Paul Johnson Q&A

Opening statement:

Anytime you lose, it’s certainly disappointing. I give Georgia a lot of credit. They’ve got  a good football team. They showed up and they played very well. For us, the margin of error was small and we didn’t take advantage of a couple of opportunities we had early and when we didn’t do that, we got behind and we never could claw ourselves back into the game.

It was kind of a tale of two halves. The first half, we had a hard time getting them slowed down and the third quarter, we kind of self-destructed offensively, turning the ball over. But like I said, I give them credit. They came in here and they did what they had to do. I thought their kids played hard and they won the game.

On lack of pass rush:

They did a nice job of protecting their quarterback. We didn’t get to him much. We’ll have to look at the tape. Anytime guys get that open at times, we turned a couple guys loose in coverage, especially crossers. A couple times, they just beat us. They ran a post-corner (route) and beat us down on the goal line. … The play where the tight end caught the touchdown in the back of the end zone in the third quarter, we called the play. We knew the play and they still completed it. So you’ve got to give them credit for that. The bottom line is they made plays when they had to.

On Synjyn Days‘ play:

Tevin Washington has been our quarterback all year. I’m excited about Synjyn. I think he can bring something to the game. It’s not fair to evaluate him on the two series he got to play in that game.

On reverse pass play to open the game:

It’s a play we’ve worked on all year. It’s just a reverse pass. It went about as planned except we didn’t complete it. We had some guys open, I think. It’s something (that) you’ve got to execute those things. It was one play in the game. It certainly didn’t determine the outcome of the game.

On expecting so much passing:

Not really. We game planned for whatever. I was just trying to look (at the stats). I mean, they ran the ball 28 times out of 57 plays. That’s about half the time. It got a little heavy towards the end, but they were having much more success throwing it than running it. I don’t know that was so much by design. You kind of do what you’re having success with. I’m sure if they were gashing us running the ball, they would have run the ball, although they ran it pretty good on us that last drive at the end there when they were trying to run out the clock.

On Georgia’s special teams:

They’ve got a really good kicking game with both those kickers. They just kind of rotate and they both banged it six yards deep on kickoffs. The punter hit some great punts, pinned us down. They didn’t punt the first half but in the second half he pinned us inside the 10 twice. The field-position game was not as favorable as you would have liked. We actually started the game out getting a pretty good punt and pinning them back, but they kind of flipped the field on us. Even with the interception, we ended up back on our end.

On the timeout negating the missed field goal:

It just seems like sometimes that’s the way it goes. There’s nothing you can do about it. Sometimes it goes that way. Plenty of times I’ve seen where you call timeout and the guy makes the field goal and they have to kick it again. Trust me, if I’d have known they would have a bad snap, I wouldn’t have called timeout.

On play of David Sims:

I thought David Sims played really hard. He made some really nice runs. He had a nice run on the goal line on a touchdown, he had a nice run on a screen pass. I thought David played hard.

On the start to the second half:

It wasn’t good. It’’s not exactly the way you want to start the second half. The guy got outside our contain guy. Our guy couldn’t get off that block. It was a good one. (Johnson was being sarcastic about the block.)

On defense not being able to get a stop:

It’s deflating. I think it deflates the whole team. The other thing that’s deflating is giving up the score before halftime after you score. That’s probably the third or fourth time that’s happened this year, where you grind the thing out, you make a fourth down, you go down, you score with a minute left and – boom – they come back and score. And even thought it was a field goal, it changes the momentum and changes the way things go. We tightened up in the third quarter and played better defensively, and then the offense went helter kelter there with turnovers.

On if Washington’s first interception was a broken play:

It wasn’t a broken play. I don’t know till you look at the tape. We need to hit some of those plays. When we’re really successful, we hit some of those and stay on the field and get some big plays. I think there was another time – you were talking about the reverse –  the first time we ran the play action off the toss, they turned the wheel route loose and we missed that, too, down the sideline. It could have been a huge play.

When you’re playing a good team and they’re a good football team, you’ve got to hit those. When you get a chance, you’ve got to take advantage of them.

On Roddy Jones playing his last game and setting the school record with 51 career starts:

Roddy’s just a great person besides a really good football player, and a model student-athlete. He’s got tons of character. He’s got tons of it. He’s going to be very successful at whatever he decides to do. He’s been a big part of a lot of real positives for Georgia Tech while he’s been here, both on the field and off the field. Personally, I’ll miss him a lot. He’s a great kid.

On if losing to Georgia hurts more:

It hurts every time. Anytime, if you’re a competitor and you lose, it hurts. I hurt myself, but I also hurt for those kids, because they wanted to win that game badly. They wanted to play well and win the game, and you hurt that you couldn’t help them find a way to do it.

On the problems covering crossing routes:

Usually if guys are running wide open it’s (a mistake in) coverage. I don’t know the specific one you’re talking about; they hit a couple of crossers. We’ll have to look and see. I think that and, again, with the calls I’d be just trying to guess without going back and looking at the specific defensive call and seeing what happened on the tape. But, yeah, we had trouble covering them, especially in the first half

431 comments Add your comment

Jackedjacket

November 27th, 2011
3:50 pm

1st. and were second!!!!!!

We own this state

November 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

10 out of 11, 6 in a row at Grant Field. We own this State!!!!!!

GT2011

November 27th, 2011
3:51 pm

This Team clearly doesn’t have the talent to compete with georgia.

GT2011

November 27th, 2011
3:55 pm

If georgia fans haven’t figured out by now that they own this state then they should just quit watching football. This whole state is bought off, From the Governor down to the BP Gas Station owner, everybody is a georgia fan and somethings will never change.

ed

November 27th, 2011
3:57 pm

1-3 the great cpj vs sorry ole hot seat mark richt
where do you go from here tech?
hope it hurts real bad.
super size, where are you?

NorthAve

November 27th, 2011
4:01 pm

you can say what you want about Xs and O’s. They work a lot better when you have talent. Georgia clearly was the more talented team Saturday. We’ve got to recruit better.

Coach Johnson

November 27th, 2011
4:04 pm

“Hello”, I’m Paul Johnson, HEAD Coach at Ga TECH”. “Welcome to WALMART….. Get your own DAMN cart”.

George Gillen from Guntersville

November 27th, 2011
4:06 pm

Enter youAmazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team. Wants to go to Georgia Tech!

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

r comments here

ProudTechFan

November 27th, 2011
4:07 pm

Ed, I will take my team and its character every day of the week over the Mutts classless fans and low-life DUI dope smoking players. Winning a football game doesn’t define my life but know it does for you…good in time prevails over evil. Enjoy the ride while you can…

OkieDawg

November 27th, 2011
4:12 pm

GT’s center clipped Tyson on the reverse pass play and took him out of the game. He came out the next play because he tried to go. The illegal chop was called against the right guard for chop blocking while the center was engaged. The play against Tyson was pathetic and GT got what they deserved.

bad moon

November 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

I wonder if GT is going to have rings made this year? I suggest one that says ‘we are the Dawgs Biiiiiaaaatch’

Paul Johnson will be working at WalMart if he keeps getting his Ass handed to him at home by the Bulldogs.

I have a suggestion. Keep your mouth shut and coach. Crow is better served with a giant spoon.

19

November 27th, 2011
4:14 pm

The dark side has been “running this state” for a long time. Just look where we rank in education and unemployment. It would be more appropriate to say “we ruin this state”.

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
4:18 pm

I really hate leaving the reverse pass for a TD on the field. A better pass and it is a catch. Picking Hill on the outside and it is a TD to start the game and really grab the MO early.

dawgfan

November 27th, 2011
4:20 pm

Georgia Tech: A loser program with loser fans and a loser head coach.

That about sums it up.

dawgfan

November 27th, 2011
4:22 pm

“Wawawawawawa…losing to UGA makes me cry so I’ll make up a bunch of lies about them and pretend I’m better than them because I went to Georgia Tech. I make more money than you and my dad can beat up your dad. Where’s my mommy?”

Tech fans=JOKE.

bluecole

November 27th, 2011
4:22 pm

As much as I hate to lose to Georgia, I know that CPJ is the right coach for GT. We have an offensive system that works well for us. Our most glaring weakness is the secondary, but we can fix that.

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
4:22 pm

Okie dawg you are wrong on the Chop block. Both teams players were engaged. The Tech and UGA players fell on the other UGA and Tech player. It was not a Chop Block. CSS will replay the game enough times during the week watch it gain. So Finch did to Tyson what Ben Jones tried to a Miss St player last year.

OkieDawg

November 27th, 2011
4:23 pm

@UOAD, Yeah, had GT completed that reverse pass they probably would have gotten enough MO for the win. Is that your point?

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
4:24 pm

A real good defense and most of the problems Tech has go away. I would think some good D players could see a great opportunity at TECH.

OkieDawg

November 27th, 2011
4:25 pm

UOAD, I’m watching it now. I don’t have to wait, I have a DVR. The penalty was correctly caleed on an illegal chop block.

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
4:26 pm

Okie…….that is not what I said but you read it how you wish. I have nothing more to say to you if you can’t read better than that.

GIVE ME A BREAK

November 27th, 2011
4:27 pm

I think it’s clear that Washington has taken this offense as far as he can. The whole game was a matter of Murray completing his passes and Washington not. Defense is not to blame for all 31 points. Take away a touchdown that an interception cost us and the defense looked pretty good. Special teams let Boykin get his but overall not bad . CPJ made his mistakes, also. Need to win the bowl game. The future looks bright. ” GO JACKETS “

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
4:28 pm

BS OkieDawg BS. If you have it on DVR then put it on YouTube and show what a Dirty play it was. Include the hit on Tyson with your comments.

GT

November 27th, 2011
4:30 pm

Triple Floption……….

here we go again!

dawgfan

November 27th, 2011
4:32 pm

5150, your D was a joke in 2008 and has been every year since. If you haven’t been able to get the players in 3 years why is it magically going to start happening now? If CPJ can’t figure out how to fix it in 3 years why is he magically going to fix it now?

The problem isn’t your players. Your problem is that you are a mediocre irrelevant football program that no top DC in his right mind wants anything to do with.

Lt. Frank Drebin

November 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

ProudTechFan – blah, blah, blah, blah, blah……

19

November 27th, 2011
4:33 pm

dawgfan, my father and mother passed away a couple of decades ago. I’ve been able to defend and take care of myself and family all my life. If that makes me a “loser” then so be it. Oh, if my Dad was alive I’m certain he would be able to take care of himself quite easily. He killed German and Italians in WW2, Koreans and Chinese in Korea and NVA and Viet Cong in Vietnam.

BreakingNews

November 27th, 2011
4:34 pm

5150: I’m surprised you’re not in hiding somewhere today! You should really pick a team to pull for that will actually BACK UP all of the trash talking you do on the AJC blogs. Seriously, just to make things interesting, you guys need to start winning 1 or 2…this is getting a little boring. So glad you guys started Reggie Ball, Jr. against us on Saturday! Well, you’ve got about 350 days to start putting together your game-week trash talk for next year. It should be good – I mean, your team gave you so much ammo to work with on Saturday. THWGT!!!

OkieDawg

November 27th, 2011
4:38 pm

Where is GTBob? I need to see some more of his useless stats proving to himself Georgia was a terrible team and GT was a great team.

Dirty

November 27th, 2011
4:47 pm

As a Tech Fan Paul Johnson’s comment’s above were totally unfaithful to the Tech Fan’s and he pissed right on our faces by saying them. I am a Big Johnson Fan but don’t piss on our faces and tell us it is raining. Time to Recruit a QB who can Pass and run instead of a QB who can run and try to TEACH him to Throw

ACC is Bettter Than SEC

November 27th, 2011
4:50 pm

Let me rethink that one

dawgfan61

November 27th, 2011
4:53 pm

Hey, PJ about your comments about the difference in SEC and the Acc how does the outcome of the 4 games look to you now. Georgia by 14 should have been more but running out clock,South Carolina by 21,Vanderbilt by 34 , but at least Florida State did beat a down Flordia by 14. Sounds like pretty special conference to me.

Reality

November 27th, 2011
4:56 pm

Good game Dawgs….now try to show a little class.

Reality

November 27th, 2011
4:59 pm

I really think Groh needs to go. You cannot play a 3-4 defense with the size/talent we have up front.

Burgess

November 27th, 2011
4:59 pm

Johnson being sarcastic, surely you jest ?

Reality

November 27th, 2011
5:00 pm

Thanks Dawgfan61….I’m sure PJ reads or cares about your comments.

Mirna from smyrna

November 27th, 2011
5:02 pm

Dirty @ 4:47 – You nailed it! Also, can Tech lend us the Sims kid for the LSU game? He runs hard and has no quit in him.

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:08 pm

smilnjac

November 27th, 2011
5:10 pm

Pretty clear to this long time TECH fan, that we were just outmanned. This offense will work, but not without a real threat of the pass. We got to get some guys who can throw and catch. Georgia had 9 guys in the box with the safties 7 yrds deep, daring us and we couldn’t throw it. On defense we got to get a pass rush, Georgia had all day to pick out the open guy and throw it to him. If we want to compete with SEC teams and the Better ACC teams the winning has to start on the recruiting trail.

ACC is Bettter Than SEC

November 27th, 2011
5:15 pm

Coach Paul Johnson said Boykin got outside of Tech’s containment scheme.

“Our guy couldn’t get off that block,” Johnson said with a measure of sarcasm regarding the block. “It was a good one.”

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Well Fish Fry they probably missed a few chop blocks, too

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:17 pm

Okie dawg
If you watch, on the play that Tyson “went down” he was not touched.
He was hurt on the play before when he had his feet swept out from under him on a block it looks to be #50.
the chop block was on jerkins.

Cmon man

November 27th, 2011
5:24 pm

Its funny how the tune has changed. First cpj was an awesome coach and didnt need to recruit top notch talent because he could coach them up. Now you guys finally realize that coaching will only get you so far at some point you need talent.

5150 UOAD

November 27th, 2011
5:26 pm

48……………..your link to whatever YouTube Video you were trying is going to a page with just a list of unrelated videos. thought i would let you know.

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:29 pm

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:31 pm

5150
For what it’s worth okie dawg had no idea about what he was talking about.

Danny

November 27th, 2011
5:34 pm

I’ve been a Johnson fan since he got here. But, it is totally obvious that we cannot recruit top notch guys here at Tech. I do not know if it’s Johnson’s offense or it Johnson just can’t recruit well at this level. What I do know is that things will remain the same unless there is a fan uprising. If no one buys tickets to the games, they’ll get the picture and fire PJ.Please, for the good of the school, consider boycotting Tech football to get rid of him.

davidinloganville

November 27th, 2011
5:37 pm

19 Thanks to your father for his service! My Dad was a 30 year Marine, WW2 and Korea.

Dawg48

November 27th, 2011
5:38 pm

Danny
That makes no since!

1 4 GT

November 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

George Gillen From Guntersville–last week your name was Sam posting that same ad for that kid from Columbia, Tn. You were told more than once no one on this blog can help you. Figure out how to contact the AD’s office or the coaches—ramblingwreck.com and search for contact info. You must have put that ad on here 100 times. WE CAN’T HELP YOU. WE HAVE NO INFLUENCE. WE ARE JUST FANS AND ALUMS.

Go Dawgs

November 27th, 2011
5:40 pm

Tech will be a better team next year, I’m certain about that! Tech is lucky to have a coach like CPJ, he will do some amazing things for this team and Tech will have some VERY good years!

He will restore this rivalry soon, and the future is bright for both UGA and Tech! Good luck in the bowl game Tech fans!