Quotes after Georgia Tech’s loss

Quotes following Georgia Tech’s 27-13 loss to Clemson on Saturday, courtesy of Clemson’s sports information department:

Georgia Tech Head Coach Paul Johnson

On his team’s mistakes:

“I was frustrated because we’d move the ball, but then we’d kill ourselves. We would pitch it on the ground or turn somebody loose. It was just kind of a myriad of things. It wasn’t one guy or one situation. It was just one of those things. We didn’t play well enough to win, and they did.”

On Clemson’s toughness:

“They’re a physical football team. Those defensive linemen are going to play in the NFL. They whacked us around. You’ve got seniors whacking around freshmen and sophomores. That’s what happened.”

On the special teams plays:

“(The fake punt) was something we worked on and felt like was there. It gave us a little jolt, but we didn’t get anything out of it. We thought we had a chance to block a punt. I think when we look at the tape, we’ll see that we did. I think they turned two guys loose. When you turn your head and close your eyes, you run into the kicker.”

On the Clemson running game:

“That kid, Andre Ellington, is a really good running back. The other kid, Jamie Harper, ran really hard too. They ran the ball better on us than they have on anybody in a while. I’m sure some of it was them blocking us and some of it was us getting in the wrong gaps and missing some tackles.”

On his feelings about his team’s performance:

“It’s never as good or bad as it seems. We’ll look at the tape and see that it’s the same thing this time. You have to give them some credit too. They’ve got some good players, they played well, and they didn’t turn the ball over. They ran the ball and controlled the clock a little bit. To start out, we were our own worst enemy. I’m not sure we played any different than we’ve played all year, just probably against a little better competition.”

Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney

Overall impressions of the game:

“This was our best day yet on both the offensive and defensive side of the football on third down. We had a great week of preparation thanks to Brad (Scott) and Danny (Pearman) and the rest of the coaching staff. I was confident coming into this game after the way we’ve been practicing.

“Overall we’re getting better as a team. We have great leadership and our team is full of determination. We’re finally getting our swagger back.”

On final drive in the fourth quarter:

“It says a lot for us to have our longest drive of the year, (over 7 min), at the end of the game with everybody in the stadium knowing we’re going to run the ball. The fact that we could continuously line up and run the ball showed our dominance.”

On the play of the defense:

“We only had a couple of miscues today, but for the most part we were extremely good in executing our game plan. We kept Tech off balance throughout the game. I can’t say enough about Kevin (Steele) and the defensive staff for the great job in their preparation.”

On defending quarterback Joshua Nesbitt:

“We did an excellent job in stopping Nesbitt this game. Nesbitt came into the game needing only 44 yards to beat Woody Dantzler’s all time rushing record for quarterbacks in the ACC…he’ll have to get those elsewhere.”

Defensive end Andre Branch

“It definitely feels sweet to go out there and beat them like that. We went out there and executed to the best of our ability. Coach Swinney always talks about limiting big plays. We threw them some curve balls this week, plays they had never seen before, and it frustrated them. We were just the better team today.”

Running back Andre Ellington

“I give my teammates the credit. Without those blockers, I wouldn’t be able to do the things I did. Today was really special after falling short last year in two games against Georgia Tech. We had good preparation. We are going to take each game at a time and try to win them all. Our defense played a great game all game. We are very confident heading into the rest of the season.”

Cornerback Marcus Gilchrist

“We went out there and executed the plan. We give full credit to the coaches. The coaching staff really prepared us for this game. We threw them a lot of different plays. We had to pay attention to detail.”

Defensive end Da’Quan Bowers

“It is all about being patient. We had to keep putting them in passing situations. Coach (Kevin) Steele changed some things up. We played technique ball. Everyone did there job and we were able to get stops. These guys gave great effort. There was a lot of emotion put into this game. We cut their offense short and gave our offense more chances to score. We all had a chip on our shoulder after the ACC Championship game last year, and it feels good to get it off.”

344 comments Add your comment

SRF

October 23rd, 2010
9:01 pm

Man does that team SUCK

Tech-buzz

October 23rd, 2010
9:02 pm

fire paul jonhson.com his play calling sucks hire terry bowden!!!!!!!!

TDone

October 23rd, 2010
9:09 pm

Give it to Clemson, they just wanted it more. It showed.

Fred

October 23rd, 2010
9:14 pm

Did Da’Quan Bowers really say everyone did “there job”? Or did an AJC employee make that mistake for him?

The Situation

October 23rd, 2010
9:16 pm

It’s going to be a rough season. We are going to have to beat Duke to become bowl eligilbe and have a shot at the Music city bowl. The volleyball team was supposed to be at the top of the ACC but they are struggling. The men’s basketball team couldn’t even beat themselves the other night and had a tie in the scrimmage. They are picked at the bottom of the ACC. The softball and women’t tennis teams lost their top player from last year. I feel bad for DRad for having to try and sell tickets and try and pay for contracts for both Pauls when they are underachieving

too much talk about record

October 23rd, 2010
9:17 pm

and Clemson made sure it was not broken at their house.

Is there anyone more inconsistent that JN? He can look like a hero then something else then a hero again and…etc…

Is anyone happy with the 3-4?

Jupiter

October 23rd, 2010
9:18 pm

I think it’s too early for that, Tech-buzz. We’re not UGA.

Allen

October 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

Seems that when Nesbit throws to Hill, either Hill drops it or Nesbit throws poorly. Rarely are they both in sync.
Johnson seems confident of the team making a first down on every call he makes, never a hesitation. Execution, on the other hand, isn’t always there this year.
D gets better every game and every series. 27 points isn’t bad against Clempson. Just need to make some 3d down stops on their half of the field.

the replay ref

October 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

evidently did not see any tip

I disagree with Allen

October 23rd, 2010
9:21 pm

about the d getting better

Scott

October 23rd, 2010
9:25 pm

I too disagree about the defense getting better. Lucky Clemson did not score 40 today.

McPants

October 23rd, 2010
9:25 pm

It’s never as good or bad as it seems. climpsun played a heck of a game. We made a bunch of mistakes. Those two together = climpsun win. Plain and simple.

I’m just tired of seeing guys miss tackles, make silly penalties, and drop TD passes. Coaches can’t make those plays for them.

THWG

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:32 pm

it a frustrating mess, i say about gt football 2010

stinger

October 23rd, 2010
9:34 pm

We look like crap. It almost looks like CPJ is wingging it.Or we havevery little talent or both.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

he does seem to meander the sidelines, seemingly thinking to himself dive, pitch or throw… he may have to reconsider who’s dialing up the defenses and realize his option offense may need an uplift for the tougher acc competition. i dont know…. when i watch these other acc team most of them seem to move the ball good… what is up with us?

stinger

October 23rd, 2010
9:37 pm

Poorly coached up team.Period

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:38 pm

i mean, id rather have a 7 minute drive and settle for a field goal then 7 three and outs and finally break one for a TD late in the third qtr…

Tech-buzz

October 23rd, 2010
9:40 pm

tech will be lucky to beat duke and go to a bowl game at lease jaybo could read the option and throw he should have stayed maybe he could have started nesbett is not that good he doesnt read the option wright and he cant throw not to mention the recievers can’t catch!!!!!!!!!!!!

Allen

October 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

Granted, D gave up 405 yards, 27 points, but only 140 and 10 in second half. They didn’t let the game get away while the O was waking up. Which it didn’t.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:41 pm

miami wins tonight, gt beats vt next week, miami and unc both beat vt while we beat miami… gt is in the championship game… awesome! there is hope.

Tarrant set the tone

October 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

Tarrant should have had the interception on the first series – soft toss in his hands but he does his slowmo studder step instead. They end up with a touchdown. Hardly a break the rest of the way.

oh yeah, he fair caught a ball he shoulda run back too. thanks JT

stinger

October 23rd, 2010
9:42 pm

I hope its that we don`t have right position players we need.I`m starting to have doubts about the scheme. I hope im wrong.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:44 pm

that’s just it though, we can’t start a game and have a team get the jump on us… it kills everything. so the d did a great job in the 2nd half, it was too late. It was like NCSTATE… four possessions in the first half we didn’t score…

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
9:45 pm

Doug, so happy to see you! tho’ almost as many fake(or stupid)GT bloogers here-we are playing(thanx to chan, brinless & o’liary)BABIES!-we have won 5/15, 2 of those blo-outs, but not with CPJ!.can you PLEEZ inject some sanity?

Where are Hills hands?

October 23rd, 2010
9:46 pm

I saw 2 drops, the TD being one of course. He didn’t get many other chances – surprised he didn’t drop the reverse toss to him. He should consider playing cornerback next year.

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
9:48 pm

T-B-yac with jaybo….-1…acc never reverse calls…unless it’s against GT…….

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:48 pm

i believe that we don’t have the players… the scheme i believe is right, but I am not a patient person, YES i am a tech fan for life, but we are recruiting 275 plus o line men, but will have to wait two years before they develop. the scheme is very difficult to learn in my opinion, that’s why navy ran it well, they were smart… gt has smart people but not scholorship football players… one doesnt go to NAVy to play football.

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
9:49 pm

Blair was not as good as a SOPHOMORE either!

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
9:50 pm

& i think you get a business degree at GT to get rich……….

Allen

October 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

Someone tell me why some running backs, on a team from an engineering school, can’t learn simple physics. Momentum is good. If you stop, you will get tackled more easily. Take a page from Kelly Rhino’s playbook of 2001: put your head down and go forward.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:53 pm

i just re read my previous post… sorry its a bit incoherient… my point is only, hell there is no point.

Redemption?

October 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

I really don’t see it happening this year, but hey if we somehow beat VT and UM, all we’d need is VT to lose one of it’s two road games against UNC or Miami. We’d own the tiebreaker if we don’t lose to Coastal foes and everyone has 2 losses. So, I ain’t giving up on this team yet – but the key is not to whine about the 3-4. What we need to do is put up some points, keeps the D off the field when the O executes. Need someone to catch the ball.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:54 pm

thats allen’s problem though, he puts his head down and doesn,t see the defenders… he’d learn from a TRUE rb that he needs to keep his head up and feet moving.

Tech-buzz

October 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

the bad thing is nesbitt was brought in as a passer and hill was ranked in the top of the ga recruiting class !!

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:55 pm

When our roster looks like that of a NAVY roster, plus 30 to 40 lbs per position we will be good… until then the offense and defense will be too difficult to learn.

it worked because of dwyer and thomas… period!

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

T-b..can’t throw on the run…..at least #5 did not sell his Orange Bowl jersey…

Macon Jacket

October 23rd, 2010
9:57 pm

I’m sick and tired of you filtering my posts.

And I’m sick and tired of your stupid videos.

Please stop!

Our sorry-ass Offensive and Defensive lines need to be CALLED OUT!

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
9:59 pm

juvenile, who is t b?

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
10:01 pm

Enter your comments here

Tech-buzz

October 23rd, 2010
10:06 pm

i agree with you macon jacket! i think the coaching staff needs to be called out also i mean there paying the guy 2.4 mil. a year.

Buford T. Pusser

October 23rd, 2010
10:07 pm

I’m surprised at the negativity I have read to this point. The same coach and many of the same players have provided some great moments over the last three years (remember Chan Gailey?). The difference this year is leadership from the seniors. For whatever reason, this team is lacking that trait. Hopefully, someone will step up or emerge from the underclassmen. Keep this in perspective, it could be worse. At least you’re not a toothless, inbred, trailer-trash UGA fan living vicariously through a bunch of teenagers while working the midnight shift at the local convenience store. The Sheriff has spoken.

stinger

October 23rd, 2010
10:09 pm

Is it just me or am i seeing the same thing over and over. I want to see the rest of the playbook if there is one. we are way to predictable. How bout the shotgun or something. Hell stop three lanes every down and you got us.

Ekim

October 23rd, 2010
10:12 pm

Fred, the blog entry says that the quotes are courtesy of the Clemson SID. So the answer to your asinine question is “neither.”

supersize that order, mutt

October 23rd, 2010
10:13 pm

Buford, I agree with eeverything you said

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
10:13 pm

T-b=Tech-Buzz(love being called juvenile at my age-2nd childhood?(should wik decimus juvenalis, was npr alias, no longer…….)

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
10:14 pm

what is predictable, sadly, is our QB does not have the 1st step to overcome really fast D’s…..

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
10:19 pm

you are seeing the same thing over and over, but if it where me coaching, you,d see the same play over and over until it was done right. then i would repeat it…. these young players can,t handle the complexities it takes to run the option…

notice other teams in the ncaa who run traditional offenses… when they run an option play it is usually done to perfection, probably because it is the only option play the team runs… oregon would be an exception but its offense option is completely different.

paul johnson has a complecated playbook, he says his what his players are doing isn’t easy unfortunately we just need more 300lb o line scholors and linebackers who have high i q.s

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
10:22 pm

so sorry juvenal, my memory is terrible and unfortunately i was relying on it heavily when commenting to your post.

gt21

October 23rd, 2010
10:27 pm

i have to disagree with the QB 1st step being not fast enough to get outside… he shouldn’t have to get on the outside,he should hand it off to the dive guy when the de is guarding the qb… he should only run outside when the de takes the dive guy.

juvenal

October 23rd, 2010
10:27 pm

so, 21, your age or graduating class?