Paul Johnson, fount of hope?

A few quick notes from the Paul Johnson news conference before going out to talk to players and coaches post-practice:

1. Johnson commented on Middle Tennessee State that the Blue Raiders have won two in a row (Florida Atlantic and Memphis) and have scored a lot of points. They play out of a spread on offense and have a returning starter at quarterback (Logan Kilgore). Defensively, MTSU has a new coordinator (Tyrone Nix).

“Our goal is to come back and try to have a great week of practice and come back and play well on Saturday,” he said.

2. On the secondary: “I think that before Saturday, they played fairly well. Saturday was not a great day for anybody. It’s like anything else. When you’re playing coverage back there and you’re matched up and there’s not a lot of pressure, there’s going to be some exposure. I think you have to give the other team some credit. They have pretty good receivers and their quarterback was hot and they made some plays.”

3. Jamal Golden will see more time at punt return after a strong game there against Miami.

4. No lineup changes due to performance from last week. There may be a couple injury-related changes. It’s conceivable cornerback Louis Young may not play. Johnson said that he’ll take the redshirt off of cornerback D.J. White as “we’ve got some injuries and we need him back in the secondary.”

Johnson said that wide receiver Anthony Autry will play more. The other true freshmen besides White, Autry, Adam Gotsis and Ryan Rodwell will likely be redshirted.

Johnson: “We’re trying to do our best to redshirt most of hat class and not waste a year for them to be mop-up guys.”

5. He’s not quite ready to concede anything.

“I don’t think anybody knows about (the possibility of achieving or not achieving) any goals four games into the season. We’ve got teams in our league that haven’t played a conference game. (Yet) we’re already anointing conference champions. You have to play it and see what happens.”

“We’ve still got a ton to play for. We’ve played one-third of our season. Last year was a great example. We got off to a great start and didn’t finish well. This year, we get off to a mediocre start. Maybe we have a great finish.”

“Call me an optimist. I don’t think anybody’s ever considered me a real optimist about things, but I guess I see it a little differently.”

In case you missed it…

Johnson calls loss ‘my fault’

The meaning of Tech giving up 609 yards

After Miami loss, Tech tries to regroup

Mark Bradley: Johnson’s approach hurting Tech

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

239 comments Add your comment

Bill from Conyers.

September 25th, 2012
6:14 pm

Beat Georgia, other than that…season is a wash.

pw12

September 25th, 2012
6:17 pm

first cpj needs to step up his game.

Bill from Conyers.

September 25th, 2012
6:17 pm

Enter your comments here

Reality

September 25th, 2012
6:20 pm

Except that Tech has next to a 0% chance to beat UGA. So I guess that makes the season a wash and a failure.

it is what it is

September 25th, 2012
6:22 pm

BRANDON WATTS AND JAMAL GOLDEN HAD IT DIALED IN VS MIAMI. SO MUCH HAS BEEN SAID FOR THE MISTAKES BUT I WANTED TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO YOU TWO….KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK

Buzz 2011

September 25th, 2012
6:30 pm

@reality…….GT will beat the leghumpers out of Athens.. Hope you
are at the game so you can experience reality…………..

Jackets81

September 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Will beat Georgia and it won’t be pretty. Can’t wait.

GT Letterwinner

September 25th, 2012
6:37 pm

Go jackets. Lots of football left to play. Glad there are guys able to come in as freshmen and contribute.

ibidGT

September 25th, 2012
6:39 pm

Start playing Adam Gotsis coach. Your current D line made up of Seniors/Juniors leave this or next year. There is not much room for improvement to make. And they suck, not one single ounce of pressure produced by them. Give the kid a shot, he can’t possibly do any worse than the current starters.

OkieDawg

September 25th, 2012
6:49 pm

@Buzz 2011…@ Jackets81…Way to go guys, there’s not a lot of optimism in the Tech Nation. I like that you are not down and out like so many Teckers. Hope Tech gets a couple of good wins so it will be a more spirited game the Saturday after Thansgiving.

What’s the over/under on Saturday’s attendance at Bobby Dodd Stadium?

The Tower

September 25th, 2012
6:55 pm

GT has ZERO shot against the DAWGS!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
7:02 pm

@ The Tower……I bet you said the same thing in 2008, didn’t you. In case you haven’t noticed, ANYTHING can happen in the game of college football…..for instance CFU beating the dwags two years ago. Who’d a thunk it?

RICHARD

September 25th, 2012
7:08 pm

im a tech fan . lackof talent and coaching end of story ga will beat us by 20 points.end of story

Aways a Jacket

September 25th, 2012
7:11 pm

Going to get uglier as season goes.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
7:12 pm

How the heck do you post a link to a site on here? The filters are blocking every format I use in order to type the link for a VERY INTERESTING ARTICLE

George Stein

September 25th, 2012
7:13 pm

Johnson needed to change his tone. You can only beat your guys down so much. At some point, he needed to start to build them up.

This doesn’t change my opinion on the defense, but it’s nice to see him continuing to show that he does evolve even if many think he doesn’t.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
7:14 pm

For those of you who thrive on belittling the academic image of Georgia Tech, check out the following.

Go to m a r k e t w a t c h dot c o m
Under “Latest News,” go to “The colleges that help grads win top salaries”
On the page that comes up then, go to “Which colleges help grads snare top salaries?”

GTBob

September 25th, 2012
7:21 pm

Personally, I think if we beat Clemson or win our bowl game, and get our younger players ready for next season then I will be fine with the season. 9-3 was was my prediction from the beginning. If we slip to 8-4 its not a big deal. 7-5 would be pretty ugly though.

Yes, Supersize...

September 25th, 2012
7:28 pm

…that article to which you refer says that Tech is the # 1 university when it comes to current salary vs. what you paid for tuition – and we all know that engineers make a heck of a lot more than business, journalism, and education majors. But, UGA came in fourth in that same article, so that ain’t too bad for a “football” school.

And, regarding beating UGA this year, wasn’t it just last week that most on here were saying the same thing about Tech v Miami, that UM had no shot – THAT, is why they play the game…

Ghost

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Hello George, Hope all is well.Are you still good with the 14 points we agreed upon over the summer ?

BigTimeTECHFan

September 25th, 2012
7:29 pm

Clemson game is any ones guess, after that GT will not lose.

spider

September 25th, 2012
7:30 pm

i just dont know, hard to keep up the confidence as a fan but i will keep on trying.

BigTimeTECHFan

September 25th, 2012
7:30 pm

He’s right about DB, no pressure was the key, other then 1st long npass when the DB wasn’t into flow of the game

Ghost

September 25th, 2012
7:35 pm

BTTF, good to see someone with so much optimism , hope you aren’t a gambler.

Tech Fan Since 1950

September 25th, 2012
7:40 pm

We are 2 & 2. Win the rest of the games and we are 10 & 2 and destined for a pretty good bowl no matter what. Losing two games in overtime is no shame, but admittedly it is a terrific disappointment especially since they were Coastal games. It may not be the best conference in America, but the ACC is definitely the most competitive top to bottom and anything can happen. Finish well in 2012, but 2013 is the year of the Jackets (mark it down now folks). Nothing wrong with our offense except a few more passes. I’m getting pretty tired of the critics of the offense. Criticize all you want about the defense though for there is certainly room for improvement. The answer there though is bigger and stronger defensive linemen and a pass rush. Stay tuned!

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
7:44 pm

@ Yes…..you got it….that’s why they play the game, and anything can happen in any game.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

@ Yes……actually I hadn’t seen the rankings on that link. I had just read the article and was impressed with all that was said in that article about Tech. Congrats to UGA on being number 4.

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
7:49 pm

9-3 was was my prediction from the beginning
——-
Bob — Don’t give up yet. If your HC will straighten up, y’all still gotta shot.
I’ve read the gauntlet of emotions all week:
Groh, Recruiting, Offense, Schemes, Special Teams, Depth, QB…..
When you still have that many questions after 5 years, time to look at the Man who’s in Charge!

Big Crimson 75

September 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

Groh’s had 1 bad game this year — 1 !!
He doesn’t deserve to be crucified the way he’s been this week.

TheUnknownTechFan (Formerly-Old SchoolTechFanatic)

September 25th, 2012
7:52 pm

Bill from Conyers I agree. I dont care if GT wins the rest of the games but looses ot UGA the season is a wash. Send CPJ packing. People can say oh but we are only two overtime losses from being undefeated. Well guess what we aint !!!

TheUnknownTechFan (Formerly-Old SchoolTechFanatic)

September 25th, 2012
7:58 pm

It’s nice to beat ACC schools but it sure would feel better to beat UGA about every other year. Thats why I hated to see Oleary go !!!

fuzzybee78

September 25th, 2012
7:59 pm

Need Louis Young back for Clemson, any one know the status of Fred Holton?

Tune up this weekend, BO UP the next.

George Stein

September 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Hello, Ghost. Sure, I think if there was a line set right now, it would be around 14.

Allow me to be abundantly clear: I think UGA has a very good team this season. However, they also did exactly what we did last season so far. They have faced the 114th ranked schedule (according to Sagarin). Let’s revisit them after they take their trip to Columbia.

chas_jacket

September 25th, 2012
8:07 pm

Predicted 8 & 4, think that is still achievable but the Clemson game will be tough. I can’t remember 2 more devastating losses this early in the season. But those losses may not look so bad later in the season. If you noticed, the team that routed UM- K State, also went into Norman and soundly defeated Oklahoma. VT also just routed a Bowling Green team that came within a play or two of beating UF in Gainesville. Still can be a good season if CPJ can keep the morale up – we’ll see what happens

uafuneman

September 25th, 2012
8:12 pm

Hey Coach Groh, you do realize Miami threw the F N football 52 times and you couldn’t dial up one thing to create a sack. What a piece a crap.

Dawg1

September 25th, 2012
8:12 pm

GT is the type team that could upset my dawgs…the damn ball is not round it has 2 points on it. Therefore it could bounce in any damn direction. We will be ready.

GTard

September 25th, 2012
8:26 pm

Groh needs a pass rush and if he cant get it with the base D, then BLITZ! They just made some NOBODY from the U look like the 2nd coming of Jim Kelly! Whats the WORST that could happen, get TORCHED for 600yds? Oh yeah, IT JUST HAPPENED!

www

September 25th, 2012
8:47 pm

i’m still optimistic that this group will pull together and get it done this year.

let’s go jackets. show ‘em what u got.

www

September 25th, 2012
8:48 pm

and what gtard said:

“Groh needs a pass rush and if he cant get it with the base D, then BLITZ! They just made some NOBODY from the U look like the 2nd coming of Jim Kelly! Whats the WORST that could happen, get TORCHED for 600yds? Oh yeah, IT JUST HAPPENED!”

chas_jacket

September 25th, 2012
8:53 pm

We did blitz some – bit it looked liked UM had our defensive playbook. The linebackers not blitzing looked lost as who to cover and we never adapted. Afraid I do have to give Groh some blame there .

chas_jacket

September 25th, 2012
8:54 pm

Also have to give cane qb (Morris?) some credit, he made some amazing throws just as he was getting hit.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
9:02 pm

Miami held on just about every play too.

chas_jacket

September 25th, 2012
9:13 pm

True SS, but their lineman and backs were always in the right place to pick up our stunts and blitzes.

Supersize that order, mutt

September 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

@ chas_jacket….that’s true too, and our #1 (Isaiah Johnson) gave his assigned receiver a 10 yard cushion on every play all afternoon.

Full Metal Jacket

September 25th, 2012
9:17 pm

8-4 is looking pretty good at this point. CPJ is starting to wear just a little thin, even with some of the more loyal Tech supporters. No rational person is calling for his head, but with continued losses to UGA and bowl opponents, his seat will be getting a bit warm next year. The team is young, and if Lee can get some more reps and prove if he’s as good as hyped, then next year will come with high expectations.

Full Metal Jacket

September 25th, 2012
9:20 pm

Either Miami’s backs were wearing olive-oil uniforms or the Tech defense has forgotten how to wrap up and take down a ball carrier. Our secondary and pass rush were especially disappointing. CPJ rightfully assumed some blame for play-calling and preparation. Now it’s time to dominate MTSU, who we shouldn’t even be playing, and then man up for Clemson in Death Valley.

Same Old

September 25th, 2012
9:22 pm

Same old cra_, different year… and next year, and the next year, and the next year…
Can we go to the Ivy League?
Maybe we could win there….
Quit playing butt sniffers… can’t beat them!

GTard

September 25th, 2012
9:23 pm

Now that ya’ll mentioned it, guess they did send a few blitzes here&there. Just didnt seem like it (no results). Grohs got a great track record but we seem to be too passive. I know we dont have enough players(got to recruit better). Sounds like this class theyre working on is an improvement. Tenuta always had em guessing where they were coming from. Got to outsmart em some because theyre not out executing them.

OkieDawg

September 25th, 2012
9:24 pm

“if Lee can get some more reps and prove if he’s as good as hyped, then next year will come with high expectations”

Four games into the season and you are already looking to next year? Really?

Its not time to abandon ship (or ramblin’ wreck), its time to make this year’s team better. Why does it always have to be next year?

Full Metal Jacket

September 25th, 2012
9:24 pm

Reality check: Virginia Tech is not going to lose 3 games in the conference this season. We’ve lost 2, including 1 to VT, and we’re not going to win the Coastal or the Conference this year. New goals: win out, especially over UGA and bowl opponent. Then, WTNY.