Paul Johnson on uniqueness of 2011 offense

Greetings-

A few points from Paul Johnson’s news conference.

1. Johnson said he was thinking this morning about the nature of this year’s offense, and how it’s “kind of unique” because there isn’t a player that needs to have the ball like Jonathan Dwyer or Anthony Allen. The team is more athletic across the board, but Johnson doesn’t feel the need to scheme the offense to get one particular player a lot of touches.

“If they want to take away David Sims, then, O.K., we’ll give it to Orwin Smith,” he said. “If they want to take away Orwin, we’ll do whatever. It isn’t so much tweaking it to get the ball to certain individuals as it is kind of running the system.”

2. Johnson noted that Tony Zenon didn’t get many snaps Saturday against North Carolina, calling it an oversight.

“We need to get him in some,” he said.

3. In response to a question about the Russell Wilson situation over the summer that led him to transfer from N.C. State to Wisconsin, Johnson said he has had players who  played for the baseball team (Roddy Jones played for the Tech baseball team in 2010) but never one who wanted to play minor league baseball over the summer. He said he didn’t know what he’d do if the situation arose.

“I’m not touching that one,” he said.

4. Johnson stressed that the team hasn’t accomplished anything yet, a message players I’m guessing players have heard.

“All they have to do is look and see we’ve played a third of the season,” he said. “You’d better have laser vision, tunnel vision, one game at a time. That’s the way you’ve got to play the game.”

5. Johnson said guard Omoregie Uzzi is moving better and is lighter than a year ago, but is also simply stronger, more mature and more knowledgeable in the offense.

6. Jeff Greene, who sat out Saturday’s game with an injury, practiced Monday and will play Saturday. The kickoff specialist spot between Chandler Anderson and Justin Moore will be determined again in practice this week. Johnson wasn’t happy with the kicking game in general, as well as the kickoff return team.

7. Johnson said quarterback Tevin Washington has played well and done a good job of distributing the ball. Johnson said that quarterbacks “very seldom” audible. They occasionally will change the direction of a play and sometimes have an “either-or” call. Said Johnson, “He’s dine a nice job on that.”

Johnson also pointed out that the offense hasn’t run the triple-option play much because defenses are geared to stop it.

Thanks for reading. I’ll post practice notes 9-ish.

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By Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

293 comments Add your comment

HelluvanEngineer

September 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

hammerhead

September 27th, 2011
12:26 pm

I’m just surprised to read that CPJ would actually bother to try and get a guy like Ant Allen the ball more. I suppose it would just be to make the best use of him and not because he is worried about a star player getting grumpy.

Saban

September 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

Johnson is the best coach in America after me. Richt is a little girl.

dougmo2

September 27th, 2011
12:27 pm

FIRST-What do I win?

dougmo2

September 27th, 2011
12:28 pm

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

Ken, you’re too much. Thanks.

Chan Gailey

September 27th, 2011
12:29 pm

Nice job as usual Ken. Hope we beat up on the Pack. One game at a time….

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 27th, 2011
12:34 pm

I like the distribution of the ball. Having a balanced attack will reap better rewards than just having one guy with 1300 yds. Hill’s dropped pass kept him from leading the nation in receiving yards. Looking for Tech to put up big numbers on NCST.

Todd

September 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Tevin is all QB and makes nice decisions. Nesbitt was a stud, but not really a QB fit for this offense. Now we’re seeing what happens when the right cog fits the machine…

Zenon

September 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Glad coach admitted the oversight. Zenon had a heck of game two weekends ago.

True Tech

September 27th, 2011
12:35 pm

Exactly, we haven’t done anything yet. One game at a time. Stay humble and focused. Now let’s go!

Rduck

September 27th, 2011
12:39 pm

i was wondering what happened to Zenon. glad to hear it was just an oversight and not an injury or something. keep up the great work Jackets. it’s a long way to the ACCCG. one at a time. next, it’s time to lay the wood to the Pack after last years’ whoopin’. thanks for the updates Ken. you’re doing a great job. go Jackets!!!

GIVE ME A BREAK

September 27th, 2011
12:43 pm

It’s nice to have the number of backs to use so the opponent can’t focuse on one man. And have a redshirt in Broderick Snoddy, who I’m sure, is dying to get on the field.

Big Macon DAWG

September 27th, 2011
12:48 pm

You haven’t played anybody worth a toot, yet.

I don’t even understand why you’re ranked.

Just know that by December 1, we will be ranked higher.

Chan Gailey

September 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

Macon DAWG, you already were ranked ahead of us and now look. You’re right, Tech is not a good teams. All FBS head coaches that voted Tech in the #21 do not know what they are talking about. Give me a break. Just know by October 2, you will be below .500 again.

Chan Gailey

September 27th, 2011
12:54 pm

Burdell

September 27th, 2011
12:55 pm

Thanks for the laugh Big Mac…I have a feeling there are a lot of things you don’t understand.

I love the way the offense has been executing this season. I was impressed by the way the OL handled the big boys…some future NFLers on that UNC DL.

Keep ‘em focused coach! GO JACKETS!!!

Stinger

September 27th, 2011
12:59 pm

The dawgs always start preseason ranked, but by the end of the 2nd week will never be ranked the rest of the year. LMAO!!!!!!!
It hurts to see us ranked 21st and climbing doesn’t it? TOP TEN BABY !!!!

When you say Budw...

September 27th, 2011
1:00 pm

Ken, “you said it all!!! GREAT JOB!!! Like the others, it is extremely helpful to know the team this deeply.

On another note, due to the lack of success of our kicking game, I’m surprised CPJ hasn’t gone with a classic “onside kick” to open the game or post-score KO… OR a fake punt / pooch kick – something creative to mask our incompetent skills.

IndyGT

September 27th, 2011
1:02 pm

@hammerhead.. I’m pretty sure CPJ meant that with a talented player like JD and AA, you want to feed them as much as you possibly can. I doubt if there’s a player who would say to CPJ – GIMME THE $@$ BALL!!.. and live to talk about it. Its playing up to the strengths of the group of players you have. We definitely don’t have a dominant B back like we have had in the past, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

BIG BEE

September 27th, 2011
1:03 pm

After looking at your upcoming games, I don’t understand how you could be ranked at all, even if you run the table(last game excluded of course).

is that the name of the hotdog you serve?

September 27th, 2011
1:11 pm

Big Macon DAWG….

ill have one a them along with an order of fries. chopchop

BIG BEE

September 27th, 2011
1:12 pm

We all know that the Dawgs have the better team. You bugs will be cryin after we are crowmed SEC chapions!

is that the truth or what....

September 27th, 2011
1:13 pm

+10

Thanks for the laugh Big Mac…I have a feeling there are a lot of things you don’t understand.

Chan Gailey

September 27th, 2011
1:14 pm

Big Macon DAWGGGGGGGGG, what year did you graduate from UGA? Did you even go to college? And Griffin Techincal Air Condition college does not count. Can I get fries with my order?

jjgrogan

September 27th, 2011
1:14 pm

Really enjoy and appreciate your posts Ken, THANKS!!! There is a great likely hood that the only way this team will lose is if it beats itself with turn overs. If we protect the ball I don’t see anybody stopping this very diverse offense. Tevin Washington is really coming into his own, and so we haven’t heard about Vad Lee lately. What a luxury to be able to red shirt him. Go JACKETS!! This team is so much fun to watch. No 5 star players (unlike UGA) but one helluva 5 star coach!!!

Freddy Blassie

September 27th, 2011
1:16 pm

Special message to Zenon:

It has been my experience as a player that PLAYING TIME IS MUCH TOO IMPORTANT TO BE LEFT TO THE COACHES. PUT YOURSELF IN THE GAME.

WreckIt

September 27th, 2011
1:18 pm

Ken (or anyone else on the board), does anyone do a statistical review of suspected play calling for our offense? If we were a pro-style-team that ran multiple offense with a thick playbook it would be an unreasonable thought. However, a breakdown of Pass, Play-Action Pass, Triple Option, Toss Sweep, QB Sneak, Counter, etc would be very revealing. Didn’t CPJ say we only ran 10 base plays? Is that a “From the Rumble Seat” type analysis we could talk those guys into doing?

RT in NC

September 27th, 2011
1:34 pm

Hey Dawgs,
Our schedule is in fact easy. You guys had a chance to slap an over-ranked-bound-to-be-undefeated team all the way back to Boise. You failed. That over ranked team was much better than you. So are the Jackets.

You’ll fail again in November against another undefeated and over-ranked team.

Even if we go undefeated, we don’t deserve to be ranked with LSU. But we still will be better than you. And that just makes my whole season a little bit better.

RT in NC

September 27th, 2011
1:36 pm

SEC champs? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

dawghater

September 27th, 2011
1:37 pm

You Dawg fans kill me with your literate comments (not) This team and coaching staff seem very focused and on course for a nice season while Georgia and their fans seem to be in constant turmoil and wanting to fire a great coach who will one day understand that it is not all about 5 star
ATHLETES, but guys who wanna play a TEAM game.

Ken Sugiura

September 27th, 2011
1:43 pm

hammerhead – IndyGT had it right. johnson elaborated that, for instance, when Jonathan Dwyer, he was such a home-run threat and a better option than other backs that it only made sense to give him as many opportunities as possible.
thanks, again, for the kind words. just trying to keep up.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 27th, 2011
1:44 pm

GOOOO DOGS !!!! Mississippi State dogs, that is :)

Supersize that order, mutt

September 27th, 2011
1:46 pm

I wondered what happened with Zenon last weekend. Isn’t it nice to be able to “forget” one of your players. What an arsenal of talent CPJ has amassed now. I LOVE IT !!!!!

BIG BEE IS A BIG DUMMY

September 27th, 2011
1:47 pm

SEC CHAMPS!?!? I knew Dawg fans were a little slow by the way they spell Dawg but did you forget about the 6 other SEC teams that are way better? LOL

Aurelius

September 27th, 2011
1:51 pm

Kickoffs suck. I do not understand why Johnson will not go give a grant to one of the top 10 kickoff guys in the country. Two of the top defensive players on a team are the kickoff guy and the punter. Both should be top recruits with a full grant.

Heck he gave a grant to a long snapper this year. And so did UGA.

chan gailey

September 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

Hi to all my old buddies. Did you hear my tem beat tom brady and bill bilochek sunday. You just thought I was a bad coach

GT71

September 27th, 2011
1:54 pm

It has always been about ‘running the offense’. That’s what is so great about ‘the offense’. The only thing unique about it – and irreplaceable – is the Coach.
No cheat-sheets, no notes. I wonder why he even wears a headset. Probably so someone in the box can remind him how many timeouts are left and to remember to shake hands with the opposing coach after the game.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 27th, 2011
1:57 pm

GT71, I like that last line. FUNNY!!!

Tom

September 27th, 2011
1:57 pm

CPJ got one thing right. Tech has not accomplished anythig yet. With techs schedule, I said 9 minumum, thats before KSU beat Miami and TEMPLE throttled marlyand.
The ACC is poor even for its standards this year.

BigTimeTechFan

September 27th, 2011
2:00 pm

UGA fan Before the UNC Game: Tech is finally playing a top team and will get killed
UGA fan after the UNC Game: Tech has not played anybody good

UGA fan Before the Boise St Game: Boise St is overranked and no way they can hang with our SEC Team
UGA fan After the Boise St Game: Boise St is top 5 team, they are awesome

Joshua Nesbitt for Heisman

September 27th, 2011
2:02 pm

Joshua Nesbitt ” most interesting player in college football”

. “I was just looking to boost the program. Whoever’s behind it, let them do their job. If they want to hype it up, I’ll let them do that and I’m just going out and playing.”

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2011
2:19 pm

Aurelius,
I agree with you the KOs look awful, but CPJ did and has a scholarship kicker on the team.
Justin Moore
High School
Marist School… a two-time all-region selection… 2009 all-state, all-county and a member of the Atlanta Touchdown Club Metro All-Star Team… made 60 percent of his field goal attempts as a senior and 11-of-17 for his career… converted 88 of 89 career PAT attempts including 39-of-39 as a senior… had 48 touchbacks on kickoffs and averaged 42-plus yards punting… holds school record for the longest field goal (50 yards)… holds the school record for best punting average (41.4 ypa)… had 139 career kickoff attempts, including 78 that were touchbacks… earned a top 12 ranking from the prestigious Chris Sailer kicking camp in Las Vegas each of the last three years.
CPJ has also said it is an enigma as to why KOs in practice look good then go to crap come game time.

michael

September 27th, 2011
2:20 pm

tech belongs in the sec. hewitt and braine…..ruined the basketballl program.. $$$$$$$$$$$$$ between them. MOVE TO THE SEC AND SWAP VANDY TO THE ACC DUMB%$#@! IS IT ME????????????

Gorilla Biscuit

September 27th, 2011
2:22 pm

Tallest midgets in the ACC.

Chris

September 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

Ken, I just wanted to tell you I think you’re doing a fantastic job covering the Jackets. I appreciate that you inject just enough commentary and personal opinion, but not enough to leave out substance. You stick mostly with facts, quotes, stats, etc and that is appreciated.

Great job, keep up the good work! and go Jackets!!

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2011
2:23 pm

Chan Gailey,
if you remember we always said you were a good fit for the NFL and not college. Keep up the good work and don’t forget to wear your parka it gets cold up there.

Gorilla Biscuit

September 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

Coach Paul “Fishfry” Johnson is an enigma. Is he a fat women in a man’s body or a fat man in a woman’s body?

GTRay

September 27th, 2011
2:25 pm

As I said last week before the UNC game, let’s not get too carried away by the first 3 games. UNC showed me exactly what I was afraid of. I am just as concerned about NC State. Yes, I know they don’t have Russell Wilson who killed us last year, but recently we really haven’t played well in away games. This is one I’d like to see us get out front early and play good D.

Ramblin Man

September 27th, 2011
2:30 pm

Gorilla Biscuit better to be the tallest midget in the ACC than a bottom dweller in the SEC. Talk all the trash you want about GT as the coach, players, and fans have no control over the rest of the conference. I understand it is easier to come on here and attempt to be funny and ridicule when the alternative is bragging about beating Ole Miss. Make it past your next three and then beat Fla. and you can then pound your chest until then you look foolish talking trash about anybody. Honestly I hope GT and UGA can win out come in ranked and have a great game.