Quotes from Paul Johnson’s press conference

Here are some of the quotes from Paul Johnson’s weekly press conference on Tuesday, courtesy of Georgia Tech’s sports information department:

Coach Johnson’s Opening Statement
“I’m disappointed with the performance last week. We didn’t
really play particularly well in any facet. There were some positives,
but when you don’t win the game you are always disappointed. The good
news is that we have a chance to play again this week. (It’s the) last
game for our seniors on Senior Day. This class has won a lot of football
games at Georgia Tech and has been fairly successful, so hopefully we
can send them out at home on a winning note. Duke comes in winning two
out of the last three. They are probably playing their best football.
Their quarterback [Sean Renfree] is playing better than he played early
in the year and it wont be easy, it never is. We have to get ready to
try and do better and play our best game in a while. It has been a while
since we have played a really solid game.”

On Duke’s offense this year compared to last year
“They have changed a lot, they run a lot of pistol this year and I
don’t know that Renfree is the runner that [Thaddeus] Lewis was, but
he has played well the last couple of games. He threw a lot of
interceptions early but he has cut back on that the last couple of games
to give them a chance.”

On what needs to happen in the game Saturday for Tech to win
“I think that we need to be consistent. You have seen flashes, we
have played in spurts and we have to make some breaks. I am a firm
believer that you make your own breaks. Four or five plays can really
change the outcome of a game. If you look at the game on Saturday, you
have them stopped on third down way back on their end, you are going to
get great field position and you get a penalty. They drive down, you get
them stopped again and they are going to have to kick a field goal and
you get a penalty. Things like that. You have to be consistent. When we
go out there on Saturday, we need to stop the run and make them one
dimensional and if you do that we have a chance to play pretty well on
defense. Offensively, we have been able to run the ball consistently but
we have to finish drives. It is all about scoring points and you have to
put it into the end zone when you get into the red zone. You have to
finish plays. I can’t tell you how many plays this year that we have
gotten out in the open, or have broken away and we just couldn’t
finish the play. It has to do with blocking on the perimeter, finishing
runs, a lot of stuff. I think most teams are searching for

On the Tech offense against Miami
“I saw us get 400 yards of offense against Miami when they were only
averaging giving up 300 yards a year, the leading defense in the country
coming in. It wasn’t like we had a bunch of three and outs on offense
and we couldn’t move, but we didn’t finish them and we made
mistakes. There were flashes of execution and guys doing what they were
supposed to do. Same thing on defense. We had them stopped a couple of
times when we were lined up correctly and made the right plays. The key
is to be more consistent in doing that.”

On the wide receiving corps
“I don’t think that we have any set depth there. It has been hot
and cold. One game one guy will play better and the next game it is
another guy. We really haven’t had real consistency there to speak

On the senior clas
“I think coming into this season they have been pretty successful.
They have won a lot of football games for Georgia Tech and all-in-all
have represented the school and the program fairly well. I am sure that
this year hasn’t gone the way that they have liked. I am sure they
would have liked to go out with a better record but they still have a
chance, we have two more games and if we can find a way to win one or
both of those we will have a chance to play another game. We still have
some games left to play.”

On the mental and physical toughness of the team
“I think it is a process. Some individuals have that toughness and
some do not. You are always striving to be tougher. I don’t think
there is one thing that you can lay on. We are 5-5, we haven’t been as
successful as we have liked to be, but there isn’t one thing that you
can’t point to. I think it is a myriad of things. I had a guy tell me
last night that we had an easy schedule. Either I am from planet
Krypton, or I don’t get it. We have had to play North Carolina,
Clemson, Virginia Tech and Georgia on the road and to me that is not an
easy schedule. If you look at our schedule, we lost to Kansas which is a
bad loss. Clemson is the only other team that we lost to that is not
fighting for a conference championship or isn’t going to win eight or
nine games. There is a lot of parody, but there are also some good
teams. Talent wise, Miami was the best team that we have played all year
based on who they had. I am not trying to rationalize, I am not happy on
where we are. But it is what it is.”

On fighting complacency
“I think it is normal sometimes and you try and fight it, but when
guys have success they become somewhat complacent. It is not only here,
it happens everywhere. That is what you fight as a coach all the time.
Sometimes you are more successful at fighting it than others. I think
that is part of the problem, but not the whole problem. Earlier in the
year, we rolled into Kansas thinking it would be a blowout. We scored
first and then let them hang around and they won the game.”

On Joshua Nesbitt’s role in the final regular season game
“I think he is still the team captain and has to provide leadership
and be there for support. That is all that he can do.”

On Tevin Washington’s expected improvements this week
“You hope that he has gained confidence and will be consistent. This
weekend might be harder for Tevin than last week. Last week, and this
may sound funny because we were beaten so badly, but we had a good beat
on what they were doing. And he had a pretty good idea of what was going
to happen on the option every time. This week will be a little
different. They move around and jump around and people take different
guys. It will be more challenging. I said last week going into the game
we weren’t going to ask Tevin to do anything that he hasn’t done in
practice and it will be the same this week. Once again, you have to play
the game.”

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November 16th, 2010
4:32 pm


November 16th, 2010
4:39 pm

OK, now that I have that under my belt, I’ll just make my simple observation that GT is too weak on the OL to run the kind of option offense that Paul wants to run in the ACC. As far as mistakes are concerned, that comes down to player preparation and focus. I think focus was a big problem vs Miami, mistakes were the evidence. As far as preparation goes, I did not like reading this in the Macon Telegraph:
“Receiver Kevin Cone admitted not knowing what play was being called on his 22-yard touchdown pass, but was able make up for it by running a route that he believed made sense. Defensive players said they had trouble relaying plays to one another once again.”
I think Paul has more work to do as far as changing player attitudes. They need to want more than to just want to play the game, they need to want to be tougher than the other tem and to be perfectionists. Those passionate about GT have been fighting this problem of lackadaisical attitudes and perceptions for years, and Paul has to do the through the team. It will spread from there.

Sammy Dawg

November 16th, 2010
4:57 pm

Awesome coach. UGA 52 tech 14. Punch him in the face big boy! groh is going to mess his Depends diapers in the 1st quarter.


November 16th, 2010
5:08 pm

hey sammy dawg……yeah it might be 52-14 UGA over like EL paso tech in that little bowl you wish you could get in, but it wont happen cause you better watch out for the ramblin wreck on nov.7th @ 7:45 pm because paul johnson will have this team ready for yalls losing 5-6 @sses


November 16th, 2010
5:27 pm

Remember it is their big game now since they could not conquer the bad sec east!!


November 16th, 2010
5:51 pm

our o line is just terrible, and whenever they block well for a play the abacks or b backs dont block,,, the problem is execution , im a diehard tech fan and i say if we executed alot better this year on offense we would be 8-2 right now at the worse


November 16th, 2010
6:09 pm

OL and DL are the issues. We have enough great players at skilled positions, but the schemes on O and D are not as efficient with the players we have on OL and DL. That will come with more playing time and experience. Johnson had 2 great years, you cannot win every season. So let’s learn against Duke, win, then beat UGA, who will be taking the game for granted, and we can return the favor from last year. Season is not lost yet, but Johnson has to keep control of the players and convince them that they can win, after a disastrous last few weeks.


November 16th, 2010
6:09 pm

Somehow, I just can’t see Tech being worried about Duke.

Reuben Houston

November 16th, 2010
7:32 pm

I wonder if Sean Renfree remembers CPJ’s comments after he backed out of his commitment to GT when CPJ was named head coach – “Don’t want him….don’t need him….doesn’t fit the system.” Although 100% accurate that Renfree is not an option QB, it could have been phrased better….but, CPJ is a jerk so it was natural for him to say…..I hope Renfree remembers it and takes it out on old coach turkey neck and moobs.


November 16th, 2010
8:00 pm

It’s “parity” not “parody”…


November 16th, 2010
8:05 pm

Go, Jackets!


November 16th, 2010
8:27 pm

6 or 7 wins every year unless he gets a decent passing system or a dominating offensive line, which is unlikely at Tech. The novelty of this offense has been figured out after the acc teams have played it a couple of times. Wake Forest succeeded in the recent past because the could sling the ball when they had to. These guys cant. And he’s not recruiting like Chan I hate to say.


November 16th, 2010
8:54 pm

Believe he probably said “parity” not “parody”…


November 17th, 2010
12:06 am

The Paul Johnson experiment may turn out to be a disaster for GT.


November 17th, 2010
12:54 am

Why don’t you morons that keep whining about Johnson and his scheme head on over to the UGA blog where you belong. He’s the same coach he was last year when your shallow ass was declaring him a god. He’ll be back.

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November 17th, 2010
7:22 am

Coach, let me point to one thing…… The Defense SU$! Your offense may get 400 yard rushing, but it only got 10 points…. As far as I’m concerned that SU$! Need I say more.


November 17th, 2010
9:51 am

the acc is a parody of a football conference this year…….


November 17th, 2010
9:58 am

I am not going to try and fool anyone, most of all, myself. Duke will be tough if we don’t execute.

UGA is going to run all over us, just like last year. Hey, I hope it doesn’t happen, but I am a realist and the defense hasn’t really shown any improvement that I can see.

We just don’t have the talent, desire, passion, focus, whatever that is required this year on either side of the ball.

We have been consistently inconsistent.

Now, I hope things turn out differently. I hope we are able to focus and execute in a consistent manner on offense. That might keep us in the game at UGA. Defensively, I think this defense needs to play at a level that they have yet to play at this year as an entire unit.

With that being said, I better make a few extra trips to church…


November 17th, 2010
10:04 am

Oh, and for those of you that say Paul Johnson’s offense won’t work, you are flat out wrong. I sat next to a couple of very gracious Miami fans last week and one comment that kept coming from them was, “how can they continue to get 8-9 yards on running plays when you know that is what they are going to do?” On one third down, we looked at each other long before the play was run and said, pitch to the left. Sure enough, they pitched to the left and got 8 yards. The offense is succesful whenever the QB makes the right read and the players execute. If they do not execute, the result is not good. I saw too many missed blocks by receivers and A-backs last weekend. Each time, I noticed that CPJ had a few words to say to the player as he came off the field.

It’s not about figuring the offense out. It’s about execution.


November 17th, 2010
11:58 am

Nice, Paul is right on:
On offense: they are killing drives with bad plays on their part, false starts, fumbled pitches, dropped passes, it not like the other team is stopping them
On defense: different story, they are getting beat for the most part, played pretty good against Va Tech but not so well against Miami.

Tech still no. 1

Tesch still the best

supersize that order, mutt

November 17th, 2010
12:07 pm

Even against Miami, the D had some good moments…..just not nearly enough. And of course, the entire first quarter was a bust.


November 17th, 2010
4:10 pm

Anyone who post anything along the lines of ” the novelty of this offense has been figured out” is a complete idiot… Obiviously if you knew how to draw one of these plays on the chalk board you would see that it is not possible… if you over correct for one play… there is always another one to balance you back out… but as with any offense or team sport if you do not excute it really doesnt matter if you run the pro style, option offense or just draw plays in the sand… it wont work…