Tech as Jekyll and Tech as Hyde

Following up on Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s statement yesterday that his team has a Jekyll and Hyde personality, I thought it would be interesting to look at a few stats to see if there’s a consistent issue between the wins and the losses.

I’m only going to use the past three games against FBS opponents (formerly Division I-A), no offense to South Carolina State.

DEFENSE

Opponent……Points…..RYA….PYA….Total…TO created…..Sacks

Kansas…………….28………141…..179……320….. ……..1……………..4

UNC………………..24………143…..209……352…………..2…………….1

N.C. State………..45………159……368…..527…………..2……………..3

After starting off in the second week playing reasonably well against Kansas, the defense is getting progressively worse as the quality of the competition improves. Of course,that’s also to be expected when the opponents’ skill improves.

OFFENSE

Opponent….Points….RY….PY….Total…TO made…..Sacks allowed

Kansas……………25……291..116….407………..1…………………….1

UNC……………….30……372…76….448………..1…………………….0

N.C. State……….28……247…116…363………..2…………………….3

The offense seems to be on pace with last season, though the passing yards per game has declined significantly: 126.7 in 2009 to 80 this season.

36 comments Add your comment

Dawglasville

September 27th, 2010
2:37 pm

If you are a believer in, “Misery loves company,” then you’re welcome. It looks like we may be back in the Ray Goff/Pepper Rogers days.

Jack G.

September 27th, 2010
2:40 pm

Turn out the lights——the party’s over

Buzzzz!

September 27th, 2010
2:41 pm

Why is evryone so agitated? The Kansas game doesn’t even count and the game Saturday was just one game. We will kill Wake Forest this week and everybody will feel fine again. Don’t be a fair weather fan! Paul Johnson knows what he is doing. You just gotta believe!

Ken

September 27th, 2010
2:43 pm

There’s no jeck and hyde. It’s coaching and losing Dem Thomas. What players on this team will go on to play in the Nfl? The naysayers were right. He isn’t recruiting studs. It’s a bunch of average players along with his average play calling. If anything, it looks like cpj is taking a year off.

John

September 27th, 2010
2:45 pm

Do they know how to teach pass defense? When it’s 3rd and 20 and you let a receiver run 20 yards stop turn and catch and there’s no a player around him, WTF is that? Are the players idiot, are the coaches idiot? Is this really that complicated? Have them sit down and watch Ark Alab to learn how to play defense.

@WreckBuZZ

September 27th, 2010
2:47 pm

If you want to know what is wrong with GT’s offense…

DEMARYIUS THOMAS

He’s the answer to all questions.

Why are the homerun plays not coming as often for GT? Thomas isn’t helping block downfield.

Why are Nesbitt’s passing numbers down? Thomas isn’t around to chuck the ball to blindly.

Seriously, has one player ever (that wasn’t a QB) left such a huge hole to fill?

Stephen Hill can’t block, can’t catch nearly as well as Thomas.

It also didn’t help to go from your All-ACC starting center to third string RS freshman in one play.

Munson's Toupee

September 27th, 2010
2:49 pm

I can remember after last year’s terrible loss to Miami that everyone thought the party was over. Johnson got it fixed then, and he’ll fix it as good as he can now. Maybe Tech’s not ACC championship material in 2010, but they can still have a great year. Beating UGA should be the team’s No. 1 focus for the season, followed by a bowl game.

reebok

September 27th, 2010
2:49 pm

we should move the GT-UGA game to New Year’s day this year so both teams can pretend they got invited to a bowl game.

Burdell

September 27th, 2010
2:49 pm

Having to use our 3rd string Center pretty much the whole game really hurt the run game against NC State…no excuse for the defense.

StingerSplash

September 27th, 2010
3:04 pm

Everybody wondered after 08 how the defense would fare after losing three starters off the d line.
Then it was how Tech would do after losing four underclassmen to the NFL and switching to the 3-4.
I think the jury is still out on the first part. But it’s clear the defense has taken a step or two or more back from last season. You can’t blame that all on losing two junior starters to the NFL either. Your program has to be in a position to absorb that kind of blow and this wasn’t something the coaches didn’t expect to happen.
That makes it a problem of scheme or preparation now. And something has to change — fast.

jarvis

September 27th, 2010
3:11 pm

@Toupee that’s the difference here. I’ve seen so many references to teh UGA game on the Tech blogs.

You’ll see on the Georgia blogs that we’re concerned with the state of our program, and beating Tech isn’t seen as a consolation.

Losing to Tech can’t get a coach fired. Beating Tech won’t save a coach’s job.

paul

September 27th, 2010
3:35 pm

What a LOT of people seem to forget – we lost TWO players in the FIRST round of the NFL draft? How many teams besides us and oklahoma can say that? It hurts. We lost two additional players to the draft. Kills your talent. Combine that with a transition to a 3-4 defense, and you’re NOT going to be be as good.

It could be worse….we could have 10 people arrested on our team…..UGA is the only school I know of where you can assault people, steal, and do whatever and still play football.

UGAFan

September 27th, 2010
3:49 pm

Jarvis…I truely believe that losing to Tech got CJD fired!

Joe

September 27th, 2010
3:57 pm

Are we really underachieving or is simply as good as it is going to get when you lose 4 of the 5 top playmakers on your team? Come on people be realistic with expectations!

jarvis

September 27th, 2010
3:59 pm

Only winning 8 games a year got Jim Donnan fired.

Burdell

September 27th, 2010
4:00 pm

No Jarvis…the difference is that Tech has won a conference game this season and didn’t have to spend $750K/yr on our DC either.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 27th, 2010
4:04 pm

winning 8 games a year was Gomer Dooleys goal.

UGAFan

September 27th, 2010
4:11 pm

Ray Goff – 58% winning beat TECH every year but 1st two…lasted 7 seasons. 2 losing seasons two 500 seasons.

Jim Donnan – 68% winning lost to TECH last 3 years…only lasted 5 season. One losing season, that being his first year.

I dislike TECH as much as anybody but if you think the game does not have a significant effect on a coach’s job you are fooling yourself.

Frank

September 27th, 2010
5:42 pm

Only thing I see is a lack of defense. We’re going to get our 28-30 points. Problem is we haven’t been able to really stop anybody. Al Groh might have a good defensive head on his shoulders, but he can’t make you get out there and cover your assignments. I see the same results out of basically the same defensive personnel we had last year (specifically secondary). Correct me if I’m wrong.

CR

September 27th, 2010
5:46 pm

Let’s see, we lose 4 playmakers and Johnson is reason we are losing. Dawgies lose 1 WR and that is why they are losing. Oh, and Dawgies defense is only bad because they just started 3-4. Tech’s is horrible because of bad players and Groh is old. Typical.

CPJ

September 27th, 2010
5:52 pm

CR, you hit the nail on the head.

Gatorman

September 27th, 2010
7:00 pm

Don’t worry Techies, old CPJ will figure it out. First he needs to call Josh in and tell him to stop looking for the cameras when he’s on the sidelines. He is not a candidate for the Heisman, fact is he isn’t a candidate for anything.

Concerned

September 27th, 2010
7:20 pm

jarvis you are a moron. Donnan had a 3-peat loss to Tech a few seasons removed from beating Florida and going 10-2 with Bobo at QB. The only reason Richt still has a job is because he can beat Tech pretty consistently. The only reason he got the job was because he hadn’t lost to Tech at FSU. The ‘good’ donors were so vocal that he should beat Tech that he hung 50+ on them in the first real chance he got at Georgia. Tech might not be much, but when it comes to Football, it’s the benchmark for every Red and Black coach. Whether Dawg fans know it, or whether the media reports it, Thanksgiving every year is more important to Georgia football coaches than every game before played before it. Trust me, when Richt can’t beat Tech, he won’t be in Athens.

gatechcdv

September 27th, 2010
7:34 pm

Gatorman – You may be right, he’s not a Heisman candidate, but he’s a damn fine player. So back off with your anti-Nesbitt comments. I’ve seen your QB in action and maybe he’ll work out for you guys, but so far…he’s a far cry from a Heisman candidate himself.

fan of Tech football

September 27th, 2010
8:22 pm

Jack G…did you say that last year? The new party starts in Winston-Salem…but Jack will probably be asleep.

Use less fossil fuel….build more wind turbines!

Bambi

September 27th, 2010
8:26 pm

Why can’t peopel be happy with a well-played game. Paul Johnson is the best coach Tech has ever had and if people don’t stop criticizing him on these blogs he might get mad and leave. He is the perfect option for our program. If they hadn’t blocked that punt we would have won Saturday and as hard as our players have to work in the classroom you have to expect a let-down every once in a while. We have a jam-up team and we should be proud.

Student Athlete

September 27th, 2010
9:24 pm

its official the Team has taken on the Coaches personality, hahaha…. How long before they consume each other, hahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skitty Fritty

September 27th, 2010
10:45 pm

It’s Bush’s fault!

college football

September 27th, 2010
10:56 pm

OOPS! There goes Russell Wilson again…HA,HA,HA!

Former SEC

September 27th, 2010
11:16 pm

Fixxxxing GT After 4 games I just can’t hold it in any longer, the defense could be great . The scheme is sound players are usually in position the problem is you are teaching your secondary the worst habit in life,sit back and lets see what happens wrong,wrong,wrong. I was always taught to attack and force a decision not to sit back and wait for one and we had the best defense in the SEC 88-91 controlled aggression would change the face of our (GT) Defense the players ARE NOT the problem let them play #37,#26,#6,#1,#8,#2 can help you Win please let them play controlled yet AGGRESSIVE football this will also help the slow development of 2 of the 3 in your 3-4, you can thank me at the end of the season. The offense you have a problem in the locker room like we had in 89 sqaush it and play together or your season will be a nightmare I think Coach Groh is a Great coach but even he can overlook something that simple I don’t have to get ready for the next game

Jack

September 28th, 2010
12:15 am

I do not care how bad it gets, please venter do not ever, ever, ever mention Ray Goof or Pepper Rodgers again. MAKE ME PUKE

USMC Dawg

September 28th, 2010
12:28 am

My team is Georgia, but I have never liked CMR’s coaching style, NO DISCIPLINE.
Atleast CPJ has discipline and intensity in his coaching style.
He is a ENGAGED in every game; reading the defense and adjusting accordingly.
Now, Tech got beaten by a better team, NC State.
I like the way CPJ runs his team MUCH better than CMR, and I like CMR.

GT

September 28th, 2010
12:51 am

GT lost to KANSAS
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joeygt

September 28th, 2010
7:52 am

George P

September 28th, 2010
8:26 am

While most Tech fans are disappointed with the way Tech has played so far this season, I don’t think many of us blame coaching and want a change. I still want Johnson to stay as long as he wants to.

GT: Tech did beat Mississippi State in 2008 and 2009, so there’s that.

Eddie

September 28th, 2010
10:16 am

Tech’s three play offense….RB down the middle, option, and QB keeper. For how long do you think this could fool any defense? Ive said it before and will say it again…what we have here is a one-dimensional offense and no arm at QB.