Week 2 Ramblin’s: ACC, Defense, Toughness?


The ACC made it through the first week of the season with a 10-2 record, losing only games in which they were the underdog…only to completely fall apart in week two.

Obviously,  Georgia Tech squandered away a road win over a BCS out of conference opponent.

But that was just the beginning…FSU got punked 47-17 by Oklahoma in a game that never looked competitive, Miami turned the ball over four times en route to a 36-24 loss to Ohio State, and Virginia Tech lost 21-16 to a James Madison team that outscored the Hokies 14-3 in the second half.

The only true highlights were Wake and Duke’s 54-48 shoot out (49 points in the second quarter must be an ACC record) and UVA putting together a scrappy effort in a 17-14 loss to Southern Cal.

When the best moments of the weekend are delivered by Wake, Duke, and Virginia…well…pickings are slim!

The ACC deserves to be ridiculed this week…mercilessly…

Tech’s Defense

The Jackets defense gave up 320 total yards to Kansas.  That’s not bad, really.  The Jayhawks points were a product of great field position more than a few times.  And then there were instances where a penalty extended a drive after it had been stopped…roughing the kicker and roughing the passer being the most notable grievances.

Overall I think the scheme is sound and we have guys who are in position to make the plays.  If you watch the game replay on your DVR you’ll see this.

Tech simply isn’t tackling very well right now.  They’re not tackling and they’re not playing as aggressively as all the preseason hoopla and talk led us to believe we’d see on the field.

Don’t pay any attention to the so called expert (David Pollack)  saying that GT’s defense will suffer as long as it practices against the triple option.  The offensive and the defensive units practice against the scout team during the season.  Pretty much every collegiate team does this.  That’s the main purpose of the scout team…to mimic the looks of your upcoming opponent.  It would be silly to practice against yourself while preparing for a game against someone else…

Besides…that particular “expert” called Georgia Tech irrelevant on the radio back in 2008.  That was before the Jackets defeated UGA in Sanford in ‘08 and then won the ACC title in ‘09.


Missed tackles, penalties, and most importantly a lack of toughness are why GT’s defense can’t get off the field on third down.  Its not the scheme.  We have a couple of players on defense who are getting pushed and shoved around defense.   And we have a few guys with size on the depth chart who have yet to step up and show the toughness needed to get on the field.

Offensively I’m getting tired of our guys being solo tackled in open space.  While our a-backs were being tripped up and arm tackled repeatedly, the Kansas runners were using stiff arms and spins and second efforts to get extra yards and points.

The a-backs absolutely MUST win some of those one on one battles on the edges to spring the big plays and make this offense hum.

The UNC Game

I have no idea what to expect.

We don’t even know who will be eligible for the Tar Heels.

I just hope that Paul Johnson is right when he says that good teams don’t lose two games in a row.

I still think the Jackets are a good team.  Maybe we’ll see that this weekend…



27 comments Add your comment


September 15th, 2010
11:23 pm


September 16th, 2010
1:55 am

As a Tech fan, I expect a team that plays with a passion. I’ve, yet to see this up to this point. I believe in CPJs’ ability to coach and I don’t think for a minute that he hasn’t challenged this team to dare be great!!! I expect Tech to win a lot more games than they lose with him at the helm! GO TECH!!!

H-man or goat

September 16th, 2010
3:07 am

Finally watched the game last night…Kansas had a linebacker coming up the middle in the first half that made about 2k tackles/sacks. How could this spy not be noticed?

Other than the drops/poor routes/over-throws/out-of bounds, is it possible for the QB to call his own number too often and fatigue be a factor?


September 16th, 2010
5:28 am

David Pollack has forgotten more football than you ever knew Chrissy.

GT Fan

September 16th, 2010
6:07 am

H-man or goat: Agree with you about Nesbitt`s number of carries in the
Kansas but not sure if he called his number or if was sent from the sidelines
so many times. Anyway, if this play calling continues, he will either get an injury and be of no value or the opponents DC`s will have an easy job to
prepare for the CPJ option.

A Rob

September 16th, 2010
8:02 am

Love the passion and excitement PJ has brought back to GT football, but am beginning to be concerned about this offense. Will it work over the long haul and is it capable of beating the big teams and win bowl games? Unless we can pass better, teams will just fire into the line of scrimmage. Sometimes we will move it well, but if we get behind, we don’t seem to have the ability to come back with big chunks of yardage like last year with Thomas at WR. Would PJ ever think of going to more of a spread like Michigan runs? Just a thought. We are certainly in a better place than with Chan, not to minimize PJ’s success.

Willie Coyote

September 16th, 2010
8:09 am

David Pollack also seems to have forgotten how college practices work. No the defense doesn’t prepare for another opponent by playing against the triple option in practice. The defense struggles for the reasons listed in the blog above plain and simple.

Toughness and discipline is what this team lacks right now. The 2008 version of UGA suffered from the same thing; talented but…


September 16th, 2010
8:49 am

Again, I say this ACC hullabaloo is premature. Let the season play out.


September 16th, 2010
9:21 am

“David Pollack has forgotten more football than you ever knew Chrissy.”

This may be true. But it does not explain why Pollack did not know that the Tech defense practices against the opponents offense with the scout team. And that info is in the AJC so often there is no excuse not to know it. Maybe while Pollack was at UGA they did not pratice against the opponents offense. Do you think that may be true? I wonder if he practiced against the opponents offense while he was in the NFL?

Are You Kidding

September 16th, 2010
10:41 am

David Pollack is a BUFFOON. He is the ONE PERSON who is totally irrelavant to Tech football. I don’t understand why his name is even mentioned regarding Tech. He is a UGAGer through and through.

Are You Kidding

September 16th, 2010
10:43 am

“irrelevant”, excuse me!!!


September 16th, 2010
11:19 am

Pollack was a GREAT player, but that doesn’t necessarily mean he knows anything about football…you ever heard the guy talk? He’s got rocks in his head.

If he knows so much about football, how come he’s not coaching somewhere?

Great players don’t always make great coaches and vice versa…Pete Rose was the best hitter in baseball history, but failed badly as a manager. Different sport, but same idea.

Jack this

September 16th, 2010
11:48 am

“The ACC deserves to be ridiculed this week…mercilessly…” no they do not..not even by you a supposedly supporter of GT and the ACC.

DAVID POLLACK is a disgrace and has no place in broadcasting. What a BUFFOON that has no relevance being behind a microphone.


September 16th, 2010
12:52 pm

David Pollack was sure man enough to lay a whuppin’ on the Jackets collective arses for four years in a row, plus he was a two time All-American, All SEC, and won the Bednarik Award. Calculate that poindexters.


September 16th, 2010
1:06 pm

No one is arguing he wasn’t a great player, dipsh#t. But he doesn’t really know what he is talking about on that 2nd rate radio show he is on…didn’t he GUARANTEE that Kirby Smart was coming to Athens?


September 16th, 2010
2:33 pm

I went to HS with David Pollack, and bumped into him a couple of times in college. Great football player. Kind of a dumbass otherwise.

Jan Kemp's Advisor

September 16th, 2010
2:40 pm

David Pollack was a great player, good man. As an analyst, he’s a homer, not objective which makes him a greasy headed Colin Cowherd clone who needs to get with Chuck Dowdle on WSB or sone other homer network and sing the praises of all the UGA accomplishments for the past 10 years with alll of their mythical #1 in yhe nation recruiting victories. 2008, Miss St. will show Paul Johnson too be afraud that can’t compete with world class SEC speed, proof was in the pudding on that bold prediction. Great player, great man, greaseball needs to get with Chuck Dowdel, E Johnson, Flip Carey and all the other UGAG homers.


September 16th, 2010
3:56 pm

Amen to your comments on toughness. The A backs are going to the turf every time a stiff breeze hits them, much less a defensive player. TJ Barnes and some of the others with the size to play DT need to step it up and compete for playing time. Our D line is too small without them and are gettig shoved all over the field. Occupy some damn blockers and hold your ground. Better to hit the turf and clog the hole than to get shoved 5 yards out of it. WR’s need to step it up in practice and get their hands and blocking up to par. Nesbitt needs to take on tacklers instead of sitting back and taking the hits. These are just examples of the past 2 years of toughness that got GT to the Orange bowl and Conference title. Man up or Shut up!


September 16th, 2010
4:49 pm

You hit the nail on the head Chris. Thoughness is the main thing we seem to be lacking, both physically and mentally. I haven’t seen anyone out there playing like they want to knock someone’s head off. The Jackets need to get excitied to play football. As far as D. Pollack goes, he knows nothing. A ugaYER 100%.


September 16th, 2010
10:27 pm

The Big12 color guy on Fox nailed it on two occasions regarding our offense:
1) A good running back makes the first guy miss
2) A pirouette is not a receiving route
The schemes are not the problem – players are in position to make plays. This Saturday we need Hot Roddy to break a tackle, Hill to catch the ball, and Nesbitt to run the midline on 3rd and 2.

You guys are clueless...

September 17th, 2010
7:21 am

Yes, Pollack is a UGA homer, as he should be. Howevr, for you guys to dismiss his comments regarding “practicing against the triple option” as nonsense, is wrong.

He was NOT referring to in-season practices (and no, he has not forgotten, or “does not remember” that teams practice against “scout” teams – both offensively and defensively – during the season to prepare for that week’s opponents). He was referring to the spring and pre-season practices at Tech where the players see nothing BUT triple option plays, and those are ingrained in their minds and psych – kind of like golfers who are successful – it is rote muscle memorization in a golf swing, and football players are not different.

Then, when the season rolls around and they prepare for 4 days against the “scout” team, that is very minimal time to learn the nuances of the spread option, the fun-n-gun, the wing T, the I formation, etc, and that is why the Tech defense will struggle – just as other defenses struggle against the Tech offense since the other teams only see it once a year and only prepare for 4 days for it – and it explains why bowl teams have success against CPJ due to the extra time to prepare (see exhibit A & B – the 2009 LSU game and the 2010 Iowa games) – yes, I know LSU ‘really did not stop Tech in that game, but, since Tech only scored 3 points, I believe they did ’stop’ them.

Learn something about football before you castigate someone like Pollack – and the reason he is not coaching is because college and NFL coaching is a vagabond lifestyle – plus he got a $3m-$5mil injury settlement from the NFL and is doing quite nicely monetarily as a radio and TV guy, and does not have to work really weird hours and listen to stupid fans who really have no life – much like me, and the rest of you nerds who know absolutely nothing about football…

A-ville Jacket

September 17th, 2010
7:49 am

We look about as tough as a powderpuff 8-10 year old girl’s team. Johnson must go. The season is lost.

to the clueless guy

September 17th, 2010
10:53 am

How do you know what someone else was “referring to”…are you his speech writer?

Jack G.

September 17th, 2010
11:09 am

The players on the scout team are not very good—-thats why they are on the scout team.

No, I am not his speech writer...

September 17th, 2010
2:52 pm

…yet I do know football, just as he does. And, as Jack G. wrote, the scout teamers are there for a reason, and they do not give the first and second teamers much of a look re: what the team will REALLY face on Saturday during the season…


September 18th, 2010
7:19 am

David Pollack is a dumbass


September 18th, 2010
10:25 am

Nesbitt for Heisman = GT for BCSNC