Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson said the most frustrating thing about this 6-5 season is his inability “to find the hot button on this team.”
He said finding ways to motivate his players has been consistently difficult.
“People can cry about schemes and play-calling, but the chemistry and just being able to do that [motivate] are just as important,” Johnson said.
This week shouldn’t be an issue.
“It’s for the state championship and bragging rights,” he said. “Pick one game off our schedule for alumni, fans and everyone involved, this is the game they would pick.”
He said that he and his staff have tried many different things this season, from the obvious and popular what’s at stake for Tech to what’s at stake for the other team.
“Try everything until you find something that works,” he said.
When asked what motivated last year’s ACC championship team, he said, “If I knew I would use it this year. I don’t know. It just happens.
“I’m more frustrated about that than anything else.”
Motivating teams hasn’t been difficult for Johnson at previous stops at Navy at Georgia Southern.
Discussing this topic last week, Johnson said at Navy the players knew that they weren’t highly recruited. Therefore, “if they didn’t play like their hair was on fire,” they could be embarrassed.
At Georgia Southern, the players didn’t want to be the class that didn’t get a chance to make it to the national championship game. They won two consecutive while Johnson was the head coach.