Tech offensive line not meeting Johnson’s expectations

A few more notes from Paul Johnson’s Tuesday news conference:

1. Johnson is O.K. with fans’ expectations.

“Nobody’s going to have higher expectations than I do,” he said. “And anybody who knows me knows that. That’s what fans do – they want to win once a week.”

He went on to say the problem is that all fans’ expectations are the same.

“Every place wants to win once a week,” he said.

The problem is that that obviously isn’t going to happen for every fan base, though I’d contend that most Tech fans aren’t as frustrated by the losing as the way the team has lost.

“You just put your head down and you keep working,” he said. “I don’t think I’ve forgotten how to coach in the past two, three weeks. I hope I didn’t. You just keep plugging along and hopefully you hit the other streak. That’s usually what happens.”

2. He gave a fairly candid assessment of the offensive line’s play. Expected to be a strength this season, with four of five starters back, Johnson called it “a mixed bag.” He said there have been good performances but nothing consistent. He noted injuries, notably to Will Jackson and Morgan Bailey, have kept Tech from playing with the group that it intended to have at the preseason (Ray Beno, Jackson, Jay Finch, Omoregie Uzzi, Bailey).

“They’ve had their moments,” he said. “Have they played as good as I thought they would play to this point? Truthfully, probably not consistently, but that doesn’t mean they’ve played poorly.”

3. Johnson gave his explanation for his preference of having coordinators in the coaches’ box rather than on the field. It’s probably won’t come as much of a surprise. The vantage point is much better and there’s fewer distractions of having players around you.

The disadvantages were that being on the field gives a coach a better feel for the game and makes communication a little more complicated, in that he had to rely on another assistant to communicate his adjustments between series.

“You had time to jot down anything you wanted to talk about at halftime or adjust or go through,” he said, speaking of his days as an offensive coordinator. “It was just less chaotic.”

4. Johnson on not having a playmaker of the caliber of Derrick Morgan or Morgan Burnett since they left Tech following the 2009 season:

“What you would hope is that some of the younger guys will come along. Jeremiah Attaochu played really well in spurts last year. He hasn’t been as productive this year for whatever reason. Jemea Thomas has played well. I mean, he’s really played well.  He’s made some plays. So there’s guys. It’s not like we’re null and void of players. Is Derrick Morgan out there? no. but how many Derrick Morgans have there been here? How many first-round defensive ends have been here? That’s the exception more than the norm.”

Thanks for reading. A word of caution: Everyone is welcome to his/her opinion, but if you are profane or antagonistic towards other commenters, you will be banned, no matter whose team you support. Consider this a warning.

In case you missed it…

Team leaders call for accountability

Notes: Abnormal heart rate gives Jackson scare

Tech considering safety options for stadium

Johnson addresses defense

Johnson: ‘You want fans that care’

Johnson to team: Stop pouting

Fitting MTSU loss into Tech history

After debacle, Tech braces for Clemson

Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

73 comments Add your comment

DoakBoyGT

October 3rd, 2012
1:53 pm

Go Jackets! THWG!

ice eater 1969

October 3rd, 2012
1:53 pm

Yella-Britches

October 3rd, 2012
1:57 pm

Thanks Ken – yeah…I was burping the Offensive-Line Kool Aid preseason…it’s been mre than just a little disappointing. THWG!!! C’mon guys – turn this thing round!

GTGirl

October 3rd, 2012
2:00 pm

Go Jackets and Beat Clemson and the haters will shut up!

BUZZ Fan

October 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

GOON SQUAD, GOON SQUAD, GOON SQUAD, GOON SQUAD!!!!!!!!!

Thump those kitties!!!!

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
2:19 pm

@Yella-Britches, better to drink Kool Aid than Hater-Ade

George Stein

October 3rd, 2012
2:24 pm

I don’t think the line has played poorly, either. I do sometimes wonder whether or not changing the players in and out with regularity and switching their positions more frequently than other teams (or so it seems to me) hurts more than it helps. Either way, they are scoring enough to win, so they must be doing something right.

As for the lack of a defensive playmaker, I think the difference between a lineman and a CB is that the lineman can affect plays more often than a CB. Our defense still largely sucked when Morgan and Burnett were here anyway

Paul's Johnson

October 3rd, 2012
2:54 pm

They may not have been all first round, but Michael Johnson, Darrel Richards, Derrick Morgan, ect… were far better athletes and D- Linemen then we have been able to recruit the past 5 years.

We have to recruit better! The kids are out there we just need to find a way to get them. Heck if Chan could do it winning 6 games a year, you can’t tell me that Paul can’t. We just need to put more time and effort into doing this!

Jacket Man

October 3rd, 2012
3:03 pm

The Jackets need more players from Middle and South Georgia, like Jemea, on the roster. They just seem to know how to play the game right. Julian Burnett, and Tony Zenon are other good examples. Even though they may not be the biggest players on the field, they play hard on every down, and they produce when given the opportunity because of their heart.

Montylick&ass

October 3rd, 2012
3:08 pm

“if you are profane or antagonistic towards other commenters, you will be banned, no matter whose team you support”

Does that include your “good old boys” club of regulars, who think your blog is their private domain and are openly antagonistic towards the casual/occasional posters, especially those who dare to challenge their dogma (and delusions)?

George Stein

October 3rd, 2012
3:10 pm

Do you really think it’s effort in recruiting? Johnson looks like he hasn’t slept in years, so I doubt he’s not trying. To the extent you actually believe recruiting is the issue (I agree, but not to the extent others seem to), it might be more a messaging thing than an effort thing.

ToeMeetsLeather

October 3rd, 2012
3:21 pm

I hate to say this, but I think the the OLine (and the entire offense) would have looked much better this year with a more athletic QB. The offense just seems to be in slow motion at times. You have got to hit the hole quicker and get some zip on the passes that are thrown for this offense to be hitting on all cylinders. Hopefully that guy is somewhere on the roster for the future.

FL Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
3:23 pm

GS…

I think the team was demoralized after Miami and thought it could sleepwalk thru MTSU. At some point we can scream all we want about CAG…but at some point defensive players need to shed blocks and make the first tackle on their own. If it becomes habit and the coaches don’t change personnel…then it’s a problem.

I’m having this debate with another fan. Derrick Morgan was great…but also part of a unit that got their DC fired for many of the same things CAG is getting criticized for.

DOC 51

October 3rd, 2012
3:37 pm

The way our OL and DL played against MTSU ,the problem is deeper than consistency.All that is asked of these student athletes is to give 100% effort in the classroom and on the field.

btgt69

October 3rd, 2012
3:38 pm

almost halfway thru the preseason games,,, just beat ugh and it will be a fantastic season

btgt69

October 3rd, 2012
3:39 pm

uga not ugh,, sorry,, darn spelchek

www

October 3rd, 2012
3:41 pm

i’d love to see al groh dialing up a few early blitzes against clemson.

wt. king

October 3rd, 2012
3:42 pm

“Nobody’s going to have higher expectations than I do,” he said. “And anybody who knows me knows that. That’s what fans do – they want to win once a week.”

I’d settle for not being embarrassed once a week …. how’bout that coach?

George Stein

October 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

I agree, FLJ. The MTSU game was the cumulative effect of two stomach punch games in the first four. However, I will not blame the people who aren’t getting paid. Groh and Johnson are responsible for putting the players in a position to be successful. To the extent that they aren’t, it’s on the coaches.

Yella-Britches

October 3rd, 2012
4:02 pm

Thanks GT Lee – Honestly, as frusrated as I get, I can’t give up on the bees. I admit tho, I thought this year would be special and when I’m so full of Kool Aid that I’m burping it up…..the dissapointments are that much more disapointing. Clempsin’s gonna want it real-bad Saturday….we just gotta want it more!! Go Jackets! THWG!!

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
4:07 pm

I’ve already posted what I think I & all fans of any team have a “right” to expect. And that is to be competitive & have a chance to win any game they play. If that is what the guys do, I will be accepting while wishing for more. And supportive. “BEAT CLEMONS” GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

jacket backer

October 3rd, 2012
4:10 pm

Groh made adjustments?? I quess i missed them…lol

GT Lee

October 3rd, 2012
4:12 pm

@Yella-Britches, at the end of the year, whether we’re 2-10, 9-3, or somewhere in between, there is 1 thing for sure: bills will still need to be paid, families will still need to be fed, and the sun will rise in the East and set in the West. It is, after all, just a game and there are more important things in life. So why not enjoy the Kool Ade? Tastes a lot better than the HaterAde dwagfan is always drinking! THWG

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
4:33 pm

For true GT L!! (a little cajun lingo for you folks in Athens)

StingerSplash

October 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

Derrick Morgan, Michael Johnson and Darryl Richard were not from south Georgia. Neither were the Swillings or Ted Roof or Marco Coleman. Neither was Greg Gathers. In fact, of that group, only Roof and the Swillings were from Georgia at all.

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
4:51 pm

There is a GT blog thread with some intelligent discussion on Merging Georgia Tech with Georgia State. Not likely anytime soon but it might save the Georgia Taxpayers a lot of money since the two major schools are but 1 mile apart.

GTDude

October 3rd, 2012
4:56 pm

I am tired of the excuses, just win when you are suppose to!
It is time to shut up and put up some Ws

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:03 pm

@ New Idea…….Don’t know if you are aware of it, but the only reason Ga State was established to begin with was because the board of regents would not allow Tech to add a school of commerce back in the 30’s. I think it would be awesome to merge the two schools now, but I imagine once again the board of regents would reject it.

GTpack

October 3rd, 2012
5:17 pm

I agree with Super on merging the two schools, but then UGAG and all of their legislators would have no part of it. Putting the two together could have the potential provide a Stanford type school for the state of Georgia.

TechApp fan

October 3rd, 2012
5:26 pm

George, are football games really so predectable that when the O scores an average amount, they can quit? What is an average amount?

I doubt it.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:27 pm

@ GTpack…..I am from Augusta, and the board of regents have merged Augusta State University with what used to be the Medical College of Augusta (having already stupidly re-named it Georgia Health Sciences University). There name for the new university in Augusta is Georgia Regents University, a decision which has the entire community, not just the college, in an uproar. No telling what they might TRY to call a merged GSU and Ga Tech…..IF they ever approved it to begin with. However, a Stanford type university STILL named Georgia Institute of Technology would be AWESOME !!!

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
5:28 pm

Could I get my diploma changed to read Georgia Institute of Technology?

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
5:30 pm

And go back & tell my former employers that they undervalued my degree & they owe me back pay?

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
5:36 pm

I attended Ga. State as an undergrad and as a grad student (along with 6 other colleges, Including Georgia Tech.) I don’t see an upside to Georgia Tech to merging with Ga. State. Compare the academic rankings and the endowments.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:38 pm

LOL @ 1 4 GT

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
5:39 pm

Supersize,
Yes I am aware of the History of GSU. I think this idea is valid and I believe since we are probably talking about saving the taxpayers in my estimation at least 200 Million a year (probably very much more) if the two schools merged, it becomes hard to be against it as a state lawmaker or Governor as the State is suffering for tax revenue.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:41 pm

Delbert, the upside, if any, would be in athletics, because qualifying limitations would disappear. And that’s why it will never happen. But another upside would be in cost to the taxpayers, since there would only be one administration, as opposed to two, and THAT could be a selling point. I don’t see that endowments would change, since the endowments all go to the research at Tech, which would not change. But it’s not going to happen, so there’s really no sense even talking about it.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:42 pm

@ New Idea……you could be right. But I’m not holding my breath.

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
5:48 pm

Super – Georgia Tech would be risking its membership in the Association of American Universities. Nebraska lost its membership last year for depending too heavily on agricultural research. What would result from a merger is a very seriously watered down Georgia Tech. As you said, the only advantage would be in attracting some recruits that don’t meet Georgia Tech’s standards and some who might be attracted to other majors that don’t result in a Bachelor of Science degree. That athletic focus should not even be part of any discussion by Georgia Tech administration or the Regents.

NYJacket

October 3rd, 2012
5:49 pm

Well coach go out and recruit the players you need.

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
5:51 pm

Can you imagine, a merge of GT and GSU and a all new campus built on or very near a Marta line but out of downtown. I really think that would be wonderful. GT and GSU are already cramped for land.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
5:52 pm

Delbert, I wasn’t aware of what happened at Nebraska, but that is definitely something to be considered

Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
5:56 pm

An all new campus in Doraville, maybe. The old GM plant, which would be the best location for the new Falcons stadium.

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
5:57 pm

Dilbert,
This is about what is best for Georgia, Since GT and GSU are State supported. It might help Athletics but that is not guaranteed. Don’t worry, no one can take your degree away, you earned it, Your Degree is from how the University was rated at the time of the degree, it can’t be degraded or upgraded due to current University standards..

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
6:02 pm

Maybe GT could relocate in Doraville and use the New Stadium for home games, Maybe we could tailgate! Can you imagine 30,000 GT fans tailgating like at the U.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
6:03 pm

Does anybody know what time the Paul Johnson call in show starts? 6:30 or 7 ? You can listen to it online at 790thezone dot com

230gr Full Metal Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
6:05 pm

They were talking about doing that back in the early 90’s when I was working on my MBA at GSU (Undergrad from Tech in ME). It will never happen though, primarily because the whole concept scares the hell out of the dwags on the Board of Regents. Creating a super-school in downtown Atlanta would pretty well make UGA a 2nd-tier school, both academically AND athletically. Do you think UGA wants to compete with an urban school with outstanding academics and over 50,000 students — plus the added benefit of allowing football/basketball players to play for “Tech” while taking crip majors? That would be the dwags worst nightmare! For that reason alone, the regents will never allow it to happen. And for those worried about endowments, GT would still draw what they already do, while GSU has a lot more than apparently most of you realize that they could bring to the table. It would be a perfect win-win for everyone —– except UGA.

jacket fan in wisconsin

October 3rd, 2012
6:19 pm

GT Lee @ 4:12. You and I think alike. Keep it in perspective. I still gotta get up and go to work no matter what happens on Saturday. But I do have a little extra zip when the Jackets win. I know other posters have mentioned this, but we have to have some sort of a legitimate passing threat to our wide outs. Tevin underthrows the long ball and defenses have adapted to the shorter field they have to defend. He’s a good kid, lots of heart, but he’s limiting our offense.

230gr Full Metal Jacket

October 3rd, 2012
6:19 pm

“Your Degree is from how the University was rated at the time of the degree, it can’t be degraded or upgraded due to current University standards.”
Then my MBA should be worth way more, because GSU’s Business college was ranked in the top 20 at the time that I got my degree (they had the #1 ranked Executive MBA program in the country too!) while Tech wasn’t even a blip on the radar as far as business schools at that time. And despite the little beauty pagent/”rankings”, having attended both, and regularly hiring graduates from both programs, I can honestly say that I believe GSU still has a better business school. I know their grads are MUCH better equpped to hit the ground running in the real business world. Tech business grads might have a bit more upside on average, but it takes years to develop them into competent business leaders, whereas the GSU grads are ready to roll from day 1. Not dissing either program! I bleed old gold and white, but I DO get rather tired of the arrogant attitude many of my fellow Tech grads hold towards other schools academics. Adding a school like GSU would NOT “water down” ANYTHING at Tech. However, the time when such a move would have made the most sense has already passed, and the UGA minions on the board of Rejects would never allow it to happen anyway, so it’s a moot point.

G.P. Burdell

October 3rd, 2012
6:21 pm

I did undergrad at Tech and masters at GSU, and I don’t think this would be a bad idea at all. Two totally different schools with completely different expertise. They are both research institutions in their respective concentrations, Tech in technology and GSU in economics/business. In fact, GSU was originally created as Tech’s night school of commerce. This could definitley help recruiting as there would be many more majors offered as a complete package. It wouldn’t devalue anyone’s degree, GSU’s business and law programs are very well respected as some of the best in the country. I would completely support this.