Paul Johnson sticks up for Washington

Greetings-

Your Paul Johnson news conference highlights:

1. Clemson is “probably the most talented team we’ve played since I’ve been here at Georgia Tech, at least in this stadium,” Johnson said.

2. He doesn’t think the sky is falling. “As I said last week, I don’t want to put the L’s down until we lose the games, if that’s O.K. with everybody,” said Johnson, in perhaps an unfortunate choice of phrasing. “I’d like to at least play them and see what happens.”

3. Johnson defended quarterback Tevin Washington, saying the offense’s lack of production in recent weeks is not his fault alone. “I think those guys get too much credit and too much blame sometimes. He’s like everyone else: He’s working hard and trying to correct what needs to be corrected.” Johnson said that Washington is not a guy he needs to push, that he’s self-motivated, hard on himself and holds himself accountable for his mistakes.

4. Part of Clemson’s ability to put up a lot of points is due to the numbers of plays that they run. The Tigers have run 626 plays, the most in the country. In the Clemson-North Carolina game, there were 16 possessions each, as opposed to 10 each in the Miami-Tech game. “That’s almost another half of football, so you’re going to have more points,” he said.

Johnson said further that “When you’re as talented as they are, you can score in bunches in a hurry.”

5. Clemson’s style won’t cause Tech to alter what the Jackets do offensively. “We’ve just got to try to do what we can do,” he said. He felt the same defensively, even though Clemson can run a high number of plays, because the linemen substitute considerably and the linebackers get swapped out on various packages. The secondary plays the entire game, generally, but there isn’t a lot of depth.

6. Johnson was asked about a petition signed by college football players and basketball players wanting a slice of the revenue schools receive from TV contracts. An Associated Press story Monday said that 55 Tech players had signed it. Denzel McCoy, who was recruited to Tech but is not on the roster because of a medical condition, was quoted in the story.

Johnson was not aware of the story or the petition, but said “I’m all for players getting whatever they can get.”

7. Johnson was asked about negative recruiting tactics against Tech from rival coaches who tell prospects that they can’t get to the NFL if they go there.

Johnson said that “I just point out the guys from Tech that are in the NFL.” He added further that if a prospect looks at a college solely as a vehicle to get to the NFL, “he’s probably not coming to Georgia Tech anyway because if that’s his only concern, he’s going to go somewhere where there’s 100,000 people at the game and the school’s not hard.”

8. Regarding special teams, Johnson said that “there’s a lot of things you can do. We try and do it every day.” He noted that Tech has five special-teams specialists on scholarship – punters Chandler Anderson and Sean Poole, kicker Justin Moore and long snappers Tyler Morgan and Sean Tobin – which might be the most of any team in the country

“I don’t care who’s coaching special teams,” he said. “If you punt the ball 13 yards, it’s not good.”

He asserted, more or less, that it’s not as bad as people think and that it’s the focus of attention because the team has lost two in a row. “We’re not good, but we’re about right in the middle,” he said.

9. He said Roddy Jones spoke to the team Monday with the message that there’s still a lot to play for, that the team can still win 11 games. “I want to win every game,” Johnson said. “The reality is the other teams have 85 scholarship players and they pay their coaches and they try to win, too.”

10. Johnson said he was just trying to get the offense going when he put in Synjyn Days late in the game against Miami. “We weren’t operating at a high level,” he said. “Sometimes you just kind of change things up and see what happens. That was it.”

He noted that Days fumbled. “If he takes care of the ball, he’s going to play more. Synjyn, he’s a talented guy. He can do some things, but you’ve got to take care of the ball.”

11. Johnson said he didn’t know how long center Jay Finch will be out. “It’s not near as bad as they thought. It’s a sprain and we’ll see how it goes.”

Links

How Clemson can make the BCS championship game, from the Charlotte Observer.

Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd is the No. 2 candidate for the Heisman, according to the Sporting News, the Anderson Independent Mail writes.

Clemson defense split up snaps more equally against North Carolina, also in the Independent Mail.

Charleston Post and Courier story on Clemson offensive coordinator Chad Morris‘ philosophy on coaching from the field rather than the press box.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

270 comments Add your comment

GT Dude

October 25th, 2011
2:50 pm

No 1 at last

reebok

October 25th, 2011
2:58 pm

sounds like coach johnson is out of answers. our best chance this week is that clemson lets down against tech because they assume we are really not very good.

Ram

October 25th, 2011
2:58 pm

I think alot of folks are going to be shocked come saturday at 11.59 pm!

Pres. of Independence/ Weedeater Bowl

October 25th, 2011
2:59 pm

To: GT fans and alumni
Re: OUR bowl in Shreveport

We do not want you this year win or lose vs Clemson or UGA. That middle school offense is a joke and last year vs # 157 Air Force, you got stung. You brought 189 skinny lil fans and you spent a collective $459.00 at Shoney’s on their Two for One Fried Fish night; also known as CPJ’s favorite place to dine.

Also, your coach is on the Waffle House Exec Board hot seat and we do not want that going on during bowl week here in Shreveport.

You really lost to the Va Cadavers?? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

chris

October 25th, 2011
2:59 pm

jackets need better talent, CPJ hates recruiting, I see things headed south

U(sic)GAly

October 25th, 2011
3:00 pm

U(sic)GAly

October 25th, 2011
3:01 pm

juvenal

October 25th, 2011
3:08 pm

who was that first pass supposed to go to? there wasn’t even a Tech jersey on the screen……

Pete

October 25th, 2011
3:11 pm

If Tech does manage to get a win against Clemson a lot of folks will have to change their tune. I agree the defense had their best game last week. If the offense can get in gear maybe GT can be competitive. Hope so, go GT!

Big Ol Stinger

October 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

Jason,

May you die a slow, miserable, painful and lonely death. The sooner the better.

How’s Troy doing?

Thanks.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:12 pm

So much for the ridiculous assertion that Johnson doesn’t stand up for his players, or that he throws them under the bus. I think that was an outstanding bunch of comments. Thanks for relaying them, Ken

Tech '10

October 25th, 2011
3:13 pm

well… I guess we’ll see how it goes. The defense is finally playing more consistently, gotta get the offense clicking on all cylinders now. Special teams just needs to not eff it up too bad this week. Seems like thats about the best we can ask for from those guys. Winning out would certainly turn the season around, but we have to play all 4 quarters, which I have been saying since the MTSU game. Probably drop one to either Clemson or VT, Duke and UGA are certainly winnable games.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:13 pm

So much the crap about Johnson blaming his players or throwing them under the bus. Excellent reporting, Ken

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:14 pm

So much FOR the crap, that is

Tech '10

October 25th, 2011
3:15 pm

Why do georgia fans like to mispel everything? Do they think it insults us? Or are they actually r-tards? I’m betting on the latter.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:18 pm

Tech ‘10, I hate to pick on a fellow Tech fan, but it’s misspell, not mispel. LOL

Jacket and Coke

October 25th, 2011
3:20 pm

Pres of independence,
Was that an attempt at humor? It was terrible. If your going to make fun of GT and their alumni please have some witty comments. Ugaggers are all the same no brains and no teeth (<– See that is humor). You should try it sometime. Or wander off to your board were the lowlifes can laugh at your idiotic jokes.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:21 pm

The same way the mutts are getting there—-in our dreams. Besides I never claimed that we would be there anyway.

BTW, I thought Ken banned you, GDBurdell

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:23 pm

Jacket and Coke, in all likelihood, Pres of Independence = All Cupcake Conference = Ernest T. Bass = Headley Lamar = BIG LOSER !!!!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:25 pm

The height of irony —- a mutt so obsessed with Tech that he can’t stay off the Tech blogs calling a Tech fan a troll. Sorry, bubba, but YOU are the troll, and a pretty ignorant one at that.

GT-UT

October 25th, 2011
3:25 pm

I think Johnson is a class act. He’s just confident and determined and that rubs some people the wrong way. I think that type is exactly what we need in a coach. I also like the way he stood up for the team. I think he has exactly the right outlook on this team. Go Jackets.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:26 pm

GDB, don’t be surprised to find your last couple of comments removed, if for no other reason because of the one offensive word in your new name.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:27 pm

When the mutts beat a team with a winning record, then, and only then will you have the right to say anything.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:30 pm

It’s going to be tough on you when your momma finally cuts the umbilical cord and you have to survive on your own…..poor little baby

if i were a dawg and i am not....

October 25th, 2011
3:30 pm

i would be ashamed of the following if i had any pride in my school and my program….

Michael Adams, UGA President:
There was urination, there was defecation, there were 70 tons of trash. Buildings like the Law School or the library, we’ve had to close because when we left them open the destruction was too significant.

Augusta Chronicle – (UGA) has to close the library on game days because … “people were peeing in the stacks, vomiting in the stairwell and getting into fights in the lobby that the people who worked (there) got fed up with all the abuse.”

pretty much eliminates the dawgs from any talk of classy programs! of course the dawgs who post on this blog just re enforce their shortcomings over and over again.

Tech '10

October 25th, 2011
3:32 pm

Supersize, I was just trying to fit in!!! .. serves right, eh? lol

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:32 pm

You mean that’s not proper behavior, “if I were…..”. OMG, where are those rednecks going to urinate and defecate then?

duece coupe

October 25th, 2011
3:33 pm

Clemson is 0-3 in the last three games,
at least in this stadium.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:33 pm

Tech ‘10, it did cross my mind that that was your intent. But you may have just played into their hands.

GT FAN IN PA

October 25th, 2011
3:34 pm

@Supersize- don’t pick on the puppies don’t forget they play in that big ole bad SEC-so 1-15 with the logic they use is 15-1 in any other conference. I will give them the two in LSU and Bama- I am looking forward to seeing that game on the 5th now those two schools are playing some good ball! I would like to see Tech play a complete game this weekend from start to finish.

Tech '10

October 25th, 2011
3:35 pm

serves ME right, eh?.. gah.. fail. Guess it’s time to stop typing on the ole blog machine.

Jacket Man

October 25th, 2011
3:37 pm

I was concerned about how the team was coming to play against Virginia and Miami, in particular because they were playing on the road and the team was just flat out tired. This coming weekend, I think fans will see another Yellow Jacket squad on the field against Clemson; more focused and more energized. Anyone who thinks this game is a slam-dunk for the Tigers hasn’t followed this rivalry, nor have they observed how the GA Tech defense has improved over the past several weeks.

Tech75

October 25th, 2011
3:38 pm

What a slopfest this blog became, and in such a hurry, too. Usually it takes about 50 posts before some idiot starts painting the walls with feces.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:38 pm

GT FAN, isn’t it amazing how the mutts live so vicariously off the success of the 2 good teams in the SEC? The only dread that the mutts strike in the hearts of other teams in the SEC is their dread of having to put up with the most obnoxious, arrogant, and ignorant fan base in the country. The mutt football program is totally irrelevant to the likes of LSU and Bama and, in most years, Florida and Tennessee.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 25th, 2011
3:39 pm

Jacket Man……preach it, brother !!!!

btgt69

October 25th, 2011
3:40 pm

IMO,, Tevin’s poor performance in last 2 games is related to his large number of carries. When you get hit often and hard,, it does wear you down and then here come the errors. The loss of Finch was a bigger factor than most realize.

GT FAN IN PA

October 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

Understood super- same thing up here in Big Ten country- Big Ten this and that- We are Penn State- I told a few that I work with you are about to see what over hype is when Penn State now gets into their schedule- they still got ILL, NEB, OSU, and Wisconsin- so they could easily finish with 4 in the L column. Sad when folks up here ask me what is up with Ga fans barking at the games- I always say just an example of “kissing cousins with benefits”

headley lamar

October 25th, 2011
3:46 pm

Jacket and Coke, in all likelihood, Pres of Independence = All Cupcake Conference = Ernest T. Bass = Headley Lamar = BIG LOSER !!!!

You got it wrong. That first one isn’t me.

Im flattered though.

Tech '10

October 25th, 2011
3:47 pm

Jacket Man, I certainly hope that the road and lack of rest were major contributors to our sloppy play the last 2 weeks. I am hopeful for a refreshed, refocused team as well.

Speaking of Clemson, I was looking through the rivalries that the ajc deemed to be the 12 biggest in the country and Clem v SC was on there. The picture was of a SC player on the ground with his helmet off and a Clem player trying to stomp on his head while the cops were trying to get to him. Kind of reminded me of the Miami-FIU fiasco a few years ago..

Ramblin Man

October 25th, 2011
3:48 pm

I would say the fumble Days had was maybe unavoidable. When the defensive and offensive player are hurt or slow to get up the hit was pretty hard and well fumbles will happen. I would hope that particular fumble would not define his season.
reebok,
What would you have him say? Would you like him to publicly list where he thinks Clemson may have some holes? Would you like him to list the schemes for the games? He sounds pretty honest and up front to me and at least he is listening to the fans, whether you like the response is debatable.

headley lamar

October 25th, 2011
3:48 pm

Sad when folks up here ask me what is up with Ga fans barking at the games- I always say just an example of “kissing cousins with benefits”

You should explain to them that our mascot is a dog. A bulldog to be exact.

That might clear it up.

GT can best be described as ..............

October 25th, 2011
3:49 pm

Ethel Street.
Reuben Huston
# 37 former safety Tarrant
Ethel Street
Robert Hall

Moony, Lavin and Salisbury 3 sissy GT linemen/LB and that beating they gave to a little girl in the pizza hall on the old corner of N Avenue and I-75/85 in the early 90s.

Cheating Scandal 1
Cheating Scandal 2
Did I say Ethel Street?

67 Urange Bowl stomping
2009 Urange Bowl stomping

Ramblin Man

October 25th, 2011
3:50 pm

btgt69,
I agree with that assessment of Washington but I think he has lost to much confidence and is trying too hard and needs to loosen up and try to have fun out there again.

headley lamar

October 25th, 2011
3:52 pm

GT FAN, isn’t it amazing how the mutts live so vicariously off the success of the 2 good teams in the SEC? The only dread that the mutts strike in the hearts of other teams in the SEC is their dread of having to put up with the most obnoxious, arrogant, and ignorant fan base in the country. The mutt football program is totally irrelevant to the likes of LSU and Bama and, in most years, Florida and Tennessee.

All dead wrong.

We won the second most games last decade than anyone in the SEC (90)

LSU had 91

We have a winning record against every SEC team not named Florida the last ten years.

3 out of last 4 against Bama
3 out of last 4 against LSU
6 out of last 4 against Auburn

Third most SEC Titles (12) all time.

Nobody takes us lightly. Ever.

We are the SEC.

DawginLex

October 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

Lane Kiffin told Tahj Boyd that he didn’t have the ability to play QB in the SEC

Gotta love that little tidbit

Burdell

October 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

Offensive line MUST start knocking people back and giving our backs time to at least get a handle on the ball. Seems like we have had opponents in our back field since the Maryland game. We can do it against the big boys because I saw it with my own eyes against UNC.

GO JACKETS!!! Nothing to lose…

headley lamar

October 25th, 2011
3:53 pm

* 6 out of last 4 against Auburn

Should read 6 out of last 10

carolinajacket

October 25th, 2011
3:55 pm

I agree Jacket Man. On paper, the Tigers look unbeatable, but certain teams seem to play well against other teams. UVA, for some reason, tends to have our number. But we’ve done very well against CU over the years. I’m hoping for the best.

Who is our third string center? Did he play in the Miami game? I hope we won’t need him and that Finch’s injury is not too bad.

GT FAN IN PA

October 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

Headly- dogs also eat their own poo and sniff other dogs butts- does that make it right for fans to do? The Citadel, Garner Webb, Miss St, Samford, Gonzaga, Georgetown, Fresno St- all schools with Dogs as the Mascot and I’ve never seen the fans barking at games.

Burdell

October 25th, 2011
3:56 pm

Please let Mike Mooney rest in peace.