Don’t expect ‘movie, TV crap’ from Johnson

Don’t expect Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson to do anything special to try to get his players motivated for Saturday’s game at North Carolina. The players admit that they  have played flat the past two weeks in a win against S.C. State and a loss at Kansas.

“From the looks of the game, I can certainly motivate better,” Johnson said. “But you know what my experience has been in 31 years? That’s movie, TV crap. You’d better be able to motivate yourself. I’m not going to motivate you 12 Saturdays a year. Anybody that thinks you’re going to go into the locker room and somebody’s going to punch the locker, or cave in the blackboard or head butt somebody and everybody’s going to go ‘AAAAAAAAHHHH!’ It’s make believe. It doesn’t happen.”

Saturday’s game is important for a variety of reasons, starting with it’s the Yellow Jackets’ first conference game since winning the ACC championship last season. Also, the team hasn’t lost back-to-back games since Johnson took over for the 2008 season. Johnson has said good teams rarely lose consecutive games.

“It’s a challenge for us,” he said. “We’ve got to play better. If we don’t play better than we did in the first two games we aren’t going to win on Saturday, I can tell you that. This is the best team we’ve played.”

Johnson said he hasn’t seen any of the players step up to try to help focus the team, nor does he want to. He said the entire operation, from the coaches on down, needs to improve.

“Show me, don’t tell me,” Johnsonn said. “We’ll see what they can do on Saturday. You do it by playing and doing your job, and doing what’s right. Anybody can stand up on the plane and say ‘Guys, we’re coming this week,’ until you get hit in the mouth the first time. Let’s see what happens on Saturday.

“We’ll find out starting today how serious we are.”

The players said as much after the game on Saturday, saying it’s time to start doing and stop talking.

175 comments Add your comment

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 14th, 2010
2:08 pm

First, and CPJ is the man

GT FAN IN PA

September 14th, 2010
2:11 pm

You got to love the fact that he shoots it straight- you either like this man or hate this man- no in between- GO JACKETS!!!

GT Sambo

September 14th, 2010
2:21 pm

Good! I’ve seen too many comments even from Tech fans knocking CPJ, so I like to see a few positive comments. While there is plenty to be disappointed about with GT, coaching scheme isn’t it. And I like the fact that CPJ is treating these young men like young men. I think it is a continuation of building an overall DNA into this program. Hopefully we will continue to attract higher quality human beings and athletes who hold themselves accountable for their performance and look to improve themselves every week. Long-term hopefully the Tech football team will be better for it and it will translate into wins.

GTBob

September 14th, 2010
2:25 pm

They have been flat the first two games. That will change though. Getting motivated for the SC St game was going to be tough, and I think they were a little over confident when they played Kansas. This week they are playing a tough team, its an ACC game, and they should have a little fire in them after losing a game they shouldn’t have. I think we will see a better performance this week.

old gold engineer

September 14th, 2010
2:31 pm

I believe the players’ mentality cost us the game at KU. The worst thing that happened was NDSU beating KU in week 1. After that, I think the GT players figured on an easy victory. We need Coach PJ building up the opponent and reassuring the Jackets that they can be beaten by anyone on the schedule. Show some healthy respect for the opposing team and be prepared for a tough contest.

old gold engineer

September 14th, 2010
2:33 pm

Thank goodness we don’t play VT this week, or we might see a repeat of the Kansas scenario.

GT+CPJ=SUCCESS

September 14th, 2010
2:40 pm

I agree with you about going into the game thinking easy win and getting surprised, but how do you not turn up the intinsety level when it’s obvious the other team came to play. I hope I see a complete turn around in intensity and mental focus. GT needs this win or we as fans could be in for a looooong season.

TURN THAT D@MN THING UP GO JACKETS

September 14th, 2010
2:49 pm

this coach and this team won the ACC Champioship last season, didn’t see Clemson, FSU, VT, Miami, UNC or the rest of them pull that off.. CPJ is the best coach GT has had in years and then some. GO GET EM JACKETS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Vegas Jackette

September 14th, 2010
2:54 pm

I mentioned this before but players got surprised at what they had waiting for them at Kansas, a team and fans out on a mission to WIN, same atmosphere GT had when they played VT at home last season. It will be a sea of blue again at Chapel Hill but now they know, it’s no cake walk, no excuses.

techengineer

September 14th, 2010
2:55 pm

I love PJ and his offense and the Jackets but they are in trouble this year. No passing threat along with Nesbitt being a big power runner will allow defenses to stack the box against them. I’ve never betted against PJ since he’s been at GT but I will spot GT 14 this weekend and feel pretty confident. GT is in big trouble this year. No leadership. More importantly no Thomas!

meller

September 14th, 2010
2:59 pm

Tech will destroy NC by at lest 20 , they would have beaten them with a full team but now it wont even be a game , kansas was a fluke the jackets won’t lose an acc game all year .
back to back acc champs write it down

Shug

September 14th, 2010
3:01 pm

I can almost guarantee you that Paul Johnson is the best coach Georgia Tech has had at any sport since Whack Hyder.

Brandon Spikes

September 14th, 2010
3:01 pm

No motivational movie? That’s weird. Coach Johnson asked me for an autographed copy of my “movie” just last week. I guess it’s for his personal collection.

GTJeff

September 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

This year reminds me of 2001 when we were ranked #7 & expected to WIN the ACC & compete for the NC. Too much hype & looking at a disappointing season.

ManUp...

September 14th, 2010
3:02 pm

Daniel, what does that make you? Coach Paul Johnson makes a living in the public eye (public enough that he’s certainly gotten your attention) and has earned a name for himself. Call him what you want, but realize in the process that you are just a nobody to him. You want to put a man like him down? Gather a team of your own and go coach against him in a football game. Talk is cheap and potshots are free. Enjoy sniping at men you cannot reach.

North Ave killer Beez

September 14th, 2010
3:05 pm

Any word on JC Lanier, is getting reps in practice? Also what about Denzel McCoy? Any news on these two?

Baldemar Huerta

September 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

It’s hard to compete when all the Thugs go to another school.

Techman78

September 14th, 2010
3:06 pm

One freakin loss and the idiots start harping about people have figured out our offense, that our defense sucks, our coordinators need to be fired etc. Those arent real fans, their bandwagon jumpers. After we lost last season at The U all these same idiots said the same crap, then what happened?? We won 8 straight, won the ACC, and played in the orange bowl. CPJ is a hell of a coach and I expect a truly inspired game this week against the heels. Virginia Tech lost to James Madison…James Freakin Madison an FCS school…people were talking about the chokies as an outside contender to win it all and they are setting at 0-2, people arent saying that Frank Beamer’s system has been figured out though. Piss on all the people that dont believe in our coach and our players, we have a very good team and it will show as the season progresses. Go Jackets! THWG and THW all the bandwagon fans!!!

coachx

September 14th, 2010
3:08 pm

I’m a Dawg fan but I got to love Coach Johnson !

The man tells it like it is.

GT Sambo

September 14th, 2010
3:12 pm

You want to see some serious over-reaction from fans go take a look at the UGA boards. I bet some of the people calling for Mark Richt’s head this week were the same people who said UGA would be undefeated after the ULL game.

5150 P.O.A.D.

September 14th, 2010
3:14 pm

Walls was not taking out 2 blockers in the Kansas game. Walls has to play bigger in the middle.

Wreckem

September 14th, 2010
3:17 pm

LOL@ Mr. Spikes.
CPJ is the man. No fluff, just play football hard. Gotta love it. Also, shame on all the “fans” hating on CPJ after the KU loss. He is the best thing that has happend to GT football in years.

GT71

September 14th, 2010
3:23 pm

It ani’t about bandwagons, it ain’t about CPJ.
It’s about FOOTBALL. And that’s as an intense 5 seconds per play you’ll ever see – a coordinated frenzy. 80-100 times per game.
Get the coordination from the coaches and the reps – get the intensity from within.
CPJ is the coach.
But the players must man-up. And PLAY!

Destin Dawg

September 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

gotta like CPJ….. GT go get “em Sat… we’ve both have a big challenge.. conference games that will impact our seasons… lets get things turned around !!!! Go DAWGS !!!

Dawglasville

September 14th, 2010
3:24 pm

I have always believed that high emotions were a waste of time anyway. You have an assignment. You play 100% every time. I agree with the coach. Of course, the head butting thing did actually happen a long time ago.

Knoxdawg

September 14th, 2010
3:26 pm

Dawg fan here but got to agree w/ CPJ. He says it like it is. Need Richt to do that more often. I feel he is going that direction and we will see. Gonna be a tough game in Chapel Hill but GT can win. Not sure how all the suspensions of NC players will effect the outcome. It has to be a distraction. GT was like UGA thinking that all they had to do was show up and the opponent would roll over. You gotta play hard, smart and motivated in every game you play or you will not win. Both teams have new DC and new schemes so it will take time to adjust. I believe they both will get it done.

BartBuzz

September 14th, 2010
3:28 pm

It’s refreshing to read some positive comments from UGA fans. Thanks for the support!

But come November…it’s THWG!

dawgster

September 14th, 2010
3:33 pm

This is not a bash at GT so don’t take it that way and i am a true dawg fan, but the comment above is correct..Had the dawgs lost to a team that had very little respect as Kansas the dawg nation would explode…It is absurd at some of the comments that supposedly true dawg fans have commented on the dawgs who by the way lost to a very good SC team..I will say that there were plenty of GT fans bashing the dawgs also, so i’m not going to do that to Tech and no i don’t have any hidden secret love for the jackets…but it was one game, CPJ is a very good coach and i’m sure he will get it corrected…you also have a new DC as the dawgs do so one could expect some learning curve…I will give the tech blog some kudos in that the comments are more positive than the negative ones that the dawg fans are giving our team…It saddens me that we are stooping to this in the second game of the season…Yes the dawgs have issues, but from what i have seen there are alot of fine programs around the country that are having some early season difficulties..

GT75

September 14th, 2010
3:41 pm

What would be the point?

Fire Paul Bewitt

September 14th, 2010
3:41 pm

Johnson the man Paul Hewitt will never be. Go Jackets!

Fire the Bewitt!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

T-MAN

September 14th, 2010
3:44 pm

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GTFan

September 14th, 2010
3:46 pm

I always pull for the dawgs when not play us. I have no hate for UGA except on game day. Richt is a good Coach but he needs help..Bobo maybe? but so do we. Good luck to both teams.

Believe Fox is better than Hewitt.

DAWG

September 14th, 2010
3:48 pm

How much hate did you insects have for him after you got drilled on your home turf against a Dawg team that was riddled with problems last year? We are looking pretty shakey this year, but will likely take it to you again. (Thought I would jump in here and be obnoxiuos since I see so many techie geeks in the UGA blogs spewing garbage).

GTFan

September 14th, 2010
3:50 pm

Praying for u DAWG.

rduck

September 14th, 2010
3:51 pm

now this is a decent blog. thanks to all bloggers of all teams that keep on topic and keep it classy. CPJ doesn’t sugar coat it when it comes to what he expects of his players. the system and players are what they are. they are not going to change anytime this season so the players are just going to have to step it up a notch. ain’t gonna be no growth spurt between now and January so we best find that next inner gear and ramp it up! giv’em Hell Jackets!

DAWG

September 14th, 2010
3:51 pm

GTFan, so you know I pull for Tech as well except for that one game.

juvenal

September 14th, 2010
3:52 pm

FPB-SN pre-season top 50, B-ball, uga yes, GT no….have gotten season tix since 78, don’t criticize if they do their best & lose, but learned how to be analytical at Tech,&, folks frun us cuz we like games but this is a game & you try to win, even if you think out of the box, & the only worse loss this century was to duke, this is a BIG back step…5150, Walls was not a wall by any stretch…besides, nobody has negative feedback for the gov’t, or they don’t love the USA?(thank God the US won world B-ball, best sports i saw last weekend)

JasperJacket

September 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

The sad fact is that GT has been outcoached and out played 3 of their last 4 ball games. This weekend is a very critical game for this ball club. Unless GT finds some linebackers that play the game at full speed and a group of d backs that decide to hit someone then this truly is going to be a very long season. PJ is correct in saying that if they do not motivate themselves then they will get on the plane in NC this weekend having lost 4 of their last 5.

rduck

September 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

then along comes the typical a-hole with nothing better to do then spew doggie bits all over the place… sorry bout ya sad life dude…

GTFan

September 14th, 2010
3:54 pm

DAWG pray for me too. Thanks.

Techblood

September 14th, 2010
3:57 pm

GT Sambo, the DNA that this team needs is called TALENT. PJ is proving he can’t attract that. He needs to prove something. Not these players. Aren’t you getting tired of hearing that blowhard scapegoat players when it is he that can’t recruit, can’t put any semblance of a balanced team on the field, and constantly focusing on proving to the world that all he needs to win is that damn high school offense of his. When is the last time he beat a good football team. 2-3 in the last 5. Gimme a break. It’s Paul Johnson that needs to prove something. End of story.

DAWG

September 14th, 2010
3:58 pm

GTFan, from the looks of things right now, we will both need plenty of prayer this year. rduck, whaaaaa, and loosen up! You go through life without a sense of humor you are just not going to have any fun.

RDR

September 14th, 2010
4:00 pm

With 13-16 NC players on suspension (mostly defensive starters) shouldn’t this game be a blowout? Seems I was hearing a couple of weeks ago that LSU was basically playing a B team. Any idea why the line on this game is so tight (tech getting 1)? Just seems like an odd line to me.

GT4ever

September 14th, 2010
4:07 pm

Anybody that knows a thing about football and objectivity has to know that had we played SC instead of Kansas, Marcus Latimore would have run for 500 yards on our soft as mush defensive line. How many passing yards could Garcia have put on us? It would have been embarrassing. When is the great (LMAO) Paul Johnson going to figure out it takes a whole team. Recruit some players Paul. Beat some good teams Paul. Get your fat butt out and recruit some better players or STFU.

BartBuzz

September 14th, 2010
4:08 pm

@RDR…

Don’t pay any attention to the odds. Tech by 14 against KU didn’t mean squat. Tech needs to play the damn game and not read about how many points they will win by.

GT4ever

September 14th, 2010
4:13 pm

I guess it’s also up to the players to figure out how to install a short and medium passing game too, huh Paul.

Dan

September 14th, 2010
4:16 pm

Good points GT4ever. Say what you will you’ll never hear Mark Richt scapegoating players. He straight up says it the coaches fault. Richt is a lot bigger man than Paul Johnson. PJ is a legend in his own mind and nothing can possibly be his fault.

GT75

September 14th, 2010
4:18 pm

Don’t expect any of that passing “crap” from a CPJ offense either. Ride that TO straight to hell.

Doug Roberson

September 14th, 2010
4:20 pm

He said that the entire operation needs to be better. From the coaches on down.

“There’s not anybody who is playing who can’t play better, and we can coach better. The whole operation can be better.”

Conyers Yellow Jacket

September 14th, 2010
4:26 pm

I agree with CPJ`s comments that motivation does not come from the
old rah-rah stuff. However, the bottom line is that GT does not
have the ability to recruit the caliber of players necessary to be a top tier
team consistently even in the ACC. Granted they won the ACC last year.
Everyone has an opinion as well as a nose. Sorry if the other GT fans do
not like mine. Regardless of how good or bad GT plays, I will continue
to be a fan as I have since 1951.