PJ on GT’s D-coordinator: ‘We’re going to have one’

Paul Johnson's morning briefing: No news but good fun. (Photo by M. Bradley)

Paul Johnson's morning briefing: No news, but still good fun. (Photo by M. Bradley)

No major news was forthcoming at Paul Johnson’s season-ending media session this morning. He didn’t introduce a new defensive coordinator, but he seemed to suggest that it won’t be long now.

As ever,  the session was steeped in entertainment value. (PJ, as you know, cannot say, “Good morning,” without applying the arch PJ twist.) Some snippets:

On Georgia Tech’s search for a coordinator: “It’s going good. We’re going to have one sometime. I just want to make sure it’s the right fit … I’ve got some scenarios in play; it’s just a question of what I decide to do and then finalizing it.”

On whether a candidate’s preferred defensive scheme would be a deal-maker (or deal-breaker): “I’m a bottom-line kind of guy. There are a lot of ways to get there … I don’t care if it’s a 3-4 or an eight-man front or a 4-3.”

On last season’s defense: “We gave up enough big plays to last a decade.”

On whether he’d heard from Tennessee about its sudden coaching opening: “I was excited about the Redskins’ [defensive coordinator] job until I saw Jim Haslett got it. [Note: This was a PJ joke.] Really, I’m worried about my job here. The way we played in our last game, I’m hoping to keep it.”

On filling the hole left by Jonathan Dwyer: “I’d be really stunned if our B-back next year didn’t gain 1,000 yards.”

On the season just completed: “If you’d have asked us before the season, ‘Would you take 11 wins and an ACC championship and going to the Orange Bowl?”, we would have said yes.”

207 comments Add your comment

coach

January 13th, 2010
10:41 am

JKR

January 13th, 2010
10:42 am

First?

GO JACKETS!!!

JKR

January 13th, 2010
10:42 am

rgheusel

January 13th, 2010
10:43 am

If not Groh then who else is he looking at?

Fed Up With Wren (Again)

January 13th, 2010
10:43 am

I bet he gets one before CMR does.

Winfeld Featherston

January 13th, 2010
10:43 am

I’m still holding out hope for Al Groh.

Tells It Like It Is

January 13th, 2010
10:44 am

I agree with CPJ… next year’s B-Back will gain 1000+ yards. It’s a byrpoduct of the system. And a solid DC will compensate for the Morgans. They’re studs and I wish them well, but they were on the field for that decade worth of big plays.

On losing yet another bowl game...

January 13th, 2010
10:45 am

Enter your comments here

On not being able to compete against non-ACC teams...

January 13th, 2010
10:46 am

huntergt13

January 13th, 2010
10:47 am

With the recent happening at UT, I think a big push for Nick Johnson could be made.

Hayseed Dixie

January 13th, 2010
10:48 am

Tells It, absolutely.

Without folks selling out to stop the FB dive, the offense is going to thrive.

In fact I think the GT offense will be better off with the Anthony Allens, and Roddy Joneses of the world: guys who don’t blow you away, but can still assassinate you on any given play.

Mssr. Bradley: is no news good news on the Groh front? Or does your gut say the Dolphins have him?

Mark Bradley

January 13th, 2010
10:50 am

I’ve heard all along that PJ is highest on Groh but has a specific backup in mind.

gdawginkalamazoo

January 13th, 2010
10:51 am

Is that Adam Craig standing in the corner of that room?

JB

January 13th, 2010
10:52 am

Looks like a mighty empty room for a press conf…………….Meeting had to stop because a tumble weed blew through……………..LMAO………

PMC

January 13th, 2010
10:52 am

In the future Mark when directly quoting people could we please just use well instead of good even if they say good?

IE. “It’s going well” instead of “It’s going good” It is correct english and making the person sound like they speak it more fluently shouldn’t offend anyone in quotations.

Thanks, Your Friend, P.

GT'93

January 13th, 2010
10:53 am

I’ll bet he at least interviews at UT.

Tech fans don’t want to hear this, but he’s got to be sick of watching undersized athletes get pushed around when we go and play a big boy. Dave Braine wasn’t all together wrong. Trying to recruit enough football players at an academic school like Tech is onerous.

I wish I was smart enough to go to UGA but Mc'adezz will do fine

January 13th, 2010
10:53 am

Hey “On not being able to compete against non-ACC teams…” what happened last year idiot. I think it was 420+ yards on the 3rd or 4th best team in the SEC. 4 and 2 against the SEC in the past 2 years mutt…

being patient

January 13th, 2010
10:53 am

We will not get one before UGA, they are announcing theirs either this afternoon or early tomorrow. UGHHHH…..why are they always better than us?????

JB

January 13th, 2010
10:54 am

OMG, Caleb King just ran in that room and scored again !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JB

January 13th, 2010
10:56 am

Groh looked at film of Georgia game and found out they ( King- Ealey) were coming back, then ran to Bill Curry’s office.

Buzzed Driving

January 13th, 2010
10:56 am

We don’t need a big name (big money) DC. Find a D1-AA DC with proven success over several years (just like CPJ was). I’m not sold on Groh just b/c of the results he accepted as a HC.

Barnacle Bill Bavasi

January 13th, 2010
10:56 am

Good guy building a good program. Tech fans should be happy.

RWRECK77

January 13th, 2010
10:57 am

Thanks Mark for covering this. I know the GT DC job isn’t the coaching question of the day but some of us are quite itchy to figure out what the elusive if not cryptic PJ is up to! Lots of us Nerds would love to hear what your latest prognostication is on potential DC’s. Also do you think there is a possibility of any recruiting defections from UT that Tech might have a shot at? Or the for that matter the Dawgs?

gdawginkalamazoo

January 13th, 2010
10:58 am

Mark, who is going to be Florida’s next HC? Meyer may be taking an extended break for his “family time”.

BUZZ

January 13th, 2010
10:59 am

I have it on good authority that the B Back position is Richard Watson’s to lose…

Buzzed Driving

January 13th, 2010
11:00 am

@JB,
King- Ealey were non-factors. I could have run for 150 with that UGA O-line performance.

Not Disappointed

January 13th, 2010
11:00 am

Do you think Tech will get a decent DC? I’m starting to worry. First MRS KIFFIN leave town for “Orange County Housewives” and we still don’t have a DC.

Oy Vey! Ga Tech out!

dc

January 13th, 2010
11:01 am

gdawg- Randy Hickey could coach the Gators and they would still win the game against UGA in Jax.

being patient

January 13th, 2010
11:01 am

@JB,
King- Ealey were non-factors. I could have run for 150 with that UGA O-line performance.

You’re right…UGA’s o-line whopped our D-line! That MUST get better next year.

JB

January 13th, 2010
11:01 am

We’re all hoping over in Athens that all 11 starters on D are coming back, although I think I read in the
Griffin paper on page 4 that Bennett was declaring ?

Mark Bradley

January 13th, 2010
11:02 am

I think Tech will be fine. I still envision an announcement of Al Groh as DC fairly soon.

being patient

January 13th, 2010
11:02 am

whooped…not whopped. oops!

Barry

January 13th, 2010
11:03 am

Mark:

Why are Tech fans talking up Al Groh? His career college and pro defensive statistics are mediocre. UVA defensive records rival those of UGA over the past few years.

Sorry, but I just don’t get it.

being patient

January 13th, 2010
11:04 am

JB

January 13th, 2010
11:01 am
We’re all hoping over in Athens that all 11 starters on D are coming back, although I think I read in the
Griffin paper on page 4 that Bennett was declaring ?

Unfortunately they (uga’s D) are not.

dawginDC

January 13th, 2010
11:08 am

Mark, you are such a yellow fuzz leg humper…you are such a tech homer now. Enjoy another long streak of losing to us..hahahah

lanier

January 13th, 2010
11:08 am

thanks for covering this

Tim Tebow's Tears

January 13th, 2010
11:08 am

Is there a better coach in football? The man gets to the point and you know he’s not messing around. Makes me feel at ease. Perhaps no more tears???

GTechNick

January 13th, 2010
11:10 am

Maybe we should offer CMR the DC position.

Ezekiel

January 13th, 2010
11:11 am

Coach Johnson could have Mark Bradley be his B-Back in his offense and Mark would gain 1,000 yards. Well, maybe Bradley couldn’t do it but Schultz sure as heck could!! Gonna be an interesting offseason on The Flats. Talk more Tech football at: http://www.bbuzzoff.com

78 DAWG

January 13th, 2010
11:12 am

Come on DAWG fans, get on the tech blog and hate! My low self esteem and petty nature make the internet perfect for me. I’m not obsessed with yech, that’s not why I’m on here, I don’t hate my boss (yech grad) and there is more to my life than college football.
The DAWGS will be NC in 2 years. Smart and Muschamp will never pass up an opportunity to come HOME to the great town and program.
Go DAWGS, get me another pabst!

VegasGT

January 13th, 2010
11:12 am

JB – Do you think you’re funny? If so, I guess that’s one. You remind me of my 11 year old.

I would really like to know who he has in mind other than Groh. Groh is not my favorite. I would prefer a younger, more energetic guy, somebody with something to prove. Don’t get me wrong, I see Groh as being much like CPJ, experienced and driven. I don’t think Groh would be a mistake, just not my favorite. But hey, it isn’t my choice and I am not the one that has to answer to DRad if I make a bad choice.

Al Groh

January 13th, 2010
11:12 am

After very little consideration, I will not be goming to GT.
Instead, I have decided to accept the position of Road Manager of my son, Dave’s band, The Foo Fighters. Just think, tomorrow night I will be a drunken mess, lying in the floor of a five star motel with naked groupies. Wait a minute, I just found out that Dave Grohl is not my son. Nevermind.

Declining UGA

January 13th, 2010
11:14 am

Those empty seats were for the Defensive coaches at UGA. Some reason they did not show.

Buzzed Driving

January 13th, 2010
11:14 am

I’m with Barry. Why all the hype with Groh? Because Tech’s DC position is so good that we can fill it with another ACC school’s HC?

I want someone with proven success over time running a defense. Show me the numbers!

Asheville Dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:15 am

It’s a slow news day out out there Mark. You could have called this one “CPJ ain’t talkin’ and we ain’t listening”.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

January 13th, 2010
11:16 am

Mark, is that the best you could do for a title.

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

January 13th, 2010
11:19 am

Paul Johnson on death. “It’s going to happen”

gdawginkalamazoo

January 13th, 2010
11:19 am

dc, you could have your fans blog calls to the OC and DC during the game and win. You could be like Chicago Bulls of the 80’s & 90’s who didn’t even need a coach.

ga tech is a football school

January 13th, 2010
11:21 am

If not Groh, how about Manny Diaz, the current DC from MTSU? Those are some impressive stats..

ptc dawg

January 13th, 2010
11:22 am

Maybe if Smug Johnson promises to give Groh a ring, he will come to GT.