• What Works at Georgia Tech?

    The following quote is attributed to Georgia Tech football assistant Buzz Preston in a recent AJC piece:

    I think that, in this business, the key to success is to figure out what works at that university, he said. Id say [Saban] has figured out what works at Alabama. Whether you agree with it or not is one thing, but hes figured out what works.

    Do you think Paul Johnson has figured it out after four years here? And, if so, just what is "it"?

    In my opinion, our coach has figured it out to a degree. We will know by November, but I think we will see less of the riverboat gambler in play calling than we've seen in the past--for a couple of reasons.

    First, we will have better players (overall) on the field than we have had, and we will have a better, more trustworthy defense.Paul Johnson gets it---the offense is still our weapon of choice, but no longer our single weapon.

    Secondly, I think the coach has realized that the high risk/reward plays are less effective when they become too frequent. Oh, we will still see the lunatic calls--just fewer, and at much more unexpected situations. But, I predict we will not quick kick even once this year.

    A realization that we need to invest in defense and special teams is also part of "it".

    I look for more attention to field position, and as a result, I think our offense will flourish. I can't predict that we will punt more, because I truly feel we will move the chains better than in the past.

    But I don't think we will go for it on fourth down to avoid punting anymore. To be able to kick and then trust the defense will be an entirely new feeling---one I am sure will have the coach worried at times. But as the year progresses, I think the defense will have answered the bell enough and successfully that they will be a confident option late in the year.

    Same article, the receivers were listed--Greene, Waller, Jackson, Moore, Autry, Henry, and Summers. I know we are wringing our hands about the lack of experience, but this is a group that does not lack for size, speed and ability.

    Our passing attack is truncated to say the least, but for some reason I am optimistic about getting the ball into this group's hands. We won't be asking them to carry the team, only to catch a pass once every nine or ten snaps and block like hell the rest of the time. I think we can find two out of that group that will get it done. THWG!
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    1. Yukonwreck's Avatar
      Yukonwreck -
      You can view my post in article form at Georgia Tech Sports News - What works at Georiga Tech?
    1. mack's Avatar
      mack -
      The answer guys,.............id defense defense and more........defense.
    1. foggy's Avatar
      foggy -
      Amen Mack. Yukon I wish I had your optimism but being sick for the last 3 mos. I have not kept up with anything. So I'll trust you and hope you are right.
    1. Yukonwreck's Avatar
      Yukonwreck -
      Quote Originally Posted by foggy View Post
      Amen Mack. Yukon I wish I had your optimism but being sick for the last 3 mos. I have not kept up with anything. So I'll trust you and hope you are right.
      Foggy, you know I am the eternal PESSIMIST! But this year, I've got a feeling we'll be much improved. I think the coach is learning how to coach at a BCS level. I think he liked 2009 and wants another sip. And he has all his guys on the field now to make it happen. You get your happy ass in football shape, young man. This is going to be a fun fall. TO HELL WITH GEORGIA!
    1. GTDesigner's Avatar
      GTDesigner -
      Quote Originally Posted by dressedcheeseside View Post
      I've said this before, but here goes:

      The formula, according to Cheese, for GT success is:

      a) red shirt religiously
      b) keep attrition low
      c) land a handful of blue chippers at key positions, qb (most important)
      d) must be solid in the trenches
      e) run something different so we don't have to out-recruit the factories at every position
      f) recruit high character kids

      I think CPJ has turned the corner on most of these fronts, some we still haven't quite got there yet.
      Sounds a lot like the Bobby Dodd years and he had the whole formula for a school at that time that had only 3,500 students of which most all had to be accepted to the University first and then make the team. But mostly from a fan watching the last two years on TV, if there is going to be an effective triple option then that means all three parts of the option have to be used with cunning purpose. That requires talent at the positions that make each option work and also to occasionally make a mundane play work. If the other team always knows what is coming then they can prepare for it. Hence the purpose of the option. execution calls for disciplined minds...see previous comments above. A smart athletic player with B skill The defense must hold ground and the kicking game has to work.
    1. Yukonwreck's Avatar
      Yukonwreck -
      Quote Originally Posted by GTDesigner View Post
      Sounds a lot like the Bobby Dodd years and he had the whole formula for a school at that time that had only 3,500 students of which most all had to be accepted to the University first and then make the team. But mostly from a fan watching the last two years on TV, if there is going to be an effective triple option then that means all three parts of the option have to be used with cunning purpose. That requires talent at the positions that make each option work and also to occasionally make a mundane play work. If the other team always knows what is coming then they can prepare for it. Hence the purpose of the option. execution calls for disciplined minds...see previous comments above. A smart athletic player with B skill The defense must hold ground and the kicking game has to work.
      I can't argue with any of that GTD. Easier said than done, however. We don't have a Jon Dwyer, or a Morgan Burnett this year, but our first 33 should be the best overall in 8 or ten years, IMHO. We don't have Dodd, but this fellah knows his offense better than anyone on the planet, and as I said in YEAR ONE, I believe he knows college football players, what they want and what they need, better than any coach we have had since Coach Dodd. With that defensive improvement that you have hinted at, I think we can make some noise this season.
    1. unajacket's Avatar
      unajacket -
      Quote Originally Posted by Yukonwreck View Post
      I can't argue with any of that GTD. Easier said than done, however. We don't have a Jon Dwyer, or a Morgan Burnett this year, but our first 33 should be the best overall in 8 or ten years, IMHO. We don't have Dodd, but this fellah knows his offense better than anyone on the planet, and as I said in YEAR ONE, I believe he knows college football players, what they want and what they need, better than any coach we have had since Coach Dodd. With that defensive improvement that you have hinted at, I think we can make some noise this season.
      Let the Jackets win the turnover battle & I see 10 wins!