Around noon tomorrow we’ll begin to see if the Jackets have healed up, rested up, and gotten their heads on straight after the debacle down in Miami.
We’ll also get a look at how this coaching staff, including Coach Johnson, will react to obvious deficiencies on both offense and defense.
With Jaybo Shaw back in the depth chart is there any chance we see him take snaps against UNC? Nesbitt has played poorly through large portions of the past two games. But how poorly would he have to play in order for Shaw to come into this game? I don’t think anyone had expected to see Jaybo before the Mississippi State game at the earliest.
With Tyler Melton back in the depth chart at wide receiver will we finally have a receiving threat on the far side of the field from Thomas? The past few games its been obvious that one receiver was on the field to catch passes and one was on the field to block. Its imperative that we have two receiving threats to put more pressure on defensive safeties who will then have to decide who to cover…the receivers or the a-backs?
Will the dive to Dwyer be snuffed out again? If so, can we get the ball to him on the edge? And then if we do, can we block anyone? If the dive isn’t a threat then we can’t open up the edges and pitch outside. That leaves only the QB midline option like we saw in the fourth quarter against Clemson. The offensive line has to do their job between the tackles and get Dwyer some creases to take advantage of.
I mentioned the need to drop the 4-2-5 and get back to a 4-3-4 in my post Miami blog. We need three linebackers on the field so that we can make up for a woeful defensive line in rushing and short yardage situations. We also need to be able to mix up our blitzes and rush a linebacker or a safety if the defensive line is out there playing in roller skates again.
I’m encouraged to see Womack (and Johnson) show an ability and willingness to make defensive changes if something isn’t working. Our previous coaching staff didn’t seem to be willing or able to make significant changes like we’re going to see tomorrow. This is a good thing.
Keep an eye on Julian Burnett in this game at linebacker. He could be our next young impact player…remember Darryl Smith, Key Fox, KaMichael Hall?
Thoughts about UNC
Noone knows how good UNC is. They rolled Citadel, struggled against UConn, and played what appears to be a solid game against ECU. The only thing we do know for sure is that Tech has played much tougher competition in Clemson and Miami.
I’d like to see this Tech team use revenge as a motivational factor, like Miami did against us.
Coach Johnson wants to beat UNC…he holds a grudge as good as anyone.