Jefferson hopes communication issues are solved

Georgia Tech’s defensive players have cited problems communicating during the N.C. State game, suggesting that contributed to a long list of blown assignments. So too, did the Wolfpack’s no-huddle offense.

Communication is more typically a problem for the defense at home and offense on the road, but whatever the case the defense is going over more hand signals, which already are used by members of the secondary as they’re so far apart.

Middle linebacker Brad Jefferson calls the defense that’s signaled in from the sidelines, and he’s making sure everybody hears or sees him. N.C. State’s no-huddle offense also caused communication issues by forcing defenders to speed up, sometimes getting set before all calls were understood.

“That definitely put a dent in us. We’re definitely working on it now so we’ll be prepared for it,” he said. “We definitely got to fix our communication before we do anything because everything goes from that.”

Bostic on rise

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has said that freshman A-back B.J. Bostic, who had a 43-yard run against N.C. State and is averaging 11.6 yards on a modest seven carries with two kickoff returns for a team-high average of 26.5 yards, needs to play more and will . . . “As fast as he can learn to get where he can go. We’ve got him on the kickoff return. We’ve got to find a way to get him the ball some.”

Marcus Wright, who started at A-back against Kansas, did not play against the Wolfpack.

“I think he was just down the depth chart,” Johnson said. “I guess he just wasn’t in the rotation. [A-backs] coach [Lamar] Owens would have to tell you that.”

– Matt Winkeljohn, for the AJC

39 comments Add your comment


September 30th, 2010
6:32 am

First and Go Jackets!!!

marvin dooner

September 30th, 2010
6:57 am

Communication is very important. I know Coach Johnson will have the team in synch on everything. Coach Groh will have the defense ready to stop opposing teams. GT #1!!! Nesbitt for Heisman!!! BAHAHAHAHAHABAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!


September 30th, 2010
7:10 am

Marvin.why so out of sorts this morning? Grab a nice hot bowl of oatmeal and go wait for the bus.

If, as many of you claim...

September 30th, 2010
7:18 am

…GT athletes are superior intellectually than those at most other schools, how can this topic be a freakin’ problem, especially when most other “less gifted” athletes at the other schools have no problems communicating? Sounds like a bunch of excuses when the real problem is not so good players not being coached “up”…

Buzz ME

September 30th, 2010
7:19 am

worried about wake and that’s sad


September 30th, 2010
8:04 am

Tech should flatten Wake…then very winnable games against Virgina and MTSU…we’ll be 5-2 w/ one conference loss when we get to the heart of the schedule. Go take care of business, Jackets!!!


September 30th, 2010
8:09 am

Do we have a center who knows how to play and block?communication was only part of his problem last week


September 30th, 2010
8:29 am

After Kansas and giving up 48 to NCSU, I take nothing for granted. UVA and Wake will be tough wins.


September 30th, 2010
9:10 am

bj bostic SHOULD get the ball more.

and orwin smith should get more touches.

and roddy jones should get the ball more.

possibly even lil marcus wright.

but stop throwing to stephen hill.

and nesbitt should distribute the ball better, no need to keep it so often.

Chuck Sheen

September 30th, 2010
9:13 am

I agree with wesleywhatwhat in da b*tt


September 30th, 2010
9:18 am

Wake has ZERO defense, and an awful defense.

If GT doesnt beat Wake by 20+,
I’ll start to worry about the rest of the season.

Bostic is awesome and quickly becoming a human high-light reel.


September 30th, 2010
9:24 am

try another QB? cpj laffed-mite fall further behind-like the Gators with Burton…

GT Sambo

September 30th, 2010
9:25 am

Love Bostic, can’t wait to see him get the ball more. Especially looking forward to him throwing the A-back pass sometime this season. Expecting to see that one in the Clemson game, no need to pull it out before then.

GEORGIA TECH "undefeated" 1990 National Champions

September 30th, 2010
9:36 am

Just beat Wake Forest,
win the ACC Coastal and meet N.C. State again in the ACC Championship game.

just saying

September 30th, 2010
9:51 am

I thought CPJ chooses the players on offense to run the plays and who plays, surprised not playing Marcus Wright is left up to another coach

Ramblin Man

September 30th, 2010
10:00 am

It’s good to see Bedford and Finch should resume the center duties. This communication stuff sounds like an excuse, but we will see. I just don’t get how that would not have been worked out in the pring and summer for the most part.


September 30th, 2010
11:01 am

Sounds like a lame excuse what’s next Jock strap too tight. Get out there and play like men.

Doug Roberson

September 30th, 2010
11:06 am

While cpj is final say, during games he’s focused on play calling. The position coaches usually dictate personnel as decided earlier in the week in staff meetings.

KC in Smyrna

September 30th, 2010
11:28 am

Marcus Wright did not play because he is awful on the field. His time has come and gone. TIme to feature Orwin Smith, Bostic, and on occasion Roddy Jones. Is it me or is Roddy the slowest small player in the world?

black bee

September 30th, 2010
12:02 pm

STOP COMMUNICATING AND HIT SOMEBODY. Groh has them thinking too much, keep it simple. KISS! Coach Lamar I know you are young but Man take off the tinted glasses, get the ball in Bostic’s hand and Smith too. Tell Peeples he is going down toooo easy, make them miss or hit the weight room and start breaking them tackles. Let the lil walk-on from Walton (red shirt Frosh) play some. He has some dog in him! He will give you a good day’s work!


September 30th, 2010
12:09 pm

gt crushed wake this week 45-7 mark it down

Black Watch jerseys ramblinrecluse

September 30th, 2010
12:25 pm

alma mater plays team with black jerseys on their home field this weekend


September 30th, 2010
12:26 pm

The only thing that matters RIGHT NOW is beating Wake. Whatever it takes…..
You guys talking about the A-backs…you’re starting to sound like the UGag fans on their blog, blaming Ealey and the others. They all need some blocking first……..


September 30th, 2010
12:29 pm

Brad Jefferson sacked Wilson twice on NC State’s first possession. The second sack forced a Wilson fumble and gave GT the ball.
The offense didn’t capitalize on this possession and that’s what cost us the game.

Black Watch jerseys ramblinrecluse

September 30th, 2010
12:31 pm

black is out

Black Watch jerseys ramblinrecluse

September 30th, 2010
12:40 pm

who said black was out? a guy with the alum association at Tech in the Tech Alumni Magazine; and the Leaky Roof defense was spawned from the Black Watch D and the Black Watch entire team’s jersey colors; black is out, the Leaky Roof D is also, therefore, and LBs dropping back and not blitzing is a Leaky Roof D Groh is hypnotized by; the black jerseys allow more sacks than Tech and therefore BLITZKRIEG!

southern bell

September 30th, 2010
12:45 pm

I am excited to see Bostic get more action.


September 30th, 2010
1:15 pm

Yea, this communication issue seems like a lame excuse. I’m sure Groh will blame the players for that as well. Did everyone catch his little comment about not being able to go to the grocery store and get new players? That comment right there says all you need to know.

More Orwin and BJ will be sweet music.

dekalb fan

September 30th, 2010
1:55 pm

wesleywhatwhat, why would you stop throwing to your leading receiver? That is an assinine comment. Do you say pull Nesbitt because he only completes 30% of his passes?

4 Jacks

September 30th, 2010
1:55 pm

Communication? Well my dad told me a poor excuse is better than none. How about getting ready mentally and emotionally for the damn games instead of coming out flat for most of the games? Besides the defense was pitifal in the last half, the offense was even more inept than the defense in the first half against N.C.State. Do not take anything away from state though, they were ready and wanted it more than our players did, and that is the problem not communication. Like I said, poor excuse, wish these guys would WAKE THE F UP and play some inspired football instead of sleepwalking through their games. Most kids would kill to be able to be and do what these guys do, I quess these guys just take it for granted.


September 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Preston lyons should be our b-back. He has the heart to play the position and move #18 back to A-back. now on defense stop trying new things go with what the kids know.

Ramblin Man

September 30th, 2010
2:01 pm

Since the line is not making the openings for the b-back I say move a b-back into one of the a-back slots from time to time to block for a pitch to Smith, Bostic, or Jones. Hoping this team can turn it around because we may lose more but I don’t think the games could get any worse than the display against Kansas and NC State.


September 30th, 2010
2:08 pm

It’s clear this defense is missing assignments on a regular basis. Blown assignments are creating big plays and when you consider how poorly we played at Kansas and NC State it’s still amazing we were still in the game to win?

Delbert D.

September 30th, 2010
2:18 pm

@KC in Smyrna – “Is it me or is Roddy the slowest small player in the world?”

5-9 209 isn’t small for a running back. And, yes it must be only you who thinks he is slow.


September 30th, 2010
3:42 pm

Anyone who thinks Roddy’s PT should shrink doesn’t know jack about the spread option offense.

Georgia Tee

September 30th, 2010
3:56 pm

Agree with gtfanfrom1951, move #18 back to A-back and let Lyons and Cox share the B-back duties. Load up the A-back position with speed and run the cornors. CPJ has to face up to the fact that Joshua can’t pass the ball consistantly.He can run the option as well as any option quarterback but a passer he is not!


September 30th, 2010
5:36 pm

Wake in Winston Salem ,this year, should be a good place to communicate.

Tokyo jacket

September 30th, 2010
6:20 pm

It’s amazing to me how much most of you “fans” are bandwagon. CPJ knows a lot more about football than any of us. We had a couple of bad days. I’m not ready to throw in the towel yet. Look for more fire in the belly this weekend.

Rt in NC

September 30th, 2010
7:46 pm

Hey Al, didn’t you coach this defense in college before? Shouldn’t you have already known hearing signals was a problem. I expected some issues this year while switching Defense but almost 50 points is down right embarrasing. I had to turn the game off and take my blood pressure medicine (with a cold beer chaser).

While I’m bashing coaches, CPJ, please throw some passes, but first tell Josh if he throws the ball further than 15 yards you’ll stick a boot up his butt. Just think of the pass as a set up for another option play. you don’t have to gain many yards, just back the linebackers up a bit for the next option play.