Paul Johnson transcript

Courtesy of Georgia Tech’s sports information department, a transcript of Paul Johnson’s press conference on Tuesday:

Opening Statement:

“I was proud of our guys after the Virginia game. It’s another streak that people liked to talk about that our team put an end to. I don’t know if we played our best game of the year. You have to give the kids from Virginia a lot of credit, they played hard. But, we did enough to find a way to win the game. Once we got deep into the third quarter, we felt good about where we were. It was a concern that for the second week in a row we started out committing penalties on offense and hurting ourselves by stopping drives. On the first drive, we had a fourth and short that we were getting ready to go for and we jumped offside’s. Then, we take it into the end zone and have a chop block that wiped four points off the scoreboard. That’s a concern. On the flip side, I thought we did a good job defensively, especially in the first half. We held them and made them kick some field goals. If you can do that [not giving up touchdowns] you usually have a pretty good chance to win the game. All-in-all, we played ok and won the game. It just makes this week’s game that much bigger.”

On Vanderbilt:

“I have a great deal of respect for [Vanderbilt head coach] Bobby [Johnson]. We’ve played against each other a lot. He and his staff do a great job and they’ll have their team ready to play. I think they’re a much better team than their record would indicate. They’ve played some teams close, coming off last week’s 14-10 loss at South Carolina. I think they’re in the top 25 in scoring defense and they usually don’t beat themselves. We’re going to have to go on the road to their place and play well.”

On the importance of Saturday’s game with Vanderbilt, despite it being an out-of-conference game:
“I think our football team, to be a special one, has to go out and want to win every game. I can’t imagine ever playing a game where you didn’t feel like it was important, not me anyway. We hear a lot about the SEC here and there’s always comparisons between the two leagues. We have an opportunity this year to play three SEC teams and this is our second one. So, we’ll see how we measure up against them.”

On worries of the team letting down against Vanderbilt:

“I’m not worried about that. I hope our guys are mature enough to realize that Vanderbilt is a good football team. We’re playing against the SEC, we’re not supposed to be able to compete. It’s a chance for our guys to match up with [an SEC team] again. Like I said, I know what we’re walking into. I’m sure it’s a game [Vanderbilt] feel they can win. Why wouldn’t they, they’ve played everyone on their schedule close. Georgia blew the game open late with some kick returns, but that was a pretty close game throughout. The rest of their games have been close. They played LSU tough in Baton Rouge. They have a pretty good football team. Their record is deceiving, I think.”

On success of the offense in the second half of the last two games:
“Like I said earlier, in the last two games, we’ve hurt ourselves early on with penalties. It would interesting to go back and see how many times in the last three or four games where a drive hasn’t been stopped by a penalty. I think you would see that it hasn’t happened a lot. We’ve kind of inflicted that on ourselves, which is tough to overcome. ”

On Virginia Tech safety Kam Chancellor’s accusations of illegal blocks occurring in the Georgia Tech-Virginia Tech game:

“I don’t know, I don’t pay any attention to what players say. That game was two weeks ago and its over with. He has his opinion. I think there’s more publicity and exposure now; I don’t think the officiating has changed. I’ve said before, I wouldn’t want to do their job and I think those guys do a great job. But, they’re human, they’re going to miss calls just like coaches aren’t going to call the perfect play every time. Now, because of all of the TV coverage and the internet, boy if they miss one, it’s documented for everyone to see over and over again. There’s a lot of scrutiny put on them. There’s a lot of judgment calls in a football game that opposing fans are going to disagree on. I think, overall, officials do a good job for what we ask them to do.”

On the improvements of the defense:

“We’re getting a lot closer to having a base system on defense, similar to what we have on offense. You add a wrinkle or two every week and guys get better adjusted to that. You know where weaknesses are, so you know where to tweak it if guys are getting hurt. The last few weeks, we’ve been better against the run. Virginia Tech gashed us a little bit, but that was on quarterback scrambles for the most part. Virginia had a very tough time running the ball. We’ve also been fortunate in that we haven’t had to run many plays on defense. We’ve done a good job getting teams off the field and the offense is doing a great job of staying on the field. We’re still no where we want to be, though.”

On if it is expected that opposing teams will alter play calling early in games in order to get an advantage on Georgia Tech:

“I think teams will start doing that. I think we saw a little bit of that on Saturday with Virginia taking the ball first. Most of the time I don’t know why we have a coin toss; if we win it we defer, if they win it they receive. I think that people want to try to get ahead. They feel like they get behind the eight ball if we score first. It varies from team-to-team.”

On depth of the offensive line:

“I think the backups are getting better. The more reps they take the better thy’re going to get. They played some snaps on Saturday and they’re going to have to play more from now on out. The concern you always have as you get deeper into the year is the depth issue raises its head. We’re playing 11 straight games and our guys have been pushing through pretty good, but their still beat up, as you can imagine. So, we’re going to need the backups to play more.”

On if things are improving on the recruiting trail with the Yellow Jackets’ success on the year, especially on offense:

“I don’t think there’s been any difference. I never really found a problem with it before. I think it was something that people wanted to make a problem and I think its going to be a little harder for opposing coaches to get into a kids ear now. I was happy to see that Demaryius Thomas is a semi-finalist for the Biletnikoff Award, because there goes a lot of the opposing thoughts of “Why would you go there, you can never get any notoriety as a receiver.” But, I’m just happy for him because he’s worked so hard and he’s earned it. Certainly, if we can finish out the year and have a great year, it will probably be positive and help. But, we have all our commitments lined up and had them before the season started.”

On being named to the watch list for the Bear Bryant Coach of the Year Award:

“To me, that says more about your football team and your assistant coaches than anything else. I’ve been fortunate to be a part of some really good teams and win some coach of the year awards and those kinds of things. They say more about your players and your assistant coaches than anything else in my opinion.”

125 comments Add your comment

NYJacket

October 27th, 2009
4:02 pm

Man I am glad CPJ is our coach.

sn8jacket

October 27th, 2009
4:04 pm

I second that, NYJacket!

GA Tech Insider

October 27th, 2009
4:06 pm

And there you have it. It’s all about the football team and giving the officials a break; no finger pointing or laying blame. He’s not taking any credit and is preparing his team for the next game; letting them know that he respects their coach and what his team has been doing in spite of their record.

That, my friends, is a real coach.

VT Whiners

October 27th, 2009
4:11 pm

I agree GA Tech Insider….unlike the coach of the other Tech.

CarRamRod

October 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

PJ is the man

Big South-Ga DAWG

October 27th, 2009
4:14 pm

Man, that’s gonna sting (pardon the pun) when he leaves The Flats in the next few year(s), to go coach for one of the Big Boys.

need2fish

October 27th, 2009
4:15 pm

Yeah …..Beamer’s looking out for his kids – right. Kinda like how he looked out for the Vick boys right? If you can’t beat em’ – change the rules i guess….what a wuss.

Tech82

October 27th, 2009
4:15 pm

I’ll bet the Hokies wish they had a coach like that. Come to think of it, I’ll bet they wish they had a 7-1 record and a #11 ranking. It must stink to always be known as the “other” Tech in your conference.

GO JACKETS! THWG / THWVT!

Tech82

October 27th, 2009
4:17 pm

Big South-Ga DAWG – If he does leave, you’re right, it will sting A LOT. But I don’t see CPJ going anywhere. He and Tech are a very good fit.

St. Simons

October 27th, 2009
4:18 pm

59-35-5 ahahahahahahahahahahahaha !!!!!!

A_GOOD_LEADER

October 27th, 2009
4:19 pm

Takes all of the criticism and none of the praise. Doesn’t get better than that.

chokiehokiehater

October 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

You know I do not recall any Navy opponents being carried off in ambulances when CPJ was the coach and he’s directing the same plays and blocking techniques at GT. Do not remember Notre Dame crying how they were illegally blocked when they lost and were humiliated by Navy either.

wiley

October 27th, 2009
4:22 pm

Big South-Ga DAWG…he has publicly stated several times that he wants Georgia Tech to be his final stop as a coach. He feels like he can accomplish anything at Georgia Tech that can be accomplished at other BCS schools…and he is right considering Georgia Tech has four national championships. PJ is a program builder and has reached the highest level of college coaching…a BCS school…I have a feeling he will be GT’s coach for a long long time.

Burdell

October 27th, 2009
4:23 pm

Already holding your breath are ya BS Dawg?

GO JACKETS!!! BEAT THAT SEC AZZ!!

OMG

October 27th, 2009
4:26 pm

hey Big South-Ga DAWG, what is exactly is bigger and better, UGA? CPJ can win NC’s at GT and watch him do just that. It’s a shame to have one of the top 5 recruiting classes in the country year after year and have nothing but mediocrity to show for it.

same ole same ole

October 27th, 2009
4:34 pm

Hey Big South-Ga DAWG, Nothing could fire a coach up more than to compile better stats and more yardage than your NFL first rounders such as Moreno and Stafford. CPJ and GT players made them look inferior in the 08 GT-UGA game.

Cuttysark

October 27th, 2009
4:41 pm

Paul Johnson has this program going in the right direction from the opening season. Now that he has shown how successful this offense can be, everyone is still trying to find something else to bag on. Frank Beamer looks like a clown for coming out with his absurd poor sport comments to show support for Kam “Kan’t Tackle Chancellor.”

Go to http://isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles, and a special feature on Kam Chancellor. Go Jackets!

Slick

October 27th, 2009
4:49 pm

OMG:

He can win NC at Tech? You guys are likely going to go 11-1, win the ACC, and still wont even sniff the NC game unless about a dozen things happen in your favor. One of which would require you being a dawg fan this weekend. Hey, hats off for having a great season, but man that’s got to really suck. Bet a playoff looks pretty good to you boys this year.

By the way, stop twisting the facts. Admittedly UGA does have great recruiting seasons every year, but top 5 is a stretch. Top 10 most years, but not top 5. Interestingly enough the dawgs also seemed to finish top 10 in the final polls the last decade too. Some seasons were disappointing, but far from mediocrity. Enjoy your season.

Billy

October 27th, 2009
4:52 pm

I loved the way that Beamer didn’t apologize for saying that a block was illegal, just that he complained about the wrong one. What an “apology”!

GT GRAD

October 27th, 2009
4:56 pm

Beamer watched the tape from last year, so he KNOWS they should have lost last year (officials calls kept them in the game long enough to win) and they obviously lost this year…………he is smart enough to realize they are in trouble against GT if he cannot get the rules changed to limit the effectiveness of the GT offensive scheme.

I am proud to be a GT Alum!

Go GT

GA Tech Insider

October 27th, 2009
5:02 pm

“Slick”; No one is claiming that the Jackets are going to play for the MNC this season, however, what the fans ARE saying is that what Paul Johnson has accomplished in 2 years as most coaches have done in 5 years.

For example, how many years under Mark Richt, at UGA, did it take before the Bulldogs went 10- 2 or 11- 1?

What GA Tech fans are saying is that the timetable for looking at the chance for the opportunity to play for a National Championship have also be bumped up; maybe not this year – maybe not this season, but if the Yellow Jackets continue to grow under the tutelage of Paul Johnson like they have, next season isn’t out of the question.

Mike

October 27th, 2009
5:10 pm

Slick

Thanks for the backhanded compliments. OK, here you go:
uga has a top 10 recruiting class every year and they still do not perform up to the level that they should. Is that better?
See you in November on the Flats.

VT Whiners

October 27th, 2009
5:12 pm

VT fans, your coach is an embarrassment to your school!!

Slick

October 27th, 2009
5:13 pm

GA Tech Insider: I understood what he meant. All I’m saying is you guys are having a great season, started the year ranked high enough, playing a tough schedule and still wont get a shot. A one loss SEC or Big12 trumps a one loss ACC. Not saying it’s fair – actually I’ll say it’s not fair but that’s the way it is. And if I was CPJ (or a tech fan) that would really bother me.

Also, for the record, CMR won the SEC, won a BCS game, went 13-1, and finished 3rd in the country during year 2 of his tenure at UGA. So enjoy this while you can – there’s no guarantee it will last.

Slick

October 27th, 2009
5:22 pm

Mike – No that’s not better. Are you saying top 10 in recruiting equals #1 in final polls? If so, what about #1 in recruiting? How should they end up? UGA has consistently finished top 10 in the polls this decade and had 2 legit shots at playing in the big game with a break or 2. Last year for dawg fans really sucked. Most of us (not the lunatic fringe) saw this year coming. I’m counting on CMR to fix it.

Nothing backhanded about my compliments. You guys got a fine team and a fine coach. I hope you guys lose every game including the one in late November especially. I’m sure you understand.

GT45

October 27th, 2009
5:44 pm

Slick, So CMR had that kind of record, just like ours may be, and still finished third in the country? Isn’t that the same exact scenario that you’re saying we’re facing? Guess the mighty UGA couldn’t sniff the NC that year, or the next, or the next…..

B'Ham Jacket

October 27th, 2009
5:50 pm

Thankful that Tech has a GREAT coach!
And a man with such class!

Insectinside

October 27th, 2009
6:05 pm

Slick: I appreciate what you are saying and I do understand. That last paragraph tells me you are the real deal of a ‘Dog fan. I hope you lose ‘em all, too. You guys have had a good ride. I think CMR has a better shot of fixing it than his predecessors. What did Spurrier say? Something like, “Georgia gets all these 4 and 5 star recruits… I don’t know what they do to ‘em.”

not a future jacket

October 27th, 2009
6:06 pm

ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID.No I am not and that kind of remark will keep me from ever considering pj as a coach.Not much class in his statement there!

Ga Tech Old Timer

October 27th, 2009
6:10 pm

Thanks to Coach Johnson addressing my concern of yesterdays post when I spoke about penalties hurting drives in the first half. From reading some of the responses I got – such as “It’s called football…” and “Is this a real question…” my concern is not only for the team but for those of you who responded in that manner. I had no doubt that Coach was on top of the problem because it’s happened for three weeks straight now – it’s just nice to read it’s a priority for him.

Slick

October 27th, 2009
6:11 pm

GT45: There happened to be 2 undefeated teams (traditional powerhouse teams)that year, so maybe it will be similar. Maybe not. Time will tell. But I’d think any objective person would agree that a one loss UF/Bama or Texas gets in before a one loss GT.

What is similar is your love fest with your head coach. Promising first season. Very successful second campaign. Kind of a deja vous moment for me. That’s why I keep telling you guys to enjoy your season, because this season’s success brings no promise of success next year.

Based on yalls snarky responses, I get the impression you guys think I’m taking shots at you/Tech. I’m not. Let me ask the Tech fans a question. Would you take CMR’s success the last 8 years, such that it is? Perennial top 10’s, season at 3rd, season at 2nd, couple of conference championships, 3 BCS games. Say 500 record against UGA the next 10 years. Would you take that? Or are you betting on the come?

Joe Schmoe

October 27th, 2009
6:12 pm

not a future jacket

October 27th, 2009
6:06 pm
ARE YOU REALLY THAT STUPID.No I am not and that kind of remark will keep me from ever considering pj as a coach.Not much class in his statement there!

See ya! Dont let the door hit you on the way out. Im sure there is a dollar general that can gear you up with all the UGA parephenlia you want.

GA Tech Insider

October 27th, 2009
6:20 pm

“Slick”; That’s great that Mark Richt won the SEC, won a BCS game, went 13-1, and finished 3rd in the country during year 2 of his tenure at UGA. He had one of the top recruiting classes work with, and rather than say top 5 or even top 10, let’s just say that the class he had ranked considerably higher than that the Paul Johnson is working with.

Granted, I know that you’re going to claim that the almight SEC is a tougher Conference than the ACC, but looking at recent events, I’d say that the only teams that are worth much in the SEC this year are Florida, Alabama, and maybe LSU. In the ACC, GA Tech, Virginia Tech, Miami, and even Clemson can beat almost anybody in the SEC on any given day. So, my friend, I’d say that, apples to apples, Paul Johnson has done more with less in a shorter amount of time than anyone dreamed possible, especially in light of the offense he was installing on the Flats.

Couple that with the fact that the Jackets have been playing shorthanded due to NCAA scholarship limitations and that the team only has 6 scholarship seniors on the roster, well, I’d say the future bodes well for Paul Johnson and the Jacket Nation.

same ole same ole

October 27th, 2009
6:29 pm

Honestly I do not see where the Florida Gators deserve to be #1. What is impressive about wins over Troy or Charleston Southern and you have FIU in Nov. Not much to speak about only beating Miss St by 10 and just getting by Arkansas at home. Think this is another hoax. UGA you could win this game but do not consider it an upset. If you don’t, SC just might in Columbia.

Yellow Fuzz

October 27th, 2009
6:37 pm

Big South-Ga DAWG,

I know Coach Johnson and he thinks he can make Tech “one of the Big Boys”.

You gotta admit he’s off to a good start putting georgia in their rightful place last year and tech in their rightful place this year.

Big Boys?

October 27th, 2009
6:42 pm

Which one of the “Big Boys” would hire a Coach with “high school” offense? Better stick to your ol’ repertoire: It won’t work in Big Conference or It will be stopped the second time, ERRRR, the third time around.

Okeefe/Bob

October 27th, 2009
6:48 pm

Dang I’m proud to be a JACKET.I lived through them all from Dodd to Johnson and the good times are here again.AMEN brothers and sisters.

Slick

October 27th, 2009
6:49 pm

GA Tech Insider:

You asked the question – I answered it. Don’t get mad at me for answering your question. As for the “almight”y SEC. You know, I’m really not much of a Team SEC guy. And even if I were, what I think doesn’t matter much anyway. So if you got a gripe about the almighty SEC, you can direct your anger toward the media.

I have yet to say a negative word about CPJ but yet you break out his resume, poo-poo your talent, and mention scholarship limitations. Why do you feel the need to defend your program when nobody is attacking it? Are you doing it for my benefit or yours? There’s no need to beat your chest. Start taking your own program seriously and you’ll force the rest of the country to do the same.

TRUTH

October 27th, 2009
6:50 pm

watch the flags fly nerds.

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:06 pm

Big Boys?, why don’t you come up with something new. High School Offense is all you can say. For the last 8 weeks it has been the next team we play will stop this offense and it only has happened once, and that was not totally an offensive problem. Slick there may make the most sense than any dawg fan I have heard but he still doesn’t realize what really has changed with the Tech program. If thinking that Paul Johnson is fart in the wind and will only have a short term affect on the program, keep thinking that and we will get that MNC berfore you guys can sniff that fart. This is really enjoyable because it is hard for a dawg to accept the compition from the ACC. UGA played one ACC opponent last year and lost, Tech play 4 SEC opponent and went 3-1. Me thinks you protest to much…..can’t handle all this talk about Tech.

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

Hey Slick, you’re not very slick…about a dozen things have to happen?

There’s half a dozen weeks still left in the football season and quite a few things can happen in one week.

I know you fleabags have a keen sense of smelling, but the last time the mutts sniffed a National Championship was left over from UF, LSU, or maybe you’re still smelling GT’s back in 1990.

There is fear in your post.

You’d dump Richt in a heart beat for CPJ.

You pray he leaves GT, but he’s not going anywhere.

GTcoaches

October 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

To big south Ga & the other dawgs who are praying for Paul Johnson to leave ;
1. He just signed a 7 year contract, yeah we know it’s not iron clad and he can get out
before it’s up, but before that happens he’s going to lead tech to a lot of wins against Ga
and win us another NC or two. That would make it 2 since the dawgs last won one.
2. CPJ is a great coach & mentor plus the triple option is not rocket science. When CPJ leaves there will be other coaches that can take over and continue with his legacy.
So keep on hoping that CPJ will leave, it’s not going to help your short term pain. The kind that Tech will inflict on you puppies on Nov 28.

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:12 pm

Slick, I do respect what you have to say and TML statement may not ring true for you. You have to admit that all of a sudden the dawgs are ready the kick CMR out the door and it is not just because of lack luster play. If the Jackets still had CCG and the dawgs were having a down year this type talk would not be happening. I have been a Tech fan for 50+ years and as the saying goes..My favorite two teams are Tech and anyone playing Georgia. I do respect you as a true dawg fan.

GTdad

October 27th, 2009
7:14 pm

“Yea, he’s bad, bad, CPJ,
The baddest man in the A-C-C,
Badder than ole King Kong,
Meaner than those junkyard dawgs!!!!”

GA Tech Insider

October 27th, 2009
7:17 pm

“Slick”; I’m commending GA Tech’s talent for over achieving as compared to UGA’s talent for underachieving. That all comes down to coaching, my friend. You can have great athletes on the field, but if they haven’t been coached, or they play like a bunch of individuals, they’ll get beat by a team of less athletic players who are better coached and play like a team almost every time.

That’s the difference between GA Tech and UGA right now. That’s the difference between Paul Johnson and Mark Richt.

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:19 pm

I find it interesting that the UGA fans stay on the Tech blogs. Most of it is spilling trash talk. I know Tech people are on UGA blogs, notice I did not say fans. This blog was about what CPJ had to say today and I truly did not hear any excuses from him. He is always looking for ways to improve this team. Dawg fans are full of wishful dreams of him leaving but he has found a home here at GT and will be here long after CMR is coaching at FSU.

Slick

October 27th, 2009
7:20 pm

TML: Where to start. You don’t know me. You don’t know anything about me other than the 4 or 5 posts I’ve made in this blog. Now, if you actually read them you should know a couple of things: I’ve complimented your team, I’ve complimented your coach, I’ve stated Tech is going 11-1. Now if you’re actually a Tech alum you should be good enough in basic math to realize that that would mean I’ve already conceded the Nov. 28th game.

Tech is up, UGA is down. I get it. Feels good to you. But one of the true tests of man’s character is how he acts in good times and in bad times. You’re exposing yourself sir. Or then again maybe not, maybe you’re always a dick head. I enjoy football as much (if not more) than any man, but I don’t measure my self worth on the wins and losses of a football team. So no, I’m not jealous of Tech, not jealous of Tech fan’s, not jealous of CPJ

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:23 pm

Slick, I don’t know how long you have been a UGA fan but if it has been as long as I have been a Tech fan then you have suffered just as much as we have. Although I don’t think you have been through anything like our Bill Lewis years…I never put away my Tech gear or was ashamed of being a grad..but I must say it was very difficult.

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:27 pm

You know we can say Tech will win out, and they should, but this is football. Strange things can happen..injuries (God forbid) can happen at any time. I do remember last year that bloggers were talking about last year being a fluke and when we went through the teams a second time we could not win. Another theory shot to he!!.

AZ Jacket

October 27th, 2009
7:29 pm

Have a good evening Slick….I would wish you luck on Saturday but this weekend I am a Tech and Gator fan. But you have a great evening.