Paul Johnson quotes from ACC kickoff

Was Al Groh hired because you wanted to go to the 3-4?
“It didn’t have to be a 3-4, it just happened to be his system. Any time you can get a coach like that, with that much experience and success, it’s great for our program.

“Al is a great football coach. He has a lot of energy and I think he’s going to be good for our program. We’re excited about having a guy like that on our staff.

“I think our players are excited about the direction. (Last year) we struggled to stop the run, we struggled in getting the other team off the field.”

What are your thoughts on being picked third in the Coastal Division?
“They had to pick somebody and we lost some key players. I think we can be competitive.”

Do you allow other teams to come visit during the spring to study your offense?
We have a lot of people visit during the spring. I have a commitment to guys who have coached with me. We have a lot of teams visit, but we’re not going to let a team visit that plays Navy or Georgia Southern or teams like that.

Is it important to have a senior at quarterback?
“I think it’s real important to have a guy in his third year as a starting quarterback. He has a lot of assets. He’s tough, he’s competitive and he hates to lose. Those are good things to have.”

Will Anthony Allen step in and replace Jonathan Dwyer?
“I think Anthony can be a good player. We’ve also got some other guys at that position – Lucas Cox, Richard Watson, Preston Lyons. I think Anthony is a very good player. I hope our production doesn’t drop off at that position and I don’t think it will.”

Can you talk about the Coastal Division?
“It’s extremely tough. There’s a lot of good teams. In my mind, there is not a weak link in the division. You have to be ready to play every Saturday. It’s a tough schedule on the road for us in the league.”

Is the ACC any closer to producing a national champion?
“I don’t know. Certainly there are some good teams. A lot of it will depend on being healthy and how well they mesh together. I think we’ve got four or five teams that could emerge as a national championship contender.”

Were you satisfied with the offensive line in the spring?
“I think we’ve got a chance to better on the offensive line. We’re going to be young there. I’m cautiously optimistic that we can be a better football team.”

109 comments Add your comment

Fire Paul Hewitt

July 26th, 2010
3:38 pm

the anti-Paul Hewitt!

Reality

July 26th, 2010
3:40 pm

GA Tech has always been the underdog for the last 25+ years. I’d rather opponents over look us.

I think Tech will be a better team this year compared to last year. Yes, key players were lost. But, other talent has stepped in without much of a loss in level. Nesbitt will look at more than just one receiver. Many players can run the ball. The defense will be better.

I don’t see overall GA Tech losing any ground.

Yellow Fever

July 26th, 2010
3:47 pm

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Nesbitt = Reggie Ball with the Help of the triple option
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BA

July 26th, 2010
3:52 pm

Johnson will not bark at Groh like he did to his DC last year. Groh will smack him. Chan’s boys are gone & Tech will return to a 7 win team this season.

Time Out

July 26th, 2010
3:54 pm

Anyone know what time the FISH FRY is? Oh yeah, DAWGS 2009 ACC Champions. Oh Yeah!!!!!!!!!

Time Out

July 26th, 2010
3:56 pm

A big decision on 5th Down: Do you go for it?

Why are dog fans so interested in us

July 26th, 2010
4:05 pm

I’d think they’d be looking for drivers for their administration and players. Think how much embarrassment that would save.
Or maybe they aren’t embarrassed? Maybe, to them it’s something to be proud of……………

Joey

July 26th, 2010
4:07 pm

Competitive? PJ being coy? Tech won’t miss a beat – might not win the acc again, but will will 10 games minimum.

bruce mac

July 26th, 2010
4:07 pm

True, somebody does have to win this Chicken Bleep conference. Well said CPJ.

SOOHSO

July 26th, 2010
4:09 pm

the real Old Gold

July 26th, 2010
4:10 pm

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Yellow Fever = Rainman with the help of a computer.
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Billy Bob

July 26th, 2010
4:13 pm

Remember 30-24

Just Saying...

July 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

Now, now Brucie. Everybody has needed to adjust to the new Tech, after CPJ’s arrival. We know you’d prefer Chan still be there, but…

yellow snow

July 26th, 2010
4:14 pm

A- Already C- Counting C- Chickens…..

SKB

July 26th, 2010
4:16 pm

GaTech was really good last year, they shouldn’t have any problems winning ACC this year :)

Sebastian

July 26th, 2010
4:17 pm

Who was picked first and second?

long odds

July 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

I like being the underdog

DICK ESKEW

July 26th, 2010
4:21 pm

I predict a 20 point win over UGA

By the Beard of Zeus

July 26th, 2010
4:22 pm

How Now Brown Cow

Dennis Felton, former UGA Basketball Coach

July 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

There is a mis-print in the article: When Fish Fry says that 4 or 5 ACC teams can emerge as National Champion contenders, he thought the question was how many teams can end up with an winning conference record. ACC = best mid-major football conference on the market.

FELTON OUT, FOX IN!

GT'er

July 26th, 2010
4:23 pm

GT- ACC champions, BCS Bowl
UGA- Shreveport Bowl

GT- 2nd round NCAA basketball tournament
UGA- didn’t qualify for the SEC tournament

GT- NCAA baseball regional host, #8 seed nationally
UGA- losing season

UGA= nothing to bark about …nothing.

Chicken Farmer

July 26th, 2010
4:24 pm

Believe it was Va Tech and Miami. I think we’ll have another exciting and possibly championship season with the new blood stepping in and meshing with last years regulars. I would like to see another BCS bowl and be able to come home with a “W” tacked on our opponent also.

Bromariyus Thomas

July 26th, 2010
4:25 pm

Paul Johnson really doesn’t pull any punches… “cautiously optimistic” is probably the exact right description for how Tech fans should approach the season, but I’d like to see a little more fire and excitement. I think we can be sure of a few things: Anthony Allen will produce at the B-back position, possibly even better than Dwyer; Josh Nesbitt will be the engine of our team and can will us to win in some situations where we should probably lose; Roddy Jones will pick right back up where he left off before Allen came into the picture; Stephen Hill is a great pure talent, and our wide receiving production won’t suffer too much overall; our defense will end up being better despite the loss of a couple of great players. All of this basically means that we should be about the same on offense (one of the best in the league) with some improvement in defense (the only thing that cost us any games last year. There was no one we couldn’t score on.)

The big difference this year is the quality of the competition. But think about last year… It was all hype then, too. VT is the giant of the league, UNC is going to do great things this year, Miami and FSU are on the rise, Clemson has too much talent to keep losing… It’s all speculation, and the Jackets keep winning it on the field. I am willing to bet that we’ll be undefeated heading into the VT game, and that game is going to decide who ends up in a BCS bowl.

BigTimeTechFan

July 26th, 2010
4:29 pm

ACC Mid-Major, but with more ranked teams then the SEC. guess that makes SEC 2nd best mid-major conference.

bruce mac

July 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

GTer, didn’t qualify for the SEC tourney? Your average idiot Yech fan here. UGA 30 GT 24, UGA 73 GT 66, enough said loser. You can have the Baseball.

tar and feathers party

July 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

Yo Yellow Fever – Fetch my car boy, chop chop, or no tip. You UGAY grads gotta hop to it, you are dragging the economy down. Now step and fetch like a good mutt.

Paul Has A Small Johnson

July 26th, 2010
4:31 pm

Here is my favorite Paul Has A Small Johnson quote

“We have other fish to Fry”

Dennis Felton, former UGA Basketball Coach

July 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Hey GT’er -

I got bigger fish to fry than you. Have fun trying to get rid of Hewitt’s rolling contract! Since he can’t coach his players, maybe he can coach Fish Fry on how to sign a massive deal he’ll never live up to.

We got a bomb squad this year followed by a 5-star on the way in 2011, we’ll show you how to utilize a talented roster. Felton out, fortunately for the Dawgs Hewitt’s in!!

BigTimeTechFan

July 26th, 2010
4:35 pm

Nice to see a coaches press conference where they talk about football instead of crime and NCAA violations.

Sebastian

July 26th, 2010
4:37 pm

Go Hurricanes

BigTimeTechFan

July 26th, 2010
4:38 pm

Hewitt – Took Tech to NCAA final 4.

treyinga

July 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

Tech will be lucky to win 7 maybe 8 game’s this year… you don’t have the athlete’s to compete with that high school offense… you got by with a couple of really good players who are now playing on Sundays… I’m sorry but whats on the Flats now isn’t going to cut it…please… THWGT!!!!

and Dick : Georgia will blitz Tech by 20 this year… Oh there goes Caleb King for another 20yrds up the middle- like a knife through butter….

Sugar Hill Dawg

July 26th, 2010
4:41 pm

I’m sitting at my PC listening to CPJ being interviewed by Pollock & Bell – he REALLY impresses me. As a kid, I thought the world of Coach Dodd. Bill Curry has to be the most impressive man to have coached at The Flats. Bobby Ross – helluva competitor! George O’Leary – great to impersonate, outstanding coach. Paul Johnson fits in very nicely with those guys. As a UGA grad (and fan), I have the highest amount of respect for Tech and everything it entails. As much as I enjoy our dominance, I’d have to say the rivalry is back for both schools. Now, if only we could put the Gators back in their place….

GoldJacket

July 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

“We’ll be competitive”

I’m sure we will Paul. Go Jackets!

deltapz

July 26th, 2010
4:42 pm

Can’t guess the W/L this year, but will bet on one thing. CPJ will have them ready to play each and every game and losing is not in CPJ vocabulary. I look for a 9-3 season.

Bull

July 26th, 2010
4:45 pm

How boring it must be to cover GT football and ask these questions…

red5.ws

July 26th, 2010
4:47 pm

60-39**-5

** used inelegible players in 4 games

GT BABY

July 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

Bull- our player’s don’t go to jail every day, or get investigated by the NCAA, or get caught with boys red under wear. Yeah, I could see how it might be boring to you. Winning championships and going to Orange Bowls must not be enough.

HugoStiglitz

July 26th, 2010
4:49 pm

How boring Bull’s life must be to read and comment about GT football when he thinks its so boring.

Once A Decade!!!!

July 26th, 2010
4:50 pm

Get use to it. Man boobs will probably leave when he can’t run his lil high school offense. The real question will be can Paul”man boobs” Johnson win games with HIS recruits. oh yeah, GayTech Sucks Pauls Johnson!!!! 30-24 NERDS

kevin

July 26th, 2010
4:52 pm

Hey GT’er,

How’s about barking about 8 out of 9, 3 BCS bowls, 2 BCS wins and the only team in the country to win 8 or more games for the last 13 years in a row. Get serious.

Once A Decade!!!!

July 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

our whole team could get arrested and still beat yalls!!!!! hahahahahaha GT=PATHETIC

GT BABY

July 26th, 2010
4:53 pm

once a decade- your team is full of JIVES…get used to it!

Dawg-Hatin' Jacket

July 26th, 2010
4:54 pm

No reason to think we won’t be very competitive as CPJ says. Road schedule is tough, maybe as tough as UGAg’s road schedule. I agree the VT game probably determines the BCS bowl. Looking forward to a great season. Joshua Nesbitt will be the toughest guy on the field every game, including the one in the cesspool in Athens.

THWG

Once A Decade!!!!

July 26th, 2010
4:55 pm

then again, maybe your QB FINALLY learned how to pass, then again…..prob not. ANYONE who saw him EVER throw a pass had to of laughed and questioned whether or not GT’s kicker was the QB!

tar and feathers party

July 26th, 2010
4:58 pm

Ah hear the NCAA is gonna give UGAY the death penalty, they must drop football for 5 LONG YEARS! HA HA HA HEH HEH HEH….

Dawghater

July 26th, 2010
5:00 pm

Sugar Hill Dawg

That is the most respectul and intelligent comment I have heard from a UGA fan in years. Thanks so much fo being knowledgeable and respectful to other programs. If mre UGA fans were like you, then the media would finally show some respect for your program.

HugoStiglitz

July 26th, 2010
5:02 pm

Congratulations Once a Decade. You managed to get man boobs, high school offense, the word Gay, and NERDS all in a short post. You win the generic UGA troll of the day award. Now go spend your winnings on some creativity.

kevin

July 26th, 2010
5:03 pm

Dawghater,

While I applaud your complementing Sugar Hill Dawg and his GT-friendly comments, you say “If mre UGA fans were like you, then the media would finally show some respect for your program.”. I am not sure what you mean, but since UGA’s program is one of the 10 most money making programs in the country, I’d say the media respect UGA just fine. By the way, don’t you guys play on Thurs. nights?

Spike

July 26th, 2010
5:05 pm

I love them” doggie” nights.