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.”