Orange Bowl-bound and the future of the program

Georgia Tech is headed to the Orange Bowl with an 11-2 record.

Back in August, as I was driving back from a Falcons’ preseason game, I got a call from a national sports talk radio show that invited me to come on for a few seconds.

“What do yall want to talk about?” I asked.

“tech. My host thinks they are going to be the national champions,” the producer said.

“This year?” I asked.

“Yes” he said.

“Allright, I can see that,” I said.

And off we went.

Now, some 13-14 weeks later, the Yellow Jackets are the champions of the ACC.

But, let’s look back at the two losses. What would have happened had Tech not had three  games in 12 days, with the last being at Miami? Would they have beaten the Hurricanes? Coach Paul Johnson said he watched film of the game a few weeks ago and that his players looked like they were running in quicksand they were so tired.

What if Tech had converted the fourth down against Georgia and kept its last drive going?

Ifs and buts, Ifs and buts. As Dwight Schrute says, “If ‘onlys’ and ‘buts‘ were candies and nuts, then every day would be Erntedankfest.”

I have no idea what that means, but we all get the point.

So 11-2 with two close losses. What does this mean for the future? Former Navy quarterback Chris McCoy, who played for Johnson, said he told folks that when Tech hired Johnson that they would win a national championship in three years.

What say you?

172 comments Add your comment

Old Tech Fan

December 6th, 2009
3:01 pm

To compete for a national championship, we’ll have to get a lot better on the defensive side of the field…and get deeper/better/bigger on both sides of the line. That’s doable with good coaching and good recruiting. We’ve got the coaching.

jms

December 6th, 2009
3:01 pm

no way unless Dwyer, Thomas, and Morgan all return.

Buzzeng

December 6th, 2009
3:03 pm

First – I say, win the Oraange Bowl!

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
3:03 pm

Tallest Dwarf Champs 2009!!!! Congrats.

To compete for NC, you’ll need to beat that “irrelevant” team over in Athens that served you a heaping cup of 30-24.

GTFAN

December 6th, 2009
3:06 pm

Nice to see the squirts from Athens realize they are irrelevant.

DRC

December 6th, 2009
3:07 pm

I personally think CPJ has got to do something about his defense. Must recruit some guys who are big and fast. Trying to outscore every team we play is going to catch up with us.

sogadog

December 6th, 2009
3:10 pm

Congrats Tech, you are the best team in the ACC, the second best team in the state, and about the ninth best team in the SEC.

the real OLD GOLD

December 6th, 2009
3:11 pm

Defense Defense Defense.. need more talent on D.

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
3:12 pm

((((((((((((((30-24))))))))))))) GTFAN tee-tees sitting down.

DardyJacket

December 6th, 2009
3:15 pm

sogadog

Another Athens idiot. Your program is IRRELEVANT to anything outside of the SEC East..and by the way…you’re the 5th best team in the East.

We on the other hand beat Miss St, who beat Ole Miss, who beat LSU…so I guess we finished second in the SEC West behind Bama using your stupid logic right?

You’re a freaking moron. Glad beating Tech defines your season and made it succesful. We’re going bowling…you fat boys can sit on the couch and cuddle with CMR.

snapshot

December 6th, 2009
3:17 pm

National Championship coming soon to the Flats. CPJ is only in his second year. Hang on and if the nad-lickers were not worried they would not be posting here. We are all of a sudden important to the humpers.
Go Yellow Jackets!!!! Orange Bowl bound and winners of the ACC.

GTGrant

December 6th, 2009
3:19 pm

While I would love for GT to play for the national championship next year, several things need to happen first:

1) The defense needs to be built to stand up to more than just a strong wind. While Tech could probably compete for the ACC title again, there’s no way the Tech defense, as-is, could stand up to a national championship contender. Matters only get worse when you consider the likely departure of Derrick Morgan to the pros. The D gives up too many big plays, and that will be a limiting factor going forward. I don’t want to lay all the blame on Wommack, but we need to get to a point that Tech’s defense is feared again.

2) Josh Nesbitt, while great at running the triple option, needs to complete more than 50% of his passes. The running game is excellent, but having Nesbitt more reliable with his passes would force defenses to spread out more, which will only help with the ground game.

3) The ACC needs to regain some credibility. Even if Tech had gone undefeated this year, it’s doubtful they would leapfrog Texas and questionable they would be given preference over Cincinatti (let alone TCU or Boise St) for a shot at the national title. For Tech to have a shot, its conference opponents have to be seen as a threat, not just a bunch of pushovers.

That said, I have faith in Paul Johnson. He’ll do what’s in his power to get us there, and with players he recruited starting to rise in the ranks, I think we’re only going to improve.

Until then, let’s be happy with an ACC Championship and enjoy our trip to the Orange Bowl.

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
3:22 pm

((((((30-24)))))) Your best team ever couldn’t beat our worse!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!! Relevant?

nebraska jacket

December 6th, 2009
3:23 pm

Let’s be happy about winning the ACC, but winning the Orange Bowl is what will really get Tech to the next level as a program.

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
3:32 pm

WInning a game against a mediocre Dawgs team will help too nebraska jacket, or didn’t you hear:

(((((((30-24)))))))) Our ex-DC was good enough to beat your Coach of the Year!!!!

GT Joe

December 6th, 2009
3:42 pm

Love it. Dogs on a Tech blog. Why? Because we are the ONLY story in Georgia college football.

WE RUN THIS STATE!!!!!!!! BCS top 10 and BCS Bowl bound!!!!!

calvin

December 6th, 2009
3:42 pm

At least Cooper Taylor will be back on defense next
year. The hero of last year’s Florida State game,
he might have made the difference against Miami and
Georgia this year.

macrotech

December 6th, 2009
3:47 pm

GO TECH!!!! 4 national championships compared to uga’s 1…… at this moment, who is closer to adding another one? uga, you had your time in the sun….you blew it….it’s our turn! Enjoy your bowl……whereEVER it is! Nice win, though……

K with a K

December 6th, 2009
3:48 pm

WAY TO GO TECH!!! HAVE A GREAT ORANGE BOWL!

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
3:48 pm

GT Joe, if by “run this state”, you mean you were punched in the mouth and whipped by a mediocre Dawg squad, you are so right!!!!

gt

December 6th, 2009
3:51 pm

uh guys there have been NC’s won with one loss such as FL. But yeah GT would be in the hunt and preranked top 5 should some of these NFL juniors decide to make it their goal and hang around..

Rusted Wreck

December 6th, 2009
3:52 pm

All tech did was survive a ride on the country’s most famous roller coaster … Clemson. Big Deal.

Winning the ACC is like making a whipped cream pie in a world’s best pie contest.

(((30-24)))

1-0 for 365!!!

It hurts more than you say … we know it … and we like it!!!

LMAO!!!

tony

December 6th, 2009
3:53 pm

To the Other Saint Simons guy, why aren’t bringing up last years game from Athens? How quickly we forget my friend. Go Jackets!

GTMAN099

December 6th, 2009
3:54 pm

Tech’s defense is the worst one I have seen. I do blame Wommack. Tech cannot be a serious contender with him as defensive coordinator. Granted that we have had injuries but I believe we have some real talent on defense and a total lack of good coaching by our staff is the problem. How is it possible that Spiller can fake inside and juke outside on the same play three times in a row and run long for a touchdown each time. This is basic coaching!!!!
Add on top of this the fact that we have been so good as far as possesion time on offense which means that the defense is well rested and still can’t keep gap integrity—- its coaching!!!!!!!!!!! Johnson needs to make a change in coaching for Defense.

maybe in 100 years..

December 6th, 2009
4:00 pm

In order to win the NC, Tech would need to run the tables and end up with a 0 loss season. While at the same time hoping that there are not 2 other undefeated teams from any of the following: Big 12, SEC, Pac 10 or Big 10. An undefeated from the SEC and Big 10 would trump any 0 loss team from the ACC. Sadly, the ACC is not seen as a power conference in CFB and won’t be for a while. Miami will help if they put together a solid year and VA Tech doesn’t crap out. A few other powerful teams would help. Right now the ACC is just a tad bit higher than the Big East and WAC.

johnny heisman

December 6th, 2009
4:01 pm

Just the fact that UGA fans feel the need to post on here is all I need to know! They are so proud of beating us, they still are talking about it. What does that tell you? That the JACKETS are causing a little self conciousness in the Dawg pound.

GTMAN099

December 6th, 2009
4:02 pm

Also, what kind of coaching allows the Safety’s to fall for a fake reverse and leave one whole side of the field uncovered for Spiller to walk down the field for easy touchdown. Our offense is great though. We could win a National Title with this offense if we had any kind of decent defense.

Jimmy Jamz

December 6th, 2009
4:03 pm

Linebackers are a major weakness. We have to get faster there and learn how to coach them. Womack not so impressive with making any kind of adjustments either. But BCS Bowls are nice and like CPJ said we will be a force to be reckoned with from now on. That is why the puppies are so excited to have beaten us.

GT Joe

December 6th, 2009
4:03 pm

BCS top 10, BCS Bowl… WE run this state!

(4-2) AND A BCS BERTH WHILE UGAY LICKS THEIR B*LLS IN SH*TPORT,LA

December 6th, 2009
4:03 pm

HEY OTHER SAINT SIMONS, (4-2)…(4-2)..(4-2)..(4-2)… THATS NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS MORON! HOW ABOUT THIS ONE…..8 STRAIGHT LOSSES TO TECH, THE STREAK BELONGS TO UGAY!! OR HOW ABOUT….7-5 AFTER BEING RANKED #13 THIS YEAR! WHO HAS THE MOST RECENT NATIONAL TITLE AND MOST RECENT BCS BERTH ASS L*CKER? TECH HAS MORE SEC TITLES THAN UGAY AND WE HAVE BEEN OUT OF THE SEC FOR DECADES! HA HA HA HA, THATS FUNNY, KENTUCKY BEAT YOU AND THEY LOST TO MISS ST WHOM TECH BEAT. CANT CALL YOURSELF ACC CHAMPS EITHER, THAT WOULD BE KENTUCKY,TENN,LSU,UF OR OK ST BEFORE YOU GUYS SINCE THEY THUMPED YALL!! HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!

3-18 IN YOUR LAST 21 GAMES AGAINST FLORIDA, TALK ABOUT LAYING AN EGG AGAINST A RIVAL! YOU GUYS STILL SUCK, YOU CAN HAVE BRAGGING RIGHTS THIS YEAR, BUT JUST REMEMBER WHO IS YOUR DADDY IN NATIONAL TITLES AND WHO OWNS THE LONGEST LOSING STREAK??? ENJOY THE WEATHER IN THAT DUMP IN SHREVEPORT, HA HA HA HA….. TECH HEADED TO BCS GAME AND STILL RANKED IN THE TOP TEN!!! WHAT CHANNEL WAS UGAY ON PLAYING FOR A CONFERENCE TITLE LAST NIGHT?? WHERE IS UGAY IN THE POLLS?? OVERRATED PROGRAM YET AGAIN, TRY NOT TO HAVE ANOTHER ARREST THIS WEEK, I KNOW THATS ASKING ALOT!! (4-2) (4-2) AND OWN THE LONGEST WIN STREAK, 11-2 IS BETTER THAN 7-5,YOUR HEADED TO SH*TPORT, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. YOU RETIRED THE JERSEY OF THE PLAYER WHO SCORED THE TD TO BEAT TECH AND END YOUR PATHETIC 8 GAME LOSING STREAK, NOW THATS GAY!

LONG LIVE CPJ!!!!! THWG THE ASSL*ICKERS..(4-2)

Umm....

December 6th, 2009
4:05 pm

The Miami game was NOT close from any objective or rational person’s perspective. I am a gt fan. The could have hung 50 if necessary.

buzzarmy

December 6th, 2009
4:06 pm

the other st. simons// first this is not our best team we have had 4 national championship teams, last one in 1990, I guess yours was last year, OH WAIT THAT WAS PRE SEASON, SO WHEN WE BEAT YOUR PUPPS LAST YEAR WE WERE #1 IN THE NATION? KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOUR TEAM IS SO GREAT BECAUSE WE OVERLOOKED A SORRY 6-5 (YES A 6-5 TEAM) THAT LOST TO KENTUCKY (NOT BASKETBALL BUT FOOTBALL). YOUR TEAM WAS EVEN RANKED HIGHER THAN US AT THE BEGINING OF THE YEAR, AND AGAIN YOUR TEAM SUCKED ( ONE OF THE MOST UNDERACHEVING TEAMS THE LAST 2 YEARS IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL ) WHEN YOU LAY YOUR HEAD DOWN TONIGHT JUST REMEMBER WE ARE GOING TO THE BCS GAME, AT LEAST ONE TEAM FROM THE STATE OF GEORGIA IS GOOD ENOUGH TO GET TO A BCS GAME, AND IT’S NOT YOUR OVER-RATED BULLPUPPS……………..

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
4:11 pm

30-24 Runs this state!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha!!!!!

(buzzarmy, your caps lock is stuck)

RamblinWreck

December 6th, 2009
4:12 pm

Does anybody know the score of the UGA game last night? Oh, I forgot they didn’t play. LMFAO! THWG!

Sean M

December 6th, 2009
4:17 pm

Winning on Jan 5th 2010 is the first step in getting to the next level. As others have said Tech needs to get bigger/stronger/faster up front on the defensive front and recruit defensive backs who can shut down the opposing teams best WR. Now that Weis is out at ND would CPJ enterain the idea of bringing Tenuta back to the Flats?

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
4:19 pm

RamblinWreck, can you remind me of the UGA/GT score? I seem to have forgotten…

The Other St. Simons

December 6th, 2009
4:22 pm

Oh, I remember now…..

((((((((30-24)))))))))

Matt

December 6th, 2009
4:24 pm

Losing to Miami and beating Georgia would leave us in the exact same position we are in now. Beating Miami and losing to Georgia would have actually made the Georgia game relevant.

Whipping both, would we have jumped Texas? I guess it’s possible, considering last night and the TT game.

Mike Lum

December 6th, 2009
4:55 pm

Matt, I disagree. Even if we’d gone undefeated, we would’ve been ranked fourth at best. There would be more debate right now, but it would still be Bama and Texas in the title game.

With our defense, to beat someone like Cincy means we’ll have to play great games on offense and special teams…like we did last night.

MGySgt Grits

December 6th, 2009
4:56 pm

To “The Other St. Simons” sucks to be you..Poor Georgia fan you are…spending ALL of your time, day after day on a Tech blog. Get a life Redneck. Your team is going to a 3rd rank bowl. Why don’t you use some of your beer money and BUY A LIFE. You are a loser!!

Little Mac

December 6th, 2009
4:57 pm

You won the ACC. Good for you. Someone had to.
Who did you beat anyways?
Virginia Tech? Is that your marquee win?
You beat a 5-loss Clemson team twice. I guess that’s OK.

Did you guys hear that someone won the Big East and Big 10 Championships too? You see, all conferences have champions. They just don’t all mean very much.

Tech/Tide Fan

December 6th, 2009
5:01 pm

Great day for the Tide & the Jackets. When Dodd made the terrible decision to take Tech out of the SEC, I adopted Bear’s team as my SEC team. Alabama will beat TX by 14 at least; not sure who Tech will play at this writing. When Paul recruits the players on the D side who can play slightly above average defence…….Tech will be on it’s way to another national championship. Life if good for AL & GT fans—-particularly those of us who love both!

N Carolina Jacket

December 6th, 2009
5:04 pm

That’s the problem with the perception of our fan base. We haven’t even played in the Orange bowl and we are already bashing “next year” and looking ahead. While its good to have aspirations, it is wiser to remain grounded. One game at a time and one season at a time.

Yes, the defense is horrible but let’s focus on the Orange Bowl and enjoy a successful season. If you can’t enjoy now then you’ll never live to enjoy later..Grasshoper

Little Mac

December 6th, 2009
5:05 pm

Nice assumption that Paul Johnson will be there in two years by the way.
Not exactly a dream job.

jojatek

December 6th, 2009
5:08 pm

Let’s take care of business in Miami first before we start talking about competing for National Championships. We’re on a great trajectory with CPJ… he’ll build badly needed depth along both lines, and at the “skill” positions, by recruiting kids with character and strength over the next year or two (winning a Conference Championship and the Orange Bowl will go a long way toward taking care of that…), then watch as the chips start to fall into place for CPJ, his philosophy, and his vision for our program. We’re in this for the long haul, folks…

Go Jackets!!

[... and, for the Bulldog faithful, one parting shot: Don't forget what I told you this morning... the times, they are a-changin', my friends, and everything old (Gold) is new again...]

GTFAN

December 6th, 2009
5:09 pm

Why do UGAY rednecks allow their 9 year old inbred offspring to get on the internet???

Solid Gold Dancer

December 6th, 2009
5:14 pm

Well said GT Grant. Defense will be a must in order to compete at the highest levels. We got lucky this year. In the future we’ll need a defense that can at least make three to four stops per game.

Schlagdawg

December 6th, 2009
5:19 pm

Erntedankfest is basically like German Thanksgiving. It’s not exactly widely celebrated though. More of a regional type celebration than Thanksgiving is here….

TDone

December 6th, 2009
5:20 pm

Besides Cooper Taylor, we get Jackson back at LB, Hall back at DE, and Pederson back at DT. We have some good redshirts coming in to play and I think Barnes at DT will be set up for stardom.

I think Paul will start putting his best athletes on defense.

And to your Muttlanders still talking trash, just two years ago, LSU lost to Kentucky and Arkansas in the regular season, yet they won the MNC.

So all I have to say to you is, “CHILD PLEASE!!!”

bjohndawg

December 6th, 2009
5:30 pm

Here is the present and the future of your program.
UGA 30 yech 24
UGA wins 8 of last 9 over yech.
And M, and Ramble On, and Yellow Fuzz, and St. Simons and all the other yech fans that post on the Georgia blog every day….that is your present and that is your future.
LOSING to Georgia.
Your best yech team in this decade could not beat our Georgia’s worse team this decade.