Georgia Tech quoteboard

“Well, we pretty much got our tails whipped. It was disappointing. We got whipped in all three phases of the game.”

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson

“I don’t think so, but I’ve never had our guys think that, unless they hide it very well. I don’t think our guys have a lack of belief in their talents.”

Johnson on if the players are lacking confidence

“It was a funny game; we never got any rhythm going at all. In the first half, we missed a block on the first series on third down. On the second one, we got a chop block on pass protection and ended up giving that one away. On the third one we missed a field goal. We never got any rhythm.”

Johnson on the offense’s struggles

“When they are 9-of-16 and we are 0-of-10, you aren’t going to win too many football games.”

Johnson on the difference in third-down efficiencies of the two teams

“I’m sure it is in yardage and all that stuff. I think it was a combination of not getting anything going, and when you don’t convert on third down you can’t stay on the field.”

Johnson on if this was the worst performance by his offense

“The kicking game was a killer from the blocked punt to the line-drive kickoffs that they would return to the 50 every time, which puts the defense in bad positions.”

Johnson on the poor play by the special teams

“It was obvious we have to get a lot better. We have to clean up a lot of things. They were a good defense. When I did get in, I tried to take advantage of my opportunity. I tried to give positive energy.”

Tech quarterback Vad Lee

“I know when I got in I was trying to score on every play, not every drive, but every play.”

Lee on if the offense was feeling any pressure

“Just self-inflicted would be the title of this game, at least to me. We shot ourselves in the foot repeatedly.”

Tech center Jay Finch

“The return was designed to go right. I caught it on the 3 and glanced at the left side of the return, and they were closing pretty hard. I stuck my foot in the ground and ran around them.”

Tech’s Jamal Golden on his 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the first for the Yellow Jackets since Dez White had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Maryland on Oct. 31, 1998.

“We worked overtime because of the 200-plus yards rushing and 500 total yards and 37 points a game. Georgia Tech has had our respect in terms of how well they move the ball. I give our players credit for the extra time and energy they spent to really be assignment-sound, and our assistant coaches, and they really performed well. I’m not sure I’ve ever been more proud of a defensive group.”

BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall

34 comments Add your comment

BYU Didn't Beat Anybody Today

October 27th, 2012
10:32 pm

Bronco,

Don’t be to proud of your win today. Your team did not beat anybody. Tech stinks and is an embarrassment to this great State.

Casper

October 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 27th, 2012
10:36 pm

CPJ was out coached again today. Washington should not have played after the half. Vad will probably start from here on out. Not sure what is wrong with the D. Seemed out of place and confused.

What Do Bill Curry and Paul Johnson Have in Common?

October 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Both Curry and Johnson are:
1. Total frauds
2. Affliated with losing programs in Atlanta
3. Talk a big game but cannot deliver results
4. Cannot recruit
5. Are not having fun on the Flats
6. Have inflated egos
7. Should be fired
8. Coaches for a small, disloyal fanbase
9. Losers

collegeballfan

October 27th, 2012
10:52 pm

“Not sure what is wrong with the D.”

My opinion is that the defense simply cannot tackle very well. And if one does not tackle nothing else really matters.

1 4 GT

October 27th, 2012
11:08 pm

GT Joe….please see my post on Updated: Tech Drilled blog page 5, 27 October 11:02 PM

GT man

October 27th, 2012
11:12 pm

Until GT gets a coach that can recruit 4 and 5 star players we wil be in the bottom of the ACC from now on. Kids cant tackle, defend or stop runners, hate to play Georgia now, hopefully we can hold them to 50. PJ beat UGA with Gaileys players, now these are his and they are embarrasing GT. No bowl this season and probably the next 3 til a coach comes in and can recruit players that want to win.

ibidGT

October 28th, 2012
12:36 am

@ GT man

Disagreed, even with this talent level we shouldn’t be getting whipped by a sub par BYU team. It all comes back to the genius CPJ.

Running up the middle over and over against a top 10 rushing defense? Did the man ever hear of a pass?

These players might not be great by any standards, but provided with a coach that can coach they should not be losing to MTSU and getting blown out by teams such as BYU.

WRECKED-Still a JACKET

October 28th, 2012
1:42 am

A Beat Down! AHHhhh, C’mon Man!

4 Jacks

October 28th, 2012
1:48 am

Sure do hate what is happening at the flats. First time inside Grant Field was 1959 and except for the early Curry years, and you know who years, I have not ever seen such a poorly coached team for the gold and white, oh excuse me that is Navy Blue and white. Hey coach yeah you… the offensive genius, your defenses, and all phases of special teams have sucked for your total time here. The last 3 years your “offense” has vanished against anyone any good in the 4th quarter and you can’t beat or haven`t beat anyone of note save last years Clemson game and we know how Clemson played out the year. So Mr. CPJ it is on you “coach”. you hire the staff you recruit the kids and you coach them ( I think?) and we keep getting worse hot shot…so what you gonna due, keep playing the same ole kids that you recruited, quess you gotknow choice huh. Remember the next time you blow off repoters or act like a smart azz, that so far coach you haven’t won anything so far since they took your title away for cheating and not cooperating…in the corporate world we call this kissing azz. and sometimes just a little can go along way. Coach your team is poorly coached and my beleif in you as a coach only, as I am sure you are a fine man, but as a coach I really don’t beleive in you anymore and that is sad as I am 60 years old and was really hoping that you would be the “one” for GT and all her fans that have suffered through some frustrating seasons. Well good luck to you, because I sure feel that you will need it, I will be cheering for you and the boys.

GTJACKET

October 28th, 2012
6:12 am

I am so disappointed. I thought that we would be able to move the ball. I still don’t understand why our punter was lining up just 11 yards behind the line of scrimmage when everyone else in football lines up 15 yards deep. I predicted the block right before it happened, just because of that. We were whipped in all aspects of the game. I hope the players can turn it around quickly

Freddie Blassie

October 28th, 2012
8:21 am

Don’t use Curry and Paul Johnson in the same sentence. Johnson is a good coach and he did not forget how to coach yesterday. Washington threw the interception and went to the bench to pout. The team would do something good and then screw up royally.
I would find out who wants to play on Monday and put them on the field: it is better to have lesser players who bust their _sses than the starters I saw yesterday. No tackling, no guts, no fire. Hard to watch.
The introduction of the starting lineups on the big screen before games with all the mugging for the camera by guys who go out and play like sissies makes me want to puke. The marketing parasites at the athletic association who come up with all this roving camera garbage showing people trying to show their _sses while the team is getting their’s kicked on the field should be fired. The games have not been worth watching but the efforts to fill every second with the promotions of pizzas and weenies are pathetic.
You players who are dogging it need to take a seat on the pines and let someone who will go hard every play get on the field.

Scrod

October 28th, 2012
8:33 am

Johnson has to go, or the fan base will.

Jerry

October 28th, 2012
9:13 am

Well the reaction is very predictable. Our fan base sometimes performs as poorly as our team and of course our detractors are always there to rub salt into the wounds. It just comes down to this. This team is not very good. They lack the leadership and moxie to be competitive at the upper level of the performance scale. This happens to some teams. I’m sure the players and coaches are even more disappointed since they do all the work and have their personal pride invested in the result which is not meeting their hopes and dreams.

The fact is we have to go play again next week and we can either fold the tent or keep fighting to get better. I think our guys have the character to continue to fight. I’m not sure they have the chemistry to find many more wins this season. If we can learn and build for next year over the balance of this season then there is value in the remaining games for everyone involved in Georgia Tech football, even the fans. Our detractors will never see the good so their opinions are predictable and carry no weight with anyone that is a genuine supporter of Georgia Tech football.

Coach Johnson is here for at least two more years and has a chance to right the ship over that time. If he proves incapable of doing that during that time, he will be replaced and we will begin anew building the program back to a competitive level. So criticize as much as you want but keep in mind if you care about Georgia Tech football you need to stay with the coaches and players through this and support them the best you can. If you can’t do that you need to find something else to do for your entertainment. Life is too short to be miserable over something that is meant for your entertainment.

Go Jackets!

Charleston Jim

October 28th, 2012
9:35 am

Well said, Freddie. We fans are disappointed, but so are the players, we need to support them. That doesn’t mean cheering for poor play but it does mean encourage rather than attack. Coaches need to find the hungriest players during next week’s practice and put them on the field next Saturday. Give them a chance and support them when they aren’t quite perfect, who is? Our future success depends on how we act when things don’t go our way, and I don’t believe whining and complaining bodes well for the future. We can debate the best coaching moves after the season, right now we need to suppprt our team in their prep for next Saturday. I don’t like this season’s results to date either, but what are the choices…become a Dawg fan….I don’t think so! I have been, am and will aways be a GT fan/alum. The only contribution I can make to the team is to support and encourage them, and I plan to do just that. I prefer to have them remember Tech fans as a source of support/strength, not their adversaries. If each of the “experts” on these blogs were such great coaches, they would be working on the sidelines on Saturday, not complaining from their comfy chairs. I think it’s time we acted like real Tech fans and support the team, I hope the real Tech fans on here will do the same thing. If you don’t, that’s your loss.

Psychranger

October 28th, 2012
9:49 am

You can look at a variety of reasons why Tech was beaten by BYU, but the way that they were mishandled screams out 2 things. First of all, the recruiting has been a dismal failure. While I’m sure the players are fine young men, the talent level is poor at almost every position. We are now seeing Paul Johnson’s recruits a cross the board, not the players he inherited that led the team to success. Secondly, the effort demonstrated by the players is suggestive of players quitting on Paul Johnson.

uafuneman

October 28th, 2012
9:58 am

It looked to me as if the BYU players were faster, stronger, and wanted it more than the Tech players. So somebody tell me where the blame should be for the coach’s recruits that are too small, too slow, too weak and have less heart than the other teams they play.

uafuneman

October 28th, 2012
10:03 am

sorry pj, but I didn’t see one fn thing funny about that performance yesterday. You always talk after a loss about how we missed this one block, and had this one penalty and this one whatever. Guess what pj, every freaking team has those during a game because no team is freakin perfect. If your telling this fan base the only way you can win is if your team plays perfect every Saturday then your not worth having cause your job is to coach these KIDS up and over come mistakes during the game.

mansup

October 28th, 2012
10:08 am

I agree Psychranger. I have seen some poor Jacket teams over the years, but this one is different. In the past, one could point to various reasons for poor play. In the case of this version of the Jackets, they just appear to be short on talent at every position, and against every level of opponent they play. People can say that Johnson needs to be dismissed , and I do not necessarily disagree. But the damage is done now. And, the climb back to competitiveness will be a long, long journey.

Take The Wheel

October 28th, 2012
11:22 am

The problem here is not as much lack of talent as it is either physical fitness and/or mental disconnect. This is almost the same bunch that started 6-0 last season. They have enough talent to compete… at least better than they did yesterday. I dont think they are entirely healthy. I’ll just leave it at that…

The fans may have officially succeeded at breaking TW’s spirit. He may be done. I can only imagine being literally boo’d at your own homecoming game. Losing or not thats sacrilege. We’re talking about a young man who has sacrificed his body in good effort all year for the good of the team…
Be assured this mentally tanked everyone on the team maybe except Lee.

I say its time for Vad. Thats right – Im flipping positions! GT fans deserve it and its about time for Vad to be on the end of some of these losses. He may as well be introduced to life of a GT player.

faultline

October 28th, 2012
11:47 am

Hey Middle Tennessee is for real. They walloped Texas by 17 ! Wait, that’s Texas of the north. Never mind .

Remember Chan

October 28th, 2012
12:37 pm

We now see repeated comments about PJ’s recruiting and that his only good seasons came with Chan Gailey’s recruits. Do you all remember that we ran Chan off? The website “Fire Chan Gailey” still looms clearly in my mind. Of course now we have firepauljohnson.blogspot.com/ and probably others. Why would anyone want to coach at Georgia Tech? A thankless job. We should just be patient for the day when all of football will be of the “flag” variety so that there are no more concussions and we don’t have to tackle. The triple option might just work.

pissed fan

October 28th, 2012
1:11 pm

Paul Hewett has returned to coach Football..Damn can’t Drads ever get anything right?

Bill from Dacusville

October 28th, 2012
1:42 pm

Pitiful Paul is not at fault–He can’t recruit (not his fault–the Navy did it for him)–The players are not old enough to remember when the “wish-bone {aka triple option} was the “in” offense and defenses were slow to catch up–Not Paul’s fault—Nothing is his fault–somebody else made a mistake—-Fire the man, and hire “Joker” Phillips (he’ll be available 15 minutes after the last game) or better yet, get us a Dooley who will also be available 15 minutes after the season is over–

Smilnjac

October 28th, 2012
1:43 pm

This offense will not be effective without a legitimate pass threat. We do not have the personnel to play the 3-4 defense our coaches must modify their “system” to fit the available talent.
To all you who booed TW , shame on you. He is a college kid doing the best he can. What of it was your son ?? Would you be booing then ??

PLAYMAKER

October 28th, 2012
1:53 pm

Question for you; Is it more important for CPJ that the TO can work and win in Bigtime College football or is it more important for CPJ to make GT a great National program?? I hope I’m wrong but I think it is more important for CPJ to prove his TO can work! That would explain why he hasn’t went outand got a GREAT Staff. Has put all that pressure on TW (you know we should stop battering TW. It is not his fault that CPJ won’t hire a passing Coach to help QB’s, it is not TW fault that CPJ didn’t give Days some snaps last year so he could be more prepared. It is not TW’s fault that recruiting is D-2 level.} In fact I wonder if CPJ cares whether he is let go or not. He still will be paid 10 million dollars, as stubborn and arrogant as he is it probably won’t bother him one bit! PLEASE CPJ I know you are a GREAT COACH but you are going to have to change some ways you do some things. You are going to stop dismissing recruitng experts and redo the whole program. Please CPJ, you are going to get your money anyway but please don’t let GT keep sinking like this!

4 Jacks

October 28th, 2012
2:43 pm

You should never boo the student athelete, but there is nothing wrong in booing a man who makes way over 2 million a year and is to effing stubborn to make the change. Face it after middle Tenn State there was really nothing left to play for, because this bunch wuld not beat ugag in 100 years. So why not make Vad or somebody else the starter so I dont have to hear next year “well we are young at the position”. If I here that excuse I will puke. Play someone else Mr. genious coach so that they might be ready for next year instead of playing someone that wont be here next year.

DOC 51

October 28th, 2012
3:11 pm

Where are the senior leaders on this team?They are the ones who usually rally the troops.The only leaders on this team the last 2 yrs. are Julian B. & R.JONES.The coaching staff is below average.There is no heart in that locker room.

uafuneman

October 28th, 2012
6:00 pm

This is for Mr. Dan R. I’m no longer interested in Tech football anymore after 47 years. When the folks over their get serious about football I’ll be back. Until then see ya.

lefty

October 28th, 2012
6:01 pm

Bill Curry and CPJ do belong in the same sentence as both won a conference title with another’s top notch recruits. However, neither could win or sustain a program with their own. Curry is a far classier and likeable person and was a much better athlete himself.

To thos of you who shame fans for booing. Wake up. We pay good money we have the right to boo for underperformance. Tevin played his worst game and s/b ashamed of his effort. However, in fairness to the fans, what makes you think the boos were aimed directly or only at Tevin. I booe’d CPJ’s decision to leave him in for the worst game of his career when Lee had shown signfiicant progress against BC.

CPJ’s ego is his worst enemy. He is so desperate to show his TO will succeed, he doesn’t care about top notch recruits and likes undersized lineman. That won’t succeed in BCS level football. Also, his refusal to mix things up and adapt even slightly prevents being able to atttract top notch recruite anyway.

If you want a niche/gimmick style offense, you need a coach who promotes the spread to attract better caliber WR’s and QB’s as that is more closeer to the new NFL pass-oriented first game. I think this could succeed at GT and allow winning 8 and (on occassion) 9 games. Given the academic constraints, we should not demand national championships, but the ability to compete each week is all we ask. They need to win the games they should, win their share vs. simiarly capable opponents and occassionally upset stronger foes, like UGA (at least once every 4 years?).

I believe the team is quitting on CPJ and very split over Tevin vs. Lee and the chemistry is simply gone.

Stinger 1

October 28th, 2012
7:57 pm

At this point, I don`t believe it matters who plays QB. There are so many other problems with this team that are more serious. The argument that Vad need to play to get experience in a season that is already lost is the only reason I see to let him do so.
The core problems are pitiful defense and special teams. Unless these improve drastically and soon, there may not be anymore wins this year.

ahsoisee

October 29th, 2012
11:22 am

There is nothing wrong with the caliber of players we have at Tech. Those who blame it on the caliber of players do not understand the philosophy of teams and coaching. Has Nick Saban always had the best players in college football at every place he coached. The answer is a resounding NO! He wins and then the players start coming to his programs because they want to play for a winner.

The secret is all in coaching. A good coach can win with all three star players. He can beat you with his players or beat his players with your players. When he is considered a great coach and wins consistently, then the best players start heading to his team. Most players want to play on a winning team.

Do all of the really good teams in America out recruit GT? Absolutely not! There are many teams right now playing much better than Tech with a lot less talent than Tech. Do we get worse recruits than Middle Tennessee State? That is a laugher, of course we get better players than MTSU! How bad did they beat us? It was because they had better players than us! If you believe this, then you are an Ostrich with your head in the sand.

A child could watch the games and tell you that our defensive backs play off the receivers way too far. On third and long, we generally have a rush on the passer. The passer knows he has to get rid of the ball in a hurry. The defensive coaches should know that the receivers are looking only for the 4-8 yards needed for a first down and maintain controll of the ball and clock.

Any person with the least bit of brains should know that the DB should be in between the passer and the receiver and playing the receiver very tightly. Then the QB has to change his plans and find longer pass routes. Guess what, he gets caught by the rushers because he does not have enough time. If we play behind the receivers, the QB needs no time to dump a small pass for 4-8 yards for a first down. Our coaches are completely inept at solving this simple problem.

Also, our defensive players are not being taught to attack a runner rather than waiting for him to come to them. If you attack a runner, he must then change his plan or route he runs. Other defensive players then have a better chance of getting to him. Our defensive players are waiting for the runner to come to them which means the runner has the advantage of picking his route on the run.

On the first BYU touchdown Saturday, the back ran to the right with a blocker in front of him. The DB gave way to the blocker without even challenging him. It was complete passive play with not attacking in his desire to get to the ball carrier. He should used all his strength and energy to explode on the blocker and force the blocker into the ball carrier. It appeared this could have easily been carried out thus forcing the ball carrier out of bounds.

There are way to many passive defensive plays instead of an attack attifude.

Also, when coaches play certain players that all the other players know are better players, then most of the players will stop trying. They have a “what is the use” attitude, becasue they read the handwriting on the wall and understand the lesser talented player will eventually self destruct.

I believe many on the team do not like the fact that PJ continues to play Washiington when the other QB is more talented. Washington has a tendency to try and pad his statistics as opposed to playing a team oriented game where all the offensive players shares in the glory. The opposing defense also understands this and places their focus on Washington.

I really don’t think the team is unified behind PJ because of his stubborness. I think PJ has lost this team and will not get it back.

The Dulous, '70

October 29th, 2012
2:52 pm

Been telling you guys for three years, CPJ’s poor recruitting going to kill ths program. We are down and out, and no chance of coming back for years! Sorry, but it is what it is.
Let’s hope our debate team is good this year…………

SJ Bobkins

October 30th, 2012
11:45 pm

I think most of you aren’t giving BYU any credit instead bashing the Techies as if they got beat by the Little Sisters of the Helpless. I don’t think anybody in the top 10 excepting Bama thinks that BYU would be an easy win. They gave up 17 to Notre Dame at home leading 14-10 going into the 4th Quarter and we saw Norre Dame hand 30 on Oklahoma at Norman. The record coming in was 4-4, with awful losses by a total of 7 points, to Boise St when they went for the 2 pt conversion to win rather than 1 to tie, a stupid coaches mistake, they missed field goals at Utah and ND that would have tied, along with not seeing a wide open receiver who would have scored and won the ND game had the BYU QB been even average. They weren’t outmanned by anyone, maybe out coached but not outplayed.