Offensive line knows what’s at stake and what it must do

The performance of Georgia Tech’s offensive line in the 27-13 loss to Clemson wasn’t its best.

Coach Paul Johnson and quarterback Joshua Nesbitt said as much after the game. They would know. Nesbitt was held to 2 rushing yards, his worst total since Johnson took over as coach and installed the spread-based option. Johnson said they were “whacked around.”

The issues were a combination of inexperience, a lack of communication and a lack of focus.

Johnson referenced a play in the game in which 10 guys went one way but one lineman went another because he said he didn’t hear a check that was called. He said part of it was inexperience: the rotation features two seniors, a redshirt junior, two redshirt sophomores and two redshirt freshmen. That mistake was made in the red zone, and may have cost the Jackets a shot at a touchdown.

Co-offensive line coach Mike Sewak said the crowd noise wasn’t a factor, and doubted it would be against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg next Thursday. Not because it won’t be loud. It will. But if the team will maintain its concentration, read its keys and sticks to the fundamentals it should be fine. Center Sean Bedford said if everybody’s reading the same thing, the linemen don’t even need to hear the calls. That didn’t happen as often in Death Valley.

“You don’t want to make mistakes in critical situations and unfortunately we did,” Sewak said. “We can’t have everybody on one page and one guy stuck on page 2. Those things happen, to both inexperienced and experienced [players]. That ticks you off even more. It’s not like its rocket science. That’s our base play. Everybody goes one way and someone goes another way.”

The good news for Tech is there are still a minimum of four games remaining, which is something Bedford said he will remind his teammates of this week.

If the Yellow Jackets can defeat the Hokies, Miami and Duke, and the Hokies lose one more game, the Jackets will get a chance to defend their conference title.

“It’s easy to lose sight of that because the season hasn’t lived up to our expectations to this point,” Bedford said. “Coming off the success we had last season there’s a little bit of a hangover to this point. But when people don’t see the same kind of success right away, there’s a certain willingness to get caught up in the minutiae of the moment and lose sight of the larger goal. But the guys who have been there…have to do a really good job of making sure that everybody keeps their eyes on the prize and really focuses on what’s at stake here. I certainly look at what’s going on around the league and I know we’re very much alive.

“I think a lot of people… That’s part of my job this week to make sure that everybody knows that. We’ve still got four games to play. You’d better believe we’re going to be playing as hard as we can.”

43 comments Add your comment

We are pathetic

October 28th, 2010
4:48 am

Tired of the excuses.

brent cunningham

October 28th, 2010
5:02 am

bet the house,Tech will rebound….BIG TIME

Rockdale Jacket

October 28th, 2010
5:19 am

Doug: Everyone knows that solid play of the offensive line is a direct
connection to a successful offense. However, the lack of consistent
sync in the OL is only one of the many flaws in this GT team. They have all been named…inaccurate passing, Stephen Hill dropsy, special teams gaffes,etc.
Maybe at some point, most or all of the other weakness can be overcome and we will win at least two more games for a 7-5 regular season. Maybe this will be enough to keep us out of Shreveport.

yellow fella

October 28th, 2010
6:51 am

hey.. the weedeater bowl at best !! I thought that was a bad thing ?????

Buzzgrad

October 28th, 2010
6:57 am

Boy, I hate to say it but Shreveport looks pretty good right now.

dagnabit

October 28th, 2010
7:17 am

No to the Weedeater Bowl.

ramblingbuzz

October 28th, 2010
7:20 am

I’m sure Coaches Johnson, Sewak, and the entire offensive line is frustrated. We know they want to play better, the question is what are they willing to do to make it happen. Let’s see how many mistakes they can correct and how much improvement they show a week from tonight.

Buzz ME

October 28th, 2010
7:26 am

Please VA TECH take it easy on us

Exposed

October 28th, 2010
7:32 am

Others teams now realized the self proclaimed “Student Athlete” at Tech is – not, and don’t have to game plan as much.

Owner of The VaRsiTy

October 28th, 2010
7:42 am

brent cunningham…. I know you and you really are a punk. Gt will continue to get WHACKED around because they are far from what an average team is. GT fans must know and realize this. I will soon have Paul flipping fries and cooking up fish sandwiches if he can wear a girdle so he can fit into our uniforms. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!

Tech Man

October 28th, 2010
7:58 am

Tech doesn’t have a chance against Va Tech or Miami. We can’t pass and our offensive line is terrible. Hopefully, we can do better next year.

Hal

October 28th, 2010
7:59 am

From what I’ve seen we just don’t have the talent to climb this mountain this year. We will win one more game . I expect a bleak November. I hope I’m wrong.

Reality

October 28th, 2010
8:24 am

Wow – so many posers on this blog, and so many that are transparent in their attempt.

With only 3 losses this season so far, Tech is not in “bad” shape. The remaining games will make-or-break the season.

It’s not like we have 4 losses like the little team in the countryside east of here….

reebok

October 28th, 2010
8:25 am

This season’s getting a little long in the tooth for all of us Tech fans to be hanging out hoping our guys suddenly get it together…the way it’s going now, we will get thumped by V-Tech and embarrassed by the Dogs…Miami is erratic, our best hope is that they have an off game…we’ll beat Duke. Looks like 7-5 best case, 6-6 more likely.

GT Sambo

October 28th, 2010
8:26 am

Owner of The VaRsiTy, HELLOOOOOO! Anybody home in there? IF we go 6-6 we are by definition an average team. Right now we are 5-3, so we are slightly above average. So we have a chance to be a good team at this point if we can win out. We would be slightly above average if we go 3-1 or 2-2, and average to slightly below average if we go 1-3 or 0-4. So if you want to come on here and trash Tech for being average after we go 1-3, then fine, by all means, and I’ll probably join you. But until then, I believe GT has the talent to compete with all the teams left on its schedule, who have plenty of flaws themselves.

RAMBLINWRECK

October 28th, 2010
8:40 am

We will end up 6-6 most likely and in shreveport i’m afraid. It is just reality and it sucks. This team and coaches have nobody to blame but themselves. CPJ must hire a new special teams coach because it pains me to watch and there is always crappy play with this unit. The defense just has not adapted fully to this new scheme and are also lacking the players up front to use it. I don’t think it’s coach groh but more of groh not having much talent to work with. There are no playmakers really on defense. The offensive line just doesn’t play with a nasty streak and just gets pushed around even by weaker teams like kansas and clemson. Clemson came into last saturday with not a very good offense and smacked us around on both sides of the ball. I’m tired of people saying it’s just teams with big defensive tackles all the time hurting us. No, we just don’t play nasty football on the offensive or defensive lines! Plain and simple! It’s no different than a 5′7 150 lbs man beating the hell out of a 6′0 200 lbs man and believe me, this happens often! It comes down to are you more physical than the guy in front of you? GT is too soft like oatmeal. The coaches can’t seem to motivate them because they play like a team that has never won anything and is not inspired to win at all. Nesbitt is too slow running the option and his passing is poor. The receivers don’t help their case either with drops. It’s an all-around crap sandwich and every GT player has taken a bite so far and are still chewing on it. I would love for them to spit it out and try something a little more deserving but these guys and coaches just don’t seem to be on the same page. When will the GT team with 15 starters back play a 4 quarter game and play with intensity like a defending champion with many players back should? Perhaps they will in all the games left or maybe more of the same? Who knows but a 6 loss season along with a loss to uga with a trip to shreveport will be the most painful year in football since bill lewis was walking the sidelines! I have to lower my expectations with this team because i have seen little to convince me that we are ready to go out and play the way we are capable of. I will take a 7 or 8 win season with this team and be happy. I hope the players realize they have underachieved and come out of coma before next thursday!

Tech is going to the toilet bowl

October 28th, 2010
8:44 am

Reality, I think you should change you’re name to delusional. Just look at the lack of quality of GT wins- South Carolina st., Wake Forest, Virginia, Middle Tenn st., and a depleted UNC team. Starting with the Clemson game this team is now gonna have to face some pretty decent teams and the results aren’t going to be good. Tech gets one more creampuff in Duke and maybe they have an outside chance of beating Miami but VT and UGA are going to romp this high school team. The best Tech can hope for is 7-5 and 6-6 is probably even more likely. If you guys finish 6-6 and then lose your bowl game then guess what champ? The great PJ will record a losing leason!

Student Athlete

October 28th, 2010
8:49 am

Hey Bedford, you said after the Kansas game that the OL would be focused and no excuses for the rest of the season, or something like that…. Your an ALL ACC lineman for pete sake, get these line mates of yours in gear man, motivate them to become ALL ACC linemen, no excuses, no more humiliations, you got the credentials, get on the field and execute and bring them boys with you.
Go TECH

Brock

October 28th, 2010
8:58 am

funny thing to me is some of you posters actually think PJ and most tech fans give a rip about what you say. Name calling? That’s rich. What will you do next put gum in his hair?

How about growing up and post something with a little substance every once in a while. You may surprise yourself at how you can carry on an adult conversation.

Back to point- PJ has not forgotten how to coach overnight. But I always get confused as to why people say the offense is figured out when Tech loses or has a bad offensive game. No one says that about Clemsons offense, Miami’s offense, VT’s offense etc… why just Paul’s? Why single him out? Because of the TO? What about when a team, that is pass happy, only throws for 200yds. Did the other team figure out their entire offense or did they adjust and slow it down that game? I understand that we have not executed, but can’t you say VT didn’t execute against James Madison or did James Madison figure out the offense they run, or better yet, Frank Beamer forgot how to coah that day. People that claim this “they’ve figured it out” theory contradict themselves right and left.
Did Mark Richt forget how to coach against Colorado or did they simply not execute by making mistakes? Or maybe Colorado figured out his offense!! Stop thinking about it so much folks.

Tech76

October 28th, 2010
9:00 am

To all the UGAgers on here talking trash about quality wins, what are your quality wins? Kentucky, Vandy, Tennesse, Northeast Lousiana! Now that is quality! Teams that are a combined 10-19.

reggie's reason for the streak

October 28th, 2010
9:05 am

Where’s this consensus that UGA is far superior to GT? You talk about GT’s wins, who has UGA beaten? You beat Vandy and suddenly Richt is brilliant????? A nice win against Kentucky but very comparable to the GT win @ UNC. These teams are very similar. I look at a close game, where home field means very little. AND, while some are so quick to talk about the tough stretch upcoming for the Jackets, UGA is looking at a potential 1-3 end to the season and being below .500. Now that is below average!!!!

Worm

October 28th, 2010
9:08 am

49% graduation rate..Tech needs smarter players!

We Hit and Run This State

October 28th, 2010
9:25 am

Gotta love the ugag fans trolling our blogs again. And we still have the better record. Well said by Tech76. ugag has beaten nobody this season.

Just hope our O-line can get things together for VPI. We should be very motivated after a terrible performance against climpsun. Go Jackets!

THWG

saban

October 28th, 2010
9:26 am

Gongrats to Coach Johnson.

Jackets will be fine. Give them time to build it and they will come.

Should be a good weekend. DAWGs lose by 30.

Georgia Tee

October 28th, 2010
9:29 am

It’s time to stop talking and start performing on the field. We’re in the last 1/3 of the season and still making the same excuses. Players make plays, not excuses.

Jone Doe

October 28th, 2010
9:37 am

TERRIBLE coaching job this season by CPJ .. he rode Gailey’s recruits and “newness” of his high school gimmick offense first two years although a big SUB .500 against any decent teams and from UGA to post season .. bottom line CPJ is NOT the man for GT. He could have a worse record than ANY year under Gailey .. honeymoon over, start the moving vans and lets get a coach who motivated and has his team prepared. Watching GT is liek watching paint dry,

WHITE AND GOLD

October 28th, 2010
10:20 am

one more reason GT needed Joseph Gilbert to play offense at GT instead at Ga State….Doug, how bout getting the real explanation of why three GT football players and grads could not get into GT grad school and why was not there an alternative such as take other undergrad courses until after fall season/quarter. To this day, there never has been any explanation whatsoever. Doug, why cannot you look into these things

GT Jake

October 28th, 2010
10:27 am

What offensive line?

Brer Brent Cunningham

October 28th, 2010
10:28 am

We do not have good enough players to beat VT. Bees will have to play over their heads. If the yellow jackets win Thursday, it will be Divine.
You big uglies better be ready for a fight on both sides of the ball. I just hope the white and gold guys participate in the fighting. If not, it will be another ugly whooping.

Reason

October 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Everybody calm down.. the season is not over yet. Keep in mind, Paul Johnson has never lost back-to-back games since he came to Tech. I still like our chances of upsetting those stupid Hokies in Blacksburg. And as for Miami, Jacori Harris has ‘Throw the ball to everyone except my teammates-itus’…. so I think we have a fair chance of getting to Charlotte for the Championship game. But like CPJ says, “we don’t know what will happen, that’s why we play the games every week” GO JACKETS and TO HELL WITH GEORGIA !!!

GT Jake

October 28th, 2010
10:30 am

Jone Doe…

You think Johnson is bad?

We had a coach named Chan Gailey before him.

GT Sambo

October 28th, 2010
10:51 am

Jone Doe=UGA troll! Of course he wants us to get rid of CPJ. He knows that CPJ can coach circles around Richt and Bobo. GT never as anywhere near the talent that UGA has, yet CPJ showed that GT could beat the preseason #1 Dawgs in 2008.

GT Fan

October 28th, 2010
11:17 am

I am tired of the all the talking about they know what they have to do. How about showing it on the field.

Mr. Reality

October 28th, 2010
11:29 am

Sambo and Brock, Great posts especially Brocky boy using that engineering schooling to post numerals. I am most impressed. Stop by Paul”s fish fry and have yourselves a deep fried creek sucker caught and cleaned by Josh Nibbler. It is on the house. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!

Brock

October 28th, 2010
1:12 pm

anyone that uses bahhaahahahahah at the end of a post is deemed irrelevant. But thanks for posting, even though I have no idea what you are talking about. Do you?

snapshot

October 28th, 2010
2:10 pm

I would love to see Tech finish 2 and 2. This may be possible but not probable. Don’t get on this team to much. They are young and good things will happen with CPJ as coach. Exercise patience.

Gee

October 28th, 2010
2:13 pm

Mr. Reality… BAHAHAHA? How old are we? Go back outside and get in your doghouse where you belong. I’m sure Mrs. UGA is waiting for a good leghumping. What a joke of a human being.

GTman

October 28th, 2010
4:03 pm

Just beat UGA! I care much more about that game this year than defending the ACC championship.

GT Sambo

October 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

snapshot, maybe blind optimism springs eternal here, but I think we have a chance to go 4-0 IF (big IF) we can put it together on the O-line, the D-line, and with the receivers. The teams we are playing aren’t exactly world beaters and all have their own flaws. VT’s defense has been shelled a couple of times even in wins. Miami’s offense is inconsistent and its defense has shown the ability to be beaten. Duke is just not a very good football team, and UGA’s defense is also suspect.

Tech Fan Since "69

October 28th, 2010
8:16 pm

I’ve been a Tech fan since 1969 and It can be worse. We have a very young team and Gaily’s recruits will soon be gone. The next 2 yrs. will tell the story. Our O-line is very inexperianced and will get better. We’ve won more games in the last 2 yrs. than C. Gaily won in his last 4. CPJ has Tech on the right track so don’t get your dandruff up so much. And for you Dawg fans I believe you’ll win out and possibly play for the SEC championship. What a great talent in A. Murray. With that said I think we’ll go 1-3 @ best the rest of the season. I just see to much youth and not enough heart and pride.

GT Dan in O.R.TN

October 28th, 2010
11:06 pm

Watchin FLSt vs NC State as I read these posts. Both of these teams are playing with emotion with NC St up 28-24 in the 4th Qtr. We can use some more emotion at Tech based on what I’ve seen recently. GO JACKETS! Finish the season strong!

Texas Wreck

October 29th, 2010
4:18 pm

I agree with “Since 69″ that we could have been, and have been, much worse many years. The coach can only do so much and then the players have to get it done. I watch all the games several times using Tivo and there are at least 20 plays a game where Nesbitt is hit and taken down behind the line by an unblocked defensive linemen and two of our offensive linemen have blocked the same guy- leaving unblocked defensive linemen is fine if Josh were just quicker but he is not. Last year this did not seem to happen as much since Dwyer would actually make a block. A number of runners who got touches last year have not seen the ball since the third game because they fumbled or did not block. The rotation is much shorter and the cuts to the outside are not wide open like last year. Opponents are not stupid and they have figured it out. Having said all of that, it is time to man up and get physical- beat the guy in front of you and things will happen on offense. The defense is plagued by missed tackles and lazy effort. Coaching does not fix than; only new players will. We will win one more game, get one upset, go to a second tier bowl and lose. But hey many years we did not win 7 games, got no bowl and got no recruits…. Go Jackets. Make me wrong!!!

dyed in the wool GT fan

October 29th, 2010
4:21 pm

When the going gets tough, the tough get going so… GET GOING !! It’s now or never