Paul Johnson Q&A

Opening Statement:
“Well it wasn’t always pretty. We had I don’t know how many penalties. The most we totaled was two the rest of the year and seven-for-59 doesn’t seem right … some really tough penalties, big penalties in the game. But we fought and found a way. Both sides were having a tough time stopping the other side and we turned it over twice and missed a scoring opportunity in the second half and let them hang around. It’s win No. 8. I’m glad to get it and now we focus on next week, which I know is a big game for everybody involved.”

On Jemea Thomas’ interception:
“It was a great play, made especially after they called him on the other one, to just walk up there and challenge the guy, get in his face and then make a nice play.”

On Tyler Melton:
“The one on third down there in that last drive before we fumbled the ball actually was huge and was a great catch.”

On the penalties:
“Yeah I was frustrated. You know when we come out and throw play-action pass, they were cross keying the slot. And so we told the guy, and the backside slot was getting right by him and they grabbed him around the waist and they don’t call it. Then they try to tell me the guy they threw it to didn’t get held. Well, they pulled the other guy. That was frustrating a little bit. The late hit penalties on the quarterback, you don’t really know until you see the tape. It’s a bit frustrating. I’m not saying they weren’t correct. I’m just saying it’s frustrating. Two weeks in a row, we’ve had guys back third-and-15, third-and-18 and we do something completely stupid to get them a first down.”

On the game turning into a shootout:

Especially after the first couple of possessions. It kind of became tough to get a stop there weren’t a lot punts in the second half. We missed our chances by turning the ball over and fortunately for us we got a pick there to be able to ice the game and then run the clock out.

On Duke quarterback Sean Renfree:

We had a hard time slowing him down, but we also had some turnovers that kept us from scoring. When you do that, you hurt yourself. Bottom line, like I say, it’s a team game. It doesn’t mater if it’s 38-31 or 7-6. You’ve got to score one more than they do to win the game.

On quarterback Tevin Washington:

I thought he played really well. After the first series, the very first series, where we dropped the snap and made a poor throw or two, but other than that, he made some big, big plays and hit some key plays for us. The long touchdown run was huge and then (he) was able get outside on a sprint out there at the end to get the first down to end the game.

On Duke playing nine in the box:

They did some things in run support that we should have been able even to take more advantage of. I’m anxious to see on the tape a couple other times that I felt like we had opportunities that we didn’t hit. We hit some things in the play-action action game. When we can throw for that much, it certainly helps the offense.

On the emphasis on character following the Virginia Tech loss:

A win’s a win and they can’t take it away. Like I said, it wasn’t always pretty but that’s No. 8. That’s more than anybody thought we were going to get and we’ve got a couple left. Our focus moves (forward). We’ll enjoy this tonight and tomorrow, we’ll start to get ready for Georgia. It’s a big, big game. Georgia’s got an awfully good football team, so it’ll be a big challenge.

On the plays in the passing game:

We threw it 13 times. I don’t think we threw it any more than we’ve been throwing it. It just seems like it when you compete some and when you hit a big play on it. We could run the ball fairly successfully. We had a hard time inside. Once we got on the perimeter, we did O.K. We didn’t do anything to mix the ball around. It just happened that way. That’s kind of who they took on the option.

On Embry Peeples:

I thought Embry did a nice job. The play right before halftime, he did a great job getting in the end zone. He had some nice runs. Certainly, we missed Orwin (Smith). Orwin’s a good player. I thought Robby Godhigh got in and played some, so did Tony Zenon. I’m not sure about Deon Hill. We played a lot of receivers, too. Stephen (Hill) was out in the second half. And I thought Tyler Melton made some nice plays. Like I said, the third down play was huge.

On if Hill and Smith will be back for the Georgia game:

I would think so. I don’t think it’s anything serious.

On treating the game as a business trip:

I don’t know. We’ve talked about it before, that’s not the first time we’ve talked about that it’s a business and it’s a business trip. I just wanted to do as much as I could to emphasize that.

On Charles Perkins‘ play:

I thought he did O.K. It’s disappointing. We had the fumble at the end. A guy got knocked back into him but it’s still no excuse. I thought he did some nice things. He made a nice catch on the wheel route on our sideline. I thought David (Sims) ran the ball hard. We still haven’t hit any real big plays out of that spot, and that’s what we needed.

On if Perkins’ playing time was related to Preston Lyons:

Preston is banged up; he’s hurt a little bit. You could tell in practice he was limping. And I wanted to give Charles a chance. He’d been practicing hard. I also wanted to play Synjyn Days. I apologized to him right after the game. I told him I was going to play him but you couldn’t let up. There was no way to put him in the game.

On lack of pressure on Renfree:

He gets rid of the ball quick, too. They’re in the gun and he gets rid of it quick and a lot of our games were coming from depth and even when they weren’t blocking them, they couldn’t get there. You’ve got to try to make them hold the ball a little bit. You’ve got to cover somebody a little bit. If they’re throwing four-yard crossing routes and we’re letting guys inside, then nobody’s going to get there. It’s been a problem, without blitzing, getting pressure.

On not covering “a little bit”:

At times it didn’t look like it.

On if he is frustrated with the defense:

Not anymore than I’m frustrated with the offense. We fumbled the ball, jumping offsides and doing that. You want to play as good as you can play, and until we can play as good as we can play, then I’m not going to be satisfied. I’m still happy we won the game, but I think you want to hold those kids to that standard. You don’t want to drop your standards. You want to point out the things that we’re not doing.

71 comments Add your comment


November 20th, 2011
5:02 am

Paul Johnson can’t recruit.

Clever coach.. But he’s not going to build anything significant on The Flats.

LAMO undersized, slow “athleletes” can’t compete.

Save time and fire him now.


November 20th, 2011
5:04 am

Lot of good teams either lost or struggled yesterday. Georgia and Georgia Tech, neither looked very good, perhaps they were both looking ahead a little bit. Could be an epic game next Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium!. More GT talk at:


November 20th, 2011
6:22 am

Next Saturday is going to be a long miserable day. Our defense couldn’t stop Jerry’s Kids!


November 20th, 2011
6:38 am


Phantom Jacket

November 20th, 2011
6:43 am

Not an inspiring or polished win against Duke, but it gets us to the Georgie game with some diginity. Now we play to beat the cocky mutts and to get ourselves to a better bowl game. For as many mistakes and penalites as we had and as generous as our defense looked, we were just a few plays away from putting together a pretty good game. This gives me hope we can mount a “Clemson-type” effort against Georgie.

Our passing game complemented our run game for the first time in quite a while. If TW can lower the arc of the pass a bit and humm them in to our receivers, the GT passing game will be good enough to keep Georgie from loading the box. Besides Georgie has compiled a good record against some pathetic competition. They were 30 1/2 points favorites against Kentucky and won by 9 — and were at home. So our next game is winable. Let’s show up, be loud, and trust our coaches and players will bring our best game to the show.


November 20th, 2011
6:55 am


Win number 8 is awesome.
Coach Johnson is right on, But Peeles fumbled also, why Perkins get called out for fumble, yet says Peeple had nice game.

I think perkins looked real good, move the chains on his own.


November 20th, 2011
7:22 am

Birmingham Jacket must be a mutt troll.


November 20th, 2011
7:23 am

Birmingham Jacket, if not pick another team to back.


November 20th, 2011
7:31 am

DUKE??? Seriously. I find little satisfaction in squeaking out a win against Duke (unless it is basketball)

detective dan stark

November 20th, 2011
7:50 am

Cloudman Jacket: it is conference play and you are always going to squeak out wins and duke handled Va Tech pretty well. Take what you can get.


November 20th, 2011
7:53 am

Some of you Jacket fans(?) amaze me. 8-3, with a shot at UGA and a pretty good bowl game in a year not much was expected, and all you can do is moan and complain.

We do not have the DLineman to play the 3-4. Can we get them on the flats? I don’t know, but until then we will just have to keep piling up the points, which CPJ has proven he can do. Next year is Groh’s year for the D to show some major improvement.

Should be fun next weekend. Thanks for the help in selling our place out Mutt fans, $75.00 a head toward our new basketball arena is much appreciated!

Old jacket

November 20th, 2011
7:54 am

We squeezed a win in a tough schedule slot and that is all that counts. Washington is playing at a high level, and new talent looked good. Big quick qb’s give everyone trouble and their coach is a a qb specialist! Duke is always a tough game through the years, so we’ll take this W and get ready for a good UGA team. It will b a battle!


November 20th, 2011
8:02 am

Come on CPJ get a new defensive coach. Put Al out to pasture. If you look at the stats from last year to this year, all about the same. He is washed up, he was when he was at Virginia. Offense played good, this game could have been a blowout if if wasn’t for our defense. I know our players play hard,but if they don’t have the right coaching they will not win.


November 20th, 2011
8:10 am

A win is a win, sure, but this team is frustratingly unable to play more than 2 quarters of good football in a game – excepting only the Clemson game.
Over and over again, we click on all cylinders and then go into bonehead mode – either the players or the coach: mental error penalties and coaching-macho stuborness abounds.
The offensive and defensive schemes are not the problem – both have proven to be winners. We need more and better athletes – coach Johnson’s mentality probably can’t be fixed and is part of his overall genious (idiot-savamt?).
But we are very young and next year seems like a year we can get it all together. I believe O-line all return and although Roddy will be gone (and he’s HUGE, especially on outside/downfield blocks), Tevan and Smith return. I see much possible improvement next year.
But coach – PLEASE go get a punter and a place-kicker who can make a 45 yd field goal regularly and kick the ball into the zone. I know your stubborn insistance on the O making up for defects on special teams seems right to you, but why fight it when kikers can be found on every HS campus – soccer mania may be useful after all.
Season’s true test comes next week. We have the talent to beat UGA as they, too, are thin on talent and just as boneheaded as usual – whoever out-smarts or under-dumbs the other will win – let’s be the un-dumb one. So beat UGA and it’s all fine.


November 20th, 2011
8:12 am

One problem people have in judging this game is Duke is better than their record. The whole ACC is better than people give it credit for. Anyone watch BC play yesterday. One of our lesser teams but they looked very good for someone’s basement. The ACC doesn’t have a Alabama or LSU or Arkansas but they also don’t have a Mississippi or Kentucky either.

Reality check

November 20th, 2011
8:13 am

I agree with “Big Time,” Perkins looked good for someone who hasn’t played much! By my count he converted “6″ first downs. Also I know Peeples fumbled also! Did his fumble look better for some reason, because he wasn’t called out about it? When the guard gets blown up and knocked back into the mesh, shouldn’t the QB pull the ball at that point?


November 20th, 2011
8:14 am

The ACC is stronger that people realize. There is no Alabama or LSU but no Mississippi either.

Jacket Fan for Life

November 20th, 2011
8:17 am

Agree totally, Toe @7:53! It’s bad enough to have to put up with the “trolls” on this blog, but as GT “supporters”, we need to appreciate the win. Following a loss, we can be objectively critical without bashing if there are issues we see.


November 20th, 2011
8:19 am

Buzzman…….you say CAG is washed up. What the heck does that mean. He is not a player. He is a coach with worlds of experience and knowledge. The players he has now play really hard for him. Do you think his players have given up on him? I don’t. He plays what he has. Get him a half dozen more good players and he will stop you cold. His defense is young and will again show progress next season. If you don’t know how to watch football, pick another sport.


November 20th, 2011
8:25 am

We always have problems when we play at Duke. Everyone does, ask Va Tech. We got the win and now we have the Mutts at BDS@GF.

Go Jackets!!!

Old Gold Britches

November 20th, 2011
8:30 am

8 wins in the books and 2 to go. Keep that train a rolling Jackets!!!! David and Goliath next week. Give it all you’ve got Jackets!


November 20th, 2011
8:37 am

A win is a win!!!!!!!!!!!!! UGA really looked great against mighty Kentucky. Georgia Southern’s High School offense just scored the most points on Alabama’s defense that they have allowed all year. The SEC is over-rated. LSU is the only really good team. All others are mediocre.

UGA = Yawn

November 20th, 2011
8:43 am

Hey we beat Duke by 3 more points than Va Tech did (14-10).

UGA = Yawn

November 20th, 2011
8:44 am

Larry Ware

November 20th, 2011
8:46 am

The game next week will likely be close….

UGA = Yawn

November 20th, 2011
8:47 am

Sing with me… TH – TH- THWG – the cesspool of the South!!

UGA = Yawn

November 20th, 2011
8:48 am

Larry, today is Sunday. The game is THIS week.


November 20th, 2011
8:51 am

@ Stinger: You say the SEC is over rated ? You must not know who the National Champions are the past few years.


November 20th, 2011
8:56 am

B’Ham Jacket has been a whiner/complainer all season. Go root for Awebarn or Bamalamadingdong if you don’t like CPJ.
Geez, we’re playing a bunch of freshmen and sophmores (8 total upperclassmen play meaningful minutes) and we’ve won 8 games. And we have 2 more to go. Would I like CPJ to recruit more big fast linemen, both D & O? Hell yes. But we’re doing pretty well with what we have.
And guess what, one of the teams we lost too, VT, just might end up in the NC game.

For those complaining about CPJ calling out Perkins, he was specifically asked about Perkins play. It’s not like he went out of his way to call him out.

Now, let’s go beat the doggies and make this a really special year. Go Jackets & THWG!


November 20th, 2011
9:03 am

B’ham Jacket is probably Headley Lamarr or WnE. What does LAMO mean anyway?


November 20th, 2011
9:04 am


November 20th, 2011
7:53 am.

Should be fun next weekend. Thanks for the help in selling our place out Mutt fans, $75.00 a head toward our new basketball arena is much appreciated!

that is just sad! way to be proud!

Bowl Projections

November 20th, 2011
9:07 am

1. Tech beats UGA (easily)
2. Virginia loses to VT
3. Clemson loses to SC and VT
4. VT goes to the Orange Bowl
Would Chick-Fil-A and Champs still take Clemson and Virginia/FSU (respectively) over Tech?


November 20th, 2011
9:09 am

davidinloganville…i am sorry! you are sad!


November 20th, 2011
9:09 am

Paddy!!!….You are right about Buzzman’s comment. He just does not know football and make a statement like that. If he is really a GT fans, we don’t need him. We don’t want him either!


November 20th, 2011
9:10 am

Bowl Projections…This may be Virginia’s year. I expect the UGA game to be a knock-down drag-out. It usually is with only one blowout in recent memory.

Freddy Blassie

November 20th, 2011
9:12 am

Duke will have a winning conference record the next two or three years. Cutcliff has the program moving in the right direction. You people who scoff at the win over Duke have not played the game.
The game against Georgia will be a test of this Tech team’s toughness. Georgia has bigger and stronger and faster athletes but Tech is smarter and more disciplined. If our guys will block and tackle and be meaner than these bullies we can beat them. I would love to see the O-linemen protect their ball carriers after the first contact when defenders come in to finish. Do a little finishing of your own. Don’t let the defense punish the backs: go until the whistle blows and scrape some of these defenders off the pile.


November 20th, 2011
9:12 am

I have seen some improvement with the defense. The things that bother me are the basics, like shedding blockers and wrapping up on tackles. I like the way they fly to the ball and deliver hits.


November 20th, 2011
9:18 am

Freddy Blassie…Gentleman, there comes a time when every man must fight for that he believes in. Now is the time, get up, stand up and fight.

The game will come down to who wants it more.

Ken Sugiura

November 20th, 2011
9:19 am

bowl projections – i don’t know if it’s cut and dried like that, but i’m sure both bowls would take a good look at tech in that situation, and even if tech won by a close margin.


November 20th, 2011
9:24 am

No motivation needed next Saturday. We are playing one if not THE toughest game on the schedule. Let’s put our best foot forward Jackets and close out the season on top.


November 20th, 2011
9:31 am

High Tech Redneck……..shedding blockers may mean Tech needs a little bit bigger, faster defense. Wrapping up on tackles is a lost art in football. Don’t know how you get that back in todays game. It is just not Tech but all teams. Just throw yourself at the legs of the ball carrier and hope for the best. College coaches teach to wrap up but it just does not translate once the players hit the field. Woody Hayes and Knute Rockne must be turing over in their graves! Paul Brown could never coach today. Players would walk out on him and never look back.

GT Fan

November 20th, 2011
9:32 am

An ugly WIN is better than a pretty LOSS anyday!


November 20th, 2011
9:36 am

Why are the ignorant, trailer-trash UGAg fans here?

GT Fan

November 20th, 2011
9:38 am

If the Jackets lose on 11/26, 8-4 looks sooo much better than 7-5.

At a minimum, GT made a 2 win improvement from 2010, when according to many “GT bashers” they had better talent. PJ’s getting further away from Gailey’s superstars but yet still wins more games than 5 of CG’s teams.


November 20th, 2011
9:40 am

Triva Time……………………What one coach replaced both Bear Bryant and Paul Brown when they both left to take other head coaching jobs? He had to be well respected to replace these two ledgens.

GT Fan

November 20th, 2011
9:41 am

PJ…take notice of what happened to FSU & Oregon last night by not have a FG kicker worth a darn.

Find a FG kicker!!

Ga Tech Old Timer

November 20th, 2011
9:42 am

The “business Trip” idea was a good start – actually, I think they should dress this way for EVERY game – home or away – until the players earn the right to dress down.

Two questions –

Why isn’t EVERY game thought of by the coaches and players as a “BUSINESS TRIP”???

And – What part of – “It’s important to get up mentally for EVERY game” – don’t they understand?

That’s part of the problem with this team – they play inconsistantly and it’s blamed on youth or being tired from not having a break instead of understanding the importance of the MENTAL aspect of being prepared for EVERY game, You can’t coach a player to play with his heart – to give his best on every play – to play error free ball and avoid critical mistakes of judgement that produce penalties – to give that second effort every down. No – no one is perfect but all they have to do is look back to how we played Clemson VS the teams who beat us to tell what the difference was in each of those games. Those teams were not better than Tech – they came ready to play and we weren’t. How many Tech fans – other than myself – wonder from week to week which Tech team will show up?? They obviously always bring the physical skills to the game – what I want to know is when will they always bring the mental attitude?

GT Fan

November 20th, 2011
9:44 am

Clemson pulled a “DABO” yesterday, or they are totally in the NC mix with VT!

Nice job Tigers!

jeff the jacket

November 20th, 2011
9:54 am

early line ga by 8! we will see. i want to see how the”over play the ball” bulldogs re-act to good ole fashion run the ball at you triple option. Money, size, 5 stars recruits don’t always win the game, sometimes disipline, determination (and no criminal records) win out in the end! See you all sat on the flats , the game will go on , the jackets will play hard and ga might just get a little surprize. The next wk lsu can pound them, by then the dream team will be a nightmare and fall flat in their bowl game and finish 9-5!

Hayseed Dixie

November 20th, 2011
10:14 am

A conference win is a win.

Won’t have to worry about motivation for Georgie.

Our defense will make plays, can our o-line block? Bungled snaps aren’t any good either.