Tech defense bracing for more up-tempo

Some notes from interim defensive coordinator Charles Kelly’s interview Wednesday:

1. Kelly praised the collaborative work of defensive assistants Andy McCollum, Joe Speed and David Walkosky.

“Dave had some good ideas on protections, how to attack protections, Andy had some good ideas in coverage stuff,” he said. “It’s about making us better.”

Paul Johnson also has had input.

2. Kelly said that a number of second-team players or backups have performed well in practice, naming inside linebackers Anthony Harrell and Tremayne McNair and defensive backs Jamal Golden, D.J. White and Demond Smith.

“We’re looking forward to giving those guys an opportunity and see what they can do,” he said.

3. On preparing for play-calling responsibilities: “You kind of do that in practice. The coaches, we meet as a staff and we talk about situations, what we want to do in these situations and we’ll go over that with Coach Johnson, so he’s on the same page with what we’re thinking and he has a lot of input on that. All the other coaches have a lot of input. I’m going to say it 100 times. This is a ‘we’ thing.”

4. Kelly will be in the coaches box during games.

5. Kelly on Boston College: “They have some up-tempo, hurry-up. First of all, I think offenses, you start with their quarterback and their offensive line. Offensive line’s big, they’re good, they protect the quarterback. The quarterback (Chase Rettig) does a great job. He does a really good job of buying time in the pocket. … He can move around. He finds windows.”

6. Kelly expects to see Boston College use some of the stacked wide receiver looks that Middle Tennessee State and Clemson used with effectiveness against Tech. In that formation, one receiver lines up at the line of scrimmage and another lines up a few yards behind him. The team has worked against it this week. He said problems with communication and recognition enabled the Blue Raiders and Tigers to hit plays from that look.

“Hopefully that time and that effort (practicing against it) will pay off,” he said.

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Wal-Mart Retards

October 18th, 2012
11:08 am

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
11:17 am

2nd! GOOOOO JACKETS THWGeorgie

Buddy Landel

October 18th, 2012
11:37 am

Thank you Ken for calling out GTJoe and his multiple screen names on your previous blog. What’s the latest on Julian Burnett? Is he still in school? I haven’t seen him on the sidelines this year.

GTfish

October 18th, 2012
11:51 am

Ken- Have you heard anything about Fred Holton? What kind of injury does he have? Do you think he will be able to play this season. I know a lot of people who are wanting to see the big hitter in action.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
12:19 pm

This is a word-for-word repeat of what I posted on that other blog, but 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

Ken Sugiura

October 18th, 2012
12:57 pm

Julian is still in school. If memory serves, he’s on track to graduate in May. He’s around the team some. I know he’s been on the sidelines for one or two games, at least.
GTFish – Paul Johnson said Holton’s injury is”a ligament or something.” (he is not always the most informative.) it’s not the lisfranc injury that kyle jackson had. it’s mystified and frustrated all involved. if his absence continues much longer – he’s not expected to play saturday – coaches are going to have to look at their options regarding a medical redshirt and getting a sixth year of eligibility.

Buddy Landel

October 18th, 2012
1:09 pm

Thanks for the info on Julian. Taught him in middle school. He’s a great kid.

Ken Sugiura

October 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

SS loves Obama – please use a different handle.
and, actually, Wal-Mart, please do the same. Retard is a pejorative and offensive to the mentally challenged. i’m sorry i didn’t make a point of asking you to change earlier.

Ken Sugiura

October 18th, 2012
1:12 pm

you’re welcome. i agree.

GT TN

October 18th, 2012
1:20 pm

Ken..has CPJ mentioned anything about changes on kickoff return team..seems like we arent getting much production from them

Jim 70

October 18th, 2012
1:22 pm

Any idea if GT is going to go hurry-up/no huddle on offense?

GT Fan

October 18th, 2012
1:25 pm

Here’s an idea … when BC shows the stacked WR look, how about puttin one of the WRs on his arse at the snap instead of lining up 9 yds off the LOS. That’ll surely slow down the play, and give the rush more time to apply QB pressure.

And to help the DBs, I hope Charles Kelly has found a way to remove the piano from #1, I.Johnson’s back. Dude is slooow.

ramblingbuzz

October 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

Like Coach Kelly’s emphasis on coaches’ teamwork and getting more guys involved on D. I still believe GT has as much defnsive talent as most (not all) ACC teams. Coaching can make the difference.

Ken….Did you get any insight on why CCK prefers the coaches box to the sideline? Is this just a personal preference type of thing for the DC?

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
1:26 pm

@ Ken……thanks, but since he cussed you out once for telling him to change his name, I doubt he will change it now because you have said so again. Regardless, thanks for addressing it.

fuzzybee78

October 18th, 2012
1:27 pm

Ken, thanks for the good work again!

There is on ongoing question of talent vs scheme on both sides of the ball but with the coaching change on D we should get a better read on the D side by year end, one game is not enough against a weak opponent.

Lets do our part and show up at BDS——-See you there!

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
1:30 pm

@ GT Fan….I agree about I Johnson. Not only is he slow, but he is never anywhere near potential receivers.

Ken Sugiura

October 18th, 2012
1:32 pm

GT TN – he didn’t say anything about returners, but he wasn’t asked, either. Orwin Smith has been up and down, certainly. Broderick Snoddy had a good return against MTSU but fumbled. Chris Milton, who slipped and fell at the 2 against Clemson, is probably Tech’s best special-teams player. We’ll see if he gets another chance. Jamal Golden and Tony Zenon have been back there, but haven’t had many chances.
Jim 70 – i doubt it. given that part of Tech’s strategy is ball control, I don’t see it happening.
ramblingbuzz – he didn’t say, but i’d think it’s because it affords him better perspective and space to be a little more organized. there’s pros and cons, but most coordinators call plays from the box.

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
1:33 pm

fuzzybee78…….if you get there early enough and don’t already have plans. Come by the parking lot at the corner of 2nd and W Ptree. Several of us bloggers will be there beginning around 12:30. Look for a man with an oriental wife and a young (31) guy in a wheelchair probably wearing a Falcons jersey. That guy will be with me, and the man and wife actually host the tailgating. We will be right up against the street (2nd Street) towards the W P’Tree end.

GT Fan

October 18th, 2012
2:01 pm

Supersize,

No need to be concerned with the SS Obama poster … I’m he or she has moved “FORWARD” with all the riff-raff, LOL.

Jacket Detective

October 18th, 2012
2:05 pm

I would not want to be BC.
I think we are going to be turned loose on defense.
Offense too.

Jacket Detective

October 18th, 2012
2:10 pm

About the size of the crowd.
I asked my Clemson fan cousin, who knows the Bible better than I do, who was the Israeli leader who narrowed down his troops by giving them tests.
It was Gideon.
That is what has happened to our fanbase.
Our fanbase won’t impress anyway with its numbers but it might with noise per fan.
We have been narrowed down to the rabid core.
Yell loud fellow rabid fans.

Jacket Detective

October 18th, 2012
2:11 pm

anyone instead of anyway.

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
2:21 pm

so, Super, your handle not really positive…..think of you as, “Supersize(my brain, that is)…Gideon had a better AD……..

BS Patrol

October 18th, 2012
2:27 pm

I have never singled out a player on this team but when I read I.Johnson was going to wear #40 my 1st thought was,’does Burnett approve?’

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
2:28 pm

juvenal @ 2:21 PM today is a name thief….I’m pretty sure since Supersize & I tailgate with him & his family….he does not strike me as 2 bit phony backstabber

Supersize that order, mutt

October 18th, 2012
2:45 pm

@ 1 4 GT……I wondered about that too. I was trying to see if there was any kind of positive spin I could put on that comment, but I haven’t come up with one

10per

October 18th, 2012
2:50 pm

It’s nice to hear we have a plan for the stacked receiver set. When I saw MTSU lining up that way it was obvious we had no idea what to do. Better late than never.

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
2:59 pm

golly, let’s see….the discussion is on derisive handles…..i just think saying your brain is super size is a nice reflection on you, without mentioning the opponent name, something fdr never did-for instance, i call it ahca, rhymes with kaka, avoiding the name in the handle you did not like…don’t be so seriuos….still, if you are upset, bring a cream pie saturday..

SS loves Obama

October 18th, 2012
3:07 pm

@Ken…out of respect for you I will change my handle. @Supersize…You know I have never “cussed” at Ken. There you go again with emotion and no facts.

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
3:14 pm

Then I apologize to juvenal for my mistaking him in my above retort to what I thought was a name thief. How about a coconut cream pie? Or some KK donuts?

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
3:18 pm

@1 4 GT….KK is the way to go!

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

@juvenal….1 4 has been a little cranky so please forgive him….lol!

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
3:23 pm

I think that the phony SS knows full well that his “new” handle is not what Ken was referring to. Be so kind as to not address yourself to me in the future!

1 4 GT and Supersize sleep butt to face

October 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

1 4 GT and Supersize need to get a room

Jacket Detective

October 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

Ken
I appreciate your trying to get folks to get along but you know as well as the rest of us, “Steve Smith” is just here to aggravate Tech fans.
If he doesn’t like some of our handles, he ought to come up with an original one knocking Tech.
What was a great example of karma was the dawg fans gloating on our blog right after the Clemson game and right before Spurrier outcoached and emnbarrassed them again.

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
3:51 pm

@1 4 GT….aside from the occasional emotional outburst, you are usually a pretty good blogger. Please try to keep it that way. Thanks.

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
3:52 pm

as long as it’s not shaving cream-doubt they taste good……..

Jacket Detective

October 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

How about it Ken?
The new handle ought to get him the boot.

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
3:53 pm

@Jacket Detective..You make some good points. Karma can be a b*$#!. Lol!

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
3:54 pm

What is wrong with my handle? Steve Smith is Barry’s Uncle shouldn’t offend anyone??

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
4:00 pm

SSiBU-same offer i made to joe previous site……….if you don’t go to games, folks who do don’t really care what you think, kinda like folks who gripe about the guvmint but don’t vote….

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
4:05 pm

@juvenal…I go to games so how does that concern me? BTW…you seem to be the most rational of the full time bloggers….now 1 4 GT im not so sure….Lol!!

MaconGTFan

October 18th, 2012
4:22 pm

Hopefully the d can start to right the ship this Saturday and carry it over to the remaining games. Glad to hear Golden is getting more playing time along with others. The d is just flat out gassed come the 4th quarter.

DOC 51

October 18th, 2012
4:23 pm

The whole secondary should be replaced except for J.Thomas.Of course part of the problem is no pressure from our DL.GT defense is lousy ,and I doubt if this coaching staff can fix the problems.

juvenal

October 18th, 2012
4:24 pm

then your opinion counts, “& thank you for your service”-set up in front of at&t on side street……..mainly just trying to get Ken’s insights, & he can ask CPJ questions without getting sneered at, & trying to keep it fun……..don’t know that many who know me feel i’m all that rational, tho’…

SS is Barry's Uncle

October 18th, 2012
4:33 pm

@juvenal….Lol.

1 4 GT

October 18th, 2012
4:54 pm

I don’t know that I really care to participate in a blog where phonies can show up one day and start out posting, at least IMHO, being personally offensive in their blog behavior to myself & others as well. And no I am not being thin skinned. Then when the moderator calls that person out on their blog behavior, all they get is toothless warnings. So maybe they do change their blog handle, but manages to do so in a still offensive manner. BFD!! If the moderator does not have the authority to ban someone, then who does. And BTW, the individual I am talking about “cussed out”, without actually “cussing”, the moderator, & said moderator seemingly ignored it. Words have meaning! Either your word means something or it does not mean anything. You take a stand or you stand for nothing. Which is it? I know what I would do. IN A HEARTBEAT TOO!!!!

GT Lee

October 18th, 2012
5:03 pm

juvenal. what’s cooking Sat? need me to bring any burgers/dogs for the grill? I am coming HUNGRY!!!!!

MaconGTFan

October 18th, 2012
5:05 pm

Good point 1 4 GT.

GT Lee

October 18th, 2012
5:06 pm

and for what it’s worth, I think the D will be VASTLY improved. Looking forward to seeing the Bostonians get a thumping, as will my friend Sam Adams.