Players need to care enough to know winning isn’t easy

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson spoke some more about the team’s desire during the weekly teleconference with the media on Wednesday.

He said the players know how to win — they’ve won 20 games and the ACC championship during the past two seasons — but he think perhaps they think now winning is easy.

Obviously, the results show otherwise. The team is 2-2 this season, with two flast losses, and has lost four of its past seven games.

Johnson said the players must care enough to understand that winning isn’t easy. It requires hard work.

“We have talented kids, but nobody is going to ‘ooh and ahh’ when we walk onto the field,” Johnson said. “We have to play hard to win.”

B-back Anthony Allen addressed Johnson’s comments after Tuesday’s practice, saying his teammates must start listening.

“They’ve got to make sure that everybody isn’t talking the talk, that they’re walking the walk,” Allen said of his teammates. “It’s easy for everybody to go out there, everybody trying to be a leader and everybody talking about it and not being about it on the field. It’s the one thing to do it in practice. It’s another thing to do it in a game. We have to make sure we’re carrying it over from practice to the game.”

Here’s more from Johnson yesterday on the team’s mentality.

Some other blogs from this busy Wednesday:

Jerrard Tarrant ready to return punts…if he gets a chance.

Communication issues on defense hurt the Yellow Jackets against N.C. State.

Here’s a little tidbit that some may find amusing: Russell Wilson, who torched the Yellow Jackets last week, is from the Richmond, Virginia area but wasn’t offered a scholarship by either Virginia Tech or Virginia. That may have been because some thought he would play professional baseball.


49 comments Add your comment

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:03 pm

Doug Roberson

September 29th, 2010
12:06 pm

Congrats, you are.

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
12:08 pm

please don’t give morons any congratulations for typing “first”.

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:09 pm

It is hard for me to believe that the success we have had in recent years breeds compliancy. This team went out and laid two eggs thus far from lack of effort ….. it is like we are watching two different teams …. the one that showed up and played NC and then the other one that played Kansas and NC state.

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
12:10 pm

maybe anthony allen should worry less about walking walks or talking talks and more about blocking defenders.

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:12 pm

Morons? clever almost as clever as your name

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:20 pm

Over the years, we have always had a problem winning games we should win. They seemed to have a diffcult time going out and taking care of business when they are expected to win. It was a problem before (before CPJ) and now it seems to have showed up again

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
12:22 pm

thanks. or should i just say “second”? because that would be SOOO clever.

what possesses idiots to type “first”? obviously they have nothing else to offer.

after reading your other comments, you’ve confirmed that stereotype.

5150 P.O.A.D

September 29th, 2010
12:24 pm

Tech needs a real strong on the field leader. Last year it was Dwyer, but I don’t know who it is this year.

Burdell

September 29th, 2010
12:25 pm

Generally, in CPJ’s offense B-backs don’t do a whole lot of blocking wesley…

David

September 29th, 2010
12:29 pm

Hey, Tech has been doing this for years. They do it in basketball. I have no clue what the answer is, but I have seen it happen too often with this program.

Tech Fan Since 1950

September 29th, 2010
12:37 pm

I believe this particular Tech team has a team chemistry/communication problem which I think can be overcome if both players and coaches communicate and stick together. I first noticed this situation when I attended the Kansas game in Lawrence. It was very obvious during the long tv timeouts. The Kansas coaches would immediately huddle with the players on the sidelines while the Tech defensive team would stay on the field at one knee in formation while the Tech coaches remained on the sideline. I thought valuable coaching time was lost since Kansas was running a hurry up offense not allowing Tech to substitute as freely as before. Things seemed to have worked a little bit better during the N.C. State game so maybe things have changed somewhat in the communication area. I know the loss of the four non seniors to the NFL hurts, but that is history. I also know that Tech just doesn’t have the depth of big interior defensive linemen and certainly is not adequate in the pass blocking area either. We just need to tough it up this year and play one game at a time. I think we have a chance in every game we have on the schedule, but the guys and the coaches have got to get on the same page and not be too discouraged. The first four games were the shake-down cruise for new players and coaches. Now let’s play some football.

joeygt

September 29th, 2010
12:43 pm

gt has had some mental lapses as of late but i trust coach pj to fix it. he has done nothing to not trust him he has been a execellent coach for us so far………..

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:51 pm

To Wesleywhatwhat …… the only moron comments have been yours .. why dont you find the UGA blog and comments on it .. your break is over at the taco bell

West Coast Two Stars

September 29th, 2010
12:52 pm

what a joke, excuses are cheap, always next year with this coaching staff, 3rd year pal, Georgia Tech must have sold its soul somewhere down the line

GT86

September 29th, 2010
12:54 pm

I agree JoeyGT ..CPJ has done a lot of things to make us better and he has been the right man for the job. Just wish we could learn to play every game like we are capable of playing.

Old Gold

September 29th, 2010
12:57 pm

Yeah..blame the players and not the coaching!

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
1:08 pm

burdell, ttrue but i remember several missed blocks by allen during passing attempts by nesbitt that caused the qb to rush his throw or take a hit when he didn’t need to.

Paul in RDU

September 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

Under Gailey, GT tended to be up and down – they would win a big game and then lay an egg against an “inferior” opponent. I thought that CPJ had gotten that out of their system.

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

“burdell”, true but allen has missed a couple of blocks in the passing game that have cost the team.

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
1:15 pm

burdell -true but allen has missed a couple of blocks in the passing game that have cost the team.

T3

September 29th, 2010
1:17 pm

West Coast Two Stars:

You’re obvioulsy lost. Try the UGAG blogs.

wesleywhatwhat

September 29th, 2010
1:24 pm

my thoughts:

we need to get orwin smith the ball more (2 touches the last 2 games = 2 TDs http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/player/profile?playerId=483025 )

and bostic had only 2 rushes in the nc state game (after not getting the ball the last 2 games) and appeared to be one of the biggest playmakers on the team, getting 43 yards and 8 yards with his 2 runs. he needs the ball in his hands.

stop throwing to stephen hill.

washington should come in to spell nesbitt for a play or two after nesbitt on each drive.

roddy jones should be teaching the other backs and receivers clinics on how to block. and he should probably be a captain. he certainly needs the ball more, be it a pass or run.

GT Sambo

September 29th, 2010
1:35 pm

Burdell,
That’s actually not true, the B-Backs are also expected to be able to block, depending on the set. IF we are running the triple option set, the B-back is not technically blocking but rather occupying defenders. Howeverm in many of our ither sets, the B-Back is expected to block.

GT Sambo

September 29th, 2010
1:37 pm

And certainly on passing downs the B-Back is a key blocker.

GT Sambo

September 29th, 2010
1:38 pm

And certainly in obvious passing downs the B-back is a key blocker.

Au contraire, GT86...

September 29th, 2010
1:48 pm

…the only moron comments were not necessarily made by others – you started it with this ‘…recent years breeds compliancy…’ – compliancy? With what are they compliant? You mean complacency…

And, Old Gold, my thoughts exactly regarding blaming the players when it could be the coaches who are not coaching the players “up” yet still expecting the same results with differnt players – coaches can get COMPLACENT, too.

Jefferson

September 29th, 2010
2:06 pm

Defense has to stop someone, someday, sometime.

saban

September 29th, 2010
2:26 pm

Tech will be fine.

They have come a long way in a very short period of time.

Progress is sometimes two step forwards and one step back.

Tech has the best coaching staff in the country unlike the cesspool in Athens led by the reverend.

Old Gold

September 29th, 2010
2:31 pm

I thought we were talking about Tech….why does everyone keep bring up Georgia? We have beaten them once this decade…..

Yellow Jacket since 1951

September 29th, 2010
2:37 pm

Doug: Instead of just saying that GT must play hard to win, the coach
should tell them they need to play smart. With the number of missed assignments he counted from the NC State game (80 or more?) it does
seem they are not even close to playing smart .

Techmaninathens

September 29th, 2010
2:37 pm

Old Gold, I agree. Why don’t we try and refrain from saying stupid anti UGA comments and just focus on GT and what is going on. All it does is attract all this Ha-Ha mentality and make what could be a good source of GT chatter and feedback into a rant of juvenile pot shots. I wish we could have an editor that would delete all this bashing on both sides. Maybe if you had to furnish a diploma from ANY college to be able to post here would cut back the wise cracks that add nothing to the blog.

Yellow Jacket since 1951

September 29th, 2010
2:53 pm

Doug: The last 3 comments I have sent have not been posted. I have
used no profanity. What is the reason?

old hooker

September 29th, 2010
2:54 pm

I declare the end zone a “NO WAKE ZONE”

CJramblinrecluse

September 29th, 2010
3:22 pm

Last year’s D was better than this year’s. Morgan Burnett was where the ball would be on every play. Tenuta’s State D was better than Groh’s D. Tenuta new the pass would not be tried, which it was not until catch up time. Send in a blitz and tackling at or behind the line of scrimmage was accomplished. Tenuta still is a very good coach. State passed the exact opposite of waiting until caatch up time, gambling like a Tech engineer that the pass would be completed. This identifying with Tech always has been flattering to me as a Tech grad, but perplexing to me when Tech does not gamble as a helluva engineer and pass out of shotguns on first down, second down, third down. The law of averages usually allows for two out of three completions for opposing shotgun offense teams, no matter who they play. If Tech tried a shotgun, it would open up players who caught well in hs, they would make catches, and this offense would work for Tech. As it is now, these expert hs players get no passes to be thrown to them, a waste of hs talent. CPJ says if the running game is working, why pass? That’s stupid reasoning if he lines up any receivers to run out for passes. Besides, the runnning game isn’t working anymore. Tenuta shut it down, Kansas did, and Iowa did.

fire Paul Hewitt

September 29th, 2010
3:29 pm

Johnson is a winner..the players need to step up and get the job done. I’ve been a fan since 1956 but I also pull for all Ga. Univ. because this is my State. Same at UGA Coach Richt has problems but he will correct them. Go GSU and Ga.Southern too. Braves and Falcons also.

techron

September 29th, 2010
3:30 pm

i agree, so many instances of losing games we should win easily. Who could forget UT Chattanooga and Furman? Just a disgrace. No effort. Plus, we bring knives to a gunfight.

JacketSteve

September 29th, 2010
3:45 pm

The defense needs to step up and set an example this week. If the offense sees the D knocking people around and shutting them down on 3rd down, they’ll respond with the big plays we’ve been looking for. CPJ has yet to lose back-to-back games so I expect a big win this week. The goal of the season is still within reach, the ACC Championship. If we beat Va Tech and Miami we’ll be right back there fighting for the Orange Bowl. We just can’t have another flat game.

NCJacket

September 29th, 2010
3:46 pm

The two losses are very disappointing, but not surprising. Any team will lose and offensive scheme will fail when the O-line gets abused like they did against NCSU. The O-line needs to get meaner and give Joshua some time to work his magic or make a pass.

Our defense is still a work in progress, and it takes time for players to learn a new defensive scheme. We need to stop those short passes and find some guys to start putting pressure on the QB or this will be a loooong season.

michael

September 29th, 2010
3:49 pm

techron-have you seen the “magnificent seven” with james coburn?

michael

September 29th, 2010
3:50 pm

we gotta pass with better technique and not sling it

Doug Roberson

September 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

Not sure. I don’t see them in the spam folder

michael

September 29th, 2010
3:51 pm

we can’t just sling the ball. need passing game.

RAMBLE ON!!!

September 29th, 2010
4:36 pm

CPJ will get this straighten out. We still have a lot to play for.

Stephen CC

September 29th, 2010
4:46 pm

The game against N.C. State was certainly puzzling in several regards. I agree with CPJ’s analysis for the most part and like his up-front style of communicating, but he failed to include the coaches’ mistakes in what he said. And there were errors made by the coaches also.

One of the coaching decisions that I didn’t understand was play calling, on both sides of the ball. For example, I like keeping the defense honest with the B-back dive play, but 6 times in a row is a bit much. And Groh adjusted and began getting some pressure on the QB, yet after we came back to within 3 points, he abandoned it and we never blitzed again. Weird.

Tech man in Athens – Good point. Unfortunately it’s not the level of education that is the issue, but the character of the people posting.

Georgia Tee

September 29th, 2010
5:08 pm

Where is Cooper Taylor???????????????

joeygt

September 29th, 2010
6:05 pm

i dont understand why bostic doesnt play more hes shown he can play and hes so fast and elussive…???

CJramblinrecluse

September 29th, 2010
6:54 pm

correction of comment at 3:22 pm: “waiting until catch up time”, not “waiting until caatch up time”; catch up- come from behind to win; caatch up- undefined, there is no word “caatch”; Tech better get the shotgun going; their offense is really sputtering, and shotgun offense teams are on rolls; Nez per se is an athletic QB, but not so athletic to have to unfairly scramble the entire game because of no shotgun

loisee

October 1st, 2010
11:08 am

wesleywhatwhat;you must be a tech fan because you really expect we’ll be be back where we left off last year.