Georgia Tech quoteboard

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson:

“Right now, we’ve got to play close to perfect. Clearly, we have to score more points. They’ve got some really good skill players. It’s like I told the team: We get a kickoff return on the 1-yard line, we missed two field goals. We missed several tackles again, especially when we could have gotten them off the field. We didn’t convert on a couple of fourth downs where we needed to get points that would have been big. When you do that, you’re not going to win too many games.”

On defense:

“They’re pretty good offensively, too. They’re the best crowd we’ve played offensively. But it’s been a struggle. The effort was better. The effort was much better. I think we played O.K. in spurts. We did get a couple of turnovers. I don’t know, after the opening series, if they ever punted.”

On the safety:

“We had a bust. I’ll have to look at it. There were a slew of people out there. There weren’t many people blocked, but I think the linebacker was the one that tackled him. We should have been outside released and we inside released.”

On the bye:

“Well, you’d rather be winning going into a bye. Clearly, the first half of the season is not what we hoped for, not what we wanted. We have the back half to try and atone for that. We have to re-set some goals, re-set some things and see if we can’t come back and do a little better.”

On pressure to keep scoring:

“You’ve just got to try to score. You’ve got to call plays. I don’t worry about that. You’ve got to call plays.”

A-back Orwin Smith:

“I saw a major difference, just from guys getting ready to play a game. Even at halftime, guys were still into it. That plays a big part in football, period. You just have to stay faithful. I saw guys with more drive than previous weeks.”

On tough breaks:

“I consider it bad luck when you’re doing the right things and still losing. But we’re still making mistakes. It’s self-inflicted, the reason we’re losing. I just feel like we’re that close to being good, the games we’ve lost, even this one. We just have to do better.”

On the safety:

“The mike (linebacker) was flowing real hard all game. Just that play, they happened to send him at the right time and he kind of beat me to the edge. … Right when I got the ball, I saw a crease and that’s the same thing Tevin saw. But with that mike, he’s behind his defensive linemen. You really don’t see him till the last second. It was a surprise.”

Clemson linebacker Spencer Shuey on tackle for safety:

“They ran the same play. We have been preparing for that play all week. And once I saw the kickoff team pin them down on the 1, I knew they had a pretty good chance to run the ball. I just got a good read and got a good jump on the ball and was able to make a play.”

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney:

“We did really well the whole game up front, but we struggled with the perimeter. We made the changes that were necessary and forced Georgia Tech to put drives together. In the first half, they made a lot of big plays and we took that away from them in the second half.”

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1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
1:46 pm

My understanding is a Mr. McCamish paid the $50M for roundball palace.

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
2:06 pm

Or a huge portion of it anyway.

Born2Buzz

October 7th, 2012
2:42 pm

Yes 14GT, McCamish gave 15M specifically for the Big T renovation. CPJ will not be going anywhere unless someone gives 20M specifically to get rid of him- 10M to get rid of him and 10M to hire the new HC.
I still think CPJ can get it done but he’s got to change some more. Embrace the forward pass, play the youngsters, hire a new DC that isn’t afraid to sit 3 year starters that can’t make plays.

GT-UT

October 7th, 2012
3:00 pm

USC stuck with Spurrier, seems he’s doing well now. His SC team had some bad years under him too

Santa Monica Jacket

October 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

As I have said before… if you want to fire a coach… THROW A NAME OUT THERE!! Who could we lure to be the next DC??? NAMES PLEASE???

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
3:52 pm

I would start with Giff Smith….currently working in Buffalo for he who shall remain nameless as DL coach….pay him real good $$ over what he gets now….immediate gain in D & recruiting both.

BillCurrie

October 7th, 2012
4:47 pm

Ok, I will say it if no one else will. Paul Johnson is not a very good game coach. He put his team in position to lose, not win. Going for it on your own 37 yard line in the first quarter on 4th down is not a risk worth taking. Credit PJ with 7 there. Then, running a option pitch sweep in your own end zone is beyond stupid. Credit PJ with 2 there. Thats 9 points which put us behind and we were exactly what, 9 points behind late in the game. Clemson showed its class going for the final td when they could have taken a knee on the 25 yard line and simply run out the clock since we had no time outs left. But as PJ always says, its our job to stop them. And this Defense can’t stop anybody. That is Al Groh and again, thats on PJ. So who cost us this game.. Can you say the head coach.

DanRad

October 7th, 2012
4:52 pm

Glad some of you have the right perspective and are talking about the beautiful McCamish Pavillion. Have you seen it. We will have it open before our next home game so come early and check it out. Tough loss this weekend but lets credit our coaches with great improvement this week. The Defense kept the game close and except for a few turnovers we win this game. Lets get behind Coach Johnson and Coach Groh and fill up the stands against Duke. I about to get Al signed to a new long term contract and then we will recruit more Defensive players. AND how bout that new sign we hold up in the end zone. Something, Huh?

WnE

October 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

re:
GT-UT
October 7th, 2012
3:00 pm

USC stuck with Spurrier, seems he’s doing well now. His SC team had some bad years under him too
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What people don’t know about Spurrier is that he started to over-sign after his first few mediocre years AND he also threatened to retire if the Admin/Admissions didn’t give him more “leeway” in getting marginal Recruits into school.

The State of SC is a little different than Ga. in that a lot of the Rural School districts are much worse Academically than the Rural districts here in Ga., plus Ga. has the Metro Atlanta Area with 6 Million people and many HSs that play a high level of FB with a lot of “well funded” schools so we have a lot more Academic Qualifiers that are also good players.

Spurrier & SCar didn’t just start to recruit better after 4 mediocre years.

Plus Spurrier rarely suspends players to the extent that it will keep players off the field, Garcia had what, 85 second chances because Spurrier had no other QB, how many SCar players missed games due to Hotel-gate?

Spurrier would rather “live in the gray area” than lose games, at Florida their is so much talent in that State at the HS level that he was able to run a clean program, but at SCar he has been walking a fine line with the NCAA.

Everything at SCar isn’t what it seems.

jacketfan

October 7th, 2012
5:20 pm

ok, let’s get real about Tech football. Since Doddd left we average 5.1 wins a year before PJ. We are not Alabama, Our average year for 45 years is 5-6. This is better even though this year is tough.
Let’s don’ t overact to this year

Silly Mutts

October 7th, 2012
5:50 pm

Yea more acceptance of mediocrity from the fans! Let’s not overreact? 1-4 against vt 1-3 against uga 1-4 against um 0-4 in bowls! Yes that is overreaction! Can you say delusional and moronic? You deserve to lose!

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
6:12 pm

Georgie showed USCe how they play football……………………………….the “OLD MAN WAY” ROTFLMFAO WOOOOOOOOOOO GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

ramblingbuzz

October 7th, 2012
6:54 pm

4-9 over the last 13 games is not a trend I want to see out of GT football. If we’re stuck with CPJ, DRad needs to read him the riot act if he hasn’t already. I know Johnson doesn’t enjoy losing, but this is one of the most undercoached football team I have seen in a while. DRad needs to clean house of Johnson’s assistants and hand select Johnson’s staff for next year. If CPJ can’t live with that, then can always resign.

BUZZ Fan

October 7th, 2012
6:57 pm

To hell with paying johnson to leave…. I would like to see this embicel buckle and crumble from alumni, and media, pressume; this classless buffuon is comical under stress, maybe he’ll punch somebody in the mouth!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 7th, 2012
6:57 pm

@ ramblingbuzz…….I don’t know that I would trust DRad to make that kind of decisions

big daddy

October 7th, 2012
7:14 pm

CPJ needs to stop being so bullheaded and play Lee. He has stated on more than once, that he plays TW because he feels it gives him the best chance to win. How does he not know that VL won’t win? If he is to be the so called starting QB next year, he needs to be playing now to give him the game experience. CPJ should have pulled TW when he changed the play at the line when Tech was 4th. and 1. This ultimately led Clemson to scoring on their next series. Another blunder by the QB. Don’t get me wrong, TW made some good plays, threw some good passes that most were caught, but he tries sometime to be JN, and he is not. As for the defense, what can you say. CAG calls timeout when the D has held Clemson to 4th. and 1, and they were in punt formation. Leave your damn players on the field. What did they do, rethought the situation, went for it and then scored. Corners and safties out of position all day. Gave up several big plays simply because no one covered Tiger receivers. Sorry tackling again. When a team gives up 31 of 46 plays on third down over the last 3 ball games, and most of them were big yardage, you have big time problems. When you let a team score 6 times on drives of 70+ yards you have problems. This is the sorriest defense I have ever seen at Tech. Unless CPJ makes changes at the end of year, his head is on block. The only thing that made me smile was to see the mighty dogs get beat by a far superior team.

chas_jacket

October 7th, 2012
7:18 pm

CPJ brought in groh because of similar problems 3 years ago. He will let groh retire after the season -assuming the defense doesn’t have an amazing turnaround, which i doubt. We need a young D coach with ties to the southeast for recruiting.

chas_jacket

October 7th, 2012
7:24 pm

Agree with you big daddy. Tevin is a great young man, but he needs to grab a clipboard and start helping bring Vad along.

Agree also on the USC thumping of the dogs. Love that weenie was complaining about SC recruiting tactics. Richt just got out coached by the OBC.

ramblingbuzz

October 7th, 2012
7:32 pm

@ chas……Totally agree that we need a younger D Coord with some fire and great recruiter would be nice.

@Super…….I don’t know if DRad can make the right calls on assistant coaches’ selections, but I’m pretty sure I don’t trust Johnson to do it. Not after the Wommack and Groh choices, assuming Johnson was totally responsible for those picks. So by the process of elimination, I’d put it in DRad’s lap.

ramblingbuzz

October 7th, 2012
7:36 pm

Anyone notice on the Dwags blogs how Gratham was the greatest thing in college football 2 weeks ago and now he can’t find his way out of the locker room? Maybe we can send them Groh to help bolster their defense! Addition by subtraction for GT!!

chas_jacket

October 7th, 2012
7:42 pm

Absolutely loved the SC UGA game. Spurier’s comment that he liked to play UGA earlier in the season because they usually have several players suspended after the summer was hilarious.

ramblingbuzz

October 7th, 2012
7:48 pm

The ol ball coach really knows where to stick that needle!

ME Jacket

October 7th, 2012
8:22 pm

“Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it” George Santayana.
Comments from the GT blogs this entire year continue to echo: “Al Groh’s Defense is terrible” and “Tevin is a nice young man, but panics in clutch situations, when the offense needs him most.” I am not making suggestions as to how to fix our issues, but Otis interesting that Jeff Schultz wrote an article that identified these exact issues and sentiments last year, just after the 2011 Georgia game. Attached is the link. Question remains, “do we really have to repeating history?”

http://blogs.ajc.com/jeff-schultz-blog/2011/11/26/georgia-tech-drilled-and-problems-start-with-grohs-defense/

ME Jacket

October 7th, 2012
8:23 pm

Sorry for the typos… “Do we really have to repeat history?”

lindseysnot

October 7th, 2012
8:37 pm

Again; CPJ’s not going anywhere…unless he decides to quit. There’s no way the Athletic Ass’n is going to pony up $4 or $5 million again (or whatever was agreed upon)…deal w/it and suck it up…PJ is here to stay. We CAN get rid of Groh, though…that sob can take his nfl defense (that didn’t work there either) and hit the old folks home…or sell it to Troy or some other school.

chas_jacket

October 7th, 2012
9:00 pm

While I initially supported groh’s hire, afraid the experiment is over. I lobbied to have Kallon play this year but as much as we needed a pash rusher , it may be better to wait until we get a new DC. I am afraid our D has looked lost and confused most of the time this year. What really brought it home was when we repeatedly only had 1 guy cover two MTSU receivers on the line – Deon Sanders couldn’t cover two guys at once.

Tevin and Groh are both good, decent people but they need to bow out gracefully – the sooner the better. Thank them sincerely and get them to help bring their successors on board.

GT-UT

October 7th, 2012
10:02 pm

Good post chas…I second that whole heatedly!!
Hope mgt is listening.

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
10:10 pm

chas,,,,I too wanted Kallon to play….maybe not every down….but on obvious passing situations….or when the coaches recognized trends & thought they might pass….if coaches were capable of doing so.

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
10:13 pm

In other words, as I believe CPJ as said, play those that give us the best chance of winning. No matter if they are frosh or 5th year senior. Kallon has to have something good to be offered 13 scholarships before he even played his 1st game.

1 4 GT

October 7th, 2012
10:14 pm

And that was 13 FBS schools too….per an article in the AJC.

Tommy

October 8th, 2012
9:16 am

You can’t put this all on the defense when you have 4th and 1 on your own 37 in the 1st possession in the 1st quarter and not punt the ball, and not make the 1st down. Then get down in the Clemson red zone with 4th and 2 and miss a field goal when you should be going for 1st down or score.

Tech Guy

October 8th, 2012
10:05 am

The person who needs to be fired is the athletic director Dan Radadavitch. His decisions have Tech in trouble. The football and basketball programs are in shambles, and he has brought huge debt to Tech which we cannot afford.