The plays of the year

With the season now done, it seemed an appropriate time to look back at the plays the defined what most would consider a disappointing past few months for Georgia Tech’s football team.

During the 2009 ACC championship season there were so many exciting plays to choose from it was hard to whittle down the list.

This year … not so much. It seems most of the big plays went against the Yellow Jackets.

Before we continue, here’s a video of a nice act of sportsmanship by Tech’s players after the Independence Bowl loss to Air Force.

I present to you three plays, that I think best epitomized the season, along with a poll that will allow you to vote on the play of the year.

The interception

Trying to defeat Virginia Tech in Blacksburg is never easy. Trying to do so on a cold November night, with a chill so biting you could swear you heard it say “Just thermals, not too smart, are you?”

Nevertheless, Georgia Tech arrived in western Virginia with a lot to play for: the game with the Hokies has turned into one of most anticipated each year. Accusations of illegal blocks made by the Hokies’ players and coaches after Georgia Tech knocked them off their No. 4 perch in 2009 added to the intensity.

Georgia Tech needed a win to keep alive its slim hopes of making it back to the championship game. Joshua Nesbitt needed just a few more yards to become the most prolific rushing quarterback in ACC history.

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 It got off to a fantastic start.

Nesbitt scored a 1-yard touchdown in the first quarter, and then got the record and another touchdown on a 71-yard run up the middle with less than 5 minutes remaining in the opening period. Lane Stadium was quiet, and it wasn’t because everyone was gobbling down turkey legs.

The Hokies were able to cut the lead to a touchdown on a run by Ryan Williams.

Another threat was snuffed out with an interception in the end zone.

Tech caught another break — it stretches the memory to recall when the Jackets caught two good breaks in one game — when the Hokies fumbled on their next possession. The turnover gave Tech the ball at Virginia Tech’s 47-yard line.

Tech began moving down the field in a way they hadn’t in the season’s first few games. The Jackets were methodical and mean.

And then disaster struck. Two, actually.

Rolling to his left, Nesbitt tried to loft a pass to Anthony Allen in the front of the end zone.

Allen saw Virginia Tech’s Davon Morgan shadowing him.

Nesbitt didn’t.

Morgan cut in front of Nesbitt’s pass, intercepted it at the 1-yard line and sprinted up the sideline. Disaster No. 1.

Nesbitt ran to try to tackle him. Morgan’s knees jackhammered into Nesbitt’s arms as he reached to push him out of bounds. The impact broke Nesbitt’s right forearm. There was no intent. It was simply two players trying to make plays. But it was disaster No. 2.

Of course, David Wilson’s 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the game-winner, but it seems that without the interception and injury that kickoff return likely wouldn’t have mattered.

The fumble(s)

“If we don’t put the ball on the ground, I don’t know if they ever stop us,” coach Paul Johnson said after Tech’s 42-34 loss to Georgia in Athens.

But they did. Four times, losing three. And if Georgia didn’t put the ball on the ground (four, two lost) this game could still be in overtime because Tech’s defense had no answer for Georgia’s passing offense.

Nevertheless, the Yellow Jackets ran 92 plays (its most since 2000) and totaled 512 yards in offense (411 rushing).

But the fumbles, two inside the 20-yard line, doomed them to another loss to their rivals.

From an earlier blog:

The last fumble occurred when Tevin Washington tried to pitch the ball at the 21-yard line. Linebacker Akeem Dent hit Roddy Jones as the pitch arrived, causing him to lose the ball. Justin Houston scooped it up and returned it for a touchdown to give Georgia a 35-21 lead with 16 seconds left in the third quarter.

“It’s a pitch that’s got to be caught. It hit my hands,” said Jones, who carried the ball nine times for 63 yards and a touchdown.

Orwin Smith dropped a pitch in the first quarter that Georgia recovered on the 5-yard line. The second occurred when Jones was stripped of the ball inside the 15-yard line in the third quarter. After a scramble, Georgia picked it up on the 36-yard line.

“They did a good job of getting their hands in their and their helmets and poking the ball away,” Jones said. “It’s just the little things like that that got us beat today.”

The touchdown pass

It only seems fair to include a positive moment from the season, even if that moment served as a reminder that something didn’t seem quite right with Tech’s offense.

Tech arrived in Winston-Salem to play Wake Forest in early October perhaps expecting an easy game.

The Demon Deacons weren’t good at defending the run, allowing 175.8 yards per game. They had given up more than 500 in their prevous two games.

They figured something out.

Nesbitt had just 6 yards on 19 carries in the second half. Tech was trailing 17-6.

But Nesbitt wouldn’t quit. He led Tech on two scoring drives only to see Wake Forest take a 20-17 lead on a field goal with 2:21 remaining.

On their next possession, on fourth-and-4, Nesbitt sprinted 16 yards to Wake’s 47-yard line keep Tech’s hope alive.

He hit Jones for 9 yards and followed with another 9-yarder to Stephen Hill. Preston Lyons drove his way for 5 more to set up Tech at Wake’s 24.

Four plays later, Nesbitt rushed for two yards to put Tech at Wake’s 9. He called timeout.

On the next play, Nesbitt dropped back and found Correy Earls on a post pattern.

Touchdown.

Victory.

“I’m still flabbergasted,” said Earls, who entered the game with one catch on the season.

Honorable mention

There are so many other plays to choose from:

  • The 32-yard screen pass in which Kansas’ Daymond Patterson broke at least five tackles to secure the Jayhawks’ win.
  • Izaan Cross sacking T.J. Yates and also batting down a pass to help preserve Tech’s 30-24 win.
  • N.C. State’s Russell Wilson hitting T.J. Graham for a 23-yard touchdown pass to end a Tech rally, just a few plays after Jerrard Tarrant returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown.
  • Hill’s 79-yard touchdown catch against Duke.
  • Washington’s fumble against Air Force.

Which play do you remember most? Share the play and why it sticks out in your mind. How did it epitomize the season?

On Friday, we’ll look at candidates for player of the year.

Oh, and since most of you got smartphones or an e-reader for as a gift, you can follow me on twitter @ajcgatech.

– Doug Roberson, AJC

61 comments Add your comment

Biff Pocoroba

December 30th, 2010
5:40 am

This blog should be about the Georgia Tech-Mercer basketball game today. “Coach” Hewitt has a chance to lead his team to a fourth place finish in the state. The 24 people going to the game today want to read more about it.

lanier

December 30th, 2010
5:58 am

Tech has a basketball team? Really?

STRAIGHT JACKET

December 30th, 2010
7:41 am

GT sports is at an all-time low!

Terrence Wiiliams

December 30th, 2010
8:24 am

Looking back at Tech season was very boring. I hope the coaches will be working
hard to bring in some exciting new players especially on defense. We need to stop
Trying to get just the 3-5 star kids. There’s kids that have been fundamentally coached
by the best Highschool coaches in Florida. Also, we need to look at grades. Why waste time on a 5 star when they can barely make it out of highschool. CPJ let’s make it happen in 2011!

WrexNFx.aka.Ol' Wrex

December 30th, 2010
8:25 am

Questions for GT Fans that are making excuses for CPJ:

Shouldn’t a Genius HC be able to fix the STs Issues after 3 f’n seasons and multiple losses of Games due to poor STs play?

Shouldn’t a Genius HC be able to install some sort of Pass-Blocking Scheme after 36 Months on campus such that the Team can have some sort of chance to WIN if they need a passing Game?

The CPJ kool-aid drinkers told us that Recruiting too many QBs & A-Backs wouldn’t NOT hurt depth at other positions, since these Recruits could EASILY move to other positions and “help GT win Games”; well now we have had JaBlow and Jordy Lou Allen transfer out, basically WASTING slots that could have added to GT’s depth and now we are also caught with too many 5-7 170lb. A-Backs that will NEVER make any sort of impact on winning games; to all you GT Toadies that make excuses for CPJ, NOW will you admit that this Recruiting Strategy by CPJ has hurt GT FB?

If NONE of the QBs Recruited by CPJ can pass worth a lick (Starters Included); then HOW can GT’s Defense simulate what they will see from opposing Teams in Practice when getting ready to play? (IMO this is part of the reason WHY CAG’s Defenses look so lost when playing Teams that can pass, even Dook’s QB torched GT for over 300-yds. passing)

Where in eFF was DRad when when CPJ put his Staff together and CPJ DECIDED to have 2 O-LINE coaches, but ZREO “dedicated” STs Coaches?

Another question; Does it really take TWO O-LINE COACHES to “teach” OLs to dive at a guys’ keeecaps, and while I’m at it, shouldn’t TWO O-LINE Coaches insure that GT’s O-LINE is the best pass-blocking O-LINE in all of CFB, since they have TWO coaches and all the other BCS Teams only have ONE O-LINE Coach?

What GT Fans don’t want to admit is that 100% of the PROBLEMS associated with GT FB are a direct result of CPJ’s poor decision making and not understanding “what it takes” to win AT THIS LEVEL of CFB

Now try and Defend CPJ on those issues all you Kool-Aid Drinkers.

Hokie Dawg

December 30th, 2010
8:40 am

I’m printing this one out an placing it in my cubicle! We broke Nesbitts arm AND you mention all the fumbles in Athens! Go Dawgs!

CloudmanJacket

December 30th, 2010
8:54 am

Lost to 6 unranked teams; just had to mention it again.

Fire CPJ

roughrider

December 30th, 2010
9:02 am

It’s hard to belive that Tech has lost 6 bowl games in a row. That staggers the imagination.

William Casey

December 30th, 2010
9:05 am

The quality of responses so far is much more dismal than GT’s season. The interception/injury at VT wins hands down as the play of the season.

K with a K

December 30th, 2010
9:15 am

My play of the year was Nesbitt’s ACC record breaking touchdown run against VT.

TDone

December 30th, 2010
9:19 am

As my high school biology teacher used to say, “Some days you get the bear and some days the bear gets you.” We did not have it this year, but this happens to all teams. You deal with it.

GT man

December 30th, 2010
9:40 am

Going over all these miscues, and looking at all GT-Ga games, why does Tech always give the game to GA? Are the jackets scared of them? They fumble and ga recovers or scores, GT throws stupid interceptions, its horrible. Its like uga knows they are going to win because Tech is going to give them the game.

Kentucky Jacket

December 30th, 2010
9:45 am

Most of the time I believe the nay sayers who post on this blog are really mutts who have nothing else to do, ie….. a job. But it really is pathetic to see the portrayed Jacket fans critize our team and coach to the degree they do. Few support and pull for the Jackets more than my family. We attend all home games (6 1/2 hr drive)and most away games, have for years (how many of you big time fans were in Lawrence?). If you know anything about the sport you know you have great seasons and seasons you want to forget, like this one. I too was very frustrated with the performance of the team, just couldn’t figure out how most of the kids could play so well last year and this year didn’t. But it is football, and a true fan supports during the good and bad times. That is what makes seasons like last year so special. Those that post on this site with all the negative comments are only fair weather fans, who we don’t need. You think you are a huge fan and know everything but only when we are winning, who needs you? True Jackets don’t. Go Jackets. Happy New Year.

uncle fester

December 30th, 2010
9:50 am

CPJ needs to learn good looks and his personality are only going to take him so far in recruiting.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2010
9:51 am

What do you expect wrexNfx? The AJC has been blowing smoke up the Techies’ butts about how brilliant and awesome Johnson is since the day he set foot on campus. I’ve really never seen anything like it. Even in losses Bradley tells us that he “outcoached” the other team, whatever the hell that means. Schultz’s nauseating column after 45-42 was nothing short of a coronation of the new King of College Football in Georgia. After last year’s 30-24 win Roberson warned Georgia fans that Tech “almost” beat us. Their love fest with this guy borders on the absurd. Techies will believe anything you tell them as long as its something that they want to hear and they’ve fallen for the hype hook, line and sinker. Now Johnson has a losing season, a losing record against UGA, and an absolutely humiliating track record in bowl games, but what do we hear out of the AJCers? NOTHING. Complete radio silence. Can you imagine the new butthole that Schultz would rip the Georgia program if we had lost in Shreveport to finish with a losing season? He wouldn’t be able to get to his keyboard fast enough. I know I’m whining, but there’s a definite double standard at work here if you ask me.

Thanks.

Tech Stinks

December 30th, 2010
9:53 am

Hire Ralph the Fridge to coach passing and special teams. Believe me, he will MAKE the special teams perform, or they will never be allowed to leave the practice field! They will grow old, die and be buried on the practice field if they do not perform to Ralph’s high standards.

rxdawg79

December 30th, 2010
10:01 am

@GT man: If you substitute “UGA” for Tech and put in “Florida” in place of UGA you will have nicely summed up the UGA/UF games.

It seems that unless the game is a blowout that GT will find a way to lose to UGA just as UGA will find a way to dump it to UF. Mental blocks are funny things.

DawginLex

December 30th, 2010
10:04 am

I don’t understand your coach although I do like him as a coach.

He coached at Hawaii and they threw the ball all over the yard.
GA Southern had no trouble throwing the ball.
He threw some at Navy but not as much.

It is almost like his stubbornness to prove the naysayers wrong is biting him in the rear end.

Just my $.02.

GTBob

December 30th, 2010
10:06 am

dawgfan, CPJ took a team that was struggling to win 7 games ever year and won 20 games and a conference championship in 2 years. He has one bad year after that after a series of players either left or got injured and you want the AJC to call for him to be fired? If CPJ has another bad season next year he will start to feel the pressure. Its not like Mark Bradley has taken it easy on Paul Hewitt.

rxdawg79

December 30th, 2010
10:08 am

@dawgfan: After the 2008 game the old racist himself, Terence Moore, actually proclaimed that a Mark Richt-coached UGA team would NEVER beat a CPJ-coached GT team. In 2009, when quizzed about his apparent erroneous prediction he stumbled all over himself trying to explain that despite scoring fewer points than UGA, GT had in fact not lost. I think he crawled into his AOL hole after this year’s game, as I didn’t catch his latest excuse.

Now, whether or not CPJ is a better coach than CMR is not for me to decide, but that ALL the AJC’s big-time (sic) writers crowned CPJ as the greatest coach in history back in 2008 helps your assertion.

Bob

December 30th, 2010
10:18 am

I think at the BCS level that head coaches have to be more CEO-like and micromanage. They have to have their hands in every aspect of the program. They don’t just call plays. They are ultimately responsible for managing the most mundane minutae of the program. I don’t think Johnson gets this. He is basically just a glorified offensive coordinator. He doesn’t know anything about defense. He doesn’t know anything about special teams. He just farms all that out and calls the ball plays. He doesn’t know anything about motivating young men to compete at their best. He once arrogantly scoffed at pre-game speeches as something you only see in movies. No its not coach. Great coaches do it all the time. This isn’t a science experiment. Its a football game and emotion plays a big part. Johnson just doesn’t get it.

I’ve never thought the guy was all that great. Winning a weak ACC and beating Georgia once hardly warrants the hype if you ask me.

dawgfan

December 30th, 2010
10:32 am

GTBob, where in the hell did I say that the AJC should call for Johnson to be fired? That must have been the voices in your head. Seek help.

What I expect is the same level of scrutiny that they put on the UGA program. Here is an example. Never passing up an opportunity to remind Georgia fans how much we suck, Schultz dedicated an entire column to UGA hiring a new STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING coach for God’s sake!!! Good lord who cares, right? Do you think Schultz has any effing clue who your strength and conditioning coach is or would give two craps if you got a new onw? I’ve heard you Techies say that you’re tired of the AJC writing about UGA so much. Well, hold on to your hats for this one but we actually agree on something!!! I’m sick of it too. UGA and Richt are under a freaking atomic microscope while Johnson has a losing season and will undoubtedly go unscathed. This guy simply can do no wrong no matter what it seems.

Happy New Year.

Fire Paul Johnson

December 30th, 2010
10:53 am

A few points:

1. Many Johnson supporters like to point at Nesbitt’s injury as an excuse for why we didn’t beat VT(or UGA or Air Force), however it was Nesbitt’s red zone interception that was arguably the most significant play of the game in shifting momentum to the Hokies. If anything, Nesbitt was the REASON GT lost to VT.

2. The fumbles are merely characteristic of an offense with so much ball handling and so many long, grinding drives. Also, I would guess poor coaching has something to do with it too. Apologists are fond of saying that the “coach doesn’t fumble the ball” so you can’t blame him. Well the coach doesn’t catch TD passes, sack the QB, etc etc either! It’s a wonder a coach has any effect on the game at all!

3. That TD pass vs Wake is sadly worthy of a mention, because it is the ONLY time in three years that a GT team under Johnson has completed a late game comeback to win a game. Tech is otherwise 0-7 in games where it possesses the ball with under 5 minutes remaining and trailing by one score.

More on the various excuses Tech fans have been making in the wake of the I-Bowl disaster:

http://firepauljohnson.blogspot.com

RAID

December 30th, 2010
10:57 am

Stephen Hill catching a pass, QB actually completed a pass, beating Duke, witnessing CPJ giving UGA a free TD so he could lose by 8 instead of one should be a few more highlights…….

Why Can't Paul JohnsonWin a Bowl Game?

December 30th, 2010
10:58 am

Would have to go with the fumbles or INTs.

get real

December 30th, 2010
11:00 am

No way GT wins that game in Blacksburg even if Nesbitt were not injured. VT still would have beaten them.

Goldenrod

December 30th, 2010
11:01 am

Coach Paul Johnson will right the ship and restore our Jackets to ACC and BCS prominence! Shame on all of you doubting fools, CPJ has shown he CAN win at all levels and that the Perfect Option cannot be stopped. It’s just a matter of controlling turnovers – less fumbles and INTs would have led to a 12-0 season, another ACC championship and yet another BCS bowl appearance.

TRUST IN CPJ!!!

GTSteve

December 30th, 2010
11:06 am

I got nothing, this team just flat out had a terrible year, I don’t know what the problem is, but I am tired of GA Tech losing to UGA….. PERIOD……. I am tired of it…I only wish the coaching staff and the players were as tired of it as I am.

Paul in RDU

December 30th, 2010
11:07 am

Not a good year for GT football. What is worse is that the football team won more ACC games (out of 8) than the basketball team is going to win (out of 16).

buzzwax

December 30th, 2010
11:28 am

Hey Wrex we miss you on Bbuzzoff.com, NOT.

You make some valid points but once again in a way that exposes your inner dark side. Man I really feel sorry for you….

CPJ can’t recruit and only won with ‘Gailey Players’. This is a very poor argument if you know anything about football. I agree Dwyer, Bey Bey, D Morgan and M Burnett played huge roles in winning the 2009 ACC Championship but look at the 2005 and 2006 classes Gailey left behind. ZERO OL recruits in 06, NONE!!!! ONE DL recruit in 2 star Ben Anderson (NO KNOCK on Ben, he overachieved IMO) Even that super 2007 class only had ONE DT recruit in undersized Logan Walls. Clyde Yandell never materialized as a 3 star player and Brad Gilbert left one year early due to early graduation. His loss hurt this years OL depth in a big way. Only Nick Claytor remains from that class on the OL. Thats ONE Offensive Lineman from 06 and 07 that CPJ has to work with, ONE!! If you know anything about football it takes two to three years for most OL to mature enough to be effective. CPJ’s 08 class was largely done before he got the job. Not making excuses but these are the FACTS!! Starting next year most of the 2 deep players will be ‘his’ and the results will be squarely on his shoulders.

This ‘Kool Aid’ Drinker will give you some more FACTS….
CPJ’s winning % is still 65% even after this crappy year. This is still THIRD ALL TIME in GT HISTORY just behind John Heisman and Bobby Dodd. NINE of the TOP 50 players in GA last year were signed by CPJ. Link http://blogs.ajc.com/recruiting/2010/01/08/ajc-top-50-list-reveals-best-of-best-in-georgia/

This list was put together by Mr. Chip Towers who did some fairly extensive research through coaches interviews, SR season results etc. (I’d say he has a ‘UGA lean’ but who doesn’t in this state) So this was put together AFTER the 2009 HS season was over. Charles Perkins is the TOP RB IN THE STATE last year per a ‘non GT guy’. Isaiah Johnson was the second best DB, BJ Bostic 16th best player, Ryan Ayers third best DB, Shawn Green, Syngyn Days, Fred Holton, Anthony Williams, Morgan Bailey to ’round out the list’. McCoy didn’t make the list and he had offers from LSU, Miami, Alabama and Notre Dame. Attaochu looks very promising at OLB and Louis Young was 4 stars. This was a very solid class that didn’t ‘rank’ as high only due its size of 18 commits.

Gt LOST to UGA this year and was RUN OVER last year. But saying the offense wont work/has been figured out is becoming laughable. Over 500 yards against all of those 4 and 5 star UGA players with our BACK UP QB…..

Again, CPJ and staff will not have any more ‘excuses’ next year as most of the two deep will be ‘his’ players, especially along the OL and DL….Roddy Jones and Nick Claytor on O and Logan Walls, Jason Peters, Kyle Jackson and Jarrard Tarrant on D will be the only ‘Gailey players’ in the two deep next year.

Where I agree with you – too many A backs on schollie and too many QB’s on schollie that haven’t demonstrated the ability to throw the ball or WR that can catch the ball….

Brock

December 30th, 2010
11:34 am

is there not anywhere else this dawgfan idiot can post her drivel? Geezus H this gets old. Can you at least shut the F up til next year? Damn you bore the hell out of me.

GTBob

December 30th, 2010
11:34 am

2. The fumbles are merely characteristic of an offense with so much ball handling and so many long, grinding drives. Also, I would guess poor coaching has something to do with it too. Apologists are fond of saying that the “coach doesn’t fumble the ball” so you can’t blame him. Well the coach doesn’t catch TD passes, sack the QB, etc etc either! It’s a wonder a coach has any effect on the game at all!

Do you have a good explanation then for why we fumbled the ball 20 times this year as opposed to 12 times last year (with one more game) ? Did CPJ forget how to teach not fumbling between 2009 and 2010?

GO JACKETS

December 30th, 2010
11:40 am

Ky Jacket, I was in Lawrence Kansas even though it took me 18 hours to get there after two airline mechanical breakdowns. The pilot of the plane had to call the rental car agency and beg them to remain open so I would not be stuck at the KC airport at 2am.

I understand you cannot win them all but some of the meltdown this year was coaching and the staff is culpable. Yes they are. When you make at least 100,000 salary you should be able to make better decisions than allowing a player to receive a punt only to fumble and them put that same player back out there 2 minutes later only to fumble again. And if you are a head coach you need to overturn decisions like that one.
It doesn’t mean I do not support CPJ, I do. But I have a right to disagree with what I disagree with. Most of the finger pointers on these blogs are mutt fans but there are plenty of GT fans that support CPJ but see things differently in certain areas.

If the team looked as if they cared and were hungry for a win like Air Force did, maybe I wouldn’t be so disappointed but I saw none of that with the exception of a few. And even the playcalling by the AF coach resembled to me the playcalling CPJ use to do.

I do want to thank Nesbitt for the great wins over Clemson, Miami and UGA in 08, and Clemson twice, VT and FSU in 09. Also, I am thankful Anthony Allen transferred to GT. Hope GT is able to regroup, sign some good players and become more disciplined.

GO JACKETS

December 30th, 2010
11:52 am

I have one suggestion, would GTAA consider calling Giff Smith and attempt to hire him back from Buffalo. Best recruiter GT had in the past decade by far. After spending the winter in that place, maybe Giff would want to come back.

East Cobb Hokie

December 30th, 2010
11:54 am

The Interception. Beyond its impact on VT game, it was Nesbitt’s last play of the year and his college career. Season is totally different if he plays remainder of games.

Paul in RDU

December 30th, 2010
12:04 pm

buzzwax – Excellent post and thanks for linking the Top 50 from last year. I was surprised reading the list – I always thought that the UGA fans were overreacting when they complained about too many kids from Georgia going out of state but there sure seemed to be plenty out of the top 50 going elsewhere.

Play of the Year

December 30th, 2010
12:19 pm

Um, not to be negative, but the play of the year has got to be the missed PAT vs. UGA. Hit that, and it’s a different season (for both teams!)

dawgfan

December 30th, 2010
12:44 pm

Happy New Year Brock. I love you too.

Play of the year, that extra point would only have tied the game with plenty of time left on the clock for Aaron Murray to further humiliate your defense. Get a grip.

WrexNFx.aka.Ol' Wrex

December 30th, 2010
12:50 pm

Re: Buzzwax

Just like on BBuzzoff.com, you replied to my post, took the time to slam me, but FAILED to answer pertinent questions like:

How can the STs be so bad after 3 yrs. of horrible play?

With TWO O-LIne Coaches WHY can’t the O-line pass-block worth a darn, especially AFTER 36 months of “CPJ-specific-instruction”; after shouldn’t a “Genuis” be able to teach O-line pass-blocking after all that time on Campus?

Shouldn’t Geniuses leave NO STONE UNTURNED and develop some sort of Passing Game to give his team a better chance to WIN?

It seems that CPJ is more concerned with proving that his System will work rather than winning above all else, even if you have to PASS FIRST, or play GREAT STs in order to get those wins.

WrexNFx.aka.Ol' Wrex

December 30th, 2010
1:06 pm

BTW Buzzwax, WHY is it that NO ONE over on BBuzzoff.com is saying ANYTHING about CPJ’s 2 Offensive TDs in 3-Bowl-Games?

You do realize that 3 Offensive TDs in THREE BOWL GAMES is akin to Chan Gailey-esque performances, and he was the WRONG Pro-Style for GT and made only $1.0 mil vs. the $2.3 mil that CPJ makes.

Think about that for a sec., the GT Fanbase thinks he’s a GENIUS while he makes $2.3 mil per year, YET he can only muster 2-TDs in 3 Bowl Games, that just goes to show that I have been much more RIGHT than my detractors want to admit, and that the GT Fanbase is CHOCK FULL of unknowledgeable Fans that know very little about CFB

Also Buzzwax, you do realize that the MOST EMBARRASSING graphic that ESPN showed during the Bowl Game was when GT was listed with the 3-Service Academies as the ONLY FOUR Teams in Big-Boy FB to run CPJ’s gimmicky Offense, when Recruits look at that kind of stuff for 3Hrs. on Nat’l TV it will drive AWAY the more talented Recruits like the plague, I guess GT can thank CPJ for that too.

In summary there have been LOT of screw-ups by CPJ, but everyone over at BBuzzoff.com is scared to say anything about it for fear of being banned by the putz that runs that place, BTW traffic is down considerably and that place is like a mausoleum because everyone is on pins & needles.

Kentucky Jacket

December 30th, 2010
1:45 pm

Go Jackets, of course fans have the right to voice their displeasure. My problem is when these folks make it personal. The main reason I love college football is because of the emotion, so I understand the emotion true fans exibit but when it turns personal, I turn it off. If you have followed the program as long as we have you have to like the overall direction the program is headed. No question this year was a major disappointment but hopefuly CPJ will turn it into a learning experience and the boys will capitalize on that experience next year. I know we will be there supporting them and cheering them on. Our oldest son had airline problems getting into KC too. They diverted to Omaha and eventually landed in KC. To me, the Kansas game was the most disappointing game (other than the dogs, it is never acceptable to lose to them) as it set the tone for the rest of the season. It certainly was a harbinger of things to come.

GT93

December 30th, 2010
1:50 pm

Play of the Year? The entire season can be summed up with Scott Blair’s missed extra point against UGA.

GTBob

December 30th, 2010
1:58 pm

Are UGA fans really still trying to make Scott Blair feel bad? Lol, of all the things to hang your hat on. You guys should get back to pretending to be GT fans and talking about how much you want CPJ fired.

Ramblin Man

December 30th, 2010
2:13 pm

I have already blocked this season out and care to remember none of it. I have convinced myself that the NCAA canceled the season due to all the investigations and sadly there was no 2010 season. College fans everywhere were depressed and angry swearing revenge on the NCAA for thier inconsistent and senseless rulings.

Ramblin Man

December 30th, 2010
2:34 pm

Wrex,
Why do you always feel the need to bring up CPJ’s salary? He was not the only coach that had a bad season and surely not the only coach to have players underperform. Do you really think that Makayan had never practiced catching a punt in practice before that game? Could it be that a 19 year old kid screwed up and had butterflies the size of eagles in his stomach and just flat out messed up? You do realize in those four weeks of prep time you talk about the coaches are only allowed 15 practices? I agree with you that a teams success or lack of it falls squarely on the HC, but if you are a real GT fan did you really expect a return trip to the ACCCG after the number of players GT lost and a new defensive scheme we did not have the players for? You are entitled to your opinion but coming on these blogs everyday carrying on about the same thing gets old and that is why people attack you.

Yellow Britches

December 30th, 2010
3:23 pm

The first few years Bobby Ross was our coach the special teams and offense had such a tough time holding on to the ball they were billed as the “fumble bees”. Ross put the team in a position to win games but no one on either side of the ball could make a play. Did that make Bobby Ross a bad coach? I don’t think so. Paul Johnson got about as much out of this team as possible. The team just didn’t have it. The only guy who played with heart was Nesbitt. He was the lone lion. No one on defense stepped up. That said, next year will be all Coach Johnson’s players. If we can’t win with CPJs personnel, well “Houston we have a problem.

The football program will be OK. The basketball team is DOA. This is sad, sad, sad. No life, and frankly, no coaching. I think these guys stopped listening to Paul Hewitt’s rants two years ago.

Paul in RDU

December 30th, 2010
4:20 pm

Talking about b’ball…
Congrats to Coach K for passing Dean Smith in victories last night. Wall to wall coverage up here in the Triangle.

Steve

December 30th, 2010
4:50 pm

Tech has a football team?

Paul Johnson

December 30th, 2010
5:03 pm

Our offense is a gimmick and our defense just plain sucks. Other than that, everything is great!

GT93

December 30th, 2010
5:29 pm

GTBob … no Dawg fan here … I’m a life-long GT fan and attended the school myself. Scott Blair’s missed extra point is emblematic of a season full of mis-cues, lack of execution, lack of focus, and complete break-down in the fundamentals of football. Sure, Blair’s a great kicker … but if you’re gonna make 77 PAT’s in a row and then miss #78, the potential game-tying point, in Athens, during the final game of your senior season … then you’re the poster-child of a team with great talent and great coaching that just utterly failed to perform.