Paul Johnson quotes


On mistakes:

“We had to overcome a lot that was self-inflicted stuff today. We fumbled the ball on about the 4-yard line going in. We missed a short field goal. We didn’t do as well getting the ball into the end zone down once we got in the red zone.

I was disappointed at halftime, because I thought the game should be more out of line than it was. We hadn’t punted the ball. They hadn’t really stopped us. I think we missed maybe one third down, yet we’re not up like you’d think we should be.

And then we come out, hit a big play on third down to Stephen (Hill) on the pass and get down there and bog down again and have to kick the field goal. So it was disappointing.”

On punting on 4th-and-1 in the fourth quarter:

“I was kind of kicking myself on fourth and one for not going for it, but you’ve got to try to kick ‘em down inside the 20-yard line and make ‘em go the length of the field. If you go for it (and) you don’t make it, (then) you give ‘em a short field. Our defense was, at that point, struggling a little bit anyway. The last thing we wanted to do was give ‘em a short field.”

On kicking game:

I sound like a broken record with our kicking game. It’s an enigma to me. It’s just an enigma. We work on it, it looks fine in practice. We clearly have to change some personnel on the return team. We’ve got to get involved. I’m sick of watching that on the kickoff return.

On play calling:

“We hardly ran any triple option today, very few times. They were geared up to stop it. They were rolling secondary off the motion, which gave us some opportunities in play action. We hit the one for a touchdown, we had another one wide open that we didn’t finish but it’s a base offense and you can adjust it to what your guys can do.”

On what pleased him:

“35 is more than 28. That’s what I was pleased about. I don’t get hung up on yards and all that. I could care less. I just want to score more than they do.”

On UNC running back Giovani Bernard:

“He’s a tough kid. He’s a good running back. They’ve got good players. I’ve said all week that’s a pretty good football team. They’re pretty talented. Big on the offensive line. The defensive line’s really good. I think No. 90 is probably a first-round draft pick for sure. Those inside guys, 91 and [92], they’re good players. We had a hard time blocking them. Our guys fought ‘em. They hung in there and fought ‘em.”

On offensive line play:

“I though they did some things. Certainly, they were battling in there. Everything was hard-fought inside. It was really to know what they did, you’ve almost got to watch the tape and see how they played. I know they were battling. They were mad at me on fourth down when we didn’t go for it. And that’s good. It’s like I told them. You had three downs. If you can’t make it in three, get your butt off the field.”

On Stephen Hill’s play:

“He had a [heck of a] game. Stephen Hill played the way we thought he would play. He’s a great athlete. He’s a tough guy to cover one on one now. They were having to roll the coverage. They were committed (that) they were going fire the corners to the motion. They were rolling and when that happens, you’ve got single coverage on the backside with nobody underneath. Their corners are on an island.”

63 comments Add your comment


September 25th, 2011
7:40 am

“If you can’t make it in three, get your butt off the field.” You’ve got to love CPJ.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

September 25th, 2011
7:50 am

Often hear about the run establishing the pass…perfect example. That Db thought for sure he was going to make a tackle on a running back…and we see what happened. Gotta like that play!
Is Hill hurt or just strained?

GT Letterman

September 25th, 2011
8:00 am

CPJ is one of the most brilliant offensive minds in college football.


September 25th, 2011
8:15 am

My question is when is the defense going to improve? I am telling you blew alot of oppertunites but we were alos very fortunate to win this thing..

old tech grad

September 25th, 2011
8:39 am

Had a chance to replay the game and I’ll have to say I was impressed. At no time even when they tied it up late was the game out of hand. The D played well. NC was not a pushover and they came to play. The drive at the end to score and go ahead to stay was terrific. Stephen Hill continues to step up. I only hope he is not seriously injured and/or does not have one of those nagging injuries that slows him down. Everyone needs to remeber they played a team with a lot of very good experience players in the line that will be going to the NFL. We easily held our own both sides of the ball. At no point did they get a lot of pressure on Washington and there was plenty of running room. Orwin Smith also continues to impress me. He is one little player. The play were he was tackled and spun off to get the first down was as althletically great as Hill’s catch. He is an all purpose clutch player that is going to win us a lot of games.

Go Jackets!


September 25th, 2011
9:54 am


You need to spell check or proof read this stuff. Way too many missing letters.


September 25th, 2011
11:48 am

I thought the O-Line did a beautiful job of changing the LOS… even against the top notch D-Line UNC has… That is a promising aspect of this game when looking forward to the future games agaisnt VT, Clemson, and the U. The defense needs some work… buts it definitely better. When can you recall them getting 7 sacks?!? The only really dissappointing thing was giving up 3rd and forever to UNC multiple times… but those plays should have been made with missed tackles being the problem…Great game and lots to look forward too!!

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

September 25th, 2011
1:10 pm

Love CPJ! Score more than they do. That’s all that counts. Yes we made mistakes but so did UNC. That’s what happens when 2 teams go aggressively after a win. But we came out on top. And they wre no slouch of a team. Keep it rollin’ coach.


September 25th, 2011
2:21 pm

SO glad CPJ is OUR coach!!!


September 25th, 2011
2:36 pm

Great game. While we are ahead of where everyone expected this year, think about he offense next year with TW, Vad and most of the offensive line back and WR Greene opposite Hill. Greene is a bit thin this year but he is 6 ‘ 4″ ,can jump like a deer , and has good hands. With another year in the weight room, he and Hill will be terrifying defenses into keeping back even more and then the option will really kick in gear. Go Jackets !

ATLER (Ramblin Wreck)

September 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

Tech has moved up to 21st in the Nation.

Not Disappointed

September 25th, 2011
6:25 pm

Keep winning Jackets!

RT in NC

September 25th, 2011
7:04 pm

Still worried about the D.

If do right, no can defense

September 25th, 2011
8:59 pm

Hill may not return for his senior season if he keeps this up. A lot of our receiver core is Junior eligibility & above as well: Tyler Melton (Sr), Daniel McKayhan (Jr), Chris Jackson (Jr).

However, good news is that we have several of those Megatron/Bay-Bay/Hill build-type younger guys, including Jeff Greene, Marty Alcala, Darren Waller who just need to be coached up.


September 25th, 2011
9:10 pm

Go Jackets! keep working hard to execute perfectly. Some exciting things are happening in Atlanta.


September 25th, 2011
10:18 pm

arent you glad we have cpj and dont have to hear the excuses out of richts mouth!!

jack ee

September 25th, 2011
10:43 pm

the only thing I would like to see us do better is run up the score if possible. I realize that wasn’t happening in this game, UNC is a solid team but Synjyn needs his playing time to develop just in case. Also, we do not want any qb’s leaving for somewhere else where they are promised to be the starters.

jack ee

September 25th, 2011
10:53 pm

wonder if CPJ would also consider utilizing Synjyn as an A/B back at times since his best asset is running the ball himself. Not a bad idea, lol, maybe I should call CPJ on his radio show and ask him that….

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2011
11:18 pm

jack ee, you can’t run the risk of the backup QB getting injured doing things he might be good at but doesn’t need to be doing. You will only see Synjyn in mop-up situations this year, unless Tevin gets injured or is just having a really lousy day.


September 26th, 2011
12:33 am

I think even with all the troubles they have had North Carolina is still a good football team. Yes we could have played better and there is a lot of room for improvement and yet we are still 4-0. Sweet !!!

5150 UOAD

September 26th, 2011
12:35 am

the Kicking game scares more than anything. The D have a shorter field doesn’t help. Need to Kick it Deep and make the longest field possible.


September 26th, 2011
1:23 am

If Synjin is behind Tevin and Vad next year move him to A back opposite Orwin, what a stable of studs that is!


September 26th, 2011
4:34 am

We are off to a great start. CPJ hopefully will run up a huge score against NC State with this high powered offense. That will be necessary ever game for us to get any National recognition and have a chance at winning a National Championship b/c the ACC is not a power conference like some others.

That said, well done team! Go Jackets!!!


September 26th, 2011
6:14 am

It’s a new week. NCST has lost two games, but they will be playing in front of their home fans. Don’t lose focus, NCST is going to be a tough game and might be a tighter match-up than most people expect.


September 26th, 2011
6:59 am

Another payback game from last year. Need to take care of business! On the road to the NC.


September 26th, 2011
7:33 am


Ease off the MNC talk. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves like our pup fans down the road. This is not a championship team by any stretch of the imagination. We have a decent shot at the ACCCG, and that should be our goal. Let’s leave the MNC talk to the delusional Dawg fans.Go Jackets!


September 26th, 2011
7:45 am

Glad to see this team playing as a team. The fact that we’re 4-0 and ranked is a bonus. Just need to keep improving on defense and hire a special teams coach. And how about getting a scholarship place kicker for next year.


September 26th, 2011
8:02 am

re hill: if he keeps what up? dropping easy passes that would be 7? can’t do that against clem vt ga.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

September 26th, 2011
8:09 am

Even though NCSU appears not so strong, please note that last week Glennon threw for 334 yards. Tech has yet to really stop a good passing attack…yet.
But Tech can.

piss boy

September 26th, 2011
8:10 am

for the Dawg Fan Interlopers reading this, Walgrens has Dawg T shirts on sale 2 for 5 dollars. They make great Christmas presents for your redneck relatives.

dry dirt road

September 26th, 2011
8:12 am

haven’t seen a blocked kick by Tech in years, was about time, as was a passing game; now how about tight end use? all the teams are pointing out that Tech does not use one by using one themselves; teams love to use Tech as a mirror image I believe, coming out passing on every down maybe, such as FSU would easily do, gambling that they’ll make the risky plays and not be intercepted; Tech’s supposed to be the gambling Hell of some engineers, as sung in the Ramblin’ Wreck song

Burma Shave

September 26th, 2011
8:15 am

Our Pre-Season Schedule

Was A Well Crafted Plan

To Rack Up Eight Wins

Before The Season Began

Burma Shave


September 26th, 2011
8:17 am

ramblingbuzz- Justin Moore is on scholarship. I can’t figure out though why he can only kick it deep once a game though…


September 26th, 2011
8:21 am

Yeah the D was a bit soft at times, but UNC is a good team, they were picked 2nd in the Coastal, preseason. Yes, the halftime score should have been 28 or more to theirs, but 2nd half was great to watch. Guys believe in themselves, now on to NCSU for some payback.

I did not notice, but was ugaG ranked after their impressive win in Ole Miss land?


September 26th, 2011
8:27 am

Can’t believe the line, Monday, for the NCSU game is 12 1/2 points. Don’t forget that for the 300+ yards Glennon threw, he was also sacked 7 times, and their Defensive secondary was picked apart by Cincinnati.


September 26th, 2011
8:31 am

This is a good Tech team … they way NCSt, MD, Va, Mia are playing I think we should be favored in all 4 games. I think 8-0 is very possible at the end of Oct. But D wins championships, and if our D doesnt get better, the Clem, VT, UGA gauntlet in Nov is going to be tough. But it’s has been fun to watch so far. Keep improving. Keep fighting. GO JACKETS!!


September 26th, 2011
8:40 am

I said 38-30

It ended 35-28

Call me next time you need to place your bets

Good win

Your schedule looks like a cakewalk until much later on.

Clemson is the game to decide it and it is in ATL

Looking pretty rosy


September 26th, 2011
8:46 am

Truly, it has been a fun ride, thus far!!! Let’s keep collecting those ‘W’s and see what happens!!! LOVING that Tech is getting SOME lovin’ from national media…it has been a WHILE coming!!! GO TECH!!!


September 26th, 2011
8:48 am

DawginLex…you sir, are borderline prophet! Good call…blessings to you and yours!!! You are a Damn Good Dawg!


September 26th, 2011
8:51 am

Hey, the new season started today and it’s a seven day season. Focus on NCState. Don’t care who we play the next week until the next seven day season starts. One game at a time.

Athens Dawg

September 26th, 2011
8:59 am

@piss boy

Brilliant, your talking smack about dawgs fans and you can’t spell WALGREEN’s…

Other jackets, I too, like PJ.


September 26th, 2011
9:10 am

So, we have a Cesspool troll DawginLex, taking a “victory lap”
over his prediction…..of the GT-UNC game?

How pathetic.


September 26th, 2011
9:17 am

The UNC game was the best-called offensive plan I’ve seen since the days of Ralph Friegen. CPJ at his best. Now, we need to put a little heat on the NCS QB, and cover a little better. One thing I do like is the hard hits on opposing receivers. Take State seriously !


September 26th, 2011
9:19 am

T3 – Which “side” are you on? Are you trying to berate a fellow UGA person for following GT in a respectable manner or are you a GT person that hasn’t followed DawhinLex’s comments. He and BankerDawg tend to have much more to add to the blog than what you have offered.

Who is really “pathetic”?


September 26th, 2011
9:24 am

Thanks for the kind words T3

I like college football

I am a Dawg. An actual graduate.

Sue me


September 26th, 2011
9:34 am

Giovani Bernard is a real good player and was making some key 3rd down conversions on his effort alone, Tech matched UNC OL pretty well.

Tech’s got some real nice DB’s, they are just leaning the game and doing pretty well.

Attaochu will be All-American type player, only a soph and was pretty much unstoppable, even play well in run game, best LB sense Phillip Wheeler.

One game at a time, Clemson looked real good against FSU. Big game this weekend is Va Tech and Clemson, need Clemson to win to help Tech in the Coastal but sure Va Tech defense will be ready


September 26th, 2011
9:39 am

Just stay focused.
Do not need to put others down.
NCSt will be gearing for us, for sure.
Offense always prepared, not so sure about our defense.


September 26th, 2011
9:39 am

Great Job Coach..keep up the good work.
Thanks Ken for info.

Tokyo jacket

September 26th, 2011
9:40 am

Anyone who is ragging Hill for the drop, stop. They happen. If you remember, Baybay had a pretty big drop himself – yet he still got drafted as the first overall WR and did great things for our offense. Hill has shown consistency through four games. He dropped one he should have caught, caught one that should have gone into the stands, and has otherwise been outstanding. Bottom line, he looks like an All ACC WR or even All American right now.

Tokyo jacket

September 26th, 2011
9:43 am

Ken, what’s your take on how we played? Is it a good thing that we didn’t come with our best stuff and still beat a talented team? Or is it a bad sign that the weather’s cooling off a little and we’re showing some weaknesses?

My personal take is the former. You gotta remember that the missed plays we made, while self-inflicted, were in some part due to playing a pretty good UNC team. The level of competition against UNC was definitely a level or two up from KU and WCU. We weren’t playing the practice squad. And, we still racked up 500 yards of total offense and scored 35 points (though we left 17 on the field).

All in all, I think there was just enough bad to keep them from getting cocky, but plenty enough good to make me think we can roll NCSU next week…if they continue to work.