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…
Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog