5 bogus reasons Georgia Tech will flop in 2009

I wouldn't put too much stock in one bowl loss, were I you. (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

I wouldn't read too much into one bowl loss, were I you. Just sayin'. (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

1. Opponents have caught up to Paul Johnson’s offense. Were that the case, wouldn’t Georgia Tech have struggled later in 2008 as more tape of the Jackets became available? Yet in their final two regular-season games against opponents of comparable if not superior talent (Miami and Georgia), they rushed for an aggregate 877 yards and scored 86 points.

2. LSU showed everyone else how to defend Johnson’s offense. What the Chick-fil-A Bowl showed was that if, in the course of one half, you boot the opening kickoff out of bounds and fail on an onside kick and whiff on a fake punt … well, you’re in trouble against a good team. The Jackets lost 38-3 but were only outgained by 10 yards.

3. The defense lost too many players. The D is missing four starters — defensive linemen Michael Johnson, Vance Walker and Darryl Richard, plus cornerback Jahi Word-Daniels. And technically (ha! pun!), Rashaad Reid, who’s back, started more games last season than did Word-Daniels. And the best of the defensive linemen, end Derrick Morgan, returns in all his glory.

4. Tech can’t throw and catch to save its life. There aren’t 10 better receivers in the land than Damaryius Thomas, known as Bay-Bay. He took in 39 of the Jackets’ 74 completions last season and had nine catches of 20-plus yards. He can get downfield, and he can go get the ball.

5. The rest of the ACC will be ready this time. In Johnson’s second season as head coach at Georgia Southern, his Eagles played nine teams they’d met in his first season. They were 8-1 against those nine in Year 1; they were 9-0 in Year 2. In his second season at Navy, his Midshipmen faced five teams against which they’d gone 1-4 in Year 1; they went 4-1 in Year 2.

(OK, Tech fans. That’s the good news. The bad news comes with our companion list: 5 legit reasons Georgia Tech could disappoint in 2009. Finally, defensive end Derrick Morgan tells us why the Jackets are the real deal.)

126 comments Add your comment

Cuttysark

August 26th, 2009
3:59 am

With all of the pundits trying to explain why this offense will never work in the BCS, look at the success Paul Johnson had considering that the offensive line was unable to figure out the blocking schemes the entire year. Can’t wait to get started this season. Looking for a great season in year # 2 now that the team has a better grasp of the system on both sides of the ball..

Go to isportsweb.com for more Georgia Tech Football articles. Go Jackets!

honest_abe

August 26th, 2009
5:01 am

brad, i must say you are one of the best when it comes to predicting things wrong. but this…. THIS. is the best one of them all!

those “bogus” questions seem to be alot more legit than the answers.

Herschel Talker

August 26th, 2009
6:16 am

Here are 5 more reasons:

1. I like men
2. Saint Simons likes men
3. yellowfuzz likes men
4. Pi$$onaDawg likes men
5. Cuttysark likes men

Hedgepruner

August 26th, 2009
6:26 am

I will be so glad when the season starts and we can all just sit back and watch what Paul Johnson does with this team in year # 2, I believe we are still a year away from being a NC “BCS” contender, we only return 6 seniors this season but next year we will be loaded with Jr & Sr players , so lets get behind this team and go to the games Tech fans !

GT4Ever

August 26th, 2009
6:47 am

Totally agree with you Cuttysark. Every guy on GT’s offense said it took them about 10 to 11 games to get comfortable. The last two games were a real gage on where this offense is going. Year two will be better. PJ hasn’t coach for what 30 years or so for nothing. Didn’t the nasayers predict the spread wouldn’t work. UF and others proved them wrong. The LSU game was a prime example of what any team does when they can’t do anything right. The passing game will be much improved. Heck, we had to learn how to run the option before we could intrigrate the rest of the offense. Remember, Nesbitt came from a passing offense in high school. We will be awesome running and the passing will catch up. Navy didn’t pass that much but when they did the were very good at it. Big plays abounded. Nesbitt and company will make this offense very good. It’s going to be a great show for years to come. As far as our defense is concered, we’ll be just fine. I think it might be better than last years. PJ is a winner!!!!

Jonas Grumby

August 26th, 2009
7:06 am

I’ve been saying since Oklahoma abandoned the wishbone that the option would still work in today’s game. It’s the impatient boosters that pressured coaches into “opening up” the offense. So kudos to PJ for sticking with what works. And I do think Tech is on the rise. That said, I think Tech’s in for a let down this season because some of the teams it barely beat last year will be better.

GEORGIA97

August 26th, 2009
7:18 am

It seems that MB continues to suffer from an extreme case of cranial rectal inversion (head up his a$s). He probably obtained his college degree from a school that specializes in training underwater firefighters. Personally, I’d rather light myself on fire and run through a meth lab than listen to his ramblings on sports that are the literary equivalent of Valium. Man, don’t you know all of the nerds will be on here shortly defending CPJ and I bet they’ll type so much that their hands haven’t been this sore since the first episode of Baywatch.

Paddy

August 26th, 2009
7:19 am

Jonas…I don’t see the let down as you do. Yes, Tech will be playing teams that are better this season. But Tech beat them last year. Your deduction is that there will be a let down because Tech did not get better and the opposition did. You may be the only Tech fan that believes his team is stuck in neutral. I for one would not enjoy playing CPJ in his second year at any school he coaches.

SatchelBuzz

August 26th, 2009
7:29 am

With CPJ leading us,..I like our chances. It’s a great day to be a ‘Jacket!

THWG,…every day, every way.

JB

August 26th, 2009
7:30 am

Losing the bulk of their DL WILL hurt. It’s not like they’ve had top 10 recruiting classes, over the last several years, to draw from. C’mon now. That one is a no brainer.

As to their “passing” game, pah-lease. Has their QB suddenly become a Big 12 QB? Any WR they have BETTER be able to go get the ball.

HBTD!!!

GT4Ever

August 26th, 2009
7:43 am

JB, it’s not like we’re going to pass 40 times a game. All Nesbitt has to do is complete about 60% of 15 to 20 passes a game. We all know that the running game opens up the passing game. There will be receivers wide open and all he has to do is find them. Nesbitt came from a passing offense in high school so he knows how to pass the ball. Last year he had to learn a toatlly foreign offense. His main objective was to learn the nuances of the option. Now that he’s more comfortable, the passing game will open up. The offense will be better, guaranteed!!!! GO JACKETS!!!

The Real YellowJacket

August 26th, 2009
7:46 am

Why did Georgia97 have his Mommy write in for him?

Mike T.

August 26th, 2009
7:48 am

42-45 a fluke 59-36-5 Georgia

Hunting Dawg

August 26th, 2009
7:51 am

GT is ready for another good year. CPJ knows how to get his players ready and how to actually coach during a game. To all of the bloggers who incessantly post farsical (St.Simons 45-42 hahahblahblahblah) responses, your wasting e-space. GT’s running attack is manned by very good RB’s and MB is right about Thomas at wideout. I would still question the defense this year as well as the special teams. Make no bones about it, GT will be good and will give all of their opponents a helluva game each week.

Go Dawgs!!!!

The Real YellowJacket

August 26th, 2009
7:51 am

Oh yeah he was at Georgia in 97!

Moe Ronn

August 26th, 2009
7:58 am

To all Fleabgas: YOU SUCK!

GEORGIA97

August 26th, 2009
8:00 am

The Real YellowJacket – is that all you have? Talking about my momma? I guess I can understand that coming from a Tech nerd as your momma’s va-je-je was the first and last piece of tail you ever had. You limp-wristed pickle smoochers at that trade school on North Avenue are just so darn funny when you get your panties in a bunch.

Hey Dogtards

August 26th, 2009
8:01 am

Wow JB has no idea what he is talking about. Nesbitt was a highly touted PASSING QB from a PASSING system in high school. His Junior and Senior years combined for over 5,000 yards, 63 TDs, and 13 interceptions. He had more passing yards, TDs, and was more touted than Sam Bradford coming out of high school. I’m not saying he’s as good as Bradford by any means, but the potential to be great is there. Last year was his first time starting at QB, in an unfamiliar system. So maybe you should do some research next time “pah-lease.”

I’m not sure I can come up with five reasons they may flop, but I’ll try…

1) Offensive Line is still a mess – This seems to be the biggest problem area for converting players accustomed to Chan’s old offense. Pretty much every lineman comes off the ball too high, lacks explosiveness, lacks mental awareness, and can’t seem to find that fifth gear when it comes to giving it your all. Not gonna mention names, but as a unit they really need to step it up a notch.

2) QB depth – Shaw going down leaves a temporary hole in the depth chart. While its easy to fill our backup slot, the starting QB job will be hard to fill should Nesbitt also go down. Luckily Shaw should not be out for too long, because the system almost guarantees that QBs will get knocked around a bit more than any other.

3) D-Line – Unlike MB, I see this one as actually being a problem given Tech’s D system. We basically go with a hybrid nickel package (w/ the Wolf). That leaves us with basically 6 guys up front, which will put a lot of pressure on the linebackers to be able to help the line stop the run. I’d imagine we counter this by playing TJ Barnes a lot and banking on his ability to keep the o-line from opening up any holes.

4) Ego/Preparedness – I don’t think this will happen, but it certainly did in the LSU game. I think part of the problem was PJ treating pre-bowl practices as a reward, and not an opportunity to continue to get better. I hope he doesn’t make the same mistake again this year, particularly if we end up at another top bowl. The other problem is we got to thinking we are too good and, as a result, were shell-shocked to be down 28-0 basically at home. Yes, they shouldn’t have scored that many points based on the gifts they received, but we didn’t score at all.

4) Special teams – at times our placekicking has looked atrocious and we were bad on everything but (I think) kickoff coverage. That has to change, particularly against defensive and special teams minded teams like Virginia Tech.

I can really only come up with four legit reasons. Even if Dwyer goes down or Roddy stays hurt, our RB depth should be enough to cover for them, although it will certainly take down the offense a notch.

Hunting Dawg

August 26th, 2009
8:02 am

Hey Moe Ronn, Is a fleabgas anything like a flobblegot or a snickleflit??? I know, I know, you got antsy with your your fingers while typing. Quit playing with yourself while your typing and you won’t have that problem.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 26th, 2009
8:02 am

Mark, passing requires more than a good receiver. Other wise the Detroit Lions would have had a good passing game over the past 6 years. Nesbitt will not ever be a good passer. Better chance with Shaw if GT needs to throw except that broken collar bone gets in the way.

BTW, great handle Jonas. Didn’t know they had internet access on the island.

pete nose

August 26th, 2009
8:03 am

JB stand back and watch a real football team operate or get your arse run over by the option.

ugggh!

August 26th, 2009
8:04 am

maybe yall will sell out a game now!

Vick=Dog killing thug

August 26th, 2009
8:05 am

So looking forward to OK state on the 5th. I know its an away game but Richt has an incredible record on away games. I’m not worried about Cox at all. Anyone hear anything about Ben Jones ankle? or Caleb’s hammy ?

Herschel Talker

August 26th, 2009
8:07 am

Who is slanderously using my name at 6:16? Slander!

Hey Dogtards

August 26th, 2009
8:07 am

“42-45 a fluke 59-36-5 Georgia”

First of all, its 59-38-5. Official college records include those games. Stop being babies about it. You fielded a team and you lost. You should have stuck to club sports if you were gonna whine about it later.

Second, 59-38-5 is a fluke. 4-1 Georgia Tech.

“I guess I can understand that coming from a Tech nerd as your momma’s va-je-je was the first and last piece of tail you ever had. You limp-wristed pickle smoochers at that trade school on North Avenue are just so darn funny when you get your panties in a bunch.”

Assuming you actually graduated from uga in 1997 (as opposed to being born that year), its amazing that a man who is around 35 has the maturity of someone half that age. Stay classy…

Middle GA Dawg

August 26th, 2009
8:10 am

Mark, using your logic UGA didn’t really lose all that badly to UF. In fact, I believe that we out gained UF in yards. The problem with that logic is that yards don’t count on the scoreboard. The fact of the matter is Yech was blown out by LSU and UGA was blown out by UF. Dispite the man-love you and the rest of the AJC writers have for Paul Johnson, the fact remains Yech was blown out by LSU and lost 4 games last year. A disapointing year for top tier football programs like Georgia, Florida, Alabama, USC, Texas, Oklahoma, etc.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 26th, 2009
8:11 am

For full disclosure, I’m a Ga fan. GT will not “flop”, CPJ has never had a bad team. They may not win the ACC this year, (or next), but it will happen if CPJ stays for the long haul. I personally wish he would stop using the cut or chop block technique, but it’s legal. Legal but dangerous. It should be an exciting year for Jacket fans and other than vs Ga, I wish ya’ll all the best.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 26th, 2009
8:15 am

GT4Ever, 60% hahahahhahahaha. He will be lucky and I mean damn lucky to hit 50%. Nesbit is a big version of Ball with a slightly better record against UGA.

Alabama Jack

August 26th, 2009
8:17 am

dawg fans suck

GEORGIA97

August 26th, 2009
8:17 am

Uh-oh, the Techies appear to have their feelings hurt by my comments and are walking around with their boo-boo lips stuck out. As for “Hey Dogtards”, if you can’t run with the big dogs then stay on the porch. It’s not my fault that you’re not witty enough to come back with something other than “stay classy”. This is a sports blog and not Sunday school, ya dummy.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 26th, 2009
8:23 am

I wish people would stop calling UGA a top tier team unless the top tier is the top 20. But to put UGA in the same class as USC, Oklahoma, Florida, Texas or Ohio State is stupid. Lets play in a BCS championship first before we call ourselves top tier. Also, the talk about returning to the glory years of UGA. We won in 1980-1983 and thats it. Vince Dooley had a career win pct. of 70%. Vince Dooley would be fired after his 2nd season today. Lets get real and don’t pretend we are something we are not. UGA is a good team year end and year out and dominates tech 80% of the time.

Mark Bradley

August 26th, 2009
8:23 am

When most of the comments on a Tech post come from Georgia fans, that says … what?

red5.ws

August 26th, 2009
8:25 am

LMAO! A BCS contender next year? You guys are classic!

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

August 26th, 2009
8:27 am

Alabama Jack, as do you and your kind

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 26th, 2009
8:28 am

it says there are not that many GT fans

honest_abe

August 26th, 2009
8:33 am

just proves that those seats at bobby stadium are empty for a reason. techie’s only go to those “high” profile games which is like never.

a guy with the handle “hey dogtards” telling someone else to “stay classy” ……… hilarious.

Ali Akbar Allah

August 26th, 2009
8:33 am

Tech will make a BCS bowl game this year and the National Championship next. Cry in your beers dog fans.

GEORGIA97

August 26th, 2009
8:34 am

MB it says one thing that has always rung true: Pure, old-fashioned hate. Tech is like the poor little kid that wants a woman (a BCS game in this context) more than anything in the world but every time he asks Sara St. John to be his girlfriend she sends him to Buddyville for an extended stay.

Hey Dogtards

August 26th, 2009
8:35 am

“When most of the comments on a Tech post come from Georgia fans, that says … what?”

It says most Tech fans have something better to do with their lives than troll a rival team’s sports blog.

“This is a sports blog and not Sunday school, ya dummy.”

I guess you were born in 97. You have an amazing vocabulary for a 12 year old.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

August 26th, 2009
8:36 am

or it says Tech fans are working while UGA fans have nothing to do

jarvis

August 26th, 2009
8:37 am

It’s hard to outgain someone by more than 10 yards when you’re playing on a short field all night. They don’t count yardage after the goal line.

The Real YellowJacket

August 26th, 2009
8:39 am

Georgia97. Don’t you mean Bubbaville? Since you work for us. If you work!
I believe 45-42 IS in the books.

The Real YellowJacket

August 26th, 2009
8:46 am

Enter your comments here

Kay

August 26th, 2009
8:46 am

It says the Ga fans are SCARED!
And they are Morons.

jarvis

August 26th, 2009
8:47 am

My boss went to MIT. She’s a good engineer.

crazy_4_GT

August 26th, 2009
8:50 am

When most of the childish comments on a Tech post come from Georgia fans, that says … what? That most of the UGA fans that post on the AJC blogs are children, I just wish that the daycare would monitor them better. UGA needs more fans like “Hunting Dawg”.

crazy_4_GT

August 26th, 2009
8:52 am

GEORGIA97 = Idiot.

Melinda

August 26th, 2009
8:55 am

LSU was the NC one year prior to playing a very young GT in a bowl game. I don’t see what blueprint they set out for stopping the O. Special teams domination? Yeah. They put up a blueprint for that. But GT had 20 plays over 10 yards in that game. That’s not shutting down an offense.

I think the fact that there may not be any bad teams in the conference this year means we will have a lot of evenly matched games. That could mean we don’t win more games than last year. But hey, as coach says, that’s why you play the games!

GEORGIA97

August 26th, 2009
8:56 am

crazy_4_GT: I prefer the term jacka$s over idiot. Thank you very little.

crazy_4_GT

August 26th, 2009
8:58 am

You are welcome very little. Idiot.