passing Yards (Season): 3,085, 2001
Pass Completions (Game): 39 vs. Virginia, 2001
Pass Completions (Season): 249, 2001
Completion Pct (Career): .633 (484-765)
Pass Attempts (Season): 384, 2001
Total Offense (Game): 475 vs. Virginia, 2001
He set records in 01 against va. odd years, like this year, we play va @ va. how on earth did we lose to them in 01 with 486 pass yards? Man the defense must have really really really been AWFUL that day.