Quotes from Paul Johnson

Quotes from Paul Johnson’s weekly Tuesday press conference, courtesy of Georgia Tech’s sports information department:

Opening Statement

“We are working hard to try and get ready for the game on Saturday.

I am sure that both of the teams would have liked to have a better

record going into this but it is what it is and doesn’t change that it

is still a huge game. It is for the state championship and bragging

rights and I know that if you picked one game on our schedule for our

alumni, fans and everybody involved, this is the game that they would

pick. I am sure that you will have two teams excited to play on Saturday

night and we will see what happens. Georgia is a very talented football

team and they have a lot of great individual players on their


On how he approaches the game

“I think you have to try and approach it the way that you approach

the other games in preparation. That is the only way that I know how to

do it. You can’t get yourself so revved up on Tuesday when the game is

on Saturday. You have to build it into the process and if you can’t

get motivated to play in this game, then I don’t know which game you

will be motivated to play in, for both sides I am sure.”

On the illegal procedure calls this season on the offensive line

“ We sent in some plays where no one was jumping and moving. It is

just holding your water I guess. I am sure that the cadence is a little

bit different, but not that much different. It is just getting it done.

We have clearly done a poor job coaching that because it has been a

constant problem all year.”

On Anthony Allen

“I think he has played really well in the last half of the year here.

I think he has gotten comfortable. Saturday, I thought he ran hard. He

ended up with a lot of yards and almost all of them were inside the

tackles. I think he is playing his best football in this last stretch

for sure. I brought him in the last drive and then took him out for a

couple of plays and he told me that he wanted to go back in. I think he

accepted the role and likes getting the ball.”

On blocking out distractions

“You have to approach it like every other game. You have to prepare

yourself all week to get ready to play and then try to put yourself in

the zone to play. You can’t worry about who is playing or the other

team or how many people are there. Just block it out and concentrate on

what you have to concentrate on. Some guys are better at that than

others. That is what you have to do. Sometimes there are guys that can

seize the moment and play better in certain instances and high pressure

stuff than other guys, but for the most part, how you are going to play

will be determined this week in how you are going to prepare. If you go

in prepared and you feel good about it and you know what you have to do

and have confidence in yourself, you can go into the game and slow it

down. If your adrenaline is running at the top and you can’t slow it

down it is going to be tough for you because you are going to have a

hard time staying focused.”

On A.J. Green

“He is the best player that we have played against. He is a great

athlete that can adjust to the ball, has great speed, he has all of the

tools. He is just a great football player. Those guys don’t come along

all of the time. We were fortunate that we had Demaryius Thomas play for

us. A.J. Green is of the same mold, or more so. You are not going to

play against guys like him every year. He is a gifted football player

with a lot of ability.”

On Georgia’s offense

“Last year, Aaron Murray was out of the game. I am sure that they

would still like to run the ball if they could. Our challenge is to stop

the run and make them punt this year. That would be a good place to


On Tech’s offensive tackles

“Like everybody else, they have been hot and cold. They have had

their moments both ways. Certainly they are not the only issue or only

answer. There has been good and bad just like everyone else. They are

fairly experien

ced. Austin Barrick, Nick Claytor and Phil Smith have all

played a lot so they probably have more experience than the guys


On the rivalry game compared to others he has been a part of

“It is all where you live I guess. They are all important. If you

live in Ohio, the Michigan-Ohio State game is more important, if you

live in Alabama, Alabama-Auburn is more important, in Georgia this one

is more important. I think they are all unique and different in that

aspect, depends on who you ask. If you are in Atlanta, this one is very

important. Each rivalry has its own tradition. It is a little different

than Army-Navy. I don’t think you can measure, it is just different. I

don’t see that you are going to see Georgia and Georgia Tech holding

each other’s hands and singing their alma maters at the end. The

President of the United States isn’t going to be in the locker room

before the game, it is just different.”

On coaching this season

“You are always trying different things and trying to improve on what

you haven’t done well. If there is one thing that I look back on,

probably the most frustrating thing as a coach has been not being able

to find the “hot” button for our team. That is frustrating to me

because ultimately I am the one responsible for trying to find it and I

have not been able to, consistently. There have been times, but (not)

consistently. People can cry about the schemes and play calling and

whatever, but the chemistry and playing together is just as


On Allen reaching the 1,000 yard milestone

“I think it is important if you are scoring points and winning games.

I am happy for Anthony. When we talked about moving him to that position

I told him that I thought that position would gain him 1,000 yards,

historically it does. But he has earned them. He has run the ball hard

the last four or five weeks and given everything he has got. We don’t

talk about milestones though. We are trying to win games. When the

season is over you can look at everything and see what happened. Until I

saw it written I didn’t even know.”

On Joshua Nesbitt returning for a bowl game

“I don’t have an idea of when he will be back. That is out of my

realm. Certainly if the doctors clear him we would welcome him back. But

that won’t be our call. That will be the call of the trainers and

doctors. As soon as they say he is good to go we will welcome him


28 comments Add your comment


November 23rd, 2010
5:16 pm

I hate to say it but this game is going to get ugly very early. This game could be worse than Gailey’s first trip there.


November 23rd, 2010
5:24 pm

This game should be very electric, even shocking. ” GO JACKETS “


November 23rd, 2010
5:26 pm

False. Tech stands a chance if it plays like it did against VT. Washington will need to find the stones to do it, though. Hold onto the ball, make the reads wisely, make sure noise doesn’t disrupt anything, etc. It can be done. Will it be? I’d say the Vegas line isn’t too far off. But the 51-7 game won’t likely happen again ever.


November 23rd, 2010
5:26 pm

Comments directed at Dooley.


November 23rd, 2010
5:31 pm

This will not be the worst environment Tech has played in this year either. I’m actually thinking Clemson and VT were probably more intimidating. I really hope the team can get used to the crowd and just execute. It will take a nearly mistake-free game to hang in there…I really think this game could be a shootout.


November 23rd, 2010
5:47 pm

i dont car how talented ga is, if gt executes its offense they have a great chance to win , bc ga defense is not that good, so it will be a shootout if we can get maybe 1-2 turnovers and we execute our offense good we will win,

gt surprises everyone with their best game of the year gt wins 35-28

Rockdale Jacket

November 23rd, 2010
5:52 pm

CPJ`s comments about not finding the “hot” button and team chemistry not being right are smokescreens
to cover the real problem. If he would just back off his
resistance to running his one dimensional offense and
include a passing game that his QB and receivers are capable of executing (not 30-50 yd bombs) GT would be a much better team.


November 23rd, 2010
5:57 pm

rockdale jacket,, i seem to remember last year you were not saying that when we won the acc championship the difference this year is we are 1st in rushing better than last year but we are not finishing drives , way too many fieldgoals and fumbles in the redzone that been our problem


November 23rd, 2010
7:14 pm

I like being the number one team in the nation in rushing, I like CPJ and I know the man will find a way to turn it around. I know we are rebuilding and without Nesbitt that’s the way it goes …I love it when one of the backs breaks through on the option and off he goes like Nesbitt at VT. It is exciting. I don’t care what Rockdale thinks. However you are more than welcome to share your opinions on CPJ’s radio show. It’s an hour long and they have time for your opinions. If your man enough than call in, do something besides always being so negative on these blogs…

RT in NC

November 23rd, 2010
7:40 pm

We sucked this year and could end up with a losing season. However, unlike previous years under Gaily, I’m optimistic about next year instead of just being mad about this year. We lost some great players last year and could not recover. Next year we’ll miss Joshua and Mario, but none of the other seniors are as irreplaceable in the O or D as what we lost last year. Our QB will be a junior with several starts and our D will be more used to the 3-4. (I think people are underestimating the effect of the transition). Another ACC championship next year!!!!!!!!!

….now, if we could just get rid of Hewitt….


November 23rd, 2010
8:49 pm

Anyone ever stop to think that VT beat us on one of their off nights?


November 23rd, 2010
9:19 pm

wrecked, did you stop to think that GT’s good playing factored into VT’s off night? GT played one of its best games of the of the year. Give them credit when they do good.


November 23rd, 2010
9:30 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t Georgia 5-6? They are not Oregon, Auburn, Boise State, TCU, or even Colorado. They are 5-6. Their crowning achievement this season is losing by 18 points to Auburn.

Clutch the pearls!!!

Sammy Dawg

November 23rd, 2010
9:35 pm

It will be ugly and it will be a blow out. UGA 52 techies 14. You tech fans will turn off the TV by half time. I will be shocked if tech comes within 20. Deep down inside, I think you tech fans believe the same. You’ll be happy to be in the game at half time, but that is tour only glimmer of hope.


November 23rd, 2010
10:00 pm

When everyone throws in the towel is when Tech is the most dangerous.

Hard to believe a 5 and 6 Georgia team is this confident.

Believe Georgia is set up for a beatdown.

The rains are coming. UGA VIII is doomed.


November 23rd, 2010
10:29 pm

video link to CPJ’s press conference, some good stuff



November 24th, 2010
5:50 am

Go Jackets….send the “Dawgs” home with their classless tails between their legs


November 24th, 2010
6:26 am

This will be a great game! With all the Dogs talent they still lack the disipline & coaching necessary on defence to stop the triple option. Look for the D to stop the run early & force the passing game/this is where the 3-4 creates the turn over momentum changes that will make the differnce & keep our offence on the field. I believe our receivers will be focused & make the big plays necessary to compliment the running game. Look for late 3rd qtr & 4th qtr. game changing schemes by CPJ to control the game. CPJ is one of the best at half time game changing management & giving his team an opportunity to win. Go Jackets!



November 24th, 2010
6:40 am

The UGA defense is one of the worst GT has played against. If GT executes, they should score 45-50. the final should be…GT 45- UGA 35

Emerald Bowl

November 24th, 2010
7:23 am

Looking forward to getting together over the holidays!


November 24th, 2010
7:52 am

The Dawgs will pull out all the stops and if that doesn’t work, we will resort to pure thuggery! Thuggery always wins for the Georgia Bulldogs! They dont call us THUGA for nothing.

big hoss

November 24th, 2010
8:01 am

There are no bigger set of rednecks than those wearing the cheap Dawg re from Walmart. The snuff spittle will be flooding the gutters in Athens by 7:45. I found 8 tickets some GT alum turned in quoting the agent that the Alum could not stand the thought of being around so many uncouth rednecks. I pray that the jackets kick their sorry asses and that next season will be just as big a disappointment to these rednecks as this year has been. I truly believe that if we had Nesbit we would win the game. Hope Washington does not put it on the ground. Tech kicks their sorry asses anyway.

Lilburn Dawg

November 24th, 2010
8:05 am

Big Hoss, why don’t you go sit back down in the corner and go to sleep!


November 24th, 2010
8:26 am

I got a feeling this is setting up as us getting kicked around 51-7 again. This Al Groh defense is worse than even the mutts, and our offense is really struggling with former Heisman front-runner Joshua Nesbitt out. Last year we couldn’t stop the run against the leghumpers, this year they have AJ Green healthy and Butler and co. are gonna have their hands full.

Maybe Roddy and Jones can do it but I’m fully expecting we look about the same as we did against Iowa.

the real Old Gold

November 24th, 2010
8:32 am

Yellow Fuzz is right on!


November 24th, 2010
9:18 am

Richt will release all the orks from Mordor for this one.

Did you notice Grantham looks like a mean ork?


November 24th, 2010
3:48 pm

“yellow fuzz” and “the real Old Gold” don’t sounds like actual tech fans.

at least, none that i know or would care to know.

methinks these guys are sitting in their basement in bulldog pjs cackling about how they fooled the internet into thinking they were georgia tech fans and now the yellow jackets were doooooomed!

sad, really. just cheer for your team, guys. and if this is how u cheer for your team, maybe u should get outside and interact with people more.


November 24th, 2010
4:59 pm

saban, ork, really? I mean I enjoy the LORD of the RINGS but keep that stuff to yourself or the UGA fans will tear you apart. However, I think if GT scores on their first two drives while keeping the ball a minimum of 5 minutes, then, even if UGA answers, TECH will win. Anything less from TECH and I will still BELIEVE that Tech has a chance to win!

Go Jackets! THWG!