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.

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Ken Sugiura, Georgia Tech blog

73 comments Add your comment

Typical dwag

October 3rd, 2012
6:28 pm

“so it’s a moot point.”

What’s cows got to do with this?

G.P. Burdell

October 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm

FMJ, you’re exactly right…those from thuga on the BOR wouldn’t allow it!


October 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm


Delbert D.

October 3rd, 2012
6:35 pm

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..”

You are obviously making an assumption that I am a Georgia Tech graduate. I am not. I respect the value of a great education, and I would not like any college or university lower their standards by any course of action simply to accommodate “better” athletics.


October 3rd, 2012
6:46 pm

I’m through with Al Groh. The sooner he’s gone the better.

PE Major from Western Carolina is ready to fry some fish

October 3rd, 2012
8:50 pm

Did anyone at the Presser ask questions about what is CPJ’s favorite fish to fry?


October 3rd, 2012
8:52 pm

After that slimeball Michael Adams lied to the legislature and started and engineering college in Athens, there is no way in hell or on God’s green earth that Tech’s most powerful proponents will agree to a merger with Georgia State.

It’s nearly impossible to commute between the schools – that’s the main reason the high rise dorms on North Ave. were taken over by Tech recently. It was too hard for GSU kids to get back and forth.

GSU and Tech merger talk is just talk. As Texans would say, big hat but NO CATTLE!

New Idea

October 3rd, 2012
9:06 pm

All great accomplishments started with talk. GT and GSU merger makes sense, saves the State lots of money and any problems can be worked out. I agree the biggest opponent will be UGA grads since they have to protect their football. Funny, though, Tech has never been a football threat for 30 years, why are they so afraid of GT, and all the Georgia athletes that do not go to GT go to UGA’s SEC opponents. They are shooting themselves in the foot so to speak. GT football is good for the State and brings in lots of commerce, why would they not want a GT/GSU merger.

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October 3rd, 2012
10:59 pm

The line is not Tech’s problem. Paul Johnson is. He cannot seem to understand that everyone has his offense figured out by now. When you run the same plays over and over again with the same looks, you cannot expect the same results all of the time. The blocking called for in linemen in the triple option only works when the defense treats you like a conventional offense.

1 4 GT

October 3rd, 2012
11:18 pm

I wonder how many conventional offenses have been “figured out”? Oh, wait! I forgot! DC’s can only figure out the triple (which is no more that 30% of the GT offense) option offense. They are too stupid to “figure out” the “conventional” offenses.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 3rd, 2012
11:20 pm

@ 1 4 GT……well put !!!

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2012
12:12 am

Go to chuckoliver dot net & read 4 articles by Taylor King about GT.

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2012
12:31 am

1 4 GT

October 4th, 2012
12:32 am

yeller bug

October 4th, 2012
1:18 am

@SS As long as the merger of GT & GSU become the Georgia State Hybrid Institute of Technology—-G S H I T.

yeller bug

October 4th, 2012
1:19 am

I meant doesn’t become renamed that….sorry working through filters

Chuck Allison

October 4th, 2012
7:42 am

Ken, you don’t have to warn anyone about profane or antagonistic remarks. Just ban them; you don’t owe a profane person a warning. And your warnings add a real sour tone to the artlcle. Accept the comments from mature fans and reject the immature, foul mouthed ones.


October 4th, 2012
7:58 am

Enough about this nonsense of merging schools to lower academic standards to let “better” athletes in. All we need is a good recruiter. Giff Smith brought in Dwyer, Burnette, Morgan, Nesbitt, etc. Andy McCollum can’t replicate his success. Basketball team does just fine landing Favors, Carter, Shumpter, etc so why can’t the football team? If we land 5 good defensive stars and 3 offensive, this team would be exponentially better. 8 good recruits out of 25 (or even 15) is really not too much to ask. Stanford is able to recruit them. Do you think their standards are lower than ours?


October 4th, 2012
10:23 am

I think CPJ is doing a fabulous job, and I think GT should offer him a contract extension imediatly. The reason why GT is losing to Lesser Teams is because they are just not that good, but don’t blame the coach.


October 4th, 2012
11:01 am

October 3rd, 2012
6:29 pm


That won’t work!

Our QBs have been poorly developed mainly because of the way that CPJ has organized his Staff.

CPJ has organized his coaching Staff such that the B-BACKS COACH (Bohannon) also coaches the QBs.

What this does is this REDUCES the amount of coaching time that the QBs get in practice and thus de-emphasizes the QB position.

When you de-emphasize the QB position over a long time (like CPJ’s entire GT tenure), then you end up with QBs that don’t play well during crunch time and don’t properly develop their passing mechanics.

This might be one reason WHY Vad cannot overtake TW, at other programs like at Oregon for example it doesn’t take QBs as long as it does Vad or Synjin to “learn” the offense at a level that allows them to play in Games.

I was maybe the only poster or blogger that pointed this out way back in Dec. 2007 that having ONE Asst. coaching BOTH the QBs & B-backs would HURT the development of our QBs.

In CPJ’s feeble mind the B-Backs coach also needs to coach QBs, so they can work on the “mesh”, that right there tells you how much CPJ is committed to the forward pass and it definitely shows on game days.

The so-called “genius” of CPJ gets constantly exposed on THIS LEVEL whereas it looks great on lower, crappier levels of CFB.

I wonder where are all the posters from the old pputzoff-dot-com and gtsportstalk-dot-com that thought it was “genius” to have the B-backs coach also coach the QBs that agreed with CPJ and disagreed with WnE?

They sure are pretty QUIET now………..


Quieter than a rat whizzing on cotton (is pi$$ing considered profanity?)……………that’s how quiet!


October 4th, 2012
11:06 am

CPJ, you recruited them. Stop making excuses and coach, teach, and mentor your linemen. By the way, UGA will hang 70 on GT in November.