Posted: 12:33 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014

Johnson doles out praise for defense after scrimmage 

By Ken Sugiura

As I alluded in the story for myajc and Sunday’s paper, when one side of the ball dominates a scrimmage, it means the other side didn’t do so hot.

That was the case Saturday, when coach Paul Johnson described the quarterback play as “horrendous,” said he thought “not much” of the offensive tackles and noted “a lot of places” that didn’t play well. The flipside was that Johnson also said that, with a flurry of turnovers and big plays (“flurry” is my word, not his) the defense “probably played as well as they’ve played since I’ve been here.”

1. For Johnson, for whom “OK” can be a compliment, that was a pretty noteworthy acknowledgement and it clearly means that the return of the Black Watch defense is four months from its return or Tech will struggle to score against Wofford. Take your pick. To that end, some notes from an interview with defensive coordinator Ted Roof (For the record, I was not present for the interview.).

Roof’s initial comments: “I know that we’ve got a lot to work on. I thought we flew around today, and it was more physical than it has been, which is always a plus. We did a good job of getting after the ball. But we’ve got a lot of things we’ve got to work on and just got to keep working to get better.”

Certainly, it was just one scrimmage, and it’s entirely possible that next Saturday Roof will be foaming at the mouth over his displeasure with his unit. Regardless, Roof isn’t easily pleased, either.

2. Roof on playing against Tech’s option offense every day in spring practice:

“What this offense does, when you’re defending it, it teaches discipline,” he said. “Because you’ve got to be disciplined in how you approach it and how you defend it. Because if you make a mistake, it’s not like they’re guessing. They’re reading it. If you make a mistake, you pay immediately.”

3. Linebacker Quayshawn Nealy was among the leading playmakers Saturday, with a sack of Justin Thomas and later an interception of Thomas that was returned for a touchdown. Nealy is a three-year starter and, at last check, was starting alongside Tyler Marcordes.

“He’s working hard at it,” Roof said of Nealy. “He’s in a different spot now, because he’s a leader now. His role has changed and it’s time for him to step up, and he’s been working to do that. I’m proud of the strides he’s made so far. At the same time, (I) know that there’s a lot more growth there.”

4. Roof also gave praise to safety Isaiah Johnson, who sat out last season rehabilitating his torn ACL.

“He’s a guy that, in the meeting room, he’s sitting there like a freshman wanting to learn, studying everything about his game,” he said. “You want some dividends for that guy because of the way he’s worked.”

168 comments
RBR
RBR

CPJ- I've bashed you in the past for not giving enough praise to your players, so this time I'm giving you praise for giving praise!  Confidence can go along ways....

mgt87
mgt87

Our offensive line has a lot to learn, but damn our defense looks good against it!  

Jmonty
Jmonty

Thomas Brown and Mike Brown are just long lost brothers..  Don't you guys know that?  It's like 2 from the same non educated, pull stats from google, no one cares about pod.  So what GT has this record vs. this team and that team.  The past is the past.  If you want to go back.  GT won more championships than UGA, therefore GT MUST be better, right?  All I care about is what we are doing now to improve and get better.  Do I want us to beat VT, yes..  Do I want us to beat Clemson, yes.  Do I want us to beat UGA, hell yes!!  But, to complain about what we did the last 10 years is ridiculous. 

hpt84
hpt84

I hope Isaiah recovered well. We need him in the backfield this year.

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

One more thing Mike, tell ThomAss Brown i said "bite me". Trolls.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

It's good that the defense plays "disciplined" against our O. But I fail to make the connection of how practicing against an offense that is so completely different than Clemson's, VTs, Miami's, Duke's, UNCs, UVA's and UGA's (and possibly FSU's) will truly prepare them for success against these opponents. No way the athletes on the scout team are remotely able to simulate the speed and execution of these opponents.

This is one of several reasons I dislike Johnson's offense. And I find it completely understandable that Roof would have difficulty getting good defensive players to commit to 4 years of training against an offense that no NFL team remotely uses.

POAD2013
POAD2013

WnE...Mike Banning here is what you have been looking for...............



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POAD2013
POAD2013

Tech's record since 2000


v BC 2-1

v Clemson 8-7

v Duke 13-1

v FSU 2-5

v UGa 2-12

v Maryland 6-3

v Miami 4-6

v UNC 12-2

v NCSU 6-3

v Pitt 1-0

v Cuse 3-0

v UVa 7-7

v VPI 2-8

v Wake 6-2


Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

"IMO the HS HC gave the recruit bad academic advice and MC got his panties in a wad because he doesn't want his "access" to coaches and recruits harmed because guys like me hold them accountable in the comments section."

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In the opinion of the moderators, and everyone else here, you were trashing recruits. 


Where there is smoke....


Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

MikeBanning, you have deflected a lot, but you still haven't told us why you don't post on the other GT sports boards.  Are the moderators there not as forgiving if you show back u under a different handle?

sl1m75
sl1m75

Some people on here should have gone into coaching...since they tell all the time how bad the current staff/players/scheme are


BleedingGold
BleedingGold

Bad News Mike, quick question:  When you referring to the "big 4," I think it's about time you include Duke and UNC considering they both have had better records over last two years than VT.  Actually even Duke has the same amount of wins over that span than Miami.  So how bout it?  "THE BIG 6!"

DUKE!!!

UNC!!!

georgia

clemson

miami

vt

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@Birmingham__Jacket  The inverse is true as well.  Our opponents are trusting their "traditional" offenses to prepare them to face our TO.  It really comes down to whether our guys make the plays or not.  The Scout team and offense have little bearing in the actual game.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Birmingham__Jacket  The D only practices against the TO for a bit in the Spring and Summer. The SCOUT team is who the #1 team goes against and run what  #1s will be facing in the game.  

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013  

No thanks !

That is not an objective GT FB site, that is a fanboy site that puts out biased crap about  GT FB.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@POAD2013 Their qualifications for the position include


"Is able to write in line with our best practices for growing an audience."


Somehow, I don't think MikeBanning would help to grow an audience.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013  

The current administration started in 2008, why are you going back to 2000?

What happened before 2007 has no impact on GT FB now.

GTBob
GTBob

We are 29-3 in the last 32 games against UNC and Duke. CPJ is 11-1 against them. It's not very shocking that MikeBanning wants to ignore their existence.

juvenal
juvenal

our recent play against those 2 is indeed the bright spot, BG.....

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MikeBanning of course. You can only type crap here and get your rocks off because most of us are gullible enough to think we can actually prove you wrong and that you will realize you're wrong and change your mind. We assume you are intelligent enough to realize when you are proven wrong that you can LEARN and admit when you re wrong.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@MikeBanning @POAD2013  

It sure seems to have an impact in YOUR mind when you continuously bring up what happened in the past.  So which is it?  Does it matter or does it not?  You can't have it both ways.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MikeBanning But you love to tell us how Great Chan gailey was a t Recruiting and Coaching so I covered the new millenium. 

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob  

32 minus 12 equals 20, so previous GT HCs were 18-2 vs. those same schools and that means that previous GT HCs also dominated UNC and Dook.

We aren't going to significantly upgrade our recruiting by boasting about wins over UNC and Dook.

GT FB  won't be elevated by beating the NC-schools, no matter what we think, then Nat'l CFB media pays attention to what we do vs. VT/Miami/Clemson/UGA.

juvenal
juvenal

has broken the every other jinx vs UVA as well.....

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@juvenal

Good luck in the Allianz this week - although I don't think Die Roten will need any luck against ManU.

Hope today is going better for you than yesterday - the Gunners are still favorites for 4th place but that was an absolute spanking yesterday. 

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@POAD2013 @Born_2_Buzz  Having read his posts, I no longer assume he is intelligent.  If he is a Tech grad, then it speaks ill for Tech grads everywhere.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@Born_2_Buzz He is supposed to be a TECH Grad so I assume he is Intelligent and has the ability to learn and not repeat his mistakes...LOL

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

@MikeBanning @POAD2013God you sound like your pal TB. When you see him again would you ask him, can you fail a class you never took at UGA?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013

Chan learned how to recruit and was able to get a top-20 recruiting class and was headed for another before he was fired.

CPJ "learning how to recruit" is getting a 52nd ranked recruiting class in the his SIXTH year.

Under CPJ,  GT FB is NOT trending upwards.

Jmonty
Jmonty

UNC is so bad.  Lawrence Taylor graduated, yet his mom had to read his contract to him.  Tell me..  How does one graduate high school and college and can't read?

HighTechJacket99
HighTechJacket99

All of those schools, ND, Stanford, UVA, Northwestern, etc., have easy majors for athletes.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning and yet you haven't provided any proof of that at all. Like Supersize said, more attention is given to hotter teams and ranked teams. No one cares about the VT or Miami game unless us or them are ranked. Same as the UNC and Duke games. The only reason you are calling them the big 4 is because we are losing to them. There is no other reason.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@MikeBanning @GTBob  

Actually the games that matter most to the CFB Media are the games against opponents who are on a roll, whether it be an annual roll or a first-time-ever roll.  If we had played Duke later in the season last year, that would have been of far more importance to the CFB media than it was when we played them, and, in fact, more important than the earlier VT game had been.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob  

I never said anything about the games mattering more to US, what I did say is that the CFB Media pays more attention to GT FB when we play those 4 teams, even when those 4 teams are slightly down.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning can you provide any evidence of that at all? Also, why does the CFB media that you are apparently a spokesmen for get to tell us what games matter to us?

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013

Claiming that all the other college's players as dumb as rocks is a  weak excuse for GT's poor play on Saturdays.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GTBob  

Playing them 130 times combined means little to the CFB Media, the CFB Media pays more attention to GT FB when we play VT/Miami/Clemson/UGA.

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MikeBanning UNC is also a highly respected academic institution but as you see Athletes at any respected university also have EZ options for Athletes so they can play. All those schools you mentioned have many places to hide not so smart athletes that Tech doesn't have.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning And yet it doesn't affect their preseason rankings or their level of coverage or anyone's opinion of them outside of a small area in their neck of the woods.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning yeah, a big 4 that you just made up out of thin air. Just like GTs supposed big 4.

GTBob
GTBob

@MikeBanning the media sure seemed to like Duke a whole lot more than Miami and VT last year. We have played Miami and VT a combined 30 times in our history. We have played Duke and UNC 130 times. If Miami or VT are ranked or doing well then it adds a little to the game. If they aren't, which they haven't been recently, the game has almost no meaning in the media at all and the importance of the game is probably lower than the importance of beating our more traditional opponents. The Big 4 argument is just nonsense.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GeorgeStein

Okay, and the National CFB media judges Okie St. based on how they do vs. OU, Texas, and K-State, Texas A&M would have been t


GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning It's that you don't know their record against Oklahoma since 2000 because records against one team (or four) that you elect don't affect the view of anyone about a particular school.   Basically, when you spout off about the record against a handful of schools and say that our record there is how we're judged, it's garbage.


Oklahoma State is 3-11 since 2000 against Oklahoma, by the way.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Born_2_Buzz

You do realize that is a DIFFERENT STATE, whereas GT FB is surrounded by Top-5 talent  within a 45-minute drive to GT's Campus.

Those situations are NOT the same.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@POAD2013

Biased crap from you once again, Vandy, ND , and Stanford all recruit the Metro Atl. Area , as  well as UVA, Dook, Boston College, Purdue, and Northwestern  and other schools that require academics similar to GT's.

Born_2_Buzz
Born_2_Buzz

@MikeBanning @GeorgeStein

I don't care about Okie St., they aren 't located in the Metro Atl. Area surrounded by Top-5 HS Talent.

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No, they're just north of the most talent rich state in the nation.

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@MikeBanning You're missing the point.   Again.   


However, you bring up another good point.   No one cares about our record against those teams except us and people who want to troll us.   

POAD2013
POAD2013

@MikeBanning top 5 HS talent that can hardly read and sure as crap can't to advanced math.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@GeorgeStein

I don't care about Okie St., they aren 't located in the Metro Atl. Area surrounded by Top-5 HS Talent.