Season-ending Georgia Tech mailbag

Georgia Tech will play Air Force in tonight’s Independence Bowl here in lovely Shreveport, La.

With the single game left, it’s time to start looking ahead. Let’s do a mailbag that I’ll publish in the blog next Monday. Post your questions in the comments section below about the team, the players or the coaches by Friday and I’ll do my best to answer.

If you’d prefer, email me your question(s) at droberson@ajc.com.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

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The Dude

December 27th, 2010
11:11 am

Ever-the-optimist before a new season of GT football, I feel like there are things/players we can look forward to in 2011. But the realist in me knows we have to be better next year. Are the in-coming freshman and rising red-shirt freshman going to be the answer? CPJ needs to show he can win with his recruits next year.

fan of shorter passes

December 27th, 2010
11:24 am

Will we see (more) shorter passes next year?

Will Coach Al have enough of “his” type so that will not be an excuse?

Resign or Re-Sign?

December 27th, 2010
11:27 am

The Dude Abides!

just a thought

December 27th, 2010
11:32 am

so trying to understand, if you graduate as a redshirt junior but not accepted into graduate school, you can hang around and take more undergraduate courses toward another degree but you won’t be playing in a bowl game? If that is true, you have got to be kidding me. GT grad admissions office is GT’s worst enemy of the athletic dept. These kids deserve to play in a bowl game. That has got to hurt recruiting. Do not see how the athletic dept. would put up with such a thing.

Okeefe/Bob

December 27th, 2010
11:34 am

I still don’t know what happened to Marcus Wright.Can you enlighten me?

Hayseed Dixie

December 27th, 2010
11:34 am

What’s the buzz on Vad Lee? Have you seen him play, Doug? Will he be redshirted or compete for a starting job this spring?

What’s the word on Stephen Hill? He’s been a big disappointment this year. Have you seen enough of his personality to gauge whether he will bounce back or not? Are there any credible threats to his starting job?

Foremost, however, it seemed like Coach Johnson was resigned to having a down year this year. He was widely quoted as saying “We could have a better team, but a worse record.” How did you feel about Coach Johnson and his pathos, for lack of a better word, in how he relates to the program as compared to the previous years? (I personally felt like, he just knew it was going to be down, and projected that onto his team.)

rocket

December 27th, 2010
12:02 pm

his offense won the ACC title with Gailey’s OL recruits Gailey’s Defensive stars, and Gailey’s backs & QB….no more excuses…

Always a Jacket

December 27th, 2010
12:03 pm

Doug

The football team (who cares about BB) seemed to lack effort and leadership this year. Coach Johnson said on several occasions that the team expected good things to happen by just showing up. What are the coaches doing to fix this problem? It wasn’t fixed during the season and I expect Air Force to out play a bigger, faster GT team in the bowl, maybe GT can still win. As a huge Paul Johnson fan, I was surprised and disappointed at the lack of effort and poor execution this season. We never saw this at Navy, GS, or his first 2 seasons at Tech (maybe Gardner Webb). Is this an anomaly or a trend?

NEZ MAN

December 27th, 2010
12:19 pm

WILL COACH JOHNSON HIRE A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH NEXT YEAR?

the truth hurts

December 27th, 2010
12:33 pm

Why do all of these kids go to Tech to get a great education, but yet not major in engineering?

They could get business degrees just as valuable at other schools?

Norcross Jacket

December 27th, 2010
12:43 pm

Any word on scholarships left and who they may be extended to? I heard Timmy Byerly was being looked at but might have too many qb’s…sure hope not. That kid is a gamer and would work well w the offense. Reminds me of ricky dobbs

Fire Paul Johnson

December 27th, 2010
1:11 pm

When do we get to start talking about a new coach?

Tokyo jacket

December 27th, 2010
1:15 pm

Doug, here’s the questions I’d like answered:

1. What changes will be made when we’re in 3rd and long next year?
2. Any chance of passing on 1st down?
3. As CPJ helped teach some nuances of his offense to Urban Meyer, any chance he’ll take some of the shotgun from Meyer?
4. What will the leadership picture look like next year?
5. Are the folks we’ll have next year better suited to CAG’s defense than this year?
6. Are the folks we’ll have on next year’s D that we had this year going to be better in executing his system next year?

collegeballfan

December 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

What is the outlook for J.C.Lanier at DT next season? Or will he be moved to OL?

Thanks.

Jacket68

December 27th, 2010
1:18 pm

Are you in Shreveport covering the game? I saw where Tim is off to the UGA bowl.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 27th, 2010
1:34 pm

Okeefe/Bob,

It’s no secret what has happened to Marcus Wright. He doomed himself to the black hole that is the A-back position at GT. See below:

http://bit.ly/g0nNag

Buzzzzhead

December 27th, 2010
1:36 pm

a few questions- 1) What will PJ do to be able to create a 2 minute offense that is comfortable throwing the ball and moving down the field when they get behind? 2) When will Groh’s “scheme” not be new? 3) When will GT fans realize the Paul Johnson offense is nice, but you can not rely on it every play? 4) Has PJ ever heard of a quick slant? 5) Does PJ have an auto renewing contract like Hewitt?

Old Fashioned

December 27th, 2010
2:00 pm

To the blogger who said he didn’t think the athletic department should “put up with” the academic standards being maintained and enforced. Thank God that athletics doesn’t control Ga Tech! Most of these so-called “kids” take courses that are much easier than those taken by engineering students. Don’t be fooled into thinking the GT athlete (generally speaking) is a brilliant scholar. Some of the basketball players wo turn pro after first year don’t even bother to attend classes in the spring term. I would like for GT to tighten up the academic requirements,and compensate by recruiting smarter,more-dedicated athletes —giving us true STUDENT-athletes. The world simply doesn’t revolve around a bunch of “kids” playing games. There are many more-important things to be concerned about. Maybe we,the GT alums/fans should grow up and show more maturity.

CoachJRB

December 27th, 2010
2:17 pm

Any, way too early, thoughts on the QB and BBack competition for next season?

Tech alum and employee

December 27th, 2010
2:32 pm

@ truth hurts…..did you even go to college or know anything about schools? Tech’s management/business college is actually highly ranked. There are six colleges at GT: engineering, management/business, architecture, computing, Ivan Allen college of Public Policy, etc., and sciences. GT is a national leader in many of these, not just engineering.

j

December 27th, 2010
2:54 pm

Want to get on a plane designed by a Tech athlete? Heard one in a radio interview lately?

Hugh

December 27th, 2010
3:26 pm

The tech staff are miserable recruiters.We have to make drastic changes and fire several coaches.If PJ wants to leave fine.Oleary recruited head up against UGA.Eventually these southern confeence players PJ is signing will set the program back a decade.Where is our AD in this.The genie is out of the bottle!

Alan

December 27th, 2010
3:31 pm

True you can not spin the horrible recruiting by Tech staff.It is as bad as it gets.Something urgent has to be done.Maryland did it;Miami did it;Tech do it!Malzhan is out there.Cut a deal with Malzhan and fire non recruiting southern conference mickey mouse PJ.He is aweful.We are sick of him and his non recruiting staff.

Phil

December 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Changes have to be made.It is out of control with Tech football.

GT fan

December 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Allen, are you serious. Last years class was pretty good it just lacked a large number of recuits due to a lack of scholarships to offer. Plus outside of 1 recuiting class by Gaily no GT class has been highly ranked.
But I guess you really dont know what you are talking about or you would understand that, or you are a Dawg fan stirring the pot.

GT fan

December 27th, 2010
3:36 pm

Phil jump off the band wagon

GT fan

December 27th, 2010
3:42 pm

GT will never recuit like UGA or FSU or Clemson but they sure can play on the same field as these teams cant they. CPJ is a good coach and you guys have to give CAG a chance. It will take another 2 years and you will see what his defense can do.
For all of you that think recuiting is an exact science look at Texas and UGA and USC this past year. All those schools were in the top 15 in recuiting for the past few years and what did that do for them?

CoachJRB

December 27th, 2010
3:48 pm

Always a good sign when your rivals REALLY want your coach fired.

Stinger 2

December 27th, 2010
4:04 pm

Doug: My questions are:
1. Do you believe CPJ will make a realistic evaluation
of his “system” in the off season. If he does so in an objective way (meaning his own mind is open to some changes) will he actually implement some in spring practice to see if they would work?
2. The changes I am thinking of would be to incorporate
more passing into his pre-game plans instead of waiting until the team falls behind and he must pass out of desperation. 3. Also, will he focus more on the
importance of special teams play? Failure in this area cost GT the game against UGA.
Thanks Doug for your interest in your readers.

hot carl spackler

December 27th, 2010
6:05 pm

How many moral victories for the fightin’ yellow jackets next year?

Too Easy

December 27th, 2010
6:37 pm

Halftime, and it’s hard to see which mule has a better handle on the turnip. B-O-R-I-N-G. So far, AF can claim a moral victory (its stats are better), which will really p.o. the teckies. At least Bob Davie REALLY, REALLY likes the option.

Too Easy

December 27th, 2010
6:38 pm

And gtu is one dropped pass from being behind.

GT Alum

December 27th, 2010
6:44 pm

I don’t see why people say CPJ doesn’t like to pass. Heck, I thought in the KS game he was trying to force the pass even though it wasn’t there. CPJ tries to pass, but when your QBs aren’t terribly accurate and your receivers look scared of the ball most of the times it comes toward them, you’re not going to have much of a passing game.

Washington has 5 attempts in this game and 1 completion. That’s not a lot of attempts, but if you only complete 20% of your passes, you’re not going to move the ball much if you keep putting it in the air.

offensive sets

December 27th, 2010
6:49 pm

Why do we stay in the same offensive formation for the entire game. I love the fact that the Air Force may run the option, but they run it out of a variety of formations. I guarantee we would recruit better skilled players if we would show more variety in the offense!!!!!!!!!!!

mrb

December 27th, 2010
6:51 pm

Lack of leadership killed the team this year. Who will step up next year?

GT Alum

December 27th, 2010
7:03 pm

SC St 2-8 12 W
KS 5-15 116 L
UNC 3-4 76 W
NC St 5-18 116 L
WF 11-21 130 W
UVA 3-6 59 W
MTSU 5-14 86 W
Clemson 6-19 83 L
VT 2-10 80 L
UM 7-17 101 L
Duke 2-7 90 W
UGA 8-15 101 L

Nesbitt was 39-105 (37%) for 674 yards (17.3 ypc). Washington is 20-48 (42%) for 376 yards (18.8 ypc) going into this game. Those completion percentages just aren’t a recipe for success throwing the ball.

GT Alum

December 27th, 2010
7:04 pm

Another fumble. Not being able to hold onto the ball is killing us.

Aaron

December 27th, 2010
7:06 pm

Will CPJ finally hire a special teams coordinator?

GT Alum

December 27th, 2010
7:08 pm

More important than incorporating the pass – protect the damn ball, and play even halfway decent on special teams.

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 27th, 2010
7:09 pm

I guess that Paul Hewitt pep talk before the game didn’t really help that much.

Horrible

December 27th, 2010
7:11 pm

This must be one of the most boring Bowl games I have seen. Good grief. This was supposed to be a scoring game? Two lame offenses. 18 yards passing for Tech. Unreal. I know the people of Shreveport wish the SEC was still coming to the game.

GT Alum

December 27th, 2010
7:21 pm

McKayhan should just go back to the locker room and change into his street clothes. Why are we putting a WR out there? We know they can’t catch the ball.

Brill

December 27th, 2010
7:30 pm

I feel bad for the defense who are playing well. #80 cost Tech the game. He is useless unless we need a tackling dummy. PATHETIC !!!

GTSeamus

December 27th, 2010
7:35 pm

This game is awful. I love CPJ, but he will run out of excuses next year if there is no improvement. He will have his recruits. Cmon guys!

Biff Pocoroba

December 27th, 2010
7:43 pm

Paul Hewitt looked good with the players he inherited. He had one great season and was given the lifetime contract. Now Paul Johnson is given a long term contract after one good year with the players he inherited. Like Hewitt, Johnson refuses to hire good assistants and wants to run the offense himself even though he can’t do it at this level like he did in the northeast. DRad didn’t learn from previous mistakes like Johnson doesn’t with special teams.

keen observer

December 27th, 2010
7:45 pm

PJ owned Air Force at the Naval academy. I think it was five straight. Maybe he should go back to Navy.

Old GT Geezer

December 27th, 2010
7:47 pm

Just as I predicted when CPJ was hired. Eventually everyone would learn to defense the option. With unorganized players and so-called specilaists making mistakes, there is no way to win. This is the beginning of the end for CPJ. We just wasted 3-4 years on the “Great Experiment”. Let’s go get a real football coach.

Yellow Fellow

December 27th, 2010
7:48 pm

They said McKayhan is in for Tarrant due to an undisclosed injury. Any idea what that injury is or when it occurred?

LADAWG

December 27th, 2010
7:48 pm

Gotta love ole PJ…what a great coach….having trouble with Air Force….

Old GT Geezer

December 27th, 2010
7:50 pm

Does anyone remember Pepper Rogers? Does this seem similar?