Paul Johnson Q&A

Greetings-

The post-game interview from Paul Johnson.

Q: Is frustrating how you’d describe the game?

A: I would say frustrating. I thought our kids played hard  Frustrated that we couldn’t find something that they could do on offense a little better. Clearly, they had a better plan than we did because we couldn’t get any rhythm, couldn’t get much going. Never really hit any big plays after the toss play that we hit to Roddy (Jones) there in the first half and they called offsetting penalties.

We never hit any big plays. We never got anything going. We had a heck of a drive there in the second quarter to get back in the game – 90 yards – and then we give up the touchdown again. We can’t overcome the special teams that we had today and that’s a reflection on me. Clearly, something we’re doing isn’t right in about every facet. I don’t know if the kickoff return got out to the 20. The kickoff (team) let [Miami] return one. The fake punt; I’ll have to look at the tape. It’s an automatic call if there’s a certain look, if there’s not that many people. So it was an automatic call. I’ll have to look and see who made the play because it was [by  Miami's] bench.

With an automatic call, either we made the bad automatic call or we had to turn somebody loose. I don’t know which. The punt (team), we never caught one. When that thing hits the ground, you’ve got to get away from it.

Q: Did Zach Laskey have a problem with confidence fielding punts?

A: I think today was the worst that it’s happened to him. He had one where he bobbled it and dropped it, but clearly after the first one, it looked like that he didn’t want to come up and catch it. You would have to ask Zach.

Q: Will you evaluate that job this week?

A: We’ll take a look at everything. You have to.

Q: What wasn’t working with the offense?

A: I don’t know. We just never got in sync from the interception on the first play. Like I said, I thought we had an opportunity with the drive because we ate up the second quarter and now even with all the things that have happened, if you get in at 14-7 and you get the ball first, you got a chance.

And then the other thing that was a killer was we couldn’t finish the drive in the third quarter. We converted a couple plays and got down there and we couldn’t convert. We could never get anything going. We had a hard time getting the ball on the perimeter. They made us play in that tackle box and we weren’t very good in there. We couldn’t hit any big plays. We’ll have to take a look at the tape and see.

Q: The run defense played better.

A: I thought we played better against the run. We all lost. But for positives, I thought we ganged up on the run a little better and played a little better against the run.

On Tevin Washington’s play:

A: We’ve got to find something he can do.

Q: What happened on the fumbled punt?

A: I’ll have to look at the tape and see. I think he tried to pick it up on the bounce. … I don’t think he fielded it cleanly. The killer was the kickoff, too. It was supposed to be a deep kick.

Q: It wasn’t a squib?

A: Oh, no. There was no squib.

Q: Was Synjyn Days’ fumble part of the reason he hasn’t gotten playing time lately?

A: Well, we’ll just have to see.

Q: Do you have a prognosis on his injury?

A: No.

Q: Is playing Vad Lee a possibility at this point?

A: Probably not.

Q: Can you see that Tevin Washington is doing anything wrong?

A: Nothing that I know that I can see that I can fix. If I did, I would fix it. It’s not fair to put all this on Tevin because there’s a lot of us that have got to do better. We can’t overcome bad plays. Because when  you’re not hitting big plays … I don’t know how many plays that 90-yard drive was. It had to be a slew. That’s hard to do.

Q: What happened on the first play?

A: I thought we had Orwin (Smith) open. It’s something we saw the film study that I thought would have a chance. I think we had a chance. We just didn’t get it done.

Q: How were they giving you problems on the perimeter?

A: We can’t get to the perimeter. I don’t know that we have a tough time on the perimeter. They make you hand the ball off.

Q: Is it a problem of Tevin Washington missing reads?

A: I’m not sure that he’s missing em. I think that what’s happening is you’ve probably got five blocking four and the four are winning. But we’ll have to look a the tape and see.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

310 comments Add your comment

1 4 GT

October 23rd, 2011
7:14 am

FIRST!!!!!!!!!! THWG

Original Spike

October 23rd, 2011
7:17 am

St. Simons …… Where are you?

Ralph Sampson

October 23rd, 2011
7:23 am

Perhaps he is learning to be humble…….maybe you KoolAid drinkers should stop worshiping CPJ as the smartest man in college football…..the TO is difficult to defend when teams cannot get enough reps in during the week……but, Tech has no weapons at B-Back or QB…..hopefully Grantham is taking notes and UGA can play containment.

Hehehahahohoho

October 23rd, 2011
7:25 am

Enter your comments here

Hehehahahohoho

October 23rd, 2011
7:25 am

and that’s why no one runs it on this level…….

GT71

October 23rd, 2011
7:52 am

Said it before – Tech just isn’t as good a team as we all hoped this year. Hate to agree with Bradley, but it’s just so. Ds are too big and fast for Tech’s O, Tech’s D is too small for oponents’ O and Johnson seems incapable of attracting anyone who can kick or catch a kick – either that, or he’s so besotted with his O, he doesn’t feel the need to spend time, coaching or money on what is about 20% of the game.
I note the trolls are already out – they gotta get up early on Sunday to get the fry oil hot for my lunch.

GT70

October 23rd, 2011
7:59 am

There sure were a lot of “I don’t Know” and “I’m not sure” statements there. I know he has to look at the film for details but he sounds as lost as our offense. The defense had a better than usual game but let’s face it a huge part of that was Harris’ terrible. It will be a looooong season from here if someone doesn’t step up big time.

fan of shorter passes & longer runs

October 23rd, 2011
8:08 am

The QB at times throws ten feet too high and soon after throws short….so if you average it….seems just right.LOL
Will the punt catcher ever gain any confidence? Doubtful. Sad.

Hopefully they have a short memory and will play Clemson like we all thought they would/could.

High school

October 23rd, 2011
8:13 am

Another great game, SMALL PAUL.

Maybe next year you can play more than one real team in the first half of the season.

SMALL PAUL can really coach against high school teams, but when playing average college teams, he comes up so, so SMALL.

That’s why we now call him SMALL PAUL!

High school

October 23rd, 2011
8:14 am

Oh yeah, I was giving y’all Duke for one more win, but even that’s looking 50/50 now.

Ezekiel

October 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

Never thought we’d see a Paul Johnson team this impotent on offense, losing games despite the defense playing well. Has Johnson’s triple option offense been figured out? Find out at: http://gtsportstalk.com

Ralph Sampson

October 23rd, 2011
8:18 am

High School…..I actually think GT will beat Duke and VPI but lose to Clem’s Son and UGA.

blueridgegt

October 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

if you cant get the d-backs to respect the pass your not going to get outside—80yds passing in the last to games

gtalum01

October 23rd, 2011
8:28 am

We were picked to finish 4th, we have lost at Miami the past two tries, we ARE A YOUNG TEAM! if I hear one more moron talk about “how the offense is figures out” I will scream. If that were the case then this would have happened about 20 years ago and we would never win another game. You either win or lose, obvious fact. I think I just hate trolls and would like to use Paul’s advice and punch one in the face for being stupid, OK, now to go to Church and repent, haha.

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 23rd, 2011
8:29 am

The Canes fans were chanting “over rated” and they hit the bullseye with that. We just don’t look good at all. This game was not competitive, not fun to watch.

Jacket Dad

October 23rd, 2011
8:35 am

We have NO confidence and no spark. This team is down and I’m not sure Johnson knows what to do to help. He’s obviously not spending all his time on the offense!

In order to be competitive, we have to be focused and in synch and we are neither. We knew coming into this season that we are young and our cush schedule was definilely not a reality check. However, the past few games have been reality checks and reality looks sad.

I sincerely hope somehow this team pulls it together. The Clemson game is going to be total agony to watch……

Ga Tech Old Timer

October 23rd, 2011
8:39 am

I’m all commented out for this game – talk to you next Sunday after we get our ass whipped by Clemson again for the second year in a row. After a while – the anticipation of a great season – or even the anticipation of having a chance to win against another FBS program seems distant at this point. Maybe the players and coaches don’t think the season is over – but for this fan who purchases season tickets year after year – to be rewarded with poor performance from palyers and coachs alike against equal or lessor opponents is in excusable. I’m tired of this. This has to be all on the coaching staff. If the defense – which has looked so bad over the past several years – turn it around (whch they mostly did with the exception of the passes over the middle), how can an offense that basically was the reason we won the ACC almost 4 years ago – all of a sudden over the last two games – forget the basics of the system – forget where and how to block? Tech has traditionally had difficulty putting fans in the seats because they field a poor team that plays – most of the time – without consistantcy and without emotion. I thought we had our man in Coach Johnson and at this point – I still do. However, next year will be # 5 for him and it’s time to produce a winner.

Wreck80

October 23rd, 2011
8:40 am

This game was very difficult to watch as we were getting our rear ends handed to us physically!! I just never understand why Tech can’t attract and recruit bigger and better athletes. And please Georgia fans, if you really are one, go home…… and leave these blogs to people that really care about Tech or have something constructive to say. I never blog but for the 1990 season, I have never seen much overall talent at Tech and I don’t understand why….

Buzzman

October 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

If you think we are getting our rear ends knock around wait until the next 2 weeks, Clemson and Va. Tech. It is going to be embrassing. Why are all the comments by CPJ just like the one before. I think he writes this the week before. If he can’t see the problems then why is he coaching. This is what a coach is suppose to do, guide them first and then help them to excel. Has he done this yet. NOO NONONONONONO

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 23rd, 2011
8:54 am

Let Days play even if he is not really the answer. I would rather lose with Days than keep watching Tevin.

Hayseed Dixie

October 23rd, 2011
9:12 am

This is on Tevin.

He’s not a consistent pass threat.

He doesn’t have the speed to pull Nesbitt-Houdini moves, so he’s gotta make the DBs think twice in other ways- and for five games that was Hus throwing. Not anymore.

The D has played good enough for us to win the past 2 games.

The worst part hasn’t been losing- it’s been watching Tevin torpedo his own confidence, I feel bad for the kid.

Doubting Thomas

October 23rd, 2011
9:19 am

Already hear tech fans talking about the next great QB that will lead you to the promised land. Tech was never that good this year. Playing bad teams or high schools makes can make anyone look good. Welcome back to reality again. Duke is the only hope you have left of winning another game.

Always a Jacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:21 am

4 bad performances in a row, we won two, just barely. We will get our butts kicked by worst coach in ACC next week. What does that say about Johnson?

The program peaked in 2009 with Chan’s recruits. I don’t see anything in the pipeline (Vad Lee will not return punts, kick the ball or play defensive line) to make me believe Tech will be a contender in the future with the current coaching staff.

Drad, please do not extend Johnson’s contract!! Let this experiment play out for a few more years then we can go back to a more conventional program and possibly get back to the O’Leary days before I am gone.

Joe

October 23rd, 2011
9:23 am

I heard CPJ on the radio this week expressing his disregard for kickers. His disregard of the kicking game as a whole cost Tech this week. I never understood why folks were so quick to annoint CPJ a genius and I’m more convinced now he’s just a one trick – blow hard – pony.

CloudmanJacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:25 am

@ Hayseed…Don’t blame Tevin, blame CPJ for running the high school offense that no QB who can throw the ball will want to play for. Blame CPJ for only throwing the ball in OBVIOUS passing situations like 3rd and very long. Richt isn’t the only coach in Georgia that should be on the hot seat. I guess you think CPJ is smarter than all other coaches at major football programs since Tech is the only program in the top 50 running the triple option exclusively.

More Time

October 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

Reading between the lines – CPJ is saying it will take years to fix this mess. He won’t dare play Vad Lee until next year. So next year his excuse will be, “Well, we are trying to break in a new Freshman quarterback. We’ve got to give him some time.”

Jay

October 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

Get a clue and HIRE A SPECIAL TEAMS COACH before it cost you your job!

Andrew

October 23rd, 2011
9:27 am

i made the trip and it was simple, way to much speed for miami, paul said we could not get to the perimeter, we did but 3 miami linebackers were already there, got to learn to drop back and fire

Who Wins?

October 23rd, 2011
9:28 am

Who really wins here if CPJ gets fired and they have to pay him MILLIONS to leave?…. Sounds like a good strategy from CPJ…

CloudmanJacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:30 am

@ Andrew…and whose fault is this? CPJ…come on people…just say it…it is time to put pressure on Tech…he needs to go…this is the best his silly offense will do.

CloudmanJacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:32 am

@ Who Wins??? THE FANS WIN…Bring in a young exciting coach who wants to build a program and make a name for himself. It can be done…just look around the country. Clemson’s coach for example was a young coordinator just a few years ago.

yellowfever

October 23rd, 2011
9:38 am

NO Q/B, NO SPECIAL TEAMS, = NO WINS

GT Joe

October 23rd, 2011
9:39 am

What’s the difference between 6 Weeks ago and today? Tevin Washington was executing. Today he is scared, second guessing himself, and not punishing the defenses who make him keep the ball…time for days, he’d be a nightmare for defenses with the ball in his hands…

SCJacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:39 am

We started the season looking like the 2008 and 2009 teams. Now we look like the 2010 team. What happened? We didn’t play anybody. The ACC schedule is weak enough but when you throw in 3 lousy out of conference games and win it is easy to get a distorted sense of who you are. If we continue to stink and have a lousy schedule we will struggle more and more to get people to show up as well as know what we have. Let’s get another SEC team like Auburn early let’s play a west coast team like UGA did and let’s get real early. Winning is an issue but worthy competition is a bigger issue for me when asked to pay more and more for tickets. Rather lose to Boise then beat W Carolina.

Hayseed Dixie

October 23rd, 2011
9:41 am

@CloudmanJacket

It doesn’t seem like you’ve watched much football, so I’ll make it real simple for you: if you’re not effective throwing the ball it’s real tough to win, regardless if the system. That’s down to the QB.

It looks to me

October 23rd, 2011
9:42 am

QB TW appears to be playing in slow-motion. He runs and makes decisions in slow motion and looks totally confused. Days is horrible, he can’t hold on to the ball and that’s why we haven’t seen much of him this year. And, the truth is, if we don’t hit on a few passes and our B-back doesn’t step it up we can’t beat anyone else but Duke.

roughrider

October 23rd, 2011
9:47 am

It seems that Ga Southern is the only decent football team in the state.

Jerry

October 23rd, 2011
9:58 am

This game, college football, is a real roller coaster ride. Can you imagine how the Oklahoma fan base is feeling this morning? I’m sure they are on the ledge ready to commit suicide. As a life long Tech fan, the one thing I have learned is there is no explaining why a team can play so well one week and then stink up the joint the next. It’s a game of emotion, momentum and a great deal of luck. Sometimes all that is going your way and sometimes it is all going against you. The problem a lot of fans have is they try to apply logic to a game that is many times totally illogical. The only I can control is my love for the school and the football program. So that is what I focus on. Whether we upset a top 10 team or lose to the Citadel, it really never sways my love of the game or my Yellow Jackets. I would not try to over analyze what is going on here. I assure that no one is more invested in winning than Coach Johnson, the coaching staff and the players. That put a lot more on the line than anybody on this blog. In any event, you never know how things will turn out so my advice is just to continue to support our guys and hope for improvement next week. Maybe we will play inspired and the Tigers will wet the bed. You never know what will happen when toe meets leather.

Go Jackets!

CarolinaJacket

October 23rd, 2011
9:58 am

TW was the third string qb, and would have been the second string qb if Jaybo hadn’t transferred. Its a shame that he is now the starting qb. He’s doing the best his ability allows. As the old Brooklyn Dodgers used to say, “wait til next year.”

Sam

October 23rd, 2011
10:09 am

Dang, what’s happening here?. Dadgumit, I wouldn’t have had this “fall off of the earth slide” happen to Tech for anything…As a Dawg fan we don’t want anything to happen to CPJ……Think of it like when Zook was at Florida….Oh we hated to see him go…Be light on CPJ, he’ll turn it around in 5 or 6 years…..In that time maybe recruits won’t be afraid to go outside after dark in downtown Atlanta…Best of luck….You’ll need it!!!

GUESS WHO SUCKS?

October 23rd, 2011
10:16 am

Q: Coach Johnson, why does your team and high school offense suck beyond belief?

A: Well, that’s a fair question, but my offense is the best in the universe if I only had the perfect athletes to execute it. I should punch you in the face for that question.

GUESS WHO SUCKS?

October 23rd, 2011
10:18 am

GT Joe,

Actually Joe, the difference is you are not playing Newton County High School every weekend and running up the score against them.

1 4 GT

October 23rd, 2011
10:22 am

Do ya’ll know what gnaws at my gut worse than the Yellow Jackets losing like a bunch of pansies? The !@#$^&&^%$##$%^&*((*&^%^&**^%$#@! trolling MUTTS. I hate to just hand them that kind of fodder for their puny little minds to play with.

5150 UOAD

October 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

Losing isn’t fun. Learning from losing is what needs to happen. I am not sure what the coaches have learned, but I think Washington is scared to pitch the ball in tight spaces. I don’t want him to make a bunch of TO’s but he has to pitch the ball more.

Goldenjacket

October 23rd, 2011
10:28 am

As a Tech alum and season ticket holder, it really pisses me off to see Coach Johnson throwing his players under the bus.

It all comes back to the coaching, and let’s face it, the past 2 seasons CPJ just isn’t getting the job done!

AMG

October 23rd, 2011
10:29 am

Tech has the second youngest team in ALL of college football, that is FCS and FBS. This team is going to stumble and get better. No panic from this Tech fan. They will be a really great team next year with a real QB and a seasoned O line. The defense is better this year than last, the offense is far worse. First year running the triple option without a warrior at QB, tough to make it work. Coach Johnson has recruited quite well if you ask me, look at how many freshman and sophmores are playing. Yes, we will get rolled over by an orange crush next week, but don’t lose faith Jacket fans.

Mr. Norms

October 23rd, 2011
10:32 am

5150 UOAD –

You really want to know why you lost, and why you will continue to lose year after year? You and your brethern have been convinced a cutsey high school offense will work, week in and week out against the big boys of college football. Even in the worst D-1A conference of all of them it still sucks. Your arrogant, pompous, unprofessional, holier-than-thou coach is too stuck on himself to realize he is dead wrong, but then again, he is a fine representative of your school and fan base.

Mr. Norms

October 23rd, 2011
10:34 am

Johnson has had 4 recruiting classes now. If you morons want to use the “but we’re just so young” laugher of an excuse then please, do so, much to the amusement of every rational non-trade school fan.

LongTimeTechFan

October 23rd, 2011
10:37 am

The Tech Clemson game is going to be very very UGLY—-for Tech. :(

1 4 GT

October 23rd, 2011
10:37 am

All I ask of the teams I pull for, and really all any fan should expect, is for them to be competitive and at the very least give themselves a good chance to win and maybe be in the hunt for a championship once in a while. Unfortunately, that is not what we have gotten the past 2 games at GT. This team has played without any emotion, focus, intensity, determination or heart (the defense has taken some big strides to right their ship and played like they wanted to win). This lackadaisical attitude the team has shown 2 weeks running reflects directly on the coaches. They don’t know how to motivate these young kids apparently. There doesn’t seem to be any leadership from the older guys on the team. Someone needs to light a FIRE under their collective butts. IMNTBHO, this is what we fans can expect to see until someone in charge figures this out. CPJ’s statements that he doesn’t believe he should have to motivate these young men shows he has no understanding of the mental aspects of competitive sports. Surely he had to take a psych or two somewhere along the way.