Johnson wants better blocking downfield

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson wants to see better blocking on the edge and down the field from his offensive linemen, A-backs and wide receivers in Saturday’s game. Tech has five rushing plays and two passing plays of at least 20 yards in two games this season, compared to 11 (four running, seven passing) last season.

Not having wide receiver Demaryius Thomas on the edge has been a factor in attempts to spring the B-backs and A-backs for long runs this season. Johnson said the line also needs to work on sealing the ends and linebackers to create cutback lanes for option and toss plays.

There were times against Kansas that the A-backs couldn’t cut back and tried to outrun defenders to the corner. A screen play from Joshua Nesbitt to Embry Peeples ended after a long run when Peeples tripped over wide receiver Stephen Hill as he was running down field trying to block. Anthony Allen also got tackled on a 48-yard rushing play because some blocks behind him broke down, allowing Kansas’ defense to catch him.

“There’s no question it’s got to get better,” Johnson said.

Back from injuries

Cooper Taylor, a safety who started the season opener against S.C. State, said he was held out of last week’s loss to Kansas as a precaution and that he’s ready to go this week. He declined to go into the specifics of his missed week because he said it’s complicated, though he did say it’s not related to the Wolff-Parkinson-White Syndrome he was diagnosed with last season.

Taylor didn’t return after halftime of the season opener with what Johnson later said was a heat-related illness.

Guard Will Jackson, who started against the Bulldogs before leaving with a sprained ankle and knee, also returned to practice.

51 comments Add your comment

What a dumb comment...

September 14th, 2010
6:38 am

“Anthony Allen also got tackled on a 48-yard rushing play because some blocks behind him broke down, allowing Kansas’ defense to catch him”.

Uh, sounds like if a runner gets caught FROM BEHIND that the blockers did their job and that the runner either is not fast enough or the defenders who ran him down are really fast – but it is NOT the fault of the blockers BEHIND him that a runner gets tackled 48 yards down field!!!!

Jim Grogan

September 14th, 2010
6:39 am

Stupid Is

September 14th, 2010
6:52 am

What a dumb comment

It is quite evident you don’t know or understand the game of football. Blocking should and does take place anywhere on the field!!! Players have the responsibility to block for a player who is running the ball up field past either the defensive player and themselves. Yes, players will be caught from behind even the fastest of them especially when the defensive player has the angle. You should keep your dumb comments to yourself unless you are positive in knowing what you/re talking about. DUMMY!!!!


September 14th, 2010
6:52 am

I would have to concur, what a dumb comment…… I think Coach J is getting a little frustrated…


September 14th, 2010
6:57 am

Hey UNCheaters! In college they are student athletes, STUDENT athletes.

CPJ sees the issues and will make the corrections. after that, it is up to these players to execute. He tried to coach out the lethargy in the SCS game, but…

This week, the offense is tech’s best defense. Tech has find a way to execute the option crisply and keep Yates’ passing game on the sideline. UNCheaters looked in mid-season form against LSU. However, the new 3-4 is still pretty green.

voice of reason

September 14th, 2010
7:08 am

What a dumb comment. Ever heard of attack angle?

Alabama Jack

September 14th, 2010
7:16 am

Who gives a darn – GO JACKETS. We have the man and the plan, thank God we canned chan.

I lived through the Bill Lewis era. This is sweet.

GT 2

September 14th, 2010
7:56 am

Concur with Stupid Is … this offense in particular relies on blocking to negate the tackeling angles. Do this and the spread option hums like we have seen it do. Coach has it right and the vision / expectation of creating championship teams. Go Jackets! (Also frankly it is just great to see 10 players blocking and one running or catching and running)

Hey, Stupid is and Voice of reason...

September 14th, 2010
7:57 am

…you guys are the “dummies” (as Stupid so eloquently put it) – 48 yards down field is 48 yards beyond the guys who threw the blocks that sprung (sprang?) the runner – there is absolutely NO WAY IN HADES that guys BEHIND the play can sustain their blocks all the way to the freakin’ end zone that is 50 – 70 yards away…

Now, I agree that the wide receivers have to block downfield consistently, but come on, 48 YARDS DOWNFIELD and the guy bolg writer is complaining!?!??!!? – fortunately, gtforever understands football and commented intelligently as to what CPJ relates (frustration) after the loss – the dumb comment was by the blog moderator, not CPJ…

Hey, Voice of reason...

September 14th, 2010
7:58 am

…an attack angle is at, and within, 10 yards of the line of scrimmage – NOT 50 yards down field….

What was it CPJ says...

September 14th, 2010
7:59 am

…that the biggest improvement in a team is from the 1st to the 2nd game? Wow, he really missed it this year….

I guarandamntee you...

September 14th, 2010
8:16 am

…that when the coaches were grading the film from the KU game that EVERYONE who participated on that 48 yard run got a + as a grade – that was a dumb comment to blame the guys behind the play on a player getting caught from behind since he was way downfield – Paul Johnson’s comments on downfield blocking related to the wide receivers and A backs at the point of attack shortly after the runner breaks through the line and hits the secondary, not 48 yards down field.

Some of you need to understand football before calling others names.


September 14th, 2010
8:25 am

I said all off-season that Bay Bay would be the biggest loss on this team. Now we’re seeing it. Not only do we obviously need him in the passing game, but nearly every long run the last couple of years was because he pancaked one or two guys everytime.


September 14th, 2010
8:33 am

what’s the over/under on when Johnson gets fired? I give him the rest of this season and then at some point this summer he’ll “resign” due to other “interests.”


September 14th, 2010
8:48 am

I think Johnson wants an entirely new team and school to work for, LOL!!!!

typical nerd fan!!!

September 14th, 2010
8:49 am

Doug, who cares what we do. As long as the puppies keep losing GT fans are all winners.

Where's the Fire?

September 14th, 2010
9:43 am

I said after the first game our play seemed lethargic. Then I noticed even the great CPJ seemed somewhat ho hum in last weeks loss. No intensity that was evident last season. All I am saying is the fear of the coach is a great motivator and if CPJ is not as demanding as in the past, the team will respond as such. Go Jackets!


September 14th, 2010
9:47 am

best way to avoid criticism is to win…..


September 14th, 2010
9:48 am

I would agree about missing Thomas on the blocks. It was noticeable, even on the TV.

Full Metal Jacket

September 14th, 2010
10:10 am

Roberson’s reporting SUCKS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


September 14th, 2010
10:14 am

Stupid is
Once you block a player, unless you hold him, you’re not going to keep blocking him. The comment was stupid and makes no sense. Allen got caught cause he isn’t that fast and he doesn’t know how to zig zag. Your comment is the one on here that is asinine and clueless.


September 14th, 2010
10:15 am

Heat related likely means he said something to a coach “in the heat of the moment” thus a heat related issue. It resulted in a game and half suspension from the team.

St. Richt

September 14th, 2010
10:25 am

The heat related illness was due to Cooper Taylor getting burnt while he was in the game against SC State. I’m still waiting to see that 4.4 speed.. So far I’m not sure I’ve seen 4.6 speed.

Chuck Allison

September 14th, 2010
10:38 am

It amazes me that people are proud of firing Chan Gailey but Paul Hewitt is still present and actively dismantling our basketball tradition with his one-and-done philosophy while recruiting a team with very little diversity. He actively resists the academic priorities at Tech.

I see Chan Gailey is still at it...

September 14th, 2010
10:47 am

…Buffalo took a safety in order to get a chance at an on-side kick to win the game, and he has his kicker kick it so that the other team can fair catch the kick-off, thus negating the whole thought process – you can’t make up this kind of ineptness…


September 14th, 2010
10:48 am

Doug, any chance we don’t redshirt #21-lot of folks still wearin’ that jersey…


September 14th, 2010
10:49 am

we are a practical bunch, 7 million reasons we don’t fire hewitt…


September 14th, 2010
10:50 am

I do not recall Allen being in wide open field on the 48 yard run, he had defenders all around him and definitely needed a couple more blocks.
WR’s are the key to opening the secondary.


September 14th, 2010
10:50 am

This was an out of conference loss to an inferior opponent that should have been beaten. However, we’re only 2 games into the season. CPJ and the staff will be making adjustments and the players will improve. They need to regain their focus and prepare for conference play. One loss does not a season make! I feel confident in the motivation from Coach Johnson and believe the talent on the field will emerge as the campaign goes on. I’ve followed the Jackets for 40 years and have seen the good, the bad and the ugly. Regardless of the record, I remain a staunch supporter of the Yellow Jackets! What’s The Good Word?

Geez, GTville...

September 14th, 2010
10:54 am

…since the KU defenders were “all around” him then he would not have run for 48 freakin’ yards if the blockers were not doing their job – that is like saying the blockers did not do their job on every play since the guy does not score on every play…

Doug Roberson

September 14th, 2010
10:55 am

Perkins is most likely going to be redshirted.
As for J.C. Lanier, whom many of you have asked about, I assume he’s just not doing enough to crack the two-deep at this point. Please keep in mind that he basically missed a half-year because of his injured shoulder. It’s going to take time for him to come back.
Ben Anderson is slowly working his way back after his injury at well. Just because a player is cleared doesn’t mean they are 100 percent ready. Strength and dexterity have to be regained, confidence has to be there. It can take time, depending upon the injury.


September 14th, 2010
10:56 am

If the UNC TB has been cleared to play, does that mean he’s made his appearance in front of UNC’s Student Honor Court???


September 14th, 2010
11:11 am

Joshua Nesbitt is what he is. He can really carry the ball and run the offense. Assuming Tech has one, why not substitue an accurate short passing quarterback for one of the running backs, and let the other team stay back abit on defense, instead of crowding the line, and wonder whether it will be pass or run?


September 14th, 2010
11:18 am

We have won the last 2 years. However, from day one I have not liked the CPJ offense. If he would develop the passing game and offense to a type of hybrid, it could work. I think recruiting will suffer moving forward, and within 2 years our team will be middle of the pack in the ACC if not already. It is going to take about 4 years after that to fix the program with a new regime. That is the risk of having CPJ as the HC which was a risk that I hope was considered when he was hired.

just asking

September 14th, 2010
11:19 am

so if we lose the UNC game do we still get credited with the victory when they shut down and forfeit UNC games in 2010? What a bunch of losers with Butch Davis being the head honcho..


September 14th, 2010
11:19 am

Tech, I think we miss ALL FOUR who left early.
Anyone remember seeing #21 get caught from behind last year?
If we don’t get some kind of GOOD pass rush this week, Yates will cut us up good.

Doug Roberson

September 14th, 2010
11:21 am

GT97: I would keep this in mind: Whether or not you like the offense, I can think of just two losses during his tenure in which Tech didn’t have a chance to win: LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, and the Miami game last year when Tech was finishing a three games in 12 day stretch.
They could have won the Kansas game, they were in the Orange Bowl until the end, the Georgia game until the end, the UNC game two years ago only got out of hand at the end because of turnovers, the loss in Blacksburg that season only occurred because of a missed pass (like Kansas this season).


September 14th, 2010
11:32 am

What we know is that Anthony Allen is a step slower than Dwyer but effective and no one appears to be able to block better than Bay Bay did last season. But hopefully GT players will step up and improve. I also hope CPJ will tell the players to “turn that d@mn thing up” as he did in this video.

this will get you encouraged

Colorado Jacket

September 14th, 2010
11:35 am

How about….better game planning? I know it’a a novice idea…

GT Rich

September 14th, 2010
11:35 am

Am I the only one who watched the game? A. Allen had to slow down towards the end of that 48yd run because his lead blockers didn’t do a good job sealing the last of the defenders. As Allen slowed, a few other defenders caught up to the play. Kansas players never quit on that play, some of the GT players did.

UNC is eventually gonna lose some scholarships over the academic and agent issues. If GT can lose 8 or 9 because they self-reported some not on-track to graduate problems, then you can bet UNC loses 5 or more for “loss of institutional control”.


September 14th, 2010
11:56 am

GT97, you’re an idiot, stop blogging. 400+ of offense in a loss and it’s the offense that’s not working. Get real


September 14th, 2010
12:33 pm


If you get 800 yards rushing offense, but never put it in the end zone, does that make this offense good? The cold hard facts are this, this offense is NEVER going to win championships unless it becomes more than a pitch and/or run! Period! This is NOT Georgia Southern or Navy……

Damon Evans

September 14th, 2010
12:56 pm

Martini please.


September 14th, 2010
1:21 pm

There has a be a passing game somewhere to keep opposing teams guessing. Kansas was daring Tech to pass all day. That one linebacker took away most of tech’s plays right when the ball was snapped. I agree that this offense will never win a MNF as long as Johnson keeps running and pitching. Open up the playbook please! And if Nesbitt continues to struggle passing, please use someone who can and put Nesbitt in for the Option. Done Venting. Gah!

Damon Evans

September 14th, 2010
1:26 pm

…..and a ho to go!!


September 14th, 2010
1:29 pm

Didn’t we do some type of draw plays with dwyer last year? Why hasn’t he tried that again? When JB goes back to pass the D know 2 things..1- it’s definitely a pass cause no one is in the backfield…2- he will not complete the pass.

GT Sambo

September 14th, 2010
1:56 pm

Nesbitt overthrew 2 likely touchdown passes and Steven Hill dropped another one. I don’t think coaching scheme is the problem. I think it is execution. Now hopefully coaching some repetition in the passing game will help this problem. We shall see. I do not think CPJ is going anywhere as he is in a perfect situation at Tech. BCS conference. Expectations at GT remain realistic. He can recruit HIS players. Lets be honest, at certain other schools, CPJ would be expected to recruit 4-star and 5-star talent, but in his offense the best players are not 4-star and 5-star recruits (particularly at QB and OL, and to a lesser extent WR and RB where blocking is more of a focus).

Jaul Phonson

September 14th, 2010
2:03 pm

“I said after the first game our play seemed lethargic. Then I noticed even the great CPJ seemed somewhat ho hum in last weeks loss. No intensity that was evident last season. All I am saying is the fear of the coach is a great motivator and if CPJ is not as demanding as in the past, the team will respond as such. Go Jackets!” – Wheres the fire

You obviously didnt see PJ after Bedford botched a snap to JN on 3rd down. I was worried he was going to DDT Bedford


September 14th, 2010
3:53 pm

1. NEVER going to win champinships? How about the ACC championship in 2009?
2. Can’t put it in the End Zone because our receivers CAN’T catch the ball. i.e. Steve Hill drop.. still scored 24 points with our “Off” game
3. Not sure about the exact rankings, but I’m sure we were ranked in the top 25 in the ppg category for last 2 seasons.

Everyone has an off-game. Calm down people and please stop comparing Gailey and Johnson. Johnson is and always will be far superior than Gailey.


September 15th, 2010
11:04 am

Allen is plenty fast but doesn’t appear to have the top gear that Dwyer has. IMO, Dwyer scores on that long AA run….