Concerned About Clemson…

Sorry for the late posting tonight, Tech fans, I got a little wrapped up in the big tennis match.  Like everyone else, I was hoping the local girl would pull off another upset and keep her Cinderella run going.

Thursday night will see the Jackets get their first real challenge of the 2009 season, as Clemson makes the short trek down to the Flats for a nationally televised Thursday night on ESPN.

Everyone is making this game sound like its going to be a Dwyer vs Spiller title bout.  Personally, I’ll be watching the under card…the Clemson offensive line vs the Tech defensive line.  This is where the game will be won or lost.  If the Jackets can’t produce pressure on young redshirt freshman QB Kyle Parker then the odds swing greatly in the favor of the Tigers.  Without pressure, the Tigers will become more proficient in third down situations and will score a ton of points on the ground with Spiller or through the air to Jacoby Ford.

If the GT defensive line can put pressure on Parker (and force him to make mistakes) then the defensive secondary, a GT strength, will be able to make plays and secure turnovers.  Of course, this is all predicated on the defensive line being able to generate push and get off blocks in the early downs each series in order to force passing situations.  If Clemson is able to force feed us a steady diet of CJ Spiller and Jamie Harper then its going to be a long night and we’re going to struggle in short yardage defensive situations.

If you haven’t noticed yet…I’m not sold on the GT defensive line.  Outside of Derrick Morgan I feel they’re pretty pedestrian.   I hope and pray I’m proven wrong…and I’ll gladly eat my crow blackened with a little splash of lime if the Tech defensive line turns out a better than expected performance tomorrow night.  (My GT friends keep telling me that the defense was very vanilla against JSU, but I maintain that vanilla should have performed better against the level of competition this past Saturday.)

But enough doom and gloom…lets end on a high note and talk about the offense…

I think everyone knows that the offense was extremely vanilla and buttoned down against JSU.  I fully expect to see improved passion, effort, and blocking against the Tigers.  We’ll see more pitches outside, counters, and improved production on the dive as a result.  We’ll probably also see the ball thrown downfield a little more than we did against Clemson last year.

With Dwyer, Jones, Allen, Nesbitt, and Wright working out of Paul Johnson’s offensive backfield I believe we’ll score plenty.  I believe we’ll see less rotation on the offensive line and a more coherent offensive effort.  I’m sure Coach Johnson will do his best to keep our offense on the field and CJ Spiller sitting on the visiting bench.

Like I’ve said before…run the ball, stop the run, control the clock…WIN!

I’ll end the blog with a few must-see links that are available on the web…enjoy!

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When Paul Johnson Says GO, You GO! (Be sure to watch the entirety of this Youtube video)

Paul Johnson’s 09/08/2009 Radio Call In Show Podcast (This show is turning into must-listen radio!)

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optionoffense

September 10th, 2009
12:12 am

Georgia Tech is able to run the ball and Clemson is too agressive on D. We won’t stop thier offense..but will slow it down. The young quarterback won’t do much through the air.

Tech 28
Clemson 23

Innocent Bystander

September 10th, 2009
12:30 am

Haha that video was absolutely great. One of the many reasons I’m happy to have Sheriff CPJ in town. He makes sure he controls what’s going on.

As for the game tomorrow, I just hope we can jump off to an early lead (or an early stop, since CPJ will defer until the 2nd half). I remember my freshman year in ‘07 when Clemson caused a fumble on the kickoff, but didn’t get any further than a FG (which resulted in their only score of the game). That kind of big D early on led to early momentum.

Also, anyone else find it weird that when Clemson came to visit in ‘03, they were riding high off a 37-14 victory over MTSU the week before, and we were 5.5 point favorites? (They pounded us 39-3). Tomorrow, when Clemson comes marching to town, they are doing so off of a 37-14 victory over MTSU, and we are the favorites by, you guessed it, 5.5 points. Let’s hope history won’t repeat itself in such a manner tomorrow night.

AlabamaRamblinwreck

September 10th, 2009
12:58 am

If I had written this blog, I think my concerns would have been exactly the same. We cannot, I repeat cannot, allow Clem’sSon to sustain long drives because of our inability to get pressure on the QB. I remember defenses in the past at GT that were notorious for allowing 3rd down conversions, even 3rd down and 25 or more. I hope Wommack will take some chances if he sees early that only rushing 4 guys will not get it done! They have a freshman QB, and we need to throw the kitchen sink at him. I think our defense will need to hold Clem’sSon to 23 or less pts. for us to win safely.

Go Jackets!!

Hey Y'all

September 10th, 2009
1:11 am

Good Morning boys.
Ready for your beat down tonight?
The stadium maintenance workers have been busy all night painting all the seats white.
Got to get ready for the “white out” you know.
All of those empty seats on national TV would look really bad for the program.

Vegas has you guys as a 5 point favorite. Can you believe that?
Clemson will beat you.

god and greyhound

September 10th, 2009
1:21 am

Clemson’s offense looked stagnant against MTSU. QB position is a big problem. Parker needs a lot of work passing, but he’s got great wheels. Korn, the former all-universe recruit, was awful and turned the ball over twice in brief action. Not sure where all this worrying about their O comes from.

I think any problems we have against Clemson are going to be problems we’ll have against most teams. We will probably have to outscore many teams, so our offense better be in gear early this year.

The main thing is to neutralize their kick return game. They ran two back against MTSU, and had a couple more that were close.

Saint Simons

September 10th, 2009
2:03 am

All the trailer parks in Athens will be empty this weekend with the Jerry Springer fans in Athens! hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

Clemson is not man enough...

September 10th, 2009
6:48 am

…to stop Tech’s offense! It will not even be close because they have the worst offensive line coach in the business, Brad Scott, os they will not be able to keep up scoring wise – Look for Tech to roll, say 45 – 6.

War Jacket

September 10th, 2009
7:31 am

I share your concerns about the D Line. I watched them closely last week. The Jax State O Line was routinely able to move the line of scrimmage 1-2 yards downfield once the ball was snapped. Penetration by our line was minimal, especially once they started double and triple teaming Morgan.

A big thing in our favor – don’t forget they are starting a freshman at QB. And this will be the biggest stage he’s ever been on when he steps onto Grant Field. We need to get to him early, confuse him and not let him build confidence. Zone blitz, corner blitz, whatever…, we need to get in his face early and often.

rainman

September 10th, 2009
8:03 am

I agree that the key to Tech winning is to contain their running game. This will be alot easier to do if we have the lead.

blazer

September 10th, 2009
8:11 am

gotta take care of business at home! D-line got to control line of scrimmage.

Toe Meets Leather

September 10th, 2009
8:19 am

Don’t be concerned about Clemson…be concerned with being one of the first to get “Toe Meets Leather”, the commemorative t-shirt of the 1990 41-38 win over Virginia…only at http://www.stingtees.com!

Melinda

September 10th, 2009
8:28 am

I’m super nervous about this one! I think Clemson has a shot at being this year, what they were advertised to be LAST year before the Crimson Tide ruined their season. Special Teams worries me. If Anderson doesn’t do a better job of punting, we may be in for a long night. Also their DC has more experience than most in defending the O, so I expect we will see multiple fronts on defense and might cough up the ball too many times.

I have no idea what to expect on defense. None. It’s hard to gauge anything off of the last game.

But that’s why they play the game. I’m just hoping for a victory and that we don’t get embarrassed at home on national TV.

Tech82

September 10th, 2009
8:36 am

The best thing that could happen to our d-line tonight is for the offense to get going early and dominate the clock. If time-of-possession is lopsided in our favor, the d-line will remain fresh.

If we can get up on Clemson early we will force them out of their game plan and make their freshman QB pass a lot more than they would like.

Unfortunately, I don’t foresee a Tech blowout (I sure hope I’m wrong). What I do see is a very good football team between two good teams.

GO JACKETS! THWG!

Tech82

September 10th, 2009
8:37 am

Oops… a very good football GAME between two good teams.

Clempson

September 10th, 2009
9:25 am

SPANK WHITIE

marble rye

September 10th, 2009
10:40 am

GT should win this game pretty decidedly. Clemson can’t score touchdowns when inside the red zone, especially when inside the 5. Sure, Clemson may sustain a long drive here and there and get inside the five and that would otherwise be cause for concern. But they’ll end up settling on a FG like they did against MTSU and many prior opponents because their line is once again a total mess. They still have some of that moldy Tommy Bowden residue on them.

GT 24
Clem 10

coach smith

September 10th, 2009
10:42 am

Wow ALL the TECH fans have posted…..BOTH OF THEM

Atlanta Seminole

September 10th, 2009
11:06 am

I am looking forward to this game and hope for the sake of my ‘Noles Tech stomps Clemson! Go Jackets!

Jeff Rigsby

September 10th, 2009
11:43 am

ATL BUZZ

September 10th, 2009
12:21 pm

Gameday Tech Fans!!!!!
Get ready to stomp some tiger a$$!!!!
I hope all UGA fans tune in tonight to see how a real team plays football. GO OSU!!!! :)
THWG!!!

GoJackets

September 10th, 2009
12:48 pm

31-10 Tech, will be the Final Score

Rainbow Coalition

September 10th, 2009
1:18 pm

I am afraid that the proposed “white out” would not be politically correct in the city of Atlanta. As you know, there is a statute against discrimination of any kind promoting things white in nature in Atlanta. We need you to fill out a petition and turn it in to Mrs Shirley Franklin to proceed with this display. It may take 8-12 weeks before the request is brough before the city council for approval. I hope Clemson takes you to the woodshed.
Jesse Jackson

Raid

September 10th, 2009
1:34 pm

23 posts not bad…that covers about 1/2 the fans in attendance tonight.

flapjacket

September 10th, 2009
1:41 pm

I’m just flat worried. I’m just not sure of the production offensively – still remembering LSU, I guess. And our defensive line facing third and short – a lot of conversions coming there up the middle, I think. I’m also worried about turnovers. If we turn it over once or nonce, then we win by 10. More than that, and we lose.

I predict one turnover and we win 24-14.

OBAMMA

September 10th, 2009
1:42 pm

Whats with all this white stuff.GO URNGE.

Volman

September 10th, 2009
2:00 pm

Tuck Fech—Pretty racist from what I’ve seen. Kind of classless if you ask me.

Sounds like a bitter bull”dawg” fan. What a joke.

Paul's Johnson:

September 10th, 2009
2:17 pm

ATL BUZZ:

“I hope all UGA fans tune in tonight to see how a real team plays football.”

Yeah, we will all be tuned into the Steelers/Titans game. Believe me, outside of the few thousand Tech fans that come to home games, no one else in the whole country gives a ratsa.. about Tech football.

MB

September 10th, 2009
3:22 pm

P’s J,

You seem to because you spend most of your day on the Tech blog. Why dont you come down to the game tonight and run that mouth internet tough guy?

Concerned, not scared,

September 10th, 2009
3:31 pm

but I remember the last time Tech was on national TV…

Paul's Johnson:

September 10th, 2009
3:48 pm

MB:

“You seem to because you spend most of your day on the Tech blog”

Seem to what, moron?

I would come to the game but if I want to see high school football I can wait until tomorrow night and catch a game.

YELLOWMAN

September 10th, 2009
4:18 pm

Yes I am very concerned about tonight, why would we only let whites into the stadium? UH I get it white uniforms. Maybe they should be PINK after the TIGERS rip up that girly offense!!!

Mr.Fullmer

September 10th, 2009
4:58 pm

volboy go stuff your pumkin.you know where it goes,up your lillie white redneck brown hillbilly jug drinking sister lovin rearend!

bigwheel

September 10th, 2009
5:26 pm

Don’t worry as soon as UGAY loses to USC on Sat. The Bulldogs, wasn’t that a gay bar in midtown?, will continue to drop off all the blogs except the ones calling for Richt’s head. Take a flea bath a$$holes!

nub

September 10th, 2009
8:48 pm

hey bigwheel…..the white headbands the band boys wear remind me of the flagboy both very TECh!

Herschel Talker

September 10th, 2009
10:18 pm

RAMBLE ON, SAINT SIMONS, YELLOW FUZZ – WHERE ARE YOU, YOU TOOLS? YOUR TEAM IS CHOKING THE CHICKEN. YOU MUST BE BACK IN YOUR HOLES WITH YOUR PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES. YOU ARE ALL LOSERS. TECH IS COMPLETELY G@Y.

nerds

September 10th, 2009
11:06 pm

gt got lucky with the phantom holding call on clemson. refs gave it to gt.

Kingster

September 11th, 2009
8:41 am

I am a Super, Super Georgia Tech fan, but last night, wow, Coach PJ needs to turn up the heat, of course the 1st quarter was heaven, but after that, oh no. They did not play like a top 15 team at home. People found out last night how to stop or slow his option (crash the weak side end) I have faith they can do better (Josh, take your time and throw the ball), because if they don’t, a 6-6 season is not what they need, LETS GO TECH!!!!!!

Why GT Fans hate the AJC Coverage

September 11th, 2009
7:35 pm

Absolutely no reasonable explanation as to why there has not been a new blog posted. UGA fan/beat blogs get updated shortly after each game. 24 hours since ball kicked off and nothing new here. Still concerned about Clemson. Georgia Fan blog gets placed on main blog session under Bradley’s et.al. Ours hidden under the GT Links. Little things but noticeable and gets frustrating.

Not Disappointed!

September 11th, 2009
8:22 pm

ugly win, but I will take it any day!

Ramblin Wreck!

Chris Boggs

September 12th, 2009
1:49 pm

Absolutely no reasonable explanation as to why there has not been a new blog posted.

Sorry a new blog wasn’t posted yesterday. I got home around 1:30am and woke up sick with the stomach bug going around here.

I had to cancel a date day with my wife, which was a much bigger deal that posting a GT fan blog, trust me.

Thanks for reading.