Paul Johnson Q&A

Opening statement:

I thought that Virginia Tech played a really good game. We came back there in the second half, took the lead and I thought had some momentum, and we got the big penalty that really kind of changed the game. If you could point to one thing that changed the game, we’re going to be up five, they’re going to be punting from inside their 10- or 12-yard line and we have a chance to get the ball back and instead, they get a first down, go down and score a touchdown, re-take the lead.

It’s disappointing. I thought that Virginia Tech played well and did what they had to do. They kept the ball for the most part. After the first two drives, I think they scored every time they had the ball except for the one time they turned it over, and we couldn’t match it.

Q: How much did the penalty take the wind from your team?

A: It was huge, and you compound it with the fact that then they drive it down and they score. Instead of getting the ball back somewhere around midfield, up five with all the momentum, maybe you’ve got a chance to go up two scores, and in that game, you needed to be up two scores with the way the game was going. It changed. I couldn’t see what happened. The play was dead, it seemed like, forever, and they never blew the whistle or the guy just kept trying to move. And we couldn’t ever get the guy down anyway. He must have averaged eight yards on quarterback sneaks. He’s a big, strong guy.

Q: Have you ever seen a quarterback who got so many yards on sneaks like Thomas was?

A: No. I haven’t seen anything like that. You asked me, my answer would be no.

Q: Was the desire to go up two scores the reason why you elected to go for it on fourth down?

A: I elected to go for it on first down because I felt like we needed to score. It’s fourth and one, but I think since the second possession of the game, if I’m correct, we didn’t stop them. So we needed to go down and score and I thought we could make a yard and we didn’t. We didn’t do a very good job with the play. Maybe could have been a better play call. We didn’t execute the one that was called very well, either.

Q: How did Jay Finch look?

A: I have no idea till you watch the tape. I know we had a couple of late snaps, but until you watch the tape… I know we had a couple of late snaps, but until you watch the tape inside, you have no idea. I know we had a hard time blocking 98.

We had a couple of busts and the other thing that hurt us in the first half was I think it was the second time we got the ball, we scored, we kick off, they start on the 10-yard line, flip the field, punt us out on the 7 and we had a chance tor a really big play the first play that we pitched the ball and we busted two assignments. We pitched off no one and we blocked the wrong guy and turned a guy loose and then on third down, we had a drop, I think, and just kind of lost momentum there too and got off one of our 30-yard punts and flipped the field.

You have to give them credit. They flipped the field. They took it from the 10 and put it down there.

On defense:

A: We weren’t getting a whole lot of pressure and they were throwing it and catching it pretty good. I don’t know what they were on 3rd down – 10 of 16 – yeah, that’s pretty good, considering they had 3rd and 11’s, 3rd and 12’s. Really, the first series of the game, we had ‘em in 3rd and 12 and they convert and we were very fortunate that their punter punted it in the end zone because instead of having them stopped and getting the ball in good field position, we end up taking it over on our 20. And those things are big. It’s kind of hidden yardage when that happens. But, yeah, they converted a lot of third and longs. The play right before halftime really hurt, too, the touchdown pass.

Q: What’s going to bother you about this game?

A: We just didn’t make enough plays. We didn’t get it done. Offense, defense, special teams – nobody got it done. Offensively, we weren’t efficient enough. We didn’t score enough points. Defensively, we had a hard time stopping the run.

I don’t know what they rushed for – 267. They outrushed us. When teams do that, not usually going to win.

419 comments Add your comment

Team

November 11th, 2011
7:43 am

shorter passes (as short as necessary!)

November 11th, 2011
7:59 am

Does Tech have a new tackling method? Seemed to me Tech tried most all night to just ride and try to strip the ball instead of tackling???

Will #45 be suspended for the next game? Was that a brain f@rt?

Johnson surely should have taken some of the blame for his play calling…disappointed that he just still says poor whatever. That whatever surely had some poor coaching.

The “good” dbacks did not seem too goo last night. Slog VT guys juking for td and a slow guy that never ever had a td clearly wide open in the endzone for a td.

Washington STILL calls his own number seemingly way too much.

Just wow. Hopefully they can forget….soon/

VT does need some credit. Tech made the VT QB look better that Cam!

But, still my team!

redhairpimplefacetechnerd

November 11th, 2011
8:01 am

It’s the ref’s fault ?

Yep, you can hang this one...

November 11th, 2011
8:05 am

…on the most arrogant coach ever – Paul Johnson – when he went for the 4th and 1 from the Tech 30 yard line I told my wife that this was the ball game – and it turned out to be so.

And, where I was sitting in the west stands, all the folks around me were so indignant about the call on #45 – you should have heard the foul mouths of several over age 40 “former students” – I could not believe my ears! And, then, when the TV time out came shortly after VT scored there you had ‘ol Paul out castigating the refs over that call – and now we find out that #45 admits it was his mistake.

While the guys played hard, I find quite difficult when macho man “we make 66 percent of our fourth down plays” CPJ lends to the momentum change, I just really feel bad for th kids. And then he had the audacity to challenge the spot, only to be confirmed on review – and it was right in my site line from where I sat and I could tell initially that it appeared to be short.

Well, as UGA is fond of saying “Maybe next year”…

dawgfan

November 11th, 2011
8:12 am

Same ole same ole. Poor defense. No passing game. Its year 4 and Paul Johnson just doesn’t get it. He probably never will. But he sure is a genius isn’t he? LMAO.

“– you should have heard the foul mouths of several over age 40 “former students” – I could not believe my ears!”

I’m shocked!!! You mean the same fan base that requires a PA announcement from one of their players begging them not to throw things on the field like a bunch of children (See 2009 UGA game) ALSO uses dirty curse words? No way!!! Tech fans are the very definition of refinement and class. Just ask them.

Georgia Tech=JOKE.

Marine Jacket

November 11th, 2011
8:16 am

throwing a punch will get you a well deserved one game suspension.

Go Jackets

Great to see GT has a dumb thug too

November 11th, 2011
8:19 am

as in #45. Love it when tek gets beat – fumbles – refs – penalties – are the reasons – anything but the truth. The truth being tek is not a top 30 football program. No shame in that – just reality. Enjoy Shreveport.

UGA = Yawn

November 11th, 2011
8:31 am

Hey coach. Awful game, awful game plan, never saw a team convert my 3rd down and longs, player should have been benched after the punch, 4th down try on our own 30 ….get over yourself!!!!

Big Wally Butts

November 11th, 2011
8:32 am

Be interesting to see if the ACC thinks that #45 deserves a one week suspension this next week for his performance in the game. Yea, I know that it is Duke but the SEC would give him one.

bluecole

November 11th, 2011
8:36 am

I think the reason the PF sticks out so much is because – gasp – it rarely happens at Tech. Sure, you can bag PJ for the 4th down call, but he’s right. We weren’t stopping them, and we can usually get 1 yard. Also, I don’t think we lost a fumble the entire game, did we?

We didn’t play like a top 30 program, but we had our chances.

Conner

November 11th, 2011
8:40 am

hahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

REALLY????

November 11th, 2011
8:43 am

TO HELL WITH GEORGIA TECH!!!!!!

#45 is the true representation of THUG-U

techies = hypocrisy at its absolute finest.

GT-UT

November 11th, 2011
8:43 am

I 100% support the 4th down call. True Jacket fans need to represent the Institution well on this blog. Sniping after a loss is annoying.

hang in there...9-3 aint bad

November 11th, 2011
8:47 am

All the blame is not on CPJ. There were multiple “game changing” plays throughout the night. No doubt his was HUGE……but…..personal foul by 45, dropped pass by 17 on third down, punts all night were awful, 13 not following his lead block on 4th and 1, secondary sleep walking on many third and longs,..and the list could go on. Bottom line – the team made more mistakes than the other, and got beat.
But, on a positive note…..this team is still doing better than expected. Win over Duke, win over UGA, and this season is a success. Dont believe the hype, There isnt a better fit for GT than CPJ. We just need to build the D. The dude is working……..To Hell With Georgia.

This record is on par with Bobby Dodd

November 11th, 2011
8:48 am

IF GT ends up like 8-4 that will be consistent with the type of 7-3 records that Dodd had in the late 50s into the late 60s. Dodd’s great era was early 50s-mid 50s. most of his games beyond were the 6-4-1 variety. His best bowl destination was the Gator, where Joe Pa whupped him in 65 or 66.

CPJ will not achieve greatness but his goofy middle school O will on rare occasions score on long sprints form the corner but they will always end up being a 7-4 type of ball club.

CPJ and his Jackets will compete with Bowling Green or Elon College or possibly at the level of Memphis State or W. Ky to gain an invitation to this year’s Poinsetta Bowl or the Music City Bowl or GT’s home away from home ……………………. THE INDEPENDENCE BOWL. Shoney’s offers Buy One, Get One Free Shrimp on Game day too. In Shreveport, The Waffle House will be offering free grits.

GT …………………. this is your lot in life. You know it and the world knows it.

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHA,AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHA

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
8:48 am

Some real insightful analysis going on here.

To anyone with a functioning brain, going for it on fourth down was the right play. As for the personal foul, it changed the entire complexion of the game. He made a mistake. Stuff happens.

BigTimeTECHFan

November 11th, 2011
8:51 am

UGA Yawn

Agree Attaochu should have been benched?
CJP will yank an OL for a false start yet he leaves Attaochu in the game after that.

Anyway Tech just looked flat, Defense was in position to make a lot of plays but VT’s QB and RB just ran through tackles.

Tech will come back nice against Duke and UGA

Uhhh....

November 11th, 2011
8:54 am

“most arrogant coach ever – Paul Johnson – when he went for the 4th and 1 from the Tech 30 yard line I told my wife that this was the ball game – and it turned out to be so.”

VT had scored on the last 4 of 5 possessions. Another 30 yard punt wouldn’t have done much. I’ll take my chances on 4th and 1 and try to get at least some momentum back.

“then he had the audacity to challenge the spot, only to be confirmed on review – and it was right in my site line from where I sat and I could tell initially that it appeared to be short.”

Oh, well it appeared short to you so I guess we’ll just accept the turnover without question. You know, because it appeared to be short. Forget trying to win the game. We’ll just give it back to VT because the refs are 100% correct all of the time.

Not challenging it would have been stupid.

This game was lost because it was a lackluster performance on both sides of the ball.

nerdtalk

November 11th, 2011
8:55 am

How many times have we gone for it on 4th and gotten it, then scored on that drive? The same people that are calling him an idiot would have said he was a genius if we converted and scored. Live by the sword die by the sword. Just the way it goes. The punch was the turning point for sure. It hurts to lose but like CPJ used to tell us “it’s never as good or bad as it seems”. Get ready for the next one.

Atlien

November 11th, 2011
8:56 am

I said before 2-2 would be great against Miami, Clemson, VT, and UGA. Just got to get the UGA win, and that will make a nice season for this young team.

Congrats to VT, they played very well.

cpbee

November 11th, 2011
8:58 am

4th and 1 on our own 30 yard line with 14 minutes to play down 1 point with a Swiss cheese defense,PUNT FOOL.DON`T HAVE A PUNTER AS USUAL,NO KICKING GAME,BETTER GET ONE.Duh.

carolinajacket

November 11th, 2011
8:58 am

Tech was in a great position to win the game, but kind of like last year, when we had the lead and about to get better, it hit the fan. The interception and loss of qb last year, and trading a forced punt from the 15 (with the lead) to a first down for VT which led to their td. Also, the secondary was way off after playing a great game against Clemson. The Georgia game is really big now. Got to win that one and get back to winning bowl games.

Original Spike

November 11th, 2011
8:59 am

Tech. Eliminated.

gt4ever

November 11th, 2011
9:00 am

I can’t believe that anybody with 1/2 a brain would call going for it on 4th down the right call! You have to be an IMBECILE to make that call… Not only the call but the play selection was LAME! My eleven year old doesn’t even make that call on his Xbox…. Simply PATHETIC!… and yes, our linebacker screwed up, but it was NOT the changing point of the GAME…. This coaches arrogance to just throw his players under the bus when they are playing their Butts off for him is almost a JOKE! This is simply another reason this JOKE of a coach should be run out of town!

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:01 am

So let me get this straight, cpbee. You think we should punt BECAUSE we had a Swiss cheese defense AND and bad punter? Aren’t those independently sufficient reasons to go for it and collectively compelling reasons to support his decision? What are we missing here?

Uhhh....

November 11th, 2011
9:04 am

“So let me get this straight, cpbee. You think we should punt BECAUSE we had a Swiss cheese defense AND and bad punter? Aren’t those independently sufficient reasons to go for it and collectively compelling reasons to support his decision? What are we missing here?”

Exactly my thoughts.

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:04 am

We must punt the ball there because that’s what everyone else would have done!!! Excellent reasoning!

my .02 worth

November 11th, 2011
9:04 am

As damaging as the punch was, as questionable as the 3rd and 1 at our own 30 was, these were not near as damaging as the two (at least) dropped passes by a-backs for clear first downs. there were also several questionable officiating calls ( pass interference, roughing the passer). All told, it was a solid effort by Georgia Tech, but the better team won. To hear the trolls on this blog, tech was blown out, never held the lead and had no realistic shot at winning this game. none of these are true. Would love to have seen the win, but still proud of this team and it always great to be a Yellow Jacket.

gt4ever

November 11th, 2011
9:06 am

George,

Let me put it this way….. NO coach in the country makes that call. But hey, CPJ is a genius, he is right, the rest of the coaching world is wrong…. Good Grief! Somebody get me some of the grape juice George and nerdtalk are drinking…

Original Spike

November 11th, 2011
9:07 am

I guess the Hokies weren’t skeered of the white out.

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:09 am

Who freaking cares what any other coach would do? It’s completely irrelevant.

The problem with folks like you, gt4ever, is that you think that doing anything different is prima facie proof that it’s wrong. Try thinking your way through a problem one time.

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:13 am

We can’t sail west from Spain! Everyone knows if we do that we’ll fall off the earth.

Yep, you can hang this one...

November 11th, 2011
9:14 am

…yep, IF we had made the first down it WOULD have been a great call – yet we DID NOT get the one yard, so yes, he is open to criticism – you were right, however – live by the sword (arrogance) die by the sword (arrogance) – and, IF frogs had wings they would not whomp their backside everytime they jumped…

And, George Stein, go back to your law books, as there is no way that “To anyone with a functioning brain, going for it on fourth down was the right play” – DOH…

UGA

November 11th, 2011
9:14 am

That boneheaded personal foul was heartbreaking. I really wanted you all to win.

Bowl scouts were there

November 11th, 2011
9:16 am

Weedeater Bowl was in BDS @HGF
Poinsettia Bowl
Waffle House Bowl of Grits
Toilet Bowl
Charlotte Motor Speedway Bowl. They will be handing out free dip sticks as long as they last.
New bowl in Valdosta- Greyhound Bus Station Bowl but they left when the GT guy sluugged that QB with a cheap shot.
Pappa John’s Pizza Pie Bowl. Buy One, Get ONe Free will be the incentive.
Chattanooga’s FISH TANK Bowl, where all good GT boys come to romp and play with the children.

GT …………….. you have been to only two MAJOR ( BCS type) of bowls in 44 years.
1967 Orange Bowl LOST to SEC Florida
2009 Orange Bowl another loss to slow, German American farm boys and Dwyer had 12 yds at the half.

Maybe as recently as 1955 or 56 when Elvis was just starting out, did Gt attend a major bowl. 1956 Sugar?? or was it 54???

Look this up …………………….THIS IS GT’s sad history and last night was just another chapter.

VATech would be similar to Mississippi State this year, if they played in the SEC.

GT lost to a no body Va Tech that UGA spotted 26 points in the Chic Fil A Bowl a few years back ( 06?) and then blew them out of Atlanta.

This is GT’s lore ……………….loss upon ugly loss.

robinva

November 11th, 2011
9:17 am

One of the best ways to understand the term “mental toughness” as it is applied to sports is to witness a glaring example of it’s absence. The flagrant foul was stupid and weak.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
9:18 am

Tough loss

I can not believe he went for it on 4th down. I also can’t believe the play that was called.

I know the punch/personal foul was the turning point of the game but man, CPJ threw that kid under the bus, cranked it up and ran over him. Maybe that’s just his style.

Y’all need some more athletes on defense in a big way.

QB competition next fall should be interesting.

nerdtalk

November 11th, 2011
9:18 am

gt4ever – I assume you play a lot of x-box too. You wouldn’t be saying a thing if we converted that. Here’s the other option. Punt the ball, where your punter has been kicking duffs all night, and give them field position just across mid field. They drive it down on you and score regardless just like they had done the previous 5 possessions, except when they fumbled.

If you think the PF wasn’t the turning point then you weren’t watching the game. Sure there were a lot of other plays that carried significance in the outcome, but none bigger than that. NONE

It’s not about drinking the “juice” or doing what every other coach would do. It’s about doing what’s right for YOUR team in that particular situation during a game. It backfired yes, but i’ll take the odds of our offense gaining that yard 9 times out of 10.

Re: the white out...

November 11th, 2011
9:19 am

…I was very disappointed with the crowd being only abut 45K, expecially coming of a big time win and playing the #10 team in the BCS with the division championship on the line…

A question

November 11th, 2011
9:20 am

Bowl, why do you even care? Why are you wasting your time on here?

spider

November 11th, 2011
9:20 am

fact is GT is never going to be a national power no matter who the coach is..and now that ncaa is going to allow the schools(mayby 10-12) that can afford to pay their athletes $2000.00 the chances of the smaller schools having any chance of being a national power are over..so gt fan just accept it.

nerdtalk

November 11th, 2011
9:20 am

Side Note- I didn’t like the play call on the 4th. Would have gone with something different.

Yes, DawginLex...

November 11th, 2011
9:21 am

…you said “but man, CPJ threw that kid under the bus, cranked it up and ran over him. Maybe that’s just his style” –

Yes, unfortunately, that IS his style – a bully to end all bullies, and he NEVER EVEN PLAYED THE GAME…

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
9:23 am

nerdtalk

i get the logic behind going for it. Still wouldn’t have done it but that being said, i would have run something else other than a 175 pound QB trying to get a yard and a half.

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:24 am

Thanks, Captain Hindsight. I said functioning brain, so I qualified it so that folks like you weren’t included.

I don’t think athleticism is the issue, Lex. Clemson was plenty athletic and the defense shut them down. It was a bad night. Let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

Dawglasville

November 11th, 2011
9:25 am

George Stein – You are right as usual sir. The fourth and one call was the right call. That is a very high percentage play for that offense. You couple that with the fact that the defense and punter had struggled, it was a no brainer. It was unfortunate that a heat of the moment decision of one player helped to undo a pretty well played game by the team. We’ve had our share of those lapses in Athens over the years. That Logan kid is a monster.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
9:26 am

George Stein,

More hindsight. clemson was a tired beat up football team that had played a string of ranked teams in highly emotional games. i think that had a lot to do with that game in addition to Tech playing well.

The rematch they will get with VT should show us a lot.

A question

November 11th, 2011
9:26 am

Spider, I’ll ask you as well. Why do you care?

George Stein

November 11th, 2011
9:27 am

I am unclear about what Johnson was supposed to say about the personal foul.

Agreed about the play call, but Washington had been able to get yards up the middle all year.

DawginLex

November 11th, 2011
9:29 am

George

He handles things straight up. I get that. For me, I would have said “Yes the penalty was big but after that, we had a chance to stop them and we didn’t. We also had chances to score and didn’t. That one play didn’t lose the game.”

Instead, he made it sound like the penalty lost the game.

That’s my $.02