Posted: 8:21 am Saturday, April 26th, 2014

Johnson predicts stronger running game 

By Ken Sugiura

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson came out of spring practice with a better feeling about his offense’s running game.

“Last year we weren’t very good, or as good as I would like, at running the ball,” Johnson said in an interview with the Tech website. “I think we’ll be better running it this fall. That has been an emphasis of ours all spring.”

It was among several observations from the spring made in the interview. Against FBS opponents last season, Tech ran for 281.4 yards per game and averaged 5.07 yards per carry. Both were lows for Tech since Johnson’s hire before the 2008 season. The offense generated 23 running plays of 20 yards or more against FBS defenses, compared to 36 in 2012, 43 in 2011 and 42 in 2010. (Tech did play 11 games against FBS opponents last year, compared to 12 in 2012 and 11 each in 2011 and 2010.)

Johnson on the no-huddle:

“With a young quarterback, it may help that I can help call plays and they won’t have to check (out of the play) as much, but they’re still going to have to know what’s going on. The other thing is, if you’re going to run more snaps, the other team is also going to run more snaps. So, it’s a trade-off.”

On quarterbacks Justin Thomas and Tim Byerly:

“I think Tim closed the distance a lot. I thought he had a really good spring. But like I said, I feel really good about both those guys.”

122 comments
AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

CPJ and Jon Barry did it again.  2014 CFA Bowl Challenge Champions.


GT Golf is rocking on ALL levels right now....  :)

GT-UT
GT-UT

I think coaches do a lot of FMEA (or blame)...they watch film and have the player see it too.  I think that is why Johnson is pretty level when it comes to the team performance even if they win 63-0...and why he says you are never as good or as bad as you appear.

DallasJack
DallasJack

GTLee

"2 days ago

Because you are as big a narcissist as Mike Banning/WeeNiE?

You ARE a miserable fan.

Go away"

LMAO...ROTFL... Go get them General Lee. Love It!!!

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

To my engineering football bloggers...I wonder how coaches perform FMEA (Failure Mode Effects Analysis) when reviewing game film to see what are the causes of execution failure and somehow track that to discover trends, weaknesses, etc.  Are the failures missed assignments and missed reads (mental errors), missed blocks, poor exchanges, bad positioning (physical errors) or just beat on the play (inferior skill).  Obviously, all of these occur, but just like troubleshooting a manufacturing problem or a quality problem, I wonder how sophisticated we are in identifying the errors, tracking them and making the appropriate adjustments, more coaching, better technique, etc.

DallasJack
DallasJack

Honestly, Byerly will play more than Thomas. I don't doubt Thomas' ability to run and fight for yards. I don't think his size can take the beating. No knock on the very talented Mr. Justin Thomas. Just MHO.


CPJ can coach this system but our opponents are getting better at defending it. The Triple Option requires precision. Tech did not have that last year. We won't know if we have precision until maybe the 3rd or 4th game. Again, MHO. Go Jackets!

GTLee
GTLee

Thanks DJ (BLT).......Trolls on our site used to called Hairydawg, Superdawg, dawgfan,dummydawg, etc.......now they have names like Birmingham Jacket, forexbomb, etc.......

GTQBdefender
GTQBdefender

@Yellerbug

The high school football coach with the most victories in the nation sums up the reason for his success as follows: "I'd say adapting to the talent we had was the best thing we did. We started out in the wishbone. You got a guy like Garrison Hearst, you better get out of the wishbone and toss it to him." I have been told repeatedly Paul Johnson is not going to change (though he made his defenders change to adjust to Groh's 3-4 which needed a bigger front line).

Well if staying away as many did was the way to deal with Hewitt (I had season tickets 2009-10 and 2010-11), then as you folks taught me then, I can do that now.

We had a star QB and Johnson could have hired an O coordinator to establish something that was a better fit for Lee (Dodd asked for advice and hired Ray Graves as a result who brought in ideas from the pros. When Tech changed from the single wing, Dodd hired a high school coach who came highly recommended).

Dodd was not stuck on a system.

The high school coach with the most victories was not stuck on a system.

But we are stuck with a system because we cannot afford to fire Johnson and he is stubborn as a mule.

Another system that needs to be changed is how college coaches get paid.

To fire them, they, in effect, become welfare queens, getting millions (although already rich) to do nothing.

GTLee
GTLee

That fishy smell is your upper lip, exbomb....if you had even half a brain and were paying attention you would know that the O-line was pretty much decimated with injuries. There was never really any consistency in the lineup. We also had a 1st year starter at QB..the result was a very inconsistent offense.

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@DallasJack  

GT had better have precision on O by the time they get to game 4 or it could be a long day in Blacksburg

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

@Hookedonshortpasses  Yes, you pencil neck geek, he is still timid. Johnson knew he was afraid and there were plenty of players on his team who knew that Vad Lee was going to quit the team. I suspect that had something to do with the offense's poor production, in addition to all the injuries on the offensive line. Johnson probably thought that Lee would get better at his reads and use his athletic ability to help the team. Lee did his team mates a disservice when he quit on them after being named the starting qb. Had Johnson known he was going to quit, he would have started another qb and we would not be starting 2014 with an untested guy.

I believe Lee overestimates his talent and sold out his team mates. The peanut gallery reading these articles think that it is fine to be concerned about yourself with no loyalty whatsoever to the men who worked with every off season and season. 

Paul Johnson is a great coach who will have a good year this year and I think that Tim Byerly will be the quarterback for the 2014 season with Thomas getting a lot of work too.

FreddieBlassie
FreddieBlassie

@Hookedonshortpasses  YES, Vad Lee is timid, in fact, one play that he ran up the gut does nothing to overcome the numerous times he cowered prior to contact, had happy feet in the pocket and tried to run only to be stopped by the defensive end. This run showed no courage: did not run over anyone. David Cutcliff might have made an adequate passer of Lee but, he was a good high school quarterback trying to play in college.

Nice try jock sniffer.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@Hookedonshortpasses  

He definitely wasn't timid in that game, nor in other early games in which he played.  But after the UNC game last  year in which he took a brutal blow, he was never the same again.  And that's sad, because he really had a lot of potential.  But when I saw him sit down on the field rather than take a hit from an oncoming Clemson defender at Death Valley last year, I knew he had quit.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@Hookedonshortpasses  

I predict there are going to be a lot of Georgia Tech fans missing Vad Lee this year. PJ has coached lots of football.  And there were reasons he was the starter and JT and Byerly were not.

D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Radar123

"I have been told repeatedly Paul Johnson is not going to change (though he made his defenders change to adjust to Groh's 3-4 which needed a bigger front line)."

Radar, PJ is the coach of the offense.......

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

@Radar123 @Yellerbug That was one of my gripes last year.  Heck if another Peyton Manning came along and wanted to go to GT, then I'd change the entire offense to suit his skills.  I wonder if CPJ would do such a thing. I respect CPJ's incredible knowledge of the TO and when executed correctly it is difficult if not impossible to stop.  The same could be said for Auburn's offense and Oregon's offense---heck most offenses---if you execute you will be successful.  I align more with Hookedon in that I think we should incorporate more short, high % passes in our game plan.  I thought Vad brought that skill set and we underutilized it.  However, looking at some of our games again, Vad often stared at his primary receiver---something Tevin often did.  Perhaps we don't practice passing enough to improve these minor points.  Also our passing blocking was miserable and often Vad was running for his life before he could set his feet.  As AJ stated---a mixed bag.  I just renewed my season tickets and I'll be back tailgating and cheering the team on.  I think CTR will give us a good defense.  If we can get a solid O-line and a few good skill players---especially a hard-nosed QB I think we'll do OK and maybe surprise a few folks.  I've been disappointed the last few years, but I'm not so quick to scream "off with their heads".

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

 @Radar123 You say that changes should be made.   Couple things.   First, you gripe because we didn't pay Ross.   Second, how would these changes be enacted?  

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

@Radar123 johnson would probably never be my fishing buddy and I'd prefer more passing.   But I'm a Tech football fan...have been since Dodd was coach. If johnson can win by running 100%, I'll be happy.  You may be unhappy for a few more years...

ps, I might be consdered by you as one of those "paid loafers"....just not the millions like johnson makes.

Yellerbug
Yellerbug

@Hookedonshortpasses That response relates to during the game--how do we make adjustments?  As an example--Tech uses very wide splits between linemen.  VT was anticipating the snap count, shooting the gap and getting in the backfield almost untouched.  So CPJ changed up the snap count and sadly, our own players jumped offsides more than the VT players did which killed a couple of drives (mental errors).  Game adjustments are the most critical, but I was referring to post-game film review.  I disagree with BJ's assessment---I don't think our OL was that small---we avg about 295 on the line which isn't big, but certainly isn't undersized.  I was just curious if a particular set of errors kept recurring last year.  Did Vad Lee miss a lot of reads every game?  Was our poor O-line blocking bad technique (physical errors) or blocking the wrong person (mental errors) or was it done correctly, but we were just defeated by superior athletic play?  Thus if the latter is true, then we DO have a recruiting problem and maybe BJ is right and we do need much bigger and stronger linemen.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@GTLee  Decimated...  Hmmmm, it would seem that We are the only team in the country that has to deal with injury to players...  The guys that always have the lame excuses generally always finish at the bottom...  Kinda pathetic really..  

DallasJack
DallasJack

@PaulinNH @DallasJack  

Yes, but I assume a different direction with Byerly and Thomas so I predict 1 or two games after Wofford and Tulane. If we lose one of the two first games CPJ's  job is on the line.  Also I'm not afraid of castrated turkeys nor should the Jackets! Go Jackets!

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

@FreddieBlassie Ha, you just had to call me that name.......

I do agree with you about TimB but I think the little guy will start the season #1.

ps....you get no extra points for running over a tackler vs around one!

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

@FreddieBlassie timid and johnson knew he was timid?...then why did johnson keep trying to make him run?  Why did johnson not play the other QB?

ps thanks for not calling me a portable hand-held communications transcriber neck!

psps, are all rasslers dumb?  Or, are some big and dumb?

GTLee
GTLee

"And there were reasons he was the starter and JT and Byerly were not."

Ok genius, maybe you can tell us the reasons Tom Brady was a backup for 2 years at Michigan.

BigTimeTECHFan
BigTimeTECHFan

@Birmingham__Jacket  


I'll miss Vad, he's a good player and good kid. 

I think he was a better player before George Whitfield got a hold of him, after he was not into Tech running game.


But I'm looking forward to seeing the other great QB's at Tech, Thomas, Byerly, Griffin, Jordan. Tech is loaded at QB.


Also loaded at RB,Laskey, Days, Bostic, Hill, Zenon returning plus best Fros class of RB's in the country with Custis, Autry, and Leggett.


running game will be awesome


D-Sheets
D-Sheets

@Birmingham__Jacket @AugustaJacket

"But Johnson has not assembled a group of 4-5 star recruits along the OL, or any position for that matter."

Come on now, B-ham.  No other coach in GT history has assembled this either.  No more silly statements like this, please.

Birmingham__Jacket
Birmingham__Jacket

@AugustaJacket @Yellerbug @Hookedonshortpasses  

I didn't see a lot of holes being opened along the OL last year against teams other than Elon and Pittsburgh.

What I saw mostly was White shirts being moved BACKWARDS, off the ball when we played BYU, VT, Clemson and even UVA in short yardage situations along the goal line.  Thus my theory that lack of size/mass was an issue last year.

Also, VTs 18th ranked D, I would call "good" or "solid".  But I would reserve the term "one of the best" for a top 5-10 D.

I hope it's better this year.  But Johnson has not assembled a group of 4-5 star recruits along the OL, or any position for that matter.  So we will have to optimistically wait and see.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

@AugustaJacket @Yellerbug re correcting possible mistakes..last year, it seemed to me the Tech snap-count was predictable.  In the Clemson game, clem had guys across the line so fast it seemed they were playing with 13...11 one side and 2 on the other....does johnson do digital study and then practice to correct problems found....I bet he does. But he does not need any (or much) help calling plays...they are in his memory.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@Yellerbug @Hookedonshortpasses  Good points.  A couple of thoughts.


1.  No matter how good the O-Line is, a hole is only open for so long.  Vad's main holdup was making decisions quickly.  If you look at some of the tape from last season, you will see that often, the holes were there for Vad, but he didn't make the decision quick enough to make the most of the opportunity.  Part of the learning process.


2.  The VT game we were beat by one of the best D's in all of college football last year.(18th ranked total D)  


3.  Our O-Line is getting bigger by the year.  Size is not the problem.


IMO, it was a mixed bag last year.  VL's delayed decision making, injuries on the line and just plain getting beat in the VT game.

GTLee
GTLee

Not a 'shot' George.....drink the whole bottle!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@AugustaJacket The only IPA I really drink is Harpoon's.   If you're ever in Boston, go to their brewery.   It's excellent.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@GeorgeStein @AugustaJacket  IPA's vary for me.  Lately, people seem to think the more bitter the hops the better.  I like some IPA's, but not all of them.  Unfiltered, however, doesn't bother me.

GTLee
GTLee

George, next time you are at the liquor store getting that Maker's Mark, pick up a Schneider Hefeweizen (3 or 4 bucks) and try it...just use a weizenglass and a small lemon wedge for full effect....them Germans know their beer!

GeorgeStein
GeorgeStein

@AugustaJacket Ha.   I love a beer, but I don't generally care for unfiltered or IPA.  Anything else and I'm game.

GTLee
GTLee

Sounds like a personal problem......

GTLee
GTLee

My HefeWeizen trumps your bourbon, George!

GTLee
GTLee

"Not sure you guys can handle a rational conversation,, well with out stooping to name calling... lol."

Coming from the guy who just called me a "bottom-dweller"........lol

GTLee
GTLee

"Keep drinking the CPJ koolaide.."

Tastes a LOT better than that HaterAde you consume, and causes a lot less heartburn.

SupersizeThatOrder-mutt
SupersizeThatOrder-mutt

@forexbomb @AugustaJacket@GTLee

Let me echo AJ's invitation.  As far as handling rational conversations, I think we all do that quite well.  LIke AJ said, we don't all always agree, but we are still friends who enjoy tailgating together and cheering for the Jackets, win or lose.  What you see posted here on the blogs is not indicative of our real natures and personalities, and I would hope what you post on here is not indicative of yours either.  In fact, there is probably a lot more commonality of thinking than you realize; we just choose not to use the blogs to demean the team we support.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@forexbomb @AugustaJacket @GTLee  I'd love to meet you.  I have said before that I can agree to disagree with people.  We've even invited MikeBanning, troll that he is, to come by.  I don't expect I'll agree with everything you say, but then again, I don't agree with everything Super, Yellerbug and the others say either.  If you show up to a game and a tailgate, we'll know you are a real GT fan, and at the end of the day, that's what counts.

forexbomb
forexbomb

@AugustaJacket @forexbomb@GTLee Why thanks Augusta, I just might take you up on that...  Not sure you guys can handle a rational conversation,, well with out stooping to name calling...  lol.

AugustaJacket
AugustaJacket

@forexbomb @GTLee  "@GTLee haha, yeah UGA has their fair share of excuse makers as well...  It's as pathetic as you and the other bottom dwellers on this blog, that make excuse after excuse to ratioanalize POOR play...  But hey.. Keep drinking the CPJ koolaide.."

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I've met GTLee and several others on this blog.  They are not bottom dwellers.  If you want to come to a tailgate with us, you are more than welcome.  We'd love for you to show up and prove you aren't the bottom dweller you act like.



forexbomb
forexbomb

@GTLee haha, yeah UGA has their fair share of excuse makers as well...  It's as pathetic as you and the other bottom dwellers on this blog, that make excuse after excuse to ratioanalize POOR play...  But hey.. Keep drinking the CPJ koolaide..

GTLee
GTLee

Exbomb, no one said WE were the only team that had to deal with injuries....just how dense are you? Uga fans will tell you they would have won at least 2 more games last year had it not been for their slew of injuries. What's really pathetic is you not understanding the difference between FACTS and EXCUSES.

Hookedonshortpasses
Hookedonshortpasses

this is for freddie the rassler....hope you watced Thomas make his first TD.  Also hope you notice he did not "run over" any of the would-be tacklers....so hopefully you won't call him timid.

I'd call avoiding a tackle smart!

PaulinNH
PaulinNH

@MikeBanning

Perhaps the #1 QB not playing had something to do with that.  If Mason had not played in UGA's Spring game you could have said the same about the Bulldogs.