Ball security still challenges Synjyn Days

Greetings-
Have a couple notes from a few interviews Tuesday.

1. Both Paul Johnson and assistant coach Brian Bohannon took questions about backup quarterback Synjyn Days and their answers provided enough evidence to conclude that his ball security problems still require considerable improvement.
“Synjyn has to take care of the football,” Bohannon said. “It has to be of the utmost urgency when he is in the game, to take care of the football.”
I think I included some of this answer in the post Tuesday following Johnson’s news conference, but Johnson said he put Days in late in the loss to Miami to see if he could provide a spark. He got a first down on a pass to wide receiver Tyler Melton and had a quarterback draw that could have been a gainer had it been blocked better and then fumbled.
“That’s been his thing,” Johnson said. “If he takes care of the ball, he’s going to play more. Synjyn, he’s a talented kid. He can do some things, but you’ve got to take care of the ball.”

2. Quote from Johnson about the offense: “You could say execution, you can say whatever you want. It doesn’t matter what you do on offense, if you’re not moving the ball and scoring, it usually comes back to (the fact that) you’ve got to do that better. We need to help ‘em, maybe, with a better plan. Maybe some of the stuff that we’re trying to ask them to do, they can’t do.”
Roddy Jones thinks the offense isn’t too far from re-gaining its form.
“When we go back and watch the film, it’s not like everything’s going wrong and we’re all falling apart,” he said. “You see a stop in the backfield or a play by [an opponent], what you don’t see is everyone else did their job. If we get that one guy, we’re out of the gate. It’s just the little things we need to correct, and I think we’ll do that.”
I imagine you get tired of the “we just need to execute better” answer as I do, but I’ve seen the offense work enough times to great effect (and you have done so even more, I suppose) to think that the problem isn’t that opponents have figured out the offense. It’s poor decision making, missed blocks, bad throws, dropped passes and faulty play calls. That leaves room to say that those failures are a result of a talent shortage and that the Jackets wouldn’t have those problems with better coaching. Perhaps the remainder of the season will determine that if you haven’t already drawn your own conclusion. But consider that as poorly as last season went, the offense, with a lot of the same pieces as this year’s team, led the nation in rushing. (Which is a different thing than leading the nation in scoring, or wins, for that matter, but is not an accomplishment to be taken lightly.)
Take Washington as an example. He’s shown the ability make the right reads, both this year and last, and has enough speed to make plays. I don’t know how you’ll receive this, but I’ve included a clip of the second half of last year’s Virginia Tech game. Watch from about the 4:30 point on. Washington has some clunker plays, but he hits downfield passes, makes a first-down run out of nothing, manages the clock and leads Tech nearly the length of the field in two late-game drives. The very last play, you’ll remember, was not one to remember, but everything to that point would indicate that when he’s right, he’s more than capable.

I think right now a lot of it’s between his ears. Perhaps the same might be said of his teammates. How do they escape this predicament? That’s for them and the coaching staff to figure out.

3. A few people asked me about the offsetting penalties that wiped out Jones’ long first-quarter run against Miami, specifically if Tech could have declined Miami’s penalty and taken the facemask penalty against Jones as a spot foul. I asked Doug Rhoads, the ACC officiating coordinator, and he said no, that they were automatically offsetting because both were live- ball fouls. So, there’s your answer.

4. This is sort of random, but I’m wondering if someone out there can do a former Tech player a favor. You might remember I wrote a story prior to the Virginia game about the 1990 team’s comeback win at Virginia. Anyway, Calvin Tiggle was one of the former players I talked to, and I asked him about watching replays, and he said he’d lost his copy of the game. (He was one of Tech’s biggest stars that day.) He asked me if I had any idea how to get a copy of the game and I said I’d look into it. My first step failed. You are the second step. Would any of you have a copy of that game you’d be willing to make a copy of? E-mail me if so. I imagine Calvin would be grateful. ksugiura@ajc.com.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech beat

407 comments Add your comment

juvenal

October 26th, 2011
11:48 am

& salutations…..

juvenal

October 26th, 2011
11:56 am

go online-that’s where i found mine, several sites……….if a team with good players have a month, you stop this “O” if the QB can’t complete passes(X2)-another factor not mentioned-the long view-USAF D saw this O often, QB doesn’t hit passes, doesn’t work……..EVERY ACC team we play now has players who are upper classmen who have seen this offense before! getting more experience will help us, but more formations, shot-gun, spread, pistol, whatever are needeD! we need to complete passes when we throw! this is not rocket science, it is not even remotely as hard as what i do…..

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 26th, 2011
11:56 am

Thanks again, Ken. I’m looking for the team to be fired up against Clemson.

btgt69

October 26th, 2011
12:03 pm

protect tevin, get roddy the ball more, turn orwin loose,, throw it to ???? and we will be fine

carolinajacket

October 26th, 2011
12:06 pm

I agree that Roddy should get more touches. I’ve been surprised both last year and this that he doesn’t.

Fields

October 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Looks like Yech’s always comical “but our athletes are all rocket scientists” lie just became even funnier. Last in the ACC in graduting football players. Just pathetic. What an embarrassment to all Georgians.

GT FAN IN PA

October 26th, 2011
12:10 pm

Line is dropping- some heavy money being put on the Jackets- Let’s take it home guys! Take the Tiger by the tail and kick it back to SC- GO JACKETS!

GT FAN IN PA

October 26th, 2011
12:15 pm

@Fields- UGAG is 2 points higher at a 79- don’t start bragging too much-you all use the SEC logic of 2-5 SEC team would be 7-0 in the ACC-the same holds true from the academic side ACC vs SEC a 77 in the ACC would be a 97 in the SEC- see how that works-

yeller bug

October 26th, 2011
12:17 pm

For avg golfers, there are days when you hit your T-ball well and then a slight change in grip, stance or swing plane and you’re spraying them all over the place. THat’s where Tech is. With less competition (wide open fairways), mishits didn’t show as bad. Tech’s O requires a lot of man-on-man excution with open field blocks and perhaps because of better opposition, we’re not executing as well. There has been a step change in performance for TW & as Ken states, a lot is probably in his head. As many have harped upon, short passes to get a little confidence will go a long way. In the MTSU game, we had 7 passes in a row. CPJ does need to open up the playbook a little–we seem to panic and go back to our bread & butter plays which it seems the opposing D is waiting for. Our D has improved, special teams need to execute better in mind and body and we’ll be OK. Doubt we can pull off a W Sat, but we can give’em a good game and who knows how it may turn out.

JM

October 26th, 2011
12:18 pm

Fields, I’m sorry our athletes don’t major in “Housing Management” or “Physical Education.” WTF is Housing Management anyways?

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 26th, 2011
12:22 pm

Ken, does J Greene have a catch this year? He got one uncatchable ball thrown his way at Miami that I recall. I wish they’d give him a touch. Even Hill had a TD catch in 2009.

carolinajacket

October 26th, 2011
12:28 pm

I’m still puzzled by Chris Jackson. He was highly recruited out of HS. I know that at the first of the year it was said that he got a late start, but by now he should be well oiled in the offense. Seems like if you put him opposite Hill you would have two pretty good receivers on the field.

Born2Buzz

October 26th, 2011
12:32 pm

Folks, you knew the graduation rate comments would start coming from the woofers. I was trying to get a definition on how the GSR is calculated but the ncaa site is not clear. Is the rate based on graduating in 4 years, or for those leaving early, in good standing and progressing towards that goal?
Ken, do you know? We always seem to have these poor rates, and there isn’t much of an excuse, especially for the bball team rates that are very low. But how do they compare to the rest of the student body? I remember the freshman orientation when they said look to your left, look to your right, one of you will not be here in 4 years.

carolinajacket

October 26th, 2011
12:33 pm

Speaking of coming out of high school, this is what Scout had to say about Tevin “A pass first quarterback with excellent mobility, Washington uses his elusiveness to scan downfield first, then to take off and run second. He has a quick release and is accurate on the short and intermediate routes. He has nice touch on the long ball, but struggles just a bit if he has to muscle up on a deep out. Deceptively fast, he’s not a shake and bake type of runner, but possesses tremendous open field speed. Oops. What happened?

JM

October 26th, 2011
12:35 pm

@carolinajacket

The big point there is this: “but struggles just a bit if he has to muscle up on a deep out.” What do you think nearly all of our pass plays are?

Gr8 2B aFuzzyB

October 26th, 2011
12:36 pm

Tevin needs a confidence boost we all know. Instead of starting him off with a mid range pass over the middle, CPJ should stick to the WR screen as he does sometimes to Melton (give Greene a touch for cripes sake). Heck even a shovel pass would be better than going downfield right now.

I’m not a big fan of razzle dazzle, but how about lining Sims up for a toss sweep and have him pull up and toss it downfield to a streaking WR. Not holding my breath on that one but CPJ’s creativity so far has only shown a Hill reverse play. This is the game to reach into the bag.

JD

October 26th, 2011
12:36 pm

I still wonder why we don’t hit more crossing routes across the middle. If the linebackers are playing up to stop the run, that should leave space 5-10 yards in front of the los.

Cosmo

October 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

Seems to me that the offense became similarly stale when Nesbit decided he needed to “carry the load” and you can see when Washington entered this game it removed that tendency and opened up the offense more and made it more productive despite Joshua’s loss. Tevin needs the confidence to use his supporting cast.

Born2Buzz

October 26th, 2011
12:37 pm

As for the game, I hope Roddy is right and the O gets cranking again. We are going to need a strong showing from all units to beat Clemons.

JM

October 26th, 2011
12:38 pm

If GT can play more consistently on offense they’d get their edge back. Losing the center in the Miami game hurt. Get well soon.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 26th, 2011
12:38 pm

Graduating UGAG: Like pushing the “easy” button at Staples

Graduating Tech: Like climbing Mt. Fuji with no arms and legs

apples and oranges folks!!

Problem identified

October 26th, 2011
12:41 pm

If the GT sports information department is worth their salt, they’d easily and happily be able to give Tiggle (or any lettermen) a copy of any game they wanted. Right?

JD

October 26th, 2011
12:44 pm

Hedley lamar, you’ve been awfully quiet today on the gt sports blog? Why is that? HAHAHA

carolinajacket

October 26th, 2011
12:47 pm

I think he said he was off to the mountains, thank god.

JD

October 26th, 2011
12:48 pm

Or his true identity has been discovered ;)

Fields

October 26th, 2011
12:49 pm

Your future “NASA engineers” cant even handle getting management degrees from the trade school? Lol! Typical Yech thugs! What an embarraament.

carolinajacket

October 26th, 2011
12:50 pm

Who was it, Bozo the Clown?

JD

October 26th, 2011
12:52 pm

A young lad who excels at mastering the art of internet dating, pretending to be a fan of other schools (because he has no life), and just being a d0uche in general.

GT Joe

October 26th, 2011
12:53 pm

Let’s hand out diplomas via the public restroom toilet paper roll like UGA. That’s how THEY beat us in graduation rates!

JD

October 26th, 2011
12:54 pm

Back to the topic at hand, ball security has been a problem with Synjyn. Where’s the stick ‘em when you need it? I think we should run more triple option (not kidding). There were several times in the miami game where TW could have pitched it for a big gain. Same thing in a couple of previous games. They are forcing him to the outside, but the defensive back is cheating inside to help limit the qb run.

GT Joe

October 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

Ken, you are the man. Thanks for answering the Synjyn Days questions I posted.

I still think Synjyn is more dangerous as a runner than Tevin, and Synjyn threw passes with confidence, unlike Tevin.

I was on the Tevin bandwagon for the 1st 4 games. Then became a Tevin apologist for the next 2. But the last two have shown me he is a mental case. The talent is obviously there, but mentally he’s not there. A platoon might be good, especially if the defenses are making the QB keep the ball.

Tech75

October 26th, 2011
12:56 pm

@Alabama Rambler: ROFLMAO

GT Joe

October 26th, 2011
12:57 pm

law degree? LOL. tallest mental midget competition at UGA….

UGA owns the SEC? apparently you LOST the competition.

macrotech

October 26th, 2011
12:57 pm

PLEASE, someone tell me what is SO ‘gimmicky’ about the Triple Option offense? SUCH a stupid statement.

Of COURSE uga’s graduation rates are going to be higher…WHO can’t tell you how points on gets if he/she makes a THREE point shot?

GT Joe

October 26th, 2011
12:58 pm

while i was driving through athens, someone threw a UGA diploma into my car…

True story.

Tech75

October 26th, 2011
12:59 pm

Guess what, woofers: that Management program you seem to be so fond of claiming is “easy”?

My son switched from Engineering to Management after his first year, and spent a year there. He thought it would be easier. It wasn’t.

Now he’s back in Engineering.

Fields

October 26th, 2011
1:00 pm

Not only is Coach Moobs Johnson getting inferior athletes than Chan-the-man but he is getting far dumber ones too!!! Lol!!! Love ya Paul Johnson!! Hope you stay at Yech forever!!!!

GTP

October 26th, 2011
1:00 pm

I almost went to UGA. Sometimes I wish I did because I know I wouldve graduated with a 4.0 compared to my 3.5 at GT. No regrets though because there is no way UGA would have netted me the current job I have.

Fields

October 26th, 2011
1:01 pm

I’m just disappointed my mama wouldn’t let me play with her moobs. MOOOOOBS. She always had that cigarette tucked under her mustache.

JM

October 26th, 2011
1:02 pm

I think my favorite is that someone wrote “UGA Diplomas” on one of the toilet seat dispensers in one of the bathrooms at Tech. Then someone responded with, “No, toilet seat covers are actually useful.”

Tech75

October 26th, 2011
1:02 pm

If we beat Clemson this weekend it may rank right up there with the 3-3 tie with Notre Dame on the “unexpectedness” scale

GT Jones

October 26th, 2011
1:02 pm

@Fields, actually if you read the study, it had to do with athletes that enrolled through 2004, so not sure what CPJ had to with those students. Guess that is why you work on a farm and I have a corner office ; )

Law Degree?

October 26th, 2011
1:03 pm

Stopped in a gas station men’s room outside of Athens several weeks ago. Had a roll of UGA degrees hanging right there on the wall next to the toilet.

GT Joe

October 26th, 2011
1:03 pm

Fields: moron, CPJ’s average recruiting rank is higher than Chan’s average.

And the GT football team’s average SAT score is the highest of all public FBS schools.

GT Jones

October 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

In fact that is part of the reason CPJ was recruited to coach at GT —- his APR rate was very high compared to his peers.

fan of shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

October 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

I agree with JD (shorter passes across the middle) and Cosmo (32+carries for QB causes fatigue…fatigue causes (even more poor judgement). However, many Tech fans and evidently Johnson still believe that the (threat) of the long pass is the answer…even though Washington seems ill prepared to accomplish that. Remember if Johnson needs the equivalent yardage that a short pass can usually accomplished, he will run the ball.

Question: If Days is presently the 2nd string QB and he is presently in the Johnson doghouse for ball insecurity, then the real 2nd string QB is ???

Fields

October 26th, 2011
1:04 pm

Macro -

How many titles has the “world’s greatest offense” brought to Yech? There is your answer. It cant even work in the weakest BCS conference. Even your college dropout football players could answer that one! Lol!!

JM

October 26th, 2011
1:06 pm

Hey Fields, how many titles has a normal offense brought to UGA over that same period of time?

Fields

October 26th, 2011
1:06 pm

I’s is goin to ride the uppity box later when i deliver my vegetables to all the city folk. Got my ridin partner with me. Gots me a red ford truck just like coach richt.

Tech75

October 26th, 2011
1:08 pm

@Jason: The question is not its opacity, but it’s texture. If it has some texture it makes for better wiping.