Game-plan advantages for Tech vs. B.C.

From a game-planning perspective, Boston College is in something of a pickle.

On Oct. 6, the Eagles played Army, whose offense is similar to Georgia Tech’s. Such a game often clues in Tech coaches as to how their opponent will try to defend the Yellow Jackets’ option-based spread. Eagles coach Frank Spaziani noted that it does help his team by increasing familiarity with the atypical offense.

“There’s a couple layers, the yin and yang to that,” Spaziani said.

Further, with Charles Kelly taking over as Tech interim defensive coordinator in place of the fired Al Groh, the Boston College offense isn’t entirely confident of what it will see from the Tech defense.

“It’s a little bit of professional guesswork,” Spaziani said. “I wouldn’t imagine them changing too much. There’s going to be some subtle differences we’re going to have to be prepared to adjust to.”

Speaking on the ACC coaches teleconference, Spaziani drew a lofty comparison with Tech coach Paul Johnson and his offense when asked to compare it to Army’s.

“You have to remember, Paul is the (James) Naismith of that offense, if you will,” he said. “He invented it. He knows it better than most people know their defense.”

Army beat Boston College 34-31 to break an eight-game losing streak and rushed for 516 yards. Johnson dismissed the importance of knowing how an opponent will play the offense.

“We usually have an idea of what they’re going to do anyway,” he said. “I don’t know that it matters.”

2. Tech’s backup defensive linemen should see more playing time, Johnson said, naming Shawn Green, Euclid Cummings, Adam Gotsis and Anthony Williams. He also added inside linebacker Anthony Harrell. One difference between Johnson and Groh was the latter’s preference to stick with starters. Johnson said that the substitutions wouldn’t be made rote, but by game situations.

“If you’re playing 30 snaps in a half, maybe not so much,” he said. “If you’re playing 50 snaps, you’ve got to rotate ’em and try to steal a few snaps here and there.”

Said Kelly, “Anthony Harrell, he can really fly around and (is) very physical.”

Outside linebackers Chris Crenshaw, Malcolm Munroe, Nick Menocal and Tyler Marcodes all could see time in place of starters Jeremiah Attaochu and Brandon Watts. Typically, Attaochu and Watts rarely left the field when Groh was the coordinator.

Said outside linebackers coach Joe Speed, “We’ll get a fresher product going into the fourth quarter.”

3. As inter-divisional opponents, Tech is playing Boston College for the first time since 2008. Once the ACC expands to 14 teams next season with the addition of Pittsburgh and Syracuse, the new scheduling format will make the matchups between Coastal and Atlantic teams even less frequent, the primary crossover partners aside. The plan in place would match Tech and Atlantic opponents such as Florida State twice every 12 years.

Johnson’s preference would be to do away with the primary partners, including the Tech-Clemson series. His condition would be to find a way for rivalries such as North Carolina-N.C. State and Miami-FSU, which both are played annually as crossover games, to continue.

“Truthfully, Georgia Tech-Clemson, that’s a good game, that’s a close game,” he said. “It’s not the same rivalry as Georgia Tech-Georgia or North Carolina-North Carolina State or Florida State-Miami probably, although it’s turned into one because we play each other every year, but historically, it probably wasn’t the same.”

4. Center Jay Finch wore a gold jersey in Wednesday’s practice, meaning he was held out of heavy-contact drills. Johnson said a determination on his playing status will be made Thursday or Friday. If he can’t play, Catlin Alford and Nick McRae will go in his place, Johnson said. Finch came out of the Oct. 6 Clemson game with a calf injury.

Johnson also said that B-back Broderick Snoddy was held out, but expected him to be able to play.

In case you missed it…

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Notes: Tech seeking second-half rally

Johnson on defense: ‘We don’t need 80 calls’

Could Tech win the Coastal?

Tech notes: Washington firm at quarterback

Tech needing Attaochu’s spark

Thanks for reading.

Ken Sugiura

93 comments Add your comment

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
10:05 pm

A couple answers for questions from the last post.
Go Trojans – Broderick Snoddy is doing better in practice, but he’s behind Zach Laskey and David Sims. Typically, the B-back spot is a one- or two-player position. He might get spot snaps or blowout duty, but my guess is that’d be it for the time being.
79 – you got me on that one. probably not my keenest insight. sounded better in my head.

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
10:06 pm

actually, here’s what i was getting after. if the B-backs aren’t producing, it’s easy to conclude the B-backs aren’t doing their job, when in actuality it could also be the line.

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
10:13 pm

chas_jacket – forgot yours. frankly, i think johnson wants to get to a bowl game because he wants to win and keep his job, not specifically to get any particular players more experience. it’s a byproduct, certainly, but not the end goal.
i know some fans have given up on the season, but i don’t think players or coaches have, and that’s why it’s hard for me to see the staff deciding to “play for next year.” a coach who does it is giving up on the team’s seniors, which strikes me as a pretty dangerous tactic for chemistry, recruiting and other reasons. once a team is out of bowl contention, it might make more sense.

GTGirl

October 17th, 2012
10:19 pm

Ken-you are the first comment person on your own blog! Kudos!
thanks for all the articles on Tech! Thanks for keeping us informed!

Ken Sugiura

October 17th, 2012
10:20 pm

forgot to claim first. what a rube.
thanks, GT Girl.
posting under someone else’s handle gets you banned. stop, please.

GTGirl

October 17th, 2012
10:21 pm

I personally think it is crazy to give up on this year. We have the second half of the season to go and we could possibly win them all. GO Jackets!

GTGirl

October 17th, 2012
10:24 pm

Ken, does that mean you will no longer allow the guy posing as Supersize to post on here? that would be awesome!

GTGirl

October 17th, 2012
10:25 pm

And you know who I am speaking of-that SS person who loves obama

GT Fan

October 17th, 2012
10:41 pm

“Typically, Attaochu and Watts rarely left the field when Groh was the coordinator.”

Was Groh really that stubborn, or is GT’s depth just not good enough?
I’ve gotta believe it’s the former.

If GT’s D plays considerably better with the new rotation system then all I can say about Al Groh is SHEESH, what a stubborn bonehead!

Paul in NH

October 17th, 2012
11:32 pm

In the pros you can “give up on the year” (especially in b’ball if you see Michael Jordan or Patrick Ewing are coming out) but I find the idea in college of “playing the youngsters and preparing for next year” abhorrent. College kids only have 4 years. There is no “next year” for the seniors. You play the people who are the best at their position now.
Gurley and Marshall aren’t playing for UGA because they will be better next year. They are playing because they are the best right now. Same with Tevin.

GT Fan

October 18th, 2012
12:26 am

Paul in NH … or if TW pulled a “washaun ealey” or “isiah crowell” then maybe we GT fans would see how good Vad Lee might be???

Gurley and Marshall are playing b/c UGA’s incumbents ain’t around anymore ….

Old Dog

October 18th, 2012
6:26 am

To Hell with Tek, today,tomorrow and every other day!

ToeMeetsLeather

October 18th, 2012
6:55 am

I said before the season that I felt we had seen enough of what TW brought to the field to determine that we would finish this season with about the same record this year with Lee or Washington, and that next year’s record would be affected the most by which one started this year. This still remains the situation.

I like Tevin, but speaking for myself, I would be much more excited to make the trek down to the Flats to watch Mr Lee.

Looking forward to seeing Harrell and Menacol. They bring a lot of energy to the field and Lord knows we need that this year.

Jmonty

October 18th, 2012
7:47 am

I am nervous on how tech’s “D” is going to perform. While, “no show” is no longer there, the damage is done. It’s a lot to ask the players to be able to fix things up in a week.

chas_jacket

October 18th, 2012
8:18 am

Thanks Ken, like many others I am excited about Vad. I personally think we may be a better team by the UGA game if Vad started the rest of the year, but also believe we may have less chance at a bowl. TW has some definite downsides, but our offensive turnover rate is pretty low and that outweighs a lot of negatives. Still think we will see a lot more of Vad the remainder of the year.

optimstic on the defense, think we will see some lapses but will get more pressure on the QB. A solid hit on the qb by Watts or Harrell can make for a nervous qb the rest of the game.

Island Jacket

October 18th, 2012
8:20 am

I have a feeling we will win out. Hope for a second half like our first half last year.

I see that GT Fan, er, GT Joe, er whatever his handle is now...

October 18th, 2012
8:22 am

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Uh,GT Fan...

October 18th, 2012
8:25 am

…last time I looked incumbents Richard Samuel, Brandon Harton and Ken Malcome were all still on the UGA roster – Gurley and Marshall get to play because they competed with the incumbents and proved themselves as better options for the the Dawgs at RB, something the RS freshman QB failed to do at GT…

ramblingbuzz

October 18th, 2012
8:57 am

Good stuff Ken. I hope I’m not fooled, but I believe these changes in the defensive approach are really going to help our defensive guys perform. If I was a back-up D player, the news that I am going to finally get some PT would have me fired up. And one thing that was pointed out in one of your earlier pieces this week, I had no idea CAG was making whole sale substitutions on 3rd down. For the life of me I couldn’t figure out how we could hold the opposing O on 1st & 2nd down, then give up first down on 3rd and long. Myabe the substitution thing explains part of that.

Coach

October 18th, 2012
8:58 am

Let’s get behind these coaches and players. We’ve got a lot to play for, and keeping the bowl string alive is huge for the players and the program. A lot of teams wish they had that to play for. This “quit and start over” talk gets us nowhere. Wear your gold and white (not blue), and let’s go get a win!!

Same Old

October 18th, 2012
9:12 am

Where is all this optimism coming from?
Same thing happens every year. We win a game like BC; it gets everybody optimistic, and then boom, heartbreak! This team will not change this year! Same Old, Same Old, Same Old!
Look for a 5/7 year with another loss to uga!

Same Old

October 18th, 2012
9:19 am

Johnson needs to go!
He doesn’t understand clean old fashion HATE!
Just another game to him!
There’s only one game that means anything to us!
He’s not a Tech Man!
George Godsey will be ready to take over in a couple of years,
after we pay off our other coaching mistakes!.

GT1971

October 18th, 2012
9:19 am

I am really looking forward to seeing our new defense against BC. We have a lot of very good athletes. Let them play and go after the ball. More blitzing would be exciting and probably beneficial. (I do think we got blitz happy with Coach Tenuta and ended up giving up more than we gained with the blitz.) More substitutions in the first three quarters will probably help our fourth quarter let downs. After what the team has gone through in the first six games, getting bowl eligible, going to a bowl game and winning would be a huge boost for our seniors and for next year. Go Tech! THWG!

Same Old

October 18th, 2012
9:22 am

Hey Coach… we wore blue in 1990!
Blue is OK!
Anything but RED!

NYJacket

October 18th, 2012
9:35 am

It is a really good idea to have fresh legs in the game on every play. When a starter gets leg weary, the guy playing behind him will do a better job. Dodd required his starters to signal when they needed to take a break – its a team game.

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
9:36 am

never stoop to mention it myself, anymore-besides, you could do it every time, Ken…………

Alabama Jack

October 18th, 2012
9:58 am

Whiners and trolls can go elsewhere and leave us true Tech fans to cheer our team on.

GT Joe

October 18th, 2012
10:41 am

Ken, regarding b-back production:

True, it’s easy to blame b-backs for low production.
It’s also easy to blame the OL (which is the most experience OL in the CPJ era).
But no one ever mentions the fact that our QB is a non-factor running or passing, which makes b-back’s job very difficult. Defense key on the b-back now more than ever. Because of our QB.

Buddy Landel

October 18th, 2012
10:54 am

Death, taxes, and GT Joe whining about TW. You’re enough to make folks hope Vad fails.

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 18th, 2012
11:11 am

The D players have to be fired up. Looking for a great game from the whole team. Sometimes change is good. I think this is the time. ” GO JACKETS “

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
11:12 am

Tell’im Buddy. He’s been obsessing over Tevin all season long. Riding that poor ole horse to death!

GT TN

October 18th, 2012
11:14 am

GT JOe..Your last comment lets me know that you have no clue about football..the last game we lost the QB ran for 104 yds and 2 tds then threw for 144 yds a td and completed 64% of his passes..Josh Nesbitt didn’t have a single game in his career where he ran for over 100 yds, passed over 100 yds and comleted 64 % of his passes in the same game..so who has played QB that is a bigger factor running and passing??? Nesbitt had a starting pro at b-back and a starting pro at WR and still couldn’t put up thise numbers..for everyone that claims Washingotn calls his number too much..he rush only 3 times more a game than Nesbitt did and has a better rushing avg than Nesbitt..TW completed more passes and threw for more yards than Nesbitt does per game..he threw less int’s have when you compare the 2 guys stats from soph year thru SR year..you are just talking off the top of your head..you have no facts to back what you are saying

Ken Sugiura

October 18th, 2012
11:28 am

GT Joe (aka Big Kev, Hmmmm, Fact is and, curiously, TWFan) – let’s agree to disagree. i think we all know where you’re coming from and i don’t get the impression anyone wants to hear more of it. no one on this blog has the power to get vad lee into the game.

Buddy Landel

October 18th, 2012
11:33 am

….and the hammer just dropped.

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
11:38 am

…………..but did the hammer blow hit the nail……..the nail has about as much brain power………..just as I suspected the past couple of weeks……….a stone licking mutt

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
11:39 am

way to go Ken, BTW

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
11:46 am

Joe has been operating on the premise of “if you repeat something often enough people will start to believe it & it eventually becomes fact”! And judging by how often his “facts” are being repeated, it was working.

always a jacket

October 18th, 2012
12:04 pm

@ GT Joe… Do you even watch the games. TW is not the problem. Our offense is averaging over 37 ppg. If our D had played better and stop some people then our win lose record would be much better. Our D was the problem and PJ made the right decision to try and correct the problem.

Supresize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
12:18 pm

Now if Ken would only call out that “obama” creep, who, despite his protestations, only uses “SS” in his name after Ken called him out originally on using “Supersize” in it. One of the regular bloggers on here emailed me to say that he will not read these blogs anymore until something is done about him

The Truth

October 18th, 2012
12:42 pm

i wouldn’t be surprised if Lee never started a game for GT. I think Justin Thomas is the future….the next Joe Hamilton.

The Truth

October 18th, 2012
12:43 pm

Please Supersize….give it a rest.

SansWorld

October 18th, 2012
12:48 pm

I agree with GT TN, TW is doing fine in all quantifiable measurements. Except maybe W’s, and really that is not all his fault. Everyone asked for better passing this year, and he delivered on that. When was the last time we had a QB that passed over 60%, or even 50%. Everyone that is grousing here is talking about subjective measurements like “Explosiveness” and ‘”failures in big games.”
The QB is the easy target to blame when a team is struggling. Particularly for an uneducated fan that only zeros in on who has the ball, and can’t see things like missed blocking assignments or players missing routes.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
12:53 pm

@ The Truth……NO, I will not give it a rest. The guy is a jerk who from the very start found something I said offensive and created that name to put me down. On top of that he cussed Ken out on here under that same name and only put the SS in it because Ken called him out on it. He continues to berate other bloggers and pretend that he is some conscientious fan. I know several of the bloggers personally, and they have emailed me with their disgust over the whole matter. If it doesn’t bother you, then fine; I really don’t care. But it DOES bother me and quite a few others as well.

The Truth

October 18th, 2012
12:56 pm

Sorry…didn’t mean to upset you. Life is too short to let those types bother you. Just ignore him.

fuzzybee78

October 18th, 2012
12:56 pm

Not sure about all the substitutions on D. The last time Attaochu and Watts were out for the game was MTSU and we all know how that worked out. Lot of missed tackles, bad angles etc. Lets hope practice and focus has cleared this up.

GT Joe, you cant be a one trick pony—

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
1:01 pm

@ The Truth……actually, I DO ignore him now. But the fact is several of my friends here HAVE emailed me over the past couple of days. And it really does piss them off.

Tech Troll 13

October 18th, 2012
1:03 pm

@ Paul in NH

You are 100% right. Coaches constantly talk about not quitting an giving your best no matter the circumstance. It is a great “Life Lesson” that players can take into the real world.

If a coach starts playing for next season he can lose the players respect, because he not living what he is preaching.

@ Buddy Landel

I love the “death, taxes and GT Joe” comment. I keep thinking GT Joe must be related to Vad Lee.

fuzzybee78

October 18th, 2012
1:10 pm

Would really be nice to string some wins together going into Chapel Hill. If the D can improve over the next few weeks we have a shot. A win there along with a good showing on D would be huge going into Athens.

Silly Mutts

October 18th, 2012
1:14 pm

Nothing new here…just talk. GT’s season is over and I can’t wait to see what happens when GT loses at least 4 of the next 6 games. My hope is to see that everyone here finally realizes that PJ really has no clue. My guess is that you will all say its CAG’s fault and the defense will continue to be CRAP for the foreseeable future. Oh well thank God for golf!

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
1:21 pm

No, thank the Scots for golf. God is way too smart to play golf.. and I used to love playing golf….& still could under the right circumstances….but God would cuss over golf….probably the only thing He’s not master of.