Quotes from Johnson’s press conference

Quotes from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson’s weekly press conference:

After watching the tape, I was more disappointed than I was after the

game if that is possible. I was really frustrated and this is probably

the second or third time this year that we have played with little

emotion in the mental aspect. The physical aspect wasn’t great but it

was ok. The mental aspect of it was just out there. We have guys that

played for two or three years that are doing things that there is no

explanation for. Concentration, paying attention to detail, all of those

things, we just have to do a better job of getting through the basic

fundamentals. With some of the stuff that we busted in the game is

really unexplainable. They can’t explain it when you show it to them

on tape either. Take nothing away from North Carolina State, they played

hard and their quarterback had a great game, but we didn’t need to

help them as much as we did on both sides of the ball. Now we move on,

we see if we can come back with some enthusiasm. It’s like I told

them, they aren’t in our division. I think that is the first game that

we have lost to since I have been here to a team in the Atlantic

division. It is a little bit different but you still control your own

destiny and our goal for this week is try and find a way to beat Wake

Forest that is what you have to do.

Wake is coming off of a couple tough road trips to Stanford and Florida

State. The Stanford game just got away from them early. I think they

actually played pretty well against Florida State; it was 10-0 midway

through the third quarter. They struggled on offense a little bit after

they lost their starting quarterback. Offensively they played pretty

well against Florida State for the most part. The score was not actually

indicative of the way the game went. They always play well at home and I

am sure that they are going to get their best shot.

On Wake Forest’s rushing defense

I think that a lot of it is big plays. Any time [you give up 500 yards

in the last two games] it is big plays. Quite honestly in the last two

games they played two pretty good teams. The rushing yards given up at

Stanford was skewed a little bit because Stanford got way ahead and kept

running the ball to keep the game moving. The same thing with Florida

State because they made some big plays, but that game was 10-0 until

late in the third quarter.

On missed assignments

Actually, we had 43 missed assignments on one end and 42 on the other.

There were so many from turning guys loose on pass protection to us

going the wrong way, we were busted the first play of the game on

offense. These are guys that have played for two or three years and it

is not new stuff. This is just mental lapses and holes in concentration.

It doesn’t matter what scheme you are in if you have a strong blitz

on, three guys blitz and one doesn’t and they run the ball right into

the gap in the blitz. That is beating you. That is not giving yourself a

chance. When you have a guy man-to-man and you come out of coverage and

turn your guy loose because the quarterback is scrambling; it doesn’t

matter what scheme you are in when it is stuff like that. Typical missed

assignments in a game would probably be down in the teens.

On the Tech defense

What did we learn, we learned that [the N.C. State] quarterback was

pretty good. But we knew that going in. It doesn’t change. You have to

stay in your rush lanes, you have to make a block, you have to make a

tackle. It isn’t complicated stuff. I think we have had 125 passes

thrown against us, and one interception in the secondary. We have seven

sacks, one sack where somebody made a block, the rest they turned them


On the new defense

I don’t know that it was a huge disappointment. I was disappointed in

the way that we have played on offense as much as we have on defense. We

have a bunch of guys back and I thought we would be more consistent and

play better. We put the ball on the ground way too much. That is

coaching and fundamentals and tucking the ball away and squeezing it.

Just like we missed on some fourth down plays, two or three times we

missed on busted assignments. The thing that would concern me more is if

I looked on defense and saw scheme problems, things that were unsound or

things that I didn’t think our guys could do, but I’m not seeing

that. You are not always going to get a guy unblocked to the ball every

time. Just like on offense, there is not always going to be a guy short,

sometimes you have to block a guy or two. Those are the things that you

have to do.

On the defense compared to his first two seasons at Tech

I think there are some of the same but I would say that what we have

done through the first four games has been more consistent, as far as

what we are trying to do scheme wise, than the last two years. But, I

said when it happened; guys have to make plays too. You can’t change

coaches every time we don’t tackle somebody, or you turn a guy loose

in man coverage. There is enough blame to go around for everybody. The

thing that we have done the prior two years here is not beat ourselves

and that is what we have to get back to. You can’t have all of those

missed assignments and mental errors, we aren’t talented enough to do

that and there are very few teams are that talented enough to do that.

We can’t punch the clock, we have to play with some urgency and play

like we are upsetting somebody and that is the only way that I know how

to play.

On coming off of the ACC Championship

It could be [that they have settled after winning the championship]. I

think you have to have some leadership and you have to have some guys

come forward and challenge other guys. We have to do that as coaches as

well but, I don’t know that I can get after them anymore than I have

gotten after them in the last few weeks. You can’t make somebody want

to play. Physically we are right there it is just mentally that we

aren’t into it.

On the lack of interceptions

It is a lack of pressure up front and a lack of the secondary not

making big plays. I think the pressure; there is no question that if you

can get pressure it certainly helps you be better cover guys. We got

some pressure with blitzes the last game, Brad [Jefferson] had a couple

of sacks on blitzes where he went in untouched and Izaan [Cross] had a

sack where they didn’t touch him. Some of it is quick stuff, but you

just like to get a few more batted balls, lord knows when we throw we

get pressure.

On the blocked punt

The snap wasn’t good. The punter had no urgency to get it off and

that ought to be the first thing that goes off in your head if the snap

pulls you outside you want to think “I might want to get this off”.

The other thing is that he needs to step behind the shield. Nothing

happened that he hasn’t been told six million times. That punt block

we probably have seen six million times in practice. We ran the same one

ourselves twice in the game.

On players stepping up

I am not going to single out any players, there are a lot of guys that

could be leaders. I don’t think one or two players could do it. I

think it has to be the nucleus. You have to be hard. There is nothing

easy in this game, there are no easy games. All we can do is keep

talking. I have to do a better job. If they haven’t figured out that

we can lose now then they are not really smart. We played with that kind

of urgency in Chapel Hill. We didn’t play perfectly, we still had some

missed assignments, and we still had some things but we played with some

urgency and that is what we have to do, play with urgency.

On Nesbitt’s execution compared to 2009

Some games he plays really well, like at North Carolina. This game he

didn’t play well, but nobody did. I think he takes too much of a hit

in the passing game. Sometimes, it is what it is. He sells them

sometimes. But a lot of times he is running for his life or doesn’t

have time to set his feet. It is kind of like popcorn. It is not just

one thing. You get this fixed over here and then this happens.

On beginning last year 1-1 in the ACC and winning the championship

We have talked about that, they know their goals, but I think it is

time to panic. It is time to play like you mean it. I don’t know if

you call that panicking, but I am talking about playing with some

urgency. We need to go to Winston-Salem and play like our hair is on

fire. That is the way that we need to play every game. We aren’t going

to roll our helmets out and they go, “man these guys have six first

round draft picks”. It doesn’t matter what we do they are going to

walk all over us.

On Wake Forest

If we have one more point than them I will be happy. I don’t know how

much potential there is for a high scoring game. They played us really

well on defense a year ago. They scored a bunch of points in their first

two games and then they scored 24 and zero. Most of the 24 came in the

second half. Are they capable on offense, you bet. They have some very

skilled athletes. I don’t know who their quarterback will be. Their

starter [Tanner Price] took a real shot in the game [against FSU]. They

are going to run their system no matter who their quarterback is. You

just never know. If you look at the stats you can say well one team is

averaging this and the other this but I think we are still early in the

year and it is like we talked about on punt returns, one or two games

can skew stats unbelievably. Consistency is key.

32 comments Add your comment


September 28th, 2010
4:11 pm

Did Tech use two punters?

Jack G.

September 28th, 2010
4:24 pm

Excuses, Excuses. Point all the fingers you want but it all comes back to the fact that everyone is catching on to defending this CPJ triple option (or whatever you want to call it). Defense is never very good on a CPJ team

Turn out the Lights the party’s over.


September 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

I thought CPJ was a genius. At least an offensive genius. Turns out, he is just offensive. gt sucks.


September 28th, 2010
4:26 pm

Let’s DO THIS!!! GO TECH!!!


September 28th, 2010
4:28 pm

Look at the little pups…I suppose you don’t have much to say on any blogs regarding uga….milkbone?


September 28th, 2010
4:31 pm

UGA has a coach that is not too smart I admit that. CPJ has been described as a genious. A one dimensional dumb butt is not a genious.


September 28th, 2010
4:39 pm

“69dog” – the word you’re looking for is GENIUS.

lol. was your comment with genius spelled incorrectly a joke? or is your whole life a joke?


September 28th, 2010
4:58 pm

69dog, sounds like you COULD use a milkbone…here boy!!!


September 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

69dog…WHATEVER!!! YOU TOTALLY tried to play that off…you misspelled it TWICE. Wanna play fetch?


September 28th, 2010
5:08 pm

macrotech, once again, how smart and perceptive you are. A credit to gt is what you are. Maybe some of your genus will rub off on CPJ. Actually, I don’t care.
I tire of this. I do enjoy a battle of wits. Alas, it is no fun to battle an unarmed man.


September 28th, 2010
5:13 pm

so now it’s “geniuus”, lol?

“69dog” can’t spell genius, even with a lot of help? and then tries to make a “g*y” joke to cover up for his stupidity?


but appropriate that he is a “dog”.

uga fans, claim him as one of your own.


September 28th, 2010
5:36 pm

69dog…all bark and no bight!!! ;)

fan of Tech football

September 28th, 2010
5:42 pm

Jack G, your dislike of the option and Johnson has been noted for about two years now. Tech has won twenty+ games and an ACC champ during that time. We all know you were a BD fan but that was many years ago. You should just read on Sunday AM about Tech whipping Wake Sat night–because we all know you will be asleep by halftime. Be positive for a change. The D might just catch on and come around and be acceptable…unlike presently.


September 28th, 2010
5:50 pm

Gosh, I thought you techsters were really bright and were cerebral because of enhanced cerebellums. How awful that you are not brainy or brawny.


September 28th, 2010
5:54 pm

69dog, all we hear from you is bark, bark, bark, etc. Isn’t there somewhere on your body you can lick?

True Tech

September 28th, 2010
6:06 pm

69dog, brother you have no room to bark on this page. You’re Georgia team sucks.

Jack G.

September 28th, 2010
6:12 pm

Fan of tech football, Your post is almost right on. I love Tech, but just dont like CPJ football. Cant help it, Its just not well rounded football. If his teams could just pass and play defense, I would feel a little better.

You are right about being asleep by halftime. CPJ football is that boring.

But I am coming up on 87 and have earned the right to fall asleep anywhere anytime. Also to express my controversial opinion. Sorry if it offends you, but different opinions make the world go around.

By the way, I notice a lot of folks are coming around to my opinion on CPJ football.

Vegas Jackette

September 28th, 2010
6:17 pm

just a thought, instead of showing just the offensive and defenstive starters on the GT player intro video on the TRON, why don’t you show the ones that are producing and earned that honor instead. Perfect example, Jerrard Tarrant despite the loss to NC State.

Other ways to honor or recognize players would be a great motivator and I am sure you have things you are already doing but it never hurts if someone(s) came up with even more ideas.


September 28th, 2010
6:58 pm

“69dog” – all bark and no bright. dumb as a bulldog.


September 28th, 2010
7:27 pm

in a battle of wits, daugs are only 1/2 equipped…..


September 28th, 2010
7:29 pm

Doug, so the last 2 drives, down 17, #9 was going to win it, &/or 13 lose worse? always hate to see these things turn into coachspeack….


September 28th, 2010
8:18 pm

To 69dog, I believe Coach Johnson knows a lot more about what he is doing than you know about what you are doing.

Don’t let the bedbugs bite…

Jack G.

September 28th, 2010
8:54 pm

fan of Tech footbal You are right about being asleep by halftime. Boring football will put you to slee everytime
However, I do appreciate your comment. Shows someone is paying attention.

Jack G.

September 28th, 2010
9:01 pm

By the way, does anyone know what happened to GTINSIDER? have not seen a post from him in quite a while

Alabama Jack

September 28th, 2010
9:18 pm

Aptly named 69dog – you suck, and as a brain dead retard, you even do that badly.


September 28th, 2010
9:20 pm

CPJ will get the ship turned in the right direction. Jack G. has no faith and is most likely a UGA fan. How is 1-3 feel???? How does 4-8 feel Jack? it is on its way. Tech will win 7 of the next 8 and win the ACC again. they will also destroy ThUGA.


September 28th, 2010
9:22 pm

69dog – how about that 1-3 record and 0-3 in the SEC. ou don’t even run your parking lot you dim witted fool.


September 28th, 2010
9:36 pm

what do yall bandwagon fans not understand?coach pj has proved talent isnt the most important lord look at uga they have so much talent but why arent they producing??? its about execution if we execute the tripple option right our o is unstoppable.


September 28th, 2010
10:27 pm

If everyone has the offense figured out then please put forward what you would do on Defense?? I would take any of you pathetic puppies to chalk board and enlighten you in a heart beat…. this offense is like any other if they over load the middle to stop the B back and you cant win on the edge your in trouble… or maybe dawg fans can relate to this… if you have a highly prized O-Line that cant run the ball and you dont need extra defenders in the box.. you can add more for coverage… and what do you know YOU GUYS DONT SCORE on USC or MISS ST


September 28th, 2010
11:52 pm

Just watched the PJ news conference… I live in Raleigh and have been in a couple of these conferences at UNC for Roy Williams. PJ and RW are exact in their attitude, humor and belief that you can coach them but the players have to want to do it.

After listening to PJ, I realized what I saw on Saturday wasn’t poor coaching it was mental errors from our guys on the field. As serious a Tech fan I am, I laughed hysterically at PJ’s comments on our players play.

All in all… lots to play for still for the JACKETS and I for one, believe we have a tremendous coach that may, when he gets the players that want to learn and except his system, bring glory to HISTORIC GRANT FIELD.

Texas Wreck

September 29th, 2010
9:58 am

Best Case now for season is 8-4 and a lower tier bowl. Worst case is really bad= 5-7 no bowl. We can stay home like UGA, or we can go visit their players in jail. 69dog, at least learn how to use your spell check on your computer-. You sound like an “idjet”!!


September 29th, 2010
3:08 pm

PJ has screwed up big time with his defensive staff.They are all gone at seasons end.Hire recruiting coaches who can get it done.