A vibe Johnson gets from players

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has repeatedly alluded to players needing to play with greater urgency, and he has that they have to “care enough” to know their assignments.

On his radio show Wednesday night, he said he could tell in the pre-game warm-ups that the Jackets were ready to play before winning 30-24 at North Carolina Sept. 18.

But before the N.C. State game, “it was so quiet you could hear two rabbits peeing on a bale of cotton.”

Defensive coordinator Al Groh agrees that energy levels need to pick up, and said that Tech needs to approach practices like games – every day.

“Sometimes, it can be traced back to preparation,” Groh said. “Usually, the more challenged a team or player feels, the more intense the focus of preparation is. What all coaches are usually trying to do is develop a culture in their team that you’re challenged to prove yourself every day, not just on Saturday.

“If today was good, you’d better prove it again tomorrow. If we’re good tomorrow, we’d better prove it again on Saturday. That’s what competition is all about; you have to prove it all over again.”

Quarterback and co-captain Joshua Nesbitt believes more in leading by example, that a bunch of hot air is just that. So there have not been any “players-only” meetings or anything like that.

“No, because we feel like if you talk too much people don’t really know trust you or believe in you,” he said. “If you’re going out and doing your job, you can talk a little bit but don’t talk too much, just go do your job and people will follow you.”

– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC

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September 30th, 2010
2:36 pm


September 30th, 2010
2:37 pm

Deacon Baller

September 30th, 2010
2:43 pm

The title should read… “A vibtarting johnson gets the players”

Deacon Baller

September 30th, 2010
2:44 pm

* “A vibrating johnson gets the players”

(before the spell police get me)

Dawg House

September 30th, 2010
2:54 pm


“it was so quiet you could hear two rabbits peeing on a bale of cotton.”

Now listen Techies…….. The Dawgs are struggling out of the gate, I know that, you know that. Spare me the “you guys are 1-3″ nerdy comebacks.

What I want to talk about, is the quote your Head coach just used, reffering to rabbits peeing on a bale of cotton…. You guys just LOST your right to make any “redneck” joke toward the UGA program for the remainder of Johnson’s tenure (2-3 more years tops).

Not to mention, last year you played a quarterback named “Jaybo” when Joshua (dont call me Josh bc im all growed up now) Neesbit got his little ankle hurt underneath an SEC lineman. I can hear Jaybo’s mother now…… “Jaybo!!!!! Put down that snake boy! We ain’t at church right now!”

So please, hand over your “redneck joke telling licenses”, and take a look at the straw hats in your own program.


September 30th, 2010
2:56 pm

Dawg House

Wow… really?


September 30th, 2010
3:03 pm

Dawg House,

What you are suggesting is called stereotyping and profiling. Is it not?


September 30th, 2010
3:17 pm

Dawg House

I mean really. Read what you just wrote. Do you understand why everybody considers dawg fan a**holes?

Just Win

September 30th, 2010
3:21 pm

HEy CPJ and CAG, lets worry about results, nobody is paying you to analyze the team on Monday. Would think if you thought the team was down going into the NC State game you could have made a statement, start by benching someone, maybe Nesbitt. He is the one that wanted a Heisman campaign, he should be the vocal leader, that is what a HEisman does. Reference Teebow, who could not throw either, but he could motivate.

CPJ and CAG, given you have dagnosed this problem for about the fifth time in two years, lets be proactive and not let it happen again.


Ramblin Wreck

September 30th, 2010
3:31 pm

Just Win-

Actually, CPJ was being paid to analyze the team (albeit on Wednesday, not Monday). It was on his radio show where he is (1) paid to (2) provide analysis of his team.

As for the statement they need to fix it: You don’t say. I can’t believe a coach with multiple national championships and another with a Super Bowl ring were unaware that they needed to fix the problem.

I’m just glad he acknowledges the issue rather than sweeping it under the rug (Chan Gailey, anyone?).

Georgia Tee

September 30th, 2010
4:02 pm

Well, now that the coaches have identified the problem, how long will it take them to come up with a solution? Anyone care to guess?

marvin dooner

September 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

Nesbitt is exactly right! Johnson and Groh are as good or better than any coaches in the country. I think Paul Johnson will be remembered as a true mastermind in college football history. We can run circles around most teams. Nesbitt for Heisman!!! Johnson for coy. BAHAHAHAHAHABAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!


September 30th, 2010
4:07 pm

Dawg House, ThUGA moved from redneck to inmate thug when Mark Richt arrived in Athens. Seriously, our coach makes a joke and you love it, your coach recruits from prison to prison and acts like its not his fault when over a third of the team has spent time in the slammer THIS YEAR! he is the ALL TIME Fulmer AWARD winner. We won’t make comments about being redneck though, you guys are too stupid

Always a Jacket

September 30th, 2010
4:10 pm

I dont understand why anyone would be a college coach besides the money. You get coach of the year in ACC for first two years, lose one game to a bad team (Kansas) and lose another to a pretty good team and some fans start barking (pun intended)

marvin dooner

September 30th, 2010
4:11 pm

I am a Rambling Wreck from GT and a Paul Johnson fanatic!!!!!BAHAHA!!!!


September 30th, 2010
4:43 pm

Marvin dooner is chilishly suggesting which of the following:

A) our famous fight song does not make him jealous
B) our support of our head coach does not make him jealous
C) both A and B
D) I am marvin dooner, age twelve, and I blindly follow the Dawgs because middle school is easier when you pretend you’re a jock


September 30th, 2010
4:44 pm


September 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

what’s up with all the uga losers crying and complaining on the GEORGIA TECH blog?


September 30th, 2010
6:06 pm

Dawg House….NOPE…..this distinction remains that of the pups!!!

That guy

September 30th, 2010
6:18 pm

Wow, we are 2-2 and have played like garbage in the process. We really are lucky that we are 2-2! Great leadership from nesbitt to shoot down a MUCH NEEDED PLAYERS ONLY MEETING! What are these guys smoking? Your the defending ACC champs with 15 starters back and nobody plays hard! Get off your a** and call a players only meeting and chew a**or get to walking. I’m sorry, that poor leadership when it’s clear nobody plays with any fire on this roster.

Josh, take note of matt ryan from sunday as he was fired up on the field and on the sidelines. He was in the face of his offensive line at the end! Nesbitt is no matt ryan but he can get his energy level up and light a fire! I don’t see anything like this on this team. Enjoy an average season until somebody steps up and grabbs the bull by the horn!


September 30th, 2010
6:38 pm

Dawg House—- I’m not going to respond to your comments. Anything I could say to you would be way to far over your head for you to understand.


September 30th, 2010
7:07 pm

Matt Ryan and Coach Smitty are multimillionaires yelling at fellow multimillionaires.
It is not Joshua’s job to get in anyone face.
It is the coach’s job.
If I got Ryan’s money I might run around yelling too.
And it has taken three years for Matty Ice to show up in the pros.
The fumble in the Arizona playoff game didn’t look like ice in the veins to me.

Tech '95

September 30th, 2010
8:13 pm

I think what Dawg House said was funny and true. You can’t expect a quote about rabbit pee to not get some response, the Josh/Joshua thing is pretty funny, and what’s NOT funny about a kid named Jaybo. At least it was well written and not the typical, offensive garbage most of them post.

That guy

September 30th, 2010
8:36 pm

Jackets2010, how misguided can you really be? Your telling me that you can only get out there and light a fire under the a** of a guy only if he is getting paid money to play? You know, i don’t recall tebow making a dime in 4 years at florida and that kid played with intensity and got his team fired up and WON! That’s what winners do and i can tell you have never been a coach or know crap about being one either! Any player that considers himself a leader as nesbitt claims he is for this team, better do something or when clemson,miami,VT and georgia come calling, we will be 0-4 in that stretch because this team isn’t good enough to just show up and even beat a team full of the blind and deaf! Your football IQ is that of forrest gump, do us a favor and go blog on the pewee reese football thread! Good grief

spare you nothing

September 30th, 2010
9:07 pm

Dawg House, if you are having trouble imagining how quiet that is, think of the UGA fans filing out following your team’s last three games. Yep, that quiet.

Alabama Jack

September 30th, 2010
9:53 pm

Deacon baller is obviously a dawg troll, since everyone knows the Deacons don’t have any balls.


September 30th, 2010
9:59 pm

I guess he could have said “as quiet as uga peeing on an Ealey fumble!”


September 30th, 2010
11:16 pm

Hmmmmm “…it was quite before the NC State game…”

Players lack confidence in PJ and Groh, if Wake makes a stop expect a teck melt down soon after


September 30th, 2010
11:55 pm

Dawg House: Any school that claims ALTON BROWN as an alum has no business calling anyone “nerds”.


October 1st, 2010
12:16 am

just complete a damn pass PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


October 1st, 2010
1:08 am

i put much of the blame on a lack of leaders on our team.

sorry josh but your wrong.

i expect more out of a 4 year starting qb other than dirty looks.

marvin dooner

October 1st, 2010
7:57 am

To hell with GA!!!!! Go Jackets!!!!! Johnson won’t put up with anything but winning. Nesbitt for Heisman!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!


October 1st, 2010
8:05 am

Daily attacks on Ga Tech by ignorant, trailer-trash UGAg fans……..CHECK.


October 1st, 2010
8:50 am

Doug, I heard a rumor that Shawn green is looking good on the scout team and is probably an answer to nose guard next year. Any truth to this? can you find out if he or Denzel McCoy look like they are progressing? Note I have not lost faith in this year, but I like to keep an eye out for whats coming.

King of Sandy Springs

October 1st, 2010
8:58 am

@Dawg House
Uh, you must be from Alabama. You know there is a difference between country and redneck, right?


October 1st, 2010
9:12 am

Thatguy says it best…..

VT Yellow Jacket

October 1st, 2010
9:57 am

Dawg House – That was pretty good, but I still hate UGA. I’m from Vermont, so I don’t get too much redneck contact. Thanks for the refresher.

Tick tock, tick tock

October 1st, 2010
10:01 am

Oh no, this is not the old crocodile after Captain Hook. Heck no.

It is the clock of historical reality that says every 3.5 years the GT football coach is fired or quits or goes to a better job or just becomes a monk and leaves GT. Since Bobby Dudd was run off by Vince Dooley in 1966, GT has seen tons and tons and tons of football coaches ……every 3.5 years.

CPJ is in his 3rd …………..next year could be big trouble for him. History is never wrong. It predicts the future. Tick, tock, tick, tock.

We might both be getting new coaches ……….. which would be fine with me.

Go Dogs.

AL Groh and THE RING

October 1st, 2010
10:04 am

Didn’t CPJ say that “Al Groh would be a differnece maker” with all of his old NFL ties? Al was supposedly going to bring in all of these Ga born D players ( like the one that DUMPED GT for ND ) and be a force. Hmmmmmmm???

Why Al needs to flash is NFL ring around. With the date on it ….1965 or was it 66? will really impress the kids. Yeah, right!



October 1st, 2010
10:14 am

Joshua isn’t much of a leader. Leading by example works for some people, but other guys need somebody to fire them up. Someone else needs to step up and hold the team meetings. Gladiator? Allen? Bueller?


October 1st, 2010
10:41 am

You should know it’s buffalo rutting season in Colorado. Bring me that little dog.


October 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

Dawg Fan- WTF are you talking about tard bucket?


October 1st, 2010
12:07 pm

sorry Dawg House.

Doug Roberson

October 1st, 2010
12:24 pm

I have heard that green looks good. Mccoy hasn’t been able to participate yet because of an undisclosed condition.

Gtfanfrom 1951

October 1st, 2010
12:45 pm

sombody needs to step up and kick these players in the butt


October 1st, 2010
3:11 pm

Dawg house,


West Coast Two Stars

October 1st, 2010
3:56 pm

Well guys, i just can’t explain it. I dont know why we lost to Wake Forest. Our team just doesn’t play hard. I guess i have to do a better job of coaching, because im not going to bench anybody. Im going to let them continue playing like this all year. Then when they find out there losers, that will teach them.


October 1st, 2010
4:09 pm

I want coaches firing up players! When it’s 4th and inches, I want CPJ on down on the field trying to move the white line!! They have to show up on game day as well. They can’t “just show up and win football games” EITHER!! That part of EARNING the big bucks we pay them!! Come on guys! You’ve got to get up for game day!!!


October 1st, 2010
4:24 pm

Question: If two uga players are riding in a car, who is driving?

Answer: The cops.

Retro Chick Man

October 1st, 2010
4:30 pm

If we can find a way to allow Nesbitt more time we should be able to pass the ball more effectively. Our running game still looks pretty good. The defense has suffered some and kind of reminds me of last year. Our kicking game may not exactly be the best but overall hasn’t really killed us in games. BAHAHA that Dooner. BAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!