Johnson: ‘We’ll see’ on starting QB for Maryland




Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson was non-committal whether Tevin Washington would remain as starting quarterback after Tech’s offense approached or reached new lows for ineffectiveness in a 41-17 loss to BYU on Saturday at Bobby Dodd Stadium.

Tech’s offense was limited to 157 yards and scored its only points on a drive after Washington was pulled amid a cascade of boos. The Yellow Jackets were 0-of-10 on third downs and outrushed by almost 70 yards. Washington finished 1-of-5 passing with an interception and rushed for 10 yards on five carries.

“We’ll see; we’ll look into it and see where we are at,” Johnson said of changing quarterbacks. Washington’s backup is Vad Lee, who led the Jackets to a field goal, the only points scored by the offense. Even that drive was aided by penalties against the Cougars.

The Jackets, who had averaged 37.7 points and almost 500 yards per game, could do little right. The Cougars’ defensive line dominated the Jackets’ offensive line, which played without injured tackle Will Jackson.

As a result, the Jackets were held without a rushing touchdown for the first time since losing to Miami in 2010. It was the first time since the loss to LSU in the 2008 Chick-fil-A Bowl that Tech didn’t score a touchdown on offense.

“They were filling the holes and were very aggressive,” A-back Orwin Smith said of the Cougars. “When Tevin would get the ball, they were there. When we would get to the outside, they were there.”

Johnson said the offense could never get into a rhythm in the first half. When they did, someone would miss a read or commit a penalty to stop any momentum. Because of the issues converting third downs, Tech had only nine drives and ran only 47 plays, 13 fewer than their previous low this season.

“Just self-inflicted would be the title of this game,” center Jay Finch said.

The Cougars came to town with one of the nation’s better defenses, limiting opponents to 276.9 yards and 14 points per game.

Johnson pulled Washington after his poor throw was intercepted and eventually turned into a touchdown. The score gave the Cougars a 31-14 lead with 3:43 left in the third quarter. The Yellow Jackets were 0-for-7 on third downs to that point and had less than 100 yards in offense.

As the offense’s struggles deepened, Lee said he began trying to score on every play, not every drive.

“We knew that coming in, that what they didn’t do was they didn’t give up any cheap plays,” Johnson said. “They make you earn it, and we weren’t good enough to earn it.”

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Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:14 pm

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:15 pm

Looks to me like CPJ is losing this team. I don’t think players react well to his demeanor – which is terrible on TV.

kissieo

October 27th, 2012
10:17 pm

CPJ should not be around to let anyone QB next week…

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:17 pm

And nothing has changed on defense. The players mostly look like their feet are stuck in wet cement, playing “read & react” football. Orwin talked about BYU players being very aggressive… while our LB Nealy gives the RB a 10 yard cusion & he takes a shovel pass 40 yards for TD. This team looks poorly coached and our gameplans are very predictable.

Diablo69

October 27th, 2012
10:19 pm

Wow, 2.3 million dollars doesn’t buy what it used to. This is the worst team I have seen since the 1-11 Bill Lewis led bunch. I really thought Johnson was better than this, but his team is making him look bad. Real bad.

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:20 pm

I watched ND coach Kelly give an intelligent, personable pre-game interview on TV tonight… anyone think that could happen with CPJ? Would you want your son going to play for a man who sounds like a pouty 4th-grader when giving interviews to the public?

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:22 pm

Looks like Stephon Tuitt, er his mom, made the right decision! Sorry to say…

TechApp fan

October 27th, 2012
10:24 pm

Johnson keeps talking about poor reads. Does he have a QB that can “read”? Perhaps he could make that read requirment less a requirment.

re demeanor…do you think the parents of the players just cringe when their kid makes any mistake?
Johnson makes sure mistakes are called out quickly…and in public.

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:25 pm

1. Run option/dive,
2. Run option/dive,
3. Line up under center and have a Div 3. caliber QB try to drop back, read the Defense & throw a duck – preferably not to a wide out.

Wash, rinse, repeat….

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:28 pm

- TechApp,

Yeah, my sympathies got out to the parents of those Tech players. I have no problem with a kid getting an earful, but he is *ALWAYS* acting like that on the sideline and I think the players have opted-out. If he wants to dish it out, then he also needs to whoop it up when they do well – which he never does.

Todd

October 27th, 2012
10:34 pm

::: Placeholder comment ripping Cheap Shot Artist as I fear my previous comment will get censored :::

Next year

October 27th, 2012
10:39 pm

Justin Thomas! One player can change everything!

GIVE ME A BREAK

October 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

If Vad doesn’t start the Duke game I’m sure CPJ is going to hear it from the fans. The stadium will have few fans anyway. If Washington starts the seats could empty real fast. Are you listening, DRad?

collegeballfan

October 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

If the OL cannot block the defense no offense on the planet will work. Until they change the rules football is still a game of blocking and tackling. GT does not do either one very well.

The OL loses Uzzi to graduation. Everyone else is back. Everyone else who could not block BYU. There is some new blood available: O’Reilly will be eligible for one. Everyone will be biger and stronger. Will that help? Dunno.

GT Joe

October 27th, 2012
10:46 pm

Justin Thomas? 169 pound Justin Thomas? Lol

1 4 GT

October 27th, 2012
11:06 pm

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

1 4 GT

October 27th, 2012
11:28 pm

Defense today…..there were some good plays made. Barnes had what I am calling his best game to date. He had his name called twice over PA early in the game. He had 2 blockers most every play. He actually collapsed the pocket twice today=his 1st & 2nd times. The defense….in spite of a few good plays, they could not get a stop when it was needed. The defense….basically stunk. For the 4th time in 5 games, they gave up more that 40 points. They seemed to play a bit better last week. They are much like the drunk cowboy…1 step forward…2 steps back. Overall, no aggression, no focus, no fire, no determination, no leadership, no motivation, no whatever. But, painful as it is, GT is still my horse if they never win another race. I can’t just quit & walk away like so many of you apparently can. NOPE!! Can’t do it!!

82 GT grad

October 27th, 2012
11:39 pm

On top of an offense that can’t score and a defense that can’t tackle, GT has a hard time kicking a field goal or even getting off a punt. This may be one of the worst football teams I’ve seen in my 53 years.

North Avenue Rules

October 27th, 2012
11:49 pm

CPJ is lazy. He refuses to put in time to learn and teach a better offense. Instead, he takes the easy way out and uses the same old plays over and over. Pathetic.

somebody

October 27th, 2012
11:53 pm

I think tech fans will be happy once Vad gets a start!

ibidGT

October 28th, 2012
12:31 am

I think anyone that continues to defend CPJ and TW needs a brain check. TW might be more experienced but that doesn’t translate at all on the football field.

He is always a second to slow with his reads, most of his pitches to the outside the A back has to literally dive for the ball, he can’t throw, he gets caught from behind by 300lb D linemen, he has no awareness within a pocket and continually gets sacked from his blind spot. Props to the kid but he isn’t cut out to play in this level of competition.

Lee honestly can’t that far behind in reading and executing the TO. Even if he is, his pure athletic prowess will surpass TW’s experience and knowledge of running the TO by miles by itself. O and he can actually throw!

I don’t think I need to start on CPJ, anyone that thinks its a good idea to never pass against a team that is ranked in the top 10 in stopping the run… do I even need to finish?

billyBobjacket

October 28th, 2012
12:44 am

“Just self-inflicted would be the title of this game,” center Jay Finch said…. I don’t think it is possible to “self-inflict” that kind of @$$-whipping!

lxUn1c0

October 28th, 2012
12:52 am

Ken, was Tevin at the press conference? Isn’t it unusual that Vad was? To me, it seems very telling that your quoteboard post had Vad and no Tevin. Combine that with this post, and I see a coach ready to move on.

I just hope he and the players don’t give up on getting to a bowl game. I honestly think we can beat Maryland, UNC, and Duke.

ibidGT

October 28th, 2012
12:57 am

I’m ready to move on from CPJ, been ready for a while now. Anything done by CPJ is too little and waaaaaaaaaaaay late.

Silly Mutts

October 28th, 2012
1:02 am

@14 I am just plain pissed at being lied to as a fan! What the hell was that today? Every area of the game was incredibly bad! Where is the progress we were promised?

WnE

October 28th, 2012
4:28 am

re:
collegeballfan
October 27th, 2012
10:45 pm

If the OL cannot block the defense no offense on the planet will work. Until they change the rules football is still a game of blocking and tackling. GT does not do either one very well.

The OL loses Uzzi to graduation. Everyone else is back. Everyone else who could not block BYU. There is some new blood available: O’Reilly will be eligible for one. Everyone will be biger and stronger. Will that help? Dunno.
____________

O’reilly couldn’t sniff the depth chart for an Aubie team that is 1-7 this season and has imploded, do you really think he’s going to provide some relief next season?

We lose Uzzi, our best OL, we lose Orwin Smith our best A-back , we lose Cross, our best DL, and we lose a guy in the 2ndary that has made 30+ Career Starts (Sweeting), and the way that CPJ has Recruited, I’m not sure the young back-ups moving into playing roles next yr. will be better.

Also, whether or not you like TW, he has gotten better each yr. and does have a lot of game experience, so it is not a done deal that our QBs will be better.

Basically we’re looking at a 6-6 or 5-7 team next season even if Vad Lee is better than TW by a small amount, there is no guarantee that he is better than TW by a “large margin” that would guarantee that GT is a 9-3 type of team.

Due to CPJ’s crappy Recruiting we are a very flawed FB Program in many areas.

BBQ MAN

October 28th, 2012
4:56 am

Hate that many UGA fans are right about our program! Time for an overhaul AGAIN. sick of this

What is going on??

October 28th, 2012
5:24 am

Paul Johnson is a offensive genius. Unfortunately for the Tech Mites he is a offensive genius at the Jr. high level .

GT71

October 28th, 2012
6:07 am

The REAL question should be, ‘who is going to be the head coach against the Terps’. Many have said it for 4 years, but PJ isn’t a good HC. Granted, he has an offense that can, if applied about 2/3 of the time can gain yards and score points, but if ANYTHING goes wrong, his offense is in BIG trouble. Given he’s dealing with 19-22yr-olds, that doesn’t happen often enough. If we get behind, it’s over.
He can’t recruit top talent, he can’t recruit ANY talent in the special teams area and his idea of defnse is to run his offense.
In short, Techs’ little experiment in a weirdo offense/coach should come to an end..analogous to America’s little experiment with socialism which had better come to an end in 2 weeks. There are parallels here, but I’m not expecting Radical-vich to oust the guy. In fact, ‘D-Rad’ is part of the problem…football, basketball, baseball (even golf) have declined with him as AD.
Clean house!

GT71

October 28th, 2012
6:14 am

One more thing.
EMPTY SEATS.
For every game. For Home Coming! The location is awful and parking a nightmare unless you pay the extortion to park in Peter’s Park (what a bad pun that has turned out to be). We can’t change the parking/access problem too much, but putting an entertaining and SUCCESSFUL product on the field would be a step forward.

TVFan

October 28th, 2012
6:50 am

Tech has more problems than just quarterback. These are the players Johnson has recruited. I wonder if losing one of the offensive line coaches last year has hurt more than we thought it would. Johnson also brought in two guys from NAVY as coaches. Maybe the wrong guy was let go three weeks ago.

Carlos

October 28th, 2012
6:52 am

BYU was just better than us. Going forward, please replace first word with current opponent so I dont have to type anymore

papadawg

October 28th, 2012
7:01 am

Your beloved coach did great the first couple of seasons with the other guys players but now that he’s has his own recruits you see what happens.

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

October 28th, 2012
7:15 am

Everything Tech 14 said is right on target. As bad as I feel saying it, Tech’s players are just not 1. motivated nor man enough or mean enough nor good enough to beat a quality team. And make no mistake BYU is a top level team with losses that could all have been wins. They are as good as any team that Tech will play this year including the UGLY DAWGS. If Florida had a QB with any ability and nerve they would have won yesterday-his showing was even more pitiful than the Jackets two QB’s. Tevin plays as hard and as capably as he can, but just not enough–much too slow and no quickness. From what I have seen from Vad lee-I am not getting my hopes up that he is any better. The future looks bleak. We just don’t have the players and that is all you can say about it. While I am pulling for Tech all the way, I just don’t see them winning anymore games this year-maybe Duke and the terps. I have been on the Tech bandwagon for many years but they are fast becoming not so consequential in my life.

bob

October 28th, 2012
7:17 am

Times have changed. CPJ hasn’t. It’s a passing game now. CPJ is stuck in the past. Defense needs to be more aggressive. Current system is pathetic.

GThoschton

October 28th, 2012
7:20 am

Bottom line we got out butts kicked in every phase of the game by a team that is 5-4–our defense leaves a lot to be desired they are poor tacklers and are not very physical—and either a kids is or he isnt in that department—we missed a lot of blocks yesterday that is effort— we need better players not doubt and I have not heard squat on recruiting in a while—the qb issue —there are bigger issues involved than just replecing a qb this is not the pros this is college where a coach is trying to build/maintain a program—I am as disappointed as everyone else with CPJ—is it time for a change–no I dont think so—but the seat is a lot hotter and CPJ is not stupid he understands that—DRAD–is doing great things at Tech–we are improving our facilities so we can recruit better in all sports.

Thebeesnee's

October 28th, 2012
7:24 am

Everyone saying PJ should get fired needs to settle down. I understand being upset, but if we fire him we are really screwed. We have undersized linemen, two star receivers, no tight ends, and a terrible defense. We are in trouble if we try and switch up an offensive system right now.

tired from all the frustrations of being a yellow jacket

October 28th, 2012
7:36 am

And frankly as far as continuiing the bowl streak, it would not bother me if they don’t go. I have been to every bowl game tech has been to in this current streak and frankly am sick and tired of seeing the lot of them either thinking they were/are too good to be playing in Shreveport or Boise , or would you believe San francisco-one of the most beautiful cities in the world-getting our asses handed to us by the likes of the AF Academy, Utah-twice, Fresno State twice etc. let these prima donnas sit home and watch teams who give it their all such as the AF Academy did in Shreveport a couple of years ago.

I always stay in the hotel that the team does and am amazed at the lack of camraderie on the teams. Getting on elevators, or in the lobbies, you never see any of them speaking or having a good time with t the other players. All walking around with ear pieces on or with family. They just don’t seem to be ready for the game to me.They all seem to be in some type funk or mysery. the dissension is palatable, believe me. Now it may well be that the coaches have lost these players, but that is no damn excuse for me. I put the onus on their pathetic efforts. they are laying down-maybe to influence the fans to keep harping about how bad a coach CPJ is. I believe he is a good coach but has a bunch of whiners and losers who actually believe they are better than they are. There cannot possibly be the level of difference in ability as we saw yesterday. Sad time for everybody.

Techman

October 28th, 2012
7:38 am

Thebeesnee’s – No time better than now because it will only get worse. As it stands now, CPJ has already set the program back 3-4 years in recruiting. That’s the problem with hiring a guy that is so one dimensional…

GT will NEVER get the players that UGA gets but as long as CPJ is coach, he won’t even get CLOSE.

GT79

October 28th, 2012
7:40 am

I am very disappointed in the season like all Tech fans and it does seem if some of the shine is off Coach Johnson after a very fast start here at GT, but I do think he deserves another year to right the ship and recruit some players. He has proved with talented players, his system can work and produce enough wins to to hang around here and win in Athens, but with the current players we have – he can’t and he has nobody to blame but himself for his recruiting. Hopefully, we will not throw in the towel and at least compete the rest of the year and regroup for next season. But if we have another year like this one in 2013, then I think we will be in the market for a new coach. I think back to all the problems UGa had when Dooley left going through Goff and Donnan in pretty short order and then Mark Richt came in and they have been fine for years now. We need the same quality of coach here and we will be fine as well. Coach Johnson may be that guy if he can get this turned around, but the fans won’t wait forever and the Athletic Director and Coach know that. Good luck the rest of the year and Go Jackets!

William Casey

October 28th, 2012
7:56 am

I will remain the loyal GT fan that I’ve been since 1960 just as I did during the awful 1980 and 1994 seasons. WnE’s analysis @4:28 is accurate for the immediate future. The problem with this team right now is “every little thing.” At the moment, there is no aspect of the game that could be called a “team strength.” BYU exposed the fact that our rushing offense is not as good as the statistics had indicated. BYU is a solid, good, well-coached team. No disgrace losing to them. It is disheartening to be whipped as soundly as the Jackets were.

While I agree with TVFan that “Tech has more problems than just quarterback,” it is obvious that GEORGIA TECH WILL NEVER BEAT A GOOD TEAM with Tevin Washington at QB. The team knows this as well. It’s difficult for a coach to “give up” on a great kid who has worked hard and mastered his job to the best of his ability. But, it’s time to start and play Vad Lee and find out if he has what it takes to be the next Joe Hamilton. Every down TW plays is a “wasted down” as far as the future of the program is concerned.

Bad in Every Way

October 28th, 2012
7:57 am

Literally one of the worst games I have ever seen. We were BAD in every facet of the game. We simply don’t have Div 1 players. Both the O and D line are terrible. The BYU running backs weren’t touched until they were 4 yards past the line. Our offense didn’t cross the 50 until the 1 and only drive by Vad Lee.

There is simply nothing good to say about the state of GT football. NOTHING!

Fair n Balanced

October 28th, 2012
8:00 am

This all sounds bad. Kinda sad really.

13 fans

October 28th, 2012
8:09 am

Tech is bad, everything is going the wrong way. Tech is in big trouble if they let CPJ go who will they get to coach this bunch of players that he’s brought in to the program. This team has no true QB that can play at a major college level. This is the worst I’ve seen Tech play in 30 years, those uniforms look
like something you would wear bowling. No pride in the way they play or the way they look. What is going on at Georgia Tech!!!

mountain_jim

October 28th, 2012
8:11 am

This GT alumn hopes this stinker on homecoming hastens Johnson’s departure.

I did not like him much even during his good years (with Chan’s recruits) but his system, recruiting woes, and his personality flaws have been exposed for all to see by now.

AtlantaDude

October 28th, 2012
8:13 am

I miss Chan Gailey. Seriously. He had some great teams that could play with anyone in the country. Sure he would lose to Duke now and then, but I’d take that in a heartbeat over this disaster of a program.

13 fans

October 28th, 2012
8:14 am

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Scrod

October 28th, 2012
8:39 am

Time to bench Johnson and get a real coach.

North Avenue Rules

October 28th, 2012
8:43 am

Question to everyone: What do you suppose would be the records of these teams if our entire team of players had signed with Oregon and Oregon’s entire team of players had signed with GT? Do you think CPJ would have the same level of success AND do you think Chip Kelly would be as successful?

My point is that CPJ has got to make some offensive strategic playbook changes to get up with the times. It’s not our players, it’s the playbook!

it is what it is

October 28th, 2012
8:52 am

doesn’t matter who gets the QB start, I hardly saw the GT offense on the field yesterday anyway and do not expect to see them on the field against Maryland either. Right now, they cannot beat Duke. In 2010, the only reason they did was because Mario Butler intercepted the ball and ran it back for a TD