Johnson: ‘You want fans that care’

Some of the more interesting answers from Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson at his Monday post-practice interview:

On Tech converting most of its takeaways into points:

“It’s possessions, because what happens is every time that you turn the ball over, you lose a chance to score. It’ a possession. We had done a pretty good job of that for most of the year and then Saturday, we turn it over on two plays on a hitch pass, we turn it over on the first play or the second play on an option, you turn it over on the first play of a drive with 8 minutes (left) with a deflection for an interception, and that’s all chances that you don’t have to score. It takes away your chances. So on the flipside, when you get one on defense it gives you another possession, another chance to score. That’s why they were so big in the game. And then we killed our possession in the second half with a penalties to start the second half. End up 2nd and 25.”

On if he had put his finger on an explanation for Tech’s lack of energy Saturday:

“No. If I knew… It’s disappointing and it’s unacceptable and I think our guys know it’s unacceptable. You move forward. Like I said, you’re not going to get anywhere looking backwards. Quit moping, quit pouting, and let’s go play.”

On special-teams play being improved:

“Except fumbling the kick, except getting a penalty, except both times they punted, we take over on the 4 and the 12, but other than that, it was great. But it was the lesser of the evils.”

On the success MTSU had throwing quick outs by blocking cornerbacks:

“We had some guys who were supposed to be buzzing the flats who weren’t buzzing the flats. I think they played good. Should we have lost the game? No, but we did.”

On if he’d received any encouraging e-mails or phone calls from colleagues or friends:

“Not really. Last time I looked, we were 2-3, not 0-97. I would think most people wouldn’t even be thinking about it. But, clearly, you guys are. I get e-mails every week whether we win or lose, and most of them are telling me what I need to do, whether we win or lose.”

On everybody having an opinion:

“But that’s part of it. You want fans that care. If they didn’t care, they wouldn’t be very good fans. We’re disappointed, too. I promise you. Nobody’s more disappointed than I am. But I certainly haven’t given up. It’s not like oh, shoot, the season’s lost. We’ve still got a lot to play.”

On Morgan Bailey’s play in the second half:

“He moved some people around. He’s got great ability. Hopefully, he can stay out and have a good week of practice and we can play him. I’ve said from the jump, the kid’s got great ability. If he can just stay healthy, he’ll really help us.”

In case you missed it…

Johnson to team: Stop pouting

Fitting MTSU loss into Tech history

After debacle, Tech braces for Clemson

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

254 comments Add your comment

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

One of the sports sites, ESPN or SI put out the rumor that Tuberville is the top name for Arkansas. He has a record of moving to better opportunities (more money.)

GT79MD83

October 2nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Imposter @ 11:57.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

GT79MD83 – Report it with details via the comment box, if you don’t have Kevin Riley’s email. They have been instructed to block IP addresses.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

AJC is working on blocking the imposters.

The guy can coach.

October 2nd, 2012
12:51 pm

Thanks Super…very insightful. Johnson is a winner. I recall a similar winner, Ross, who once said, “Football has to be important too.” Seems like Johnson is there with this bunch…his bunch. He will correct course. This negative trajectory will be broken.

Born2Buzz

October 2nd, 2012
12:53 pm

Ahh, the name stealer is out again. Kind of pathetic.

T-man

October 2nd, 2012
12:54 pm

Well let’s see,… just possibly sustained the worst lost in Tech football history, hasn’t fired Al Grogh yet, hasn’t replaced Tevin Washington with Vad Lee, can’t figure out why certain players (especially on defense) didn’t come to play against MTS, has lost three straight overtime games, hasn’t won a bowl game, 1 -3 against UGA, can’t understand that recruiting better players means avoiding the embarrassing medocrity the program has now sunk to. It all adds up to the defintion of insanity: “Doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result”.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Pathologic, I’d say.

The Old Coot

October 2nd, 2012
12:59 pm

I think the Tech players hate Johnson and are laying down on him to turn up the heat on him and get rid of him.

Either that or Johnson has recruited the worse recruits in the FBS and possibly the FCS.

If I were a Tech player I would enjoy watching him go down in flames each week and twist slowly in the wind until Tech cans him.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

@ This guy can coach……What was insightful? My earlier quotes from a friend who is more or less in the know? Or are you on my email list but have a different blog name now than earlier?

Remember when

October 2nd, 2012
1:04 pm

T-man, i totally agree with what your saying and the fact that johnson hasn’t won big without gailey ’s recruits is telling. This program will be able to beat up on the weaker teams in the acc but will never compete in bowl games or beat uga again unless some serious changes are made. Thie triple option is just not going to bring in the talent to compete with the better teams. I believe johnson has already hit his high water mark at tech, with gailey’s players of coarse, and now the program will settle into mediocrity at best.

Highly Respected Southern Troll

October 2nd, 2012
1:08 pm

@T-man – I hope the Jackets win the remainder of their games, but what you wrote pretty well sums it up. The sad thing is that nothing is going to change until Tech finishes the season up against Duke with a smaller crown than we have at Paulson for Southern’s finale and then gets drubbed against the Dawgs in Athens to finish-out the year.

Johnson is a better on-the-field coach than Gailey but the difference in recruiting ability is night-and-day. If Gailey hadn’t stuck with Reggie Ball (and Patrick Nix to a lesser extent) he would have probably been much more successful at Tech.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
1:10 pm

Einstein was a smart guy, but he wasn’t a psychologist. Psychology aside, you can expect different results when you do anything (probability theory.)

Real Georgia Institute of Technology Alum and Fan

October 2nd, 2012
1:10 pm

@CT_Jacket, if [you] “would rather be mediocre”, then surely the BOAT RACING at the hands of MTSU didn’t bother you one bit. Or the OT choke job to Miami. Or the loss to a pathetic VT. I can’t wait to hear your explanation after Clemson beats us like a drum. Mediocre; Child please.

Dawg Fud

October 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

Georgia man here….

I don’t care for GA Tech but I respect the hell out of Tech. If Tech even considered hiring that scumbag Bobby Petrino, I would begin to question Radakovich.

Tech is better than that poor excuse for a Coach.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
1:15 pm

LSU has had problems recruiting QBs the past few years. Oregon on the other hand just keeps plugging guys in with good success.

ArmyOfficerDawg

October 2nd, 2012
1:22 pm

Don’t really think that Johnson is the problem or on the hot seat yet. Groh definitely needs to go. Can’t recruit defensive players for the 3-4. And sorry to say but it has little to do with academics. Good luck to Tech on the rest of their season except against us in Athens. Supersize, I wonder if it has ever crossed your mind that you are as dumb and ignorant as those awful UGA fans that you direct your name to. Probably not. Well it’s back to my lowly job for me. It’s not fast food if you can tell by my name. Guess my UGA degree was really that worthless. Thanks for being a true voice for stupidity supersize! The world needs people like you.

The Old Coot

October 2nd, 2012
1:24 pm

Johnson: ‘You want fans that care’

So now Johnson is turning on the fans? First he throws his players under the bus. Now the fans?

That is quite a coach that you have there.

Someone posted earlier that Johnson has never won on the big stage. News for that poster. Tech is not the big stage. Got close with Dodd. Won the orange bowl in 1990 against a Nebraska team without their starting QB who accounted for 75% of their defense. But Tech has never been on the big stage.

Denial is an ugly way to go through life.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

@ ArmyOfficer……I agree with the first part of your post, but why did you say that about me? What have I said today to elicit that kind of slam? If you don’t like my name, then you should first understand that I only created it because I knew that it would piss off the trolls who post on here so regularly. The actually class UGA fans who sometimes post on here have no problem with it, and have said they think it’s funny. Why does it bother you so much? After all, for the most part, it’s all in fun.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
1:27 pm

Ole Miss is the program that really puzzles me. I remember the Johnny Vaught days, and the Archie Manning days. You’d think that they would be able to field a top-flight football team consistently. Maybe Freeze will elevate the program, but if he doesn’t, are they back to waiting for another Manning kid? I watched that 1969 battle between Manning and Scott Hunter of Alabama on TV, and it was one of the most exciting games and passing performances I’d ever seen.

Tech Man

October 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

I love my Yellow Jackets and whoever is playing uga!! Nevertheless, it does not matter if you gave two key games away. YOU DON’T LOSS TO A SUN BELT TEAM!!!!!! .

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
1:28 pm

@ The Old Coot……why don’t you give us ONE example of when Johnson has thrown ANYBODY under the bus. Give us ONE example of that !!!!

ramblingbuzz

October 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

@ Super…………You’re right, I’m not on the sidelines, in the practices, or the locker room. And I never said Johnson didn’t care or wasn’t trying. All I have to go by is the team on the field and how they perform. And based on that product, something ain’t working. In my job, I am not judged by what I try to do, but by what I accomplish. Don’t see much difference between CPJ’s job and any other. Granted, he works with 18-22 year olds and most do not, but it’s his chosen profession, he is not being forced to be a head football coach. And he’s getting paid rather well to perform that job.

49-28

October 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

“You Want Fans Who Care.”

HA HA HA. 25,000 or so actually showed up Saturday. “Fans” don’t care about Tech obviously. That little high school stadium is never full unless they are playing Clemson, UGA, or FSU and when that happens, half of the stadium is for the other team.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
1:37 pm

@ ramblingbuzz…..no coach is perfect, and all must deal from time to time with their failings. I for one think Johnson is STILL doing a good job in spite of the way things appear right now. I think he CAN get the ship righted, and I am convinced that he is doing anything and everything within his power to do that. I am sure he is as puzzled and upset as anyone over getting the players motivated to play. But, as I have said before, he is not the first Tech coach to have faced that dilemma. Every coach since Dodd has had that problem, and I imagine even Dodd did too at times. Since I don’t keep up with other colleges, I don’t know how they deal with it when it happens. Perhaps most other schools have enough depth to get the slackers out and put in those who ARE motivated. Tech, as a rule, does not have that luxury and never has.

Delbert D.

October 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

The Sun Belt conference teams are creating some havoc this year.

Tech Man

October 2nd, 2012
1:45 pm

CPJ…Beat Clemson and finish the season strong and everything will be good in Tech Nation!!

Alphare

October 2nd, 2012
1:50 pm

UGA losing to UCF, Tech losing to MTSU.

which is worse in terms of talents?

www

October 2nd, 2012
2:01 pm

delbert d is right, the sun belt is beating a lot of bigger schools the last few years.

they beat louisville & indiana in 2011.

sun belt teams beat arkansas, georgia tech and kentucky this year with close losses to auburn and mississippi state.

it happens. losing to a sun belt team doesn’t mean the school is terrible or the season is lost.

u learn and move on, like everything in life.

wrecked again

October 2nd, 2012
2:04 pm

MTSU , had better players than tech at every skill position, 2010 UCF at least finished in the top 25 and was ranked when UGA played them.Tech fans can look forward to more losses to teams that should be inferior but in reality are more talented than the product than this staff recruits .PJ out coached , out recruited and there’s no excuse for it.Losing to MTSU is one thing getting blown out at home is quite another.

joel

October 2nd, 2012
2:06 pm

When the crowds get small enough, maybe we could start playing football in the new basketball arena. It is beautiful !!!

George Stein

October 2nd, 2012
2:11 pm

If the fans don’t show up, the recruits won’t, either. The coaches deserve blame here, but the fans need to take ownership of the problem, too.

George Stein

October 2nd, 2012
2:12 pm

Please. MTSU didn’t have better players. Anyone who thinks that is a fool.

ramblingbuzz

October 2nd, 2012
2:13 pm

Super…… I don’t think most Tech fans are asking for a perfect coach. They are asking to see improvement in the way the team performs. For the past 2+ years, that improvement has not been evident. For 2010, 6W-7L. For 2011, 8W-5L (2-5 in last 7 games). So far this year, 2-3. Hey, I hope Johnson turns it around, I really do. Just not very confident at the moment that will happen. If he does get the ship righted, then I will give him the credit. Just like he gets the credit when the team in not winning. He is the coach, not me. It’s up to him to get the team headed in the right direction.

OkieDawg

October 2nd, 2012
2:16 pm

UGA is going up against 2 of the best defensive ends in the Nation (Clowney and Taylor) this Saturday in Columbia. I’m afraid Bobo will not be able to find a game plan that will neutralize them.

I made that statement in order to say this to the GT folks who are dissing CPJ. CPJ would come up with offensive plays that would isolate and take these guys out of the play. But I guess that is what the Triple Option is designed to do. Even without the TO, CPJ would develop a better offensive game pan than Bobo. CPJ is not the problem Tech Fans.

Yeah, he could work on his bed side manners a little.

Sammy Dawg

October 2nd, 2012
2:17 pm

The chances of tek winning more than 1 more game this entire season (either Duke or Maryland or BC) is only about 15%. If your are a tek fan and think your OL was not getting pushed back and manhandled by MT you are delerious. If you do not think your DL was completely contained and pushed in whatever direction MT wanted them to go and you are crazy. Your linebackers wher slow and can’t tackle and your DB’s are slow to average. Can’t wait until that certain Saturday in November. Can’t wiat for the excuses by the tek trolls over on the UGA blogs. “Well we were supposed to lose by 31 but by only losing by 27 points, we really had a moral victory”.

The Tower

October 2nd, 2012
2:18 pm

@sammy……bet your trailer!

Sammy Dawg

October 2nd, 2012
2:19 pm

I will bet both of my trailers!

Sammy Dawg

October 2nd, 2012
2:22 pm

@The Tower, will you bet your “mansion”.

Say Whut

October 2nd, 2012
2:22 pm

49-28!!!!! to Middle Tennessee????? How far down can we go?

Supersize that order, mutt

October 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

2:23 was a name thief. You have been reported

SuperB

October 2nd, 2012
2:25 pm

“Okie Dawg” ought to be “OkieJacket.” Georgia has the talent to beat any team– which is more than I can say for a team theat just got whipped by Middle Diddle Tennessee. Keep your 2 and 3-star recruits and we’ll keep our 4 and5-star ones.

JoeFan

October 2nd, 2012
2:26 pm

DRad needs ti care enough that a quality product is put on the field. If that means sending Johnson on his way, then he nneds to make the tough decision to so. Ultmately DRad is responsible for selecting the coach to lead Tech football and if

ramblingbuzz

October 2nd, 2012
2:26 pm

Okie…….I hear you and maybe you’re right, the offense has performed well enough to win most of the games this year. Nevertheless, the head man gets the credit win or lose. There is one big difference, you guy are 5-0 withRicht/ Bobo/Grantham. GT is 2-3 with Johnson/Groh.

wt. king

October 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

$1 Million a yr….. I agree that will not always get us a win over our in state rival or even a ACC championship…. But it SHOULD get us far better than what we have seen over the past 2 years. FAR better and as a paying fan thats all I really need to see and understand. Those coaches get paid well enough to fix the problem before it gets to this and when they don’t they must be replaced. Simple as that.

Technically Correct

October 2nd, 2012
2:27 pm

I hate to quote the late, great humorist, UGA alum and AJC writer, Lewis Grizzard, but our Tech team just “tore my heart out and stomped that sucker flat…” Tech fans are long-suffering. We have been conditioned over decades to accept mediocrity and loss. But, we cannot accept a lack of effort and desire. We can only take so much. Seeing our team just give up, lay down and quit against an obviously inferior opponent just hurts…

JoeFan

October 2nd, 2012
2:30 pm

DRad needs to care enough that a quality product is put on the field. If that means sending Johnson on his way, then he nneds to make the tough decision to so. Ultmately DRad is responsible for selecting the coach to lead Tech football and the success or failure of that deciion falls on his shoulders. If he decides to stick with Johnson and the program continues to spiral downbward, then DRad should be shown the door too. If Johnson turns the program around and has long term success, then by all meas give credit to DRad for sticking with him. DRad has got to realize he is on the hotseat also.

old dog

October 2nd, 2012
2:31 pm

@my old pal Supersize;
I hate it that it happened like it did, and I was pullin’ for y’all….I promise. My granddaughter and I watched the entire game. But, this was not somebody slipping up on y’all, etc. Those guys whipped y’all…..man up….period! I’m always for Tech except against us. As previously stated my wife’s grandad is in the Tech HOF as well as the State HOF. However, in all my football days….from playing (high-school only) to watching, to whatever I have NEVER seen a poorer effort on defense…..EVER! Folks quit (yeah, I said it) and Cunningham ran over people like bowling pins. You did not get tricked, outsmarted, etc. You got beat man-up. Anybody from anywhere that watched the game can see that. I do want y’all to have better luck. But, you gotta get better d-players, get a scheme that fits your folks, and change the attitude. I am not a so called “troll”, but y’all need to start over on defense. Everybody keeps talking about T.Washington, etc. Y’alls defense is the issue for the most part……….and Saturday was an embarassment to the entire state! Last time a Cunningham put up 217 at Grant Field it was in ‘70 against Clemson.Brent Cunningham (the great Tech running back!)

Jesse Stone

October 2nd, 2012
2:32 pm

“Okie Dawg” ought to be “OkieJacket.” Georgia has the talent to beat any team
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I agree with this sentence only if you left off the phrase, “with less talent than us”. Everyone and their brother knows that if a CMR team runs up against a team of equal or greater talent, CMR will lose. Fortunately for you, LSU and Alabama are not on your schedule.

Demosthenes

October 2nd, 2012
2:39 pm

Hire Mike Bobo. He develops QBs like mad. He recruits Georgia well and it would be a dagger in the heart of UGA recruiting and QB development. Tech doesn’t have the money to pay a big-time coach to come in. They need to look at an assistant coach on the rise.

I doubt DRad can do anything about CPJ this year because of the tight pocketbook, but if he can, he needs to look to a cheaper solution that will pay long-term dividends. Maybe Bobo wouldn’t come, but there are other high profile assistants who deserve a look. Why not Kirby Smart? Or Manny Diaz? Don’t tell me that GT isn’t a great gig. The job is in the heart of the most recruiting rich state in the country (per capita) and has a storied tradition and decent facilities.