Paul Johnson quotes

Opening statement

It was a heck of a football game and you have to take your hat off to Utah. They came back in the fourth quarter. We had a lot of opportunities in the game and couldn’t capitalize. I thought we had a lot of opportunities in the first half. We hurt ourselves with a couple penalties and a turnover. The second half, we came out and got all the momentum in the third quarter and then to be truthful, in the fourth quarter, we couldn’t block them. Up front, they just kind of waded through us and we had the chance to get something going, couldn’t do it. Just didn’t make enough plays. Missed three field goals and I guess they converted on one fourth and 13, so you feel like somebody kicked you in the gut. I don’t know what to say.

On the injuries:

We were down a lot of guys. Somebody else has got to step in and play. We still had our chances. We had our chances. We should have put the game away in the third quarter.

On if there was any complacency after taking the 24-10 lead:

I don’t think we let up. We had a lot of different guys hurt. We were shuffling around, trying to get guys in the game.

On the playcalling in the fourth quarter:

I think we were trying to run most of the same plays we ran the rest of the game. We were getting kind of knocked back and couldn’t get anything going.

On impact of Preston Lyons‘ injury:

It’s hard to say. We had a hard time on the inside. We hit a couple kind of trick plays where he popped for big yardage and after that, we had a hard time in there.

On special teams:

We overcame the big kickoff return bcause we got the turnover and scored, but the punt return there at the end was a killer.

On David Scully taking the field goal at end of regulation:

He’s got a stronger leg. I asked Coach (Mike) Sewak who he thought and I think he felt like from that distance that he’s got a longer leg and gets it up quicker. What we wanted to do was make sure we got it up. I thought he hit the ball good. I couldn’t’ see from our side. Actually, I thought he’d made it. But I guess he said it was three or four feet off to the right.

On if it hurts worse than losing badly:

It does. It hurts. If you’re a competitor and you lose, it hurts.

On his concern that the first-half production generated only seven points:

You’re always concerned. You’re always concerned when you don’t cash it in when you have a chance to cash in. we really kind of had ‘em short a guy in the first half and for the most of the third quarter to the back side with trips. We didn’t take advantage of it as well as we should have. And they adjusted and put a guy over there.

On play of backups like Quayshawn Nealy and Shaquille Mason:

Well, Quayshawn had one big play I know. We’ll look at the tape and see how they did. Inside, it’s hard to tell. Those two guys inside (Utah’s defensive tackles) are good players. If the guy (Star Lotulelei) decides to come out, scouts tell me he’s a first-round pick. You’re trying to block him with an 18-year-old guy, he’s 23. It’s tough.

On play of Jemea Thomas:

I thought he played well. the play at the end was the tough one. It looked like he got pushed. In that situation, their kid made a nice play.

On first play of overtime:

It was a pass play. We were trying to hit a play action and they brought the corner and we didn’t pick him up and he had to throw the ball really fast so he didn’t have a chance to look, so he had to dump it.

564 comments Add your comment

GT Grad

January 1st, 2012
1:45 am

Time to fire this clown.

PAUL'S JOHNSON

January 1st, 2012
1:55 am

When is the last time Tech won a bowl game? Are they capable?

GT in SC

January 1st, 2012
2:07 am

The players looked like they kept fighting. Wish they would have won. Still love GT.
Not sure how much longer CPJ will last. I give him another year. If he looses to UGA and another bowl game…. Might need a change.

GT in SC

January 1st, 2012
2:09 am

Anybody have George O’Learys phone number?

Bean Counter

January 1st, 2012
2:13 am

Paul Johnson doesn’t know what to say about the loss. Why doesn’t he say that once again he got out coached in a bowl game and as a result Tech got beat again. His bowl record is still perfect – NO WINS.

uga75

January 1st, 2012
2:21 am

how does he feel about losing the 7th in a row bowl game?

johnson's ego

January 1st, 2012
2:32 am

Once GT gets the right players, the offense will explode! the option will be feared nationwide!!

macrotech

January 1st, 2012
2:32 am

Tough to say uga75…PROBABLY about as bad as your mutts felt about that loss to UCF last year…just a guess, of course. Maybe, we’ll just borrow that famous quote from SO many uga fans…, “Next year!” ;)

P. Bull Terrier

January 1st, 2012
2:44 am

Happy New Year! Same as the old year.

I thought I’d rub it in a little that Tech lost to Utah, but I’m just not cold hearted enough to do it very well. This one has to hurt. My sympathy to most of my Tech friends (though there are a few who deserve to wallow in the misery of another bowl loss to another mediocre team in another mediocre bowl.) For the rest of the Tech players and fans, I hope 2012 brings better fortunes than 2011.

.

January 1st, 2012
2:46 am

What a dumpster fire this program has become. Excuses are many, but the reality is that this is squarely on CPJ

Rico

January 1st, 2012
2:47 am

I am a CPJ fan, but Utah loss is on him. Awful play calling law in 4th qtr. Only ran off 32 secs with 2:30 to go in game. Same post game conference speech every year. Getting old really. Would like for him to shoulder some of the blame.

Burgess

January 1st, 2012
2:56 am

Can somebody please tell me what Paul Johnson is so arrogant about ?

Burgess

January 1st, 2012
2:57 am

Try this line Paul….” I got outcoached.”

Buggoff

January 1st, 2012
3:01 am

Paul johnson is an overpaid POS! I really really hate him!!!! A loser is a loser!

headley lamar

January 1st, 2012
3:29 am

2 – 10

Thats the ” New Sheriffs ” record against Georgia, Va Tech, and the bowl game.

headley lamar

January 1st, 2012
3:29 am

MWC

January 1st, 2012
3:37 am

If CPJ can’t get it done next year, show him the door.

headley lamar

January 1st, 2012
3:38 am

Funniest part is Tech fans actually believe that the Tech program matters.

It doesn’t.

Nobody cares. We all knew CPJ was going to be a disaster.

headley lamar

January 1st, 2012
3:40 am

Real question is this

Is CPJ now on the hot seat ?

Had enough

January 1st, 2012
3:43 am

NO D for the y jack’s.The hot seat is under PJ’s fan-E.

USMC dawg

January 1st, 2012
3:47 am

Tough loss Jacket Fans. There is no other way to say it.
I would not give up on Paul Johnson, yet. He is a great coach for your program.
Sometimes we just let victories that we deserve slip through our hands. Georgia Tech isn’t the first team to lose a game that they should have won, and they won’t be the last.
I know it hurts, but Tech has a good team returning for next season; keep your chin up.
Happy New Year!

-A dawg fan that respects you and your team

USMC Jacket

January 1st, 2012
3:53 am

Georgia Tech isn’t the first team to lose a game that they should have won, and they won’t be the last.

Yeah but Tech seems to do this over and over. When is CPJ going to be held accountable?

His record against UGA, Va Tech, and the bowl game is ……

2 – 10

TWO AND TEN

USMC dawg

January 1st, 2012
3:59 am

I will be blunt with my GT brethren.

Al Groh needs to be fired. Tech needs a new D Coordinator, period.

After our meeting with Tech this year, I came away from the game excited that we beat Tech, naturally, but I could not stop thinking that Tech’s biggest weakness against us was AL GROH’S Defense. Tech has one of the best offenses in College football.

CPJ needs to let old Al go. Sorry, just an honest observation.

USMC Jacket

January 1st, 2012
4:10 am

Tech has one of the best offenses in College football.

Ummm no they dont.

Its ok for the ACC I guess .

USMC dawg

January 1st, 2012
4:20 am

“…They (Utah) rank seventh nationally in rushing defense (98.3 yards per game), but will have their hands full with Georgia Tech’s triple-option OFFENSE, WHICH RANKS THIRD IN THE NATION at over 316 yards per game…”

Georgia Tech has a great offense. Tech’s Defense is the problem.

Phuch Le` Duch

January 1st, 2012
4:42 am

pronounced / foosh le duke

Pehaps now that it clear that GT’s offense is defensible
if one has time to prepare;
r.e. bowl games, then the Tech “movers & shakers”
should look into Malzahn next year.
Perhaps, forward thinking alums should have done so this year.
Of course, he would bring Kristi along with him,
now wouldn’t that be fun ?

RedandBlackDAWG

January 1st, 2012
4:45 am

Tech. needs a new DC. They haven’t been able to stop the pass all year long, and against a QB, that wouldn’t even be on the field with most teams, he found a way to beat the DB’s of tech. If you don’t improve your defense next year, you will once again have to rely on your offense to get a ton of yards and hope the other team, can’t play offense. Then you might have a chance.

tired of this one-trick offense

January 1st, 2012
4:49 am

The Joke will be on you PJ and soon—we will not stand for this much longer

Buddy Landell

January 1st, 2012
6:06 am

Headley- use one name and stick to it. Now you use USMC Jacket. You disgrace the Marine Corps by using their name.

GTBud

January 1st, 2012
6:18 am

Honestly, this game goes square on CPJ’s shoulders. I did not like the hire when we made it and I really like it less now. This gimmick crap that we do on both sides of the ball is just plain crazy. CPJ in the 4th had no desire to score again and the play calling showed such and how do you give up a TD on 4th and 14 with the same play ran on 3rd down????? There comes a time where you have to let go. 2-10 against UGA, VT and Bowls give me a damn break. Arrogant coach has done nothing positive for this program and things will only get worse from here.

He won with Gaileys boys and now with his boys we will decline even worse.

Dooley

January 1st, 2012
6:28 am

CPJ seriously needs to be let go. After he leaves it will take years for the program to recover from his ineffectiveness in recruiting. There is a chance we may never recover. BTW, the conservative play calling in the 4th was one of many reasons why Gailey was given the boot. The TO is a joke without a passing game and our defense is pitiful. Time for the winds of change to blow on North Avenue.

Buddy Landell

January 1st, 2012
6:28 am

The above is ANOTHER one of Headley Lamar’s posts

Ken Sugiura

January 1st, 2012
6:32 am

up for my flight home. buddy, i figured headley was better than that, but i was wrong. headley and usmc jacket – same guy.
i’ve got to hand it to you, getting on the blog at 3 a.m. and posing as a tech fan is a great way to start the new year.

Buddy Landell

January 1st, 2012
6:35 am

Thanks for your work Ken. Any word on Julian Burnett? He was a student of mine in middle school and I hated seeing him hurt. He was de-cleated on a crackback and was hurt on a head-on tackle the next play

Ken Sugiura

January 1st, 2012
6:42 am

i confess i didn’t ask and i didn’t see him after the game. he went to sit on the bench after he got hit, went to the locker room after that and i didn’t see him on the sideline after that, though i could have missed him.

GT71

January 1st, 2012
6:46 am

Same old story. 2 quarters of good football, coast, get beat. The offense can and does work, but the one-dimensional thing means game experience and learning by opposing Ds leaves us with nothing but doing the same old thing for 4 quarters.
And the D – the schemes may be ok, but the execution is still very mediocre. And when it counts, nothing in the tank. Perhaps more and better atheletes could help, but we ain’t Alabama…or even UGAH, so we have little depth…either side of ball.
And once again, the kicking game just lost what chance we might have had to pull it out. Is it so hard to recruit 1-2 kickers who can take the Tech curriculum? Seems the skinny kids on soccer HS teams could be gleaned to produce SOMEONE who wants to be a college kicker and a heckofanengineer.
Others have covered CPJ’s play-calling, but the plays are the plays and like he said – he can call them, but he can’t run the plays.
2011 will go down as one of over-hoping and bad disappointment.
Thank you, Ken for a heckofa job this year. Hope you can stomach doing this again next year.

superDawg

January 1st, 2012
6:47 am

Nice trip supersize.I hope the plane is well stocked with kleenex chump.

J Gralton

January 1st, 2012
6:53 am

I am in college, I’ve been a Tech fan my entire life, but I don’t understand the talk about firing Paul Johnson. Tech fans have Notre Dame-like unrealistic expectations every year. We are who we are. We could hire freaking Nick Saban and we wouldn’t beat UGA or VA Tech every year, they are usually just better than us. That’s just the honest truth. If you think we can hire a coach that wins 10 games every year…your a moron.

Since Dodd retired, only one GT coach (O’Leary (61%) has won +60% of his games. Johnson’s win percentage is 64%; he is the first coach in GT history to win eight or more games in three of his first four seasons. (CCG won 8+ games only once in 6 yrs) Since 2008, the Jackets trail only VA Tech for most conference victories (21) in the ACC. Wake up to reality FOLKS!

Atlanta Insight Blog: http://bit.ly/atlblog

Stinger

January 1st, 2012
6:56 am

PJ has goy to go. Let’s do this now..4 years is plenty of time to know he can’t coach. He looks like a coach..acts like one..but he can’t. GT, you will not see another dime from me until he’s gone.

Buddy Landell

January 1st, 2012
6:57 am

See ya, stinger

superDawg

January 1st, 2012
7:02 am

Cry me a river!

GTPak

January 1st, 2012
7:04 am

Where was Orwin Smith? Did he get hurt? I saw him on one screen play and after that only saw him on the sidelines.

Just like before, we need a punter, a field goal kicker, and linemen that are MEN!

CPJ did get out coached, especially in the last 6 1/2 minutes. We played like we were trying to not lose instead of trying to win.

Also, mile high and we can’t consistently kick it out of the end zone?? What the….????

Looked like 2010 all over again, sorry guys, but you really need to learn how to finish. Plus you need to hit the weight room, strength can make up a lot for a lack of size.

Lyle

January 1st, 2012
7:05 am

My partner and I are so mad we just want to spit.

Pepper Rodgers

January 1st, 2012
7:16 am

Coach Johnson is an idiot, he recruits poorly with his academy style recruiting and is one arrogant SOB. Can the jerk and get someone imaginative and bright.

Tiredoflosing

January 1st, 2012
7:20 am

Time to move on CPJ and I’ve been one of your biggest fans!!!!!

David S.

January 1st, 2012
7:22 am

If PJ isnt undefeated by midway through next season, let him go then. It’s the same old crap with this coach. Might work at the D2 level but not at the D1 level. He’s had time to recruit what he needs. He’s just not getting it done. The special teams still suck for like the 3rd year in a row. To Hell with winning a bowl game, ITS TIME TO BEAT THEM RABBID MUTTS!!! Figure it out PJ or get the hell out of the way.

New Year Jacket

January 1st, 2012
7:28 am

If we are going to be a running offense we need to be able to get 2 yards when it counts. Our QB has to be an exceptional runner OR passer and we need strong B backs. This team can execute in space but not in the trenches and that has to be fixed.

ramguy68

January 1st, 2012
7:29 am

Why didn’t someone ask Johnson why the Tech DC had their Defense playing man to man on 3rd and 4th down at the end of the 4th quarter? They got away with on 3rd down but Utah ran the exact same route on 4th down and made it.

David S.

January 1st, 2012
7:30 am

OK I’ve had time to think some more about this. Do it now, let him go now!!! This is un called for. Why must we suffer this way? PJ just doesnt have it in him to win consisently at the D1 level.

Buddy Landell

January 1st, 2012
7:46 am

CPJ is the best GT has had in a long time. Reminds me of Falcons fans wanting to dump Reeves and we hired that spoiled brat, Cheshire cat Mora, Jr.