Johnson says Tech is its own worst enemy at times

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said his team is its own worst enemy at times.

After reviewing film of the 27-13 loss at Clemson, he said “really unexplainable deals” are occurring too frequently.

He rattled off a list of errors made against the Tigers: blocking the wrong player, not blocking a player, roughing the kicker, not catching a punt at the 1, committing penalties on kickoff returns.

“Little things make big things happen,” Johnson said. “We’re not taking care of the little things very well.”

Johnson pointed out a few more areas that were Tech did well last season, but have led the Jackets to being 5-3 this season: blocking on the perimeter, third-down conversions, turnovers and penalties.

The Yellow Jackets led the nation in third-down conversions last season. This year they are sixth…in the ACC. Johnson said that there’s more affecting that stat than third-and-longs. On third-and-short plays Tech is sometimes losing yards, turning third-and-3 into third-and-4 because of missed blocks or incorrect reads. Doing so prevents the team from going for it on fourth-and-short.

The team has an even turnover margin after finishing plus-8 last season.

The team is also losing 10 yards a game in penalties, committing an average of 57 yards per game compared to 47.1 yards last season.

Lastly, there’s the blocking. Much has been made about not having the big-play threat of Demaryius Thomas at wide receiver. Johnson pointed out he was also a good blocker. Because Tech isn’t sealing the edge as well, the triple option hasn’t been as effective on the outside.

Tech can’t afford to lose any of its next three games if it hopes to make it back to the ACC championship. It must defeat Virginia Tech next Thursday inBlacksburg, and Miami and Duke at home  if it is to have a chance to defend its conference title. Even if that occurs it will need the Hokies to lose again.

So, the Yellow Jackets can’t keep making little mistakes, especially the ones made by the special teams in Death Valley. The team had a chance to block a punt and instead ran into the kicker and drew a penalty. Another player had a punt go right through his arms at the 1-yard line, resulting in atouchback. There were other penalties committed, as well.

“That’s the whole thing in the kicking game, not making mistakes,”assistant coach Charles Kelly said.

Tech must get its special teams issues fixed soon. Virginia Tech features some of the best special teams unit in the conference. Kelly said theHokies seldom miss a chance to take advantage of special team’s errors like the ones the Jackets were making.

“They’ll make you pay for it,” Kelly said.

The Hokies are averaging 16.8 yards per punt return and 22.2 yards per kick return this season. They’ve returned a kick and a punt for touchdowns this season.

But Tech has a few days to get the issues worked out and try and avoid losing back-to-back games for the first time since Johnson took over, as well keep its title hopes alive.

“You get frustrated,” Johnson said. “I’m competitive. I hate to lose. It’s been my experience if you hate to lose bad enough you don’t lose a lot. When I lose I’m miserable.”

The solution?

“Guys just got to make plays,” Johnson said.

89 comments Add your comment

gt

October 26th, 2010
7:02 pm

They will, PJ is a very good football coach. He didn’t get dumb over night.

fan of shorter passes

October 26th, 2010
7:07 pm

Tech also caused a fumble and seemed to land on it…but, alas, the ball was claimed by Clem. What if you could play the “what if” game and eliminate those “situations”…

superDawg

October 26th, 2010
7:08 pm

No talant No coaching=gt

Vidalia Bubba

October 26th, 2010
7:10 pm

Coach will change things for the better. He and Groh need to start replacing players, who continue to error.

HSV Jacket

October 26th, 2010
7:12 pm

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HSV Jacket

October 26th, 2010
7:13 pm

“Johnson said that there’s affecting that than third-and-longs. On third-and-short plays Tech is sometimes losing yards, turning third-and-3 into third-and-4 because of missed blocks or incorrect reads. Doing so prevents the team from going for it on fourth-and-short.”

Huh?

Trash Talkin Dawg

October 26th, 2010
7:18 pm

Doubt they win another game this season. They will lose to VT, Miami, and UGA because they lack the talent to keep up with those teams. They will lose to Duke as a let down to losing to Clemson, VT and Miami back to back to back. Thus they will lose 5 in a row to close out the year.

The seven games won in consecutive seasons will end. The not losing three games in a row since the 1990’s will end. The Bowl game losing streak will continue. The losing to UGA will continue and will prove the 2008 game was an aberation of lucky mistackles rather than any skill by Tech.

Bob

October 26th, 2010
7:19 pm

PJ YOU ARE THE PROBLEM.YOU CAN NOT RECRUIT.DO YOU UNDERSTAND???YOU CAN NOT RECRUIT.HIRE A RECRUITING STAFF OR GO COACH AT WESTERN CAROLINA.WE ARE IN BIG TROUBLE AT TECH.YOUR TEAM IS GETTING MAULED AND THE LAST FEW GAMES ARE GOING TO BE REAL UGLY!!!!

CarolinaJacket

October 26th, 2010
7:23 pm

Trash Talking Dawg why dont you quit trolling the Tech blogs and get back to your job at the whatever fast food restaurant you work at. Break time is over. maybe you should be more concerned with the one player arrested every week at GA than coming over here and talking smack

Scott

October 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

Well Paul your play calling ain’t been that great either. 4 passing plays to start the game. 3rd and 7 late and we throw a 40 yard pass to the end zone? Sup with that.

SC Jacket

October 26th, 2010
7:24 pm

L.Cox or Preston need to be at B-back, put AA to A-back. Please teach Wideouts to catch the ball.

Greg

October 26th, 2010
7:27 pm

Nesbitt looks more like his Soph year and not last year.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

It seems at times like Tech is just sleep walking through plays. I know when the plays are excuted well we don’t have a problem scoring, but at times the Offense just seen to not care. I do think the trying to pass so much to start the Clemson game didn’t help. I know CPJ wanted to loosen the D up. For the D to loosen you have to make the catches so the d has to play the pass. Hill has to start makeing more catches when the balls are close to him.

Chris

October 26th, 2010
7:28 pm

Clemsons was busting the GT players up and pushing them in any direction they wanted. Did Paul Johnson miss that on the film. Any how they gone think about breaking Dantzlers record on Dantzler own home field with his legacy homeboys defending his record. Tech needs to break that record on another teams field.

SC Jacket

October 26th, 2010
7:32 pm

I hope the players go to VT pissed off… VT at night on a Thursday is going to be jumping.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 26th, 2010
7:33 pm

Why didn’t we run the pass play we ran against MTSU with Peoples that could have scored twice? I never saw that route run against Clemson or maybe they had it covered better than MTSU.

aztec

October 26th, 2010
7:35 pm

trash dawg, how can the bowl losing streak continue if they dont win another game, they wont qualify for a bowl unless they beat duke, it takes 6 wins to get into a bowl game and they only have 5 as of now.

superDawg

October 26th, 2010
7:36 pm

urban crier will be available sunday you tekies need to pony up spend some money and get him.

Sting'em!

October 26th, 2010
7:56 pm

How did Hill drop that TD pass in the first quarter??? It’s a lack of focus! The whole team, for the whole season, has not been focused. I think it boils down to leadership. Apparently, there are no real leaders on this team, or at least, they are not distinguishing themselves, yet. It’s time. It’s past time. There have got to be some leaders amongst the top 40 players, who are younger, sophomores or redshirt freshmen, who want to step up but have been waiting on the upperclassmen. Waiting time is over. Time to start leading, now!

GT84

October 26th, 2010
7:58 pm

I am watching the replay of the Clemson game. Guys, UGA’s big offensive line is going to kill our D. We’ll never get them off the field. Honestly, we just can’t match up personnel wise with all these big, physical teams. I’m starting to see that PJ’s recruiting isn’t going to get it done.

Sting'em!

October 26th, 2010
8:00 pm

GT84….. I recommend you quit being such a fag!

Tech is going to the toilet bowl

October 26th, 2010
8:02 pm

I have a hunch that turkey neck is going to be feeling miserable the rest of the season.

Ramblin Man

October 26th, 2010
8:03 pm

Here’s hoping an extra week will help. To loss sucks, but to help the other teams like GT has this year really sucks. That is two losses that could hav easily been wins minus a few stupid penalties and mistakes. Still wondering what Butler was thinking when he backed up.

GT84

October 26th, 2010
8:04 pm

Maybe coach just needs to man up and tell the truth. We’re getting our ass beat physically by stronger teams.

Ramblin Man

October 26th, 2010
8:04 pm

GT48 relax two or three of them should be in jail by then.

Tommy

October 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

Superdawg, if talent is the problem why can’t UGA win? They finish in the top 5 every year in recruiting. Talk about some under achievers. They should have plenty of time to learn plays when they are behind bars. What is the problem over there?

GT84

October 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

And maybe you should stop being such a dumb jackass Sting’em.

nolan watson

October 26th, 2010
8:05 pm

Superdawg you are a DA just like all of the other idiot dawgs at the Clarke Co. jail. Where did you learn to spell. Talant ? What the h does that mean. Idiot.

GT84

October 26th, 2010
8:06 pm

We can always hope, huh Ramblin man. But the only 3 that would help would be Ealey, Murray, and Green. Without them we can probably stay close.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

GT84 you did see the Navy notre Dame game didn’t you? The Navy line was way undersized on both O and D but they seemed to do fine with the bigger Notre Dame players.

Ernie

October 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

I guess PJ is saying getting the ball run right down our throats is beating ourselves. I’m getting a little tired of his bs.

superDawg

October 26th, 2010
8:13 pm

Nolan it is fumbling the ball at a bad time that has been fixed.See you in nov.

Old Fashioned

October 26th, 2010
8:14 pm

I think that these players,speaking collectively,must not be very intelligent,making the kind of mistakes they make over-and-over. They can’t seem to learn. Perhaps more emphasis should be placed on recruiting smart athletes,which worked years ago for Bobby Dodd and Georgia Tech.

superDawg

October 26th, 2010
8:15 pm

TALANT IS WHAT TEK AIN’T GOT GET IT FOOL.

Ernie

October 26th, 2010
8:15 pm

ND sucks and has sucked for how long? Everybody beats ND. But if you want to go there, Navy probably would beat our ass right now.

nightmare

October 26th, 2010
8:16 pm

like I mentioned before, I do not know whose side Sweeting was playing for on that roughing the kicker call, but the refs should have called it on Sweeting for treason…more appropriate..wow, and how did GT not be able to come up with the ball in the pile after the fumble when our player fell right on it…I bet after CPJ saw the replay on the Sweeting deal he went beserk, no alligator hands on that deal, almost like Sweeting on a mission for Clempsun and pulled it off

RamblinRecluseRd

October 26th, 2010
8:17 pm

Tech lost because of the pants they wore. This story was the first I have heard about the score as a Tech grad. I wanted to watch it, but when I saw tech wearing the pants of their uniforms that were “black is out” striped pants, I turned it off. Yeah that’s right, as a Tech grad I did not get to watch the game. Those pants MAY NOT have solid black stripes, even with the little gold chevrons at the hip area. The percentage of black in their stripes is almost 100%. There was a guy in the Tech alum mag “Tech Topics”, and he said “black is out” immediately after Coach Curry wanted black jerseys. The Athens influence was seen in those jerseys since Curry was raised in Athens, and in those black striped pants since CPJ was under Erk Russell at Ga Southern. CPJ is gravitating from exactly correct uniforms which his first team wore with the old gold trim, real old gold, in my opinion the best uniforms Tech has ever worn, to the opposite end of the rainbow with the “black is out” pants, perhaps with a little pot of gold in the gold chevrons. Does CPJ plan to keep the UGA black as a new Tech “black is out” uniform? The white pants with black stripes look like saddle oxfords. Imagine if they had worn the pink stockings also. Man, would that have looked bobbysoxer-like. I’m beginning to think that CPJ is not on our side, and is on UGA’s side(of the Tech team’s pants). The Tech alums are not going to put up with somebody there disregarding what they already have said when the guy said “black is out”. If CPJ keeps disregarding this rule, he might be out. Gailey was fired because he could never win against Georgia. Yeah, it would have been nice to see Nesbitt becaome the all time ACC rusher, but I still don’t know if he got his 40 yards. I have to live on Ramblin Recluse Rd. to deal with behavior coming from Tech such as “black is out” which cost them a loss.

Pat Dye

October 26th, 2010
8:20 pm

Tech ain’t man enough.

JUST SAYING

October 26th, 2010
8:22 pm

GT is its own worst enemy? No S#@T..and enough is enough..if players cannot block or block the wrong person, either bench them for the rest of the season, give them an exam before game and see if they can answer correctly what they are to do on each play…also maybe you just need to simplify it more on offense, maybe there are some simpleminded kids on this team, must be…..your right about Bay Bay, he did block on every rushing play and parted the seas for the A and B backs..maybe it is time to forget putting someone in that position who can catch but rather put an extra tackle or lineman in that spot who can BLOCK

JUST SAYING

October 26th, 2010
8:24 pm

well I will say this about the pants, they wore those at Kansas too so that is a reason in itself TO CHANGE PANTS

Pat Dye

October 26th, 2010
8:25 pm

Maybe GT needs to get a little more physical. They’re getting pushed all over the field like a bunch of little girls. That’s the problem. Ain;t man enough.

Tellitlikeitis

October 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

And the answer is; Tech has little talent, they are undersized and not at all nasty and they are not coached very well at this point. How much did Moken leaving hurt. He seemed to be the motivator on the sidelines on gameday. PJ will have to modify his spread option and go with a QB who is a much better passer than Nesbitt if he ever wins a major bowl game. Go Jackets!

Former SEC

October 26th, 2010
8:27 pm

I think that the yellow jackets can do better, but what is wrong with the offense they need to play Earl he has talent, if see that one player has problems catching the ball, then replace him with someone who can. The Defense coach needs some assistance they spoke about how good he was for the team it looks like he is trying to hurt them ie will not let them look around for the ball-what’s up with that, playing fifteen yards off of the man, hell that is giving the man lead way to get a first down. Come on Coaches I know you want to go to the playoff, but not calling plays like this. On defense you had one player did not attempt to tackel the man instead he ran with him to make the TD-what’s up with that. I truly believe in the yellow jackets and I know that we can do better, but if the coach got friends on a team we are playing he needs to put that on the back burner. Don’t blame it on the players because they only do what the coaches call, man up and accept the responsiblity for actions. And if we win these next three games the players needs to practice during the holidays, they have a long break every year before the play off and the other team has time to prepare for the yellow jackets. Go Jackets lets win were no. 1.

Pat Dye

October 26th, 2010
8:30 pm

You got Groh because he was cheap. You got what you paid for too.

ManUp...

October 26th, 2010
8:43 pm

RamblinRecluse, what the heck are you talking about?!

Sorry, had to get that out…so anyway on to a point:

Tech just has to find an attitude. Blockers gotta get aggressive and put every playside man on the ground. Receivers need to commit to owning the ball. Nesbitt and Allen need to get back to smashmouth running – aim at a defender and lay the wood to finish the run! Defense needs to tackle the ball and create some turnovers.

Listen to coach. Play tough. Take some pride in being a Yellow Jacket!

Pat Dye

October 26th, 2010
8:48 pm

And put on a few pounds and some muscle too, huh ManUp. Hard to handle those big bad D linemen when they beat your ass on every snap.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 26th, 2010
8:50 pm

RamblinRe
Bill Curry was from College Park nowhere near Athens. WTF are you talking about pants color.

ManUp...

October 26th, 2010
8:52 pm

Pat Dye, Groh was headed to coach for Belicek again. He likes the college game and went where he could coach up to another championship. Watch him get this defense back to life in the next 3 years. We don’t have the right players right now, but give it time and keep watching.

Oh, also in that timeframe? Offense will be 100% CPJ recruits and will be a different animal altogether than it is now. Think taller linemen still mobile enough to block for this run game. Think a shiftier QB and A-backs who can catch with a B-back who breaks tackles.

I think it’s going to be a consistent 8-10 wins a season with no worse than 3rd in the Coastal and the open sky as a limit.

come on guys

October 26th, 2010
8:55 pm

Hill had to turn his torso almost 90 just to see the ball that was a tad behind—he almost made it and it seemed to crush him as much as it crushes most of us that, like Johnson, just hate like jello to lose.

There is no doubt that the “shot in the foot” syndrome was evident. Here is betting they will get it together and stop much of the VT run and just barely win that thing!

ManUp...

October 26th, 2010
8:55 pm

Ok ok ok…”we don’t have size.”

Yep, heard it before. We here it all the flippin time. It’s true. But LOOK AT who he’s recruiting now. Look at the size of the 2011 class’s O-line recruits. They’re tall. That’s a lotta frame to hang meat on. In as little as two years our lines will both be big enough to handle what we’re getting frustrated with in bowls and against the best teams we play. We’ll be fine!