Quotes from Johnson’s press conference

Here are some paraphrased quotes from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s first weekly press conference.

On the start:

I think we’ve got a good nucleus returning but we also have a lot of new guys. Be interesting to see how they react when we go out there.

On S.C. State:

They’ve got some really good individual players. They play well together as a team. I’m sure they are coming in with a mindset of coming in to get a win in Atlanta.

They’ve kind of dominated their conference for the last little bit.

On what the players look for when they watch film:

Most guys when they watch tape, they look at guys they play against. They try to figure that out. They’ve got some very good individual players.

Their quarterback is preseason player of the year. A guy on defense is the defensive preseason player of the year. They’ve got a lot of guys that have played.

They certainly have some guys who could play at Georgia Tech. There’s no doubt about that.

On the depth chart:

It’s the start of a season. Everybody wants to start. Everybody wants to be the first guy to run out there.

It would be unbelievable if the 22 that started the first game started every game all year.

I’d much rather have competition and depth than not have any. It’s a positive, you have to put the team first.

On Shawn Green:

Not sure he’s going to play. I wouldn’t put too much stock into those depth charts. We’re getting Shawn ready in case. We won’t make that decision until we see  where everybody’s at.

Right now, the two-deep on the defensive line is probably…starters will be Logan Walls, Jason Peters, and Izaan Cross. Euclid Cummings and Ben Anderson will back up the ends. T.J. Barnes will back up Logan. Will we go deeper than that? We’ll see.

J.C. Lanier may be the next guy in.

We think that Shawn is going to be a really good player. We’re getting him ready to play. He may be in in the second quarter. You don’t know what’s going to happen in the game. That’s still kind of up in the air.

Anderson will play both [end and tackle]. We as coaches, you’re not going to put down every scenario on the depth chart and you can’t.

Most of those guys are interchangeable.

On playing two offensive lines and trying to get some guys some game experience:

We’re going to do whatever it takes to win a game. If we put in an entire second line out there, would that be as good as playing the top eight or eight guys? Probably not. It depends on how hot it is, how many plays.

Would we like to get Tevin [Washington] in the game? Sure. You’d love to have a game where you can put them all in. but we’ll see what happens.

On the experience of this year’s team:

We should know where to go. We’ve got enough guys who’ve played who know where to go and what it’s about.

They’re starting to get their legs back. Had the weekend off. Hopefully we’ll get them to a fevered pitch by Saturday.

On the differences between this season-opener and his first at Tech two years ago:

[S.C. State] is a step up. We are a lot better football team. A lot. I had no idea on that Thursday night two years ago what we were going to see. I have a good idea what we’ll see Saturday.

On the improvement the defense has made in camp:

I think the defense in camp and at times has had their moments. We won’t know about out defense until we play two-three games.

Can they not have a bunch of mental mistakes? Will they continue to play hard? What we’ve tried to establish is we will play hard and be tough.

Last year, sometimes, when you don’t play well, everyone wants to point fingers. Well, sometimes you’re not real good. We need to play better.

They’ve got to be accountable. If you’ve got a guy to cover you’ve got to cover him. If you’ve got a deep zone you’d better be in it.

Sometimes the frustration level set in on them last year. They would get frustrated at times. Hopefully that’s not the case.

You’ll find out how they’ll react when a team drives for a few first downs. Does the head go down or do they fight back?

18 comments Add your comment


August 31st, 2010
12:34 pm

i was hoping for more of this:

“Get a thick skin. Guy giving you a hard time and you get tired of it, punch him in the face,” he said, tongue-in-cheek.

gotta love CPJ!


August 31st, 2010
12:57 pm

I am glad Walls is back from the injury list.

Lanier is interesting. As a high school DL I thought he was terrific.
I trust he will mature and become a solid DL contributor.

GT Sambo

August 31st, 2010
1:13 pm

I love that the depth chart, at least for the DL, is basically useless four days after it comes out. Sounds like they are going to use Green exactly how I thought they would. He’s an insurance policy, but they still plan to RS him.

Conyers Yellow Jacket

August 31st, 2010
1:38 pm

How long will Nesbitt last? Thet better get Wasington ready because
every opponent is going to try to hit Nesbitt as often and as hard as they can.
I believe he is the toughest and bravest player on the team but he is
running an “offense” that will bring a hit on almost every play.


August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

three major Keys to Succes this year!

1) A much needed and imporved Defense
2) Keeping Nesbit healthy and playing well!
3) Astablish some resembleance of a passing threat!


August 31st, 2010
2:25 pm

Nesbitt for Heisman


August 31st, 2010
3:12 pm

@Conyers Yellow Jacket -

Good point – they will be after Washington and Sims also.
Nesbitt and all GT QB’s are coached to expect to get their heads knocked off EVERY PLAY. Nesbitt is well aware that defenses are after him, that’s how they prepare.


August 31st, 2010
3:36 pm

Conyers Jacket, How is that any different from the previous two seasons? Have you not kept in touch?? Nesbitt gets hit and keeps going. I believe the only exception last year was the Georgia game when he was injured for about a quarter. Otherwise he played every game and series.


August 31st, 2010
4:02 pm

just take a look at “know your jackets-Nesbitt” Conyers YJ. The last thing he says should answer your question.


August 31st, 2010
5:03 pm

Interesting & insightful comments……………….I am so grateful that we have a superb college football coach at GT.

Nesbitt for Heisman!

Paul Johnson for the College Football Hall of Fame!! {Probably a little too soon for this campaign, but he is on the right path and will more than likely get there before he retires from GT in 2040!!}.

Imam Abdul Raufbee

August 31st, 2010
6:53 pm

I just want to say how proud I am to be amongst fellow GT dilusionists. “Nesbitt for Heisman” and Paul Johnson for greatest coach of all time… it just warms the jihadist nerd in me. As I look to our season I will continue to pretend our program matters and I’m not jealous of everything UGA. I like you will attempt to convince myself we don’t run a High School offense and that Nesbitt upon graduation won’t become a fry cook at the Varsity.

Dawg Gone It

August 31st, 2010
8:04 pm

Dear dawg fan,

You (uga) run this state, it is last in education in the world and last in health care, mental care, and the state budget is blown up (you will be hearing about this soon). Congratulations, run this state into the ground.

Your banking grads blew up the state economy and now your construction jobs are gone. News flash – not coming back – learn to wipe butts as you sniff them. Its the best job you will find for years.

And now, laughing stock of the SEC not a championship in sight with five star talent ten deep at every position (except quarterback- what? oops!) Great recruiting job. Losers in life and football.


Remember, CMR was an assistant coach at a ACC team. You hire him. Now that is funny!

Sting, Sting! – the inbred dawg swells, chokes, loses. Like Losers Do!

Enjoy your beat downs at Sanford and Son Stadium. Don’t forget to drive drunk and trash your whole campus so it looks like your single wide.

Leading the NCAA – in arrests at every level – congratulations!


August 31st, 2010
8:37 pm

PJ is the man. Richt is the woman, sissy and as lenient as they come. No discipline what so ever.


August 31st, 2010
8:51 pm

All we need this year is a solid defence. Scoring points won’t be a problem.


August 31st, 2010
10:08 pm

Logan Walls is back!!! He had a stomach virus last week, but he is doing great now!!
Doug Roberson seems to ignore the fact that Walls is the starting Nose Guard this season!!


September 1st, 2010
12:47 am


I think this offense is better for a QB than most regular offenses.

I base this on 2 factors. 1 is an advantage this offense gives the QB on taking a hit, and the other is a disadvantage of regular offenses.

1) Advantage of the Tech Spread: A defensive player rarely ever commits on any player. So any tackle is a last moment tackle since the defensive player needs to nearly always also keep a tab on the A-back, since the QB could always pitch to him.

2) Disadvantage of regular offenses: When the QB is in the pocket, they may get hit without ever expecting it. This is less of an issue in the NFL where the teams make sure they have their best players on the Qb’s blindside, and the players are generally good enough to make sure the QB doesn’t get hit from there. OTOH, most teams at the college level don’t have any dominant players of that sort, exposing the QB to very risky, unexpected blindside hits.

The way I see it, the QB in our offense is likely to get worn down along the season, because they get hit often. However, Qb’s in traditional offenses will get hit less, but there are greater chances of major injuries.


September 1st, 2010
12:49 am

@White and Gold.

Great points. Nesbitt had a major hamstring injury in the first year of PJ (kept him out of the Duke and Gardner Webb (ugh) games). However, ironically, that injury was on a play where he was completely untouched.

Last year, his injury was sustained against UGAg, where it was quite clear that the entire UGAg strategy was to injure him. And most of the damage was done after the whistle was blown.


September 10th, 2010
4:10 am