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    AJC's Ken Sugiura has a CPJ interview posted.

    Enjoy and let the bashing begin in 3, 2, 1 ....

    Johnson reviews ’13, looks ahead to spring | Georgia Tech Sports blog

    GO JACKETS! THWG!


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    When you only go into the spread when the entire stadium and TV viewing crowd know you are going to throw, the spread is probably not going to be effective.

    Johnson should stop trying to pull the game plan from his head. He should have a real plan based upon tendencies the other team is showing on various down and distance situations. There is nothing wrong with modifying what you plan to do if you see something but he needs to at least start with a plan.

    The problem is that he believes that his base formation and play set will work against anyone all the time.

    I really hope he progresses and develops some really new stuff in the spring that will be more than a flash in the pan experiment.

    The guy is totally conservative but from time to time will go to a tremendously risky play when he still has time to win the game. Evidence is the slow developing reverse pass attempted against Miss.

    His running stuff works but it needs to be complimented with a solid passing game that is not a hope and a prayer last ditch attempt to salvage something.

    If we are going to continue to play 2 or 3 FCS schools each year, why doesn't he use these scrimages to develop his passing and/or traditional spread rushing game?

    But I'll bet he lines up against Wofford and runs his base offense most of the game. And, if I were a future FBS opponent, that is what I would prepare for. If CPJ came out against Wofford and really showed a different and effective look and it was effective, his FBS opponents would have to prepare for everything.

    When his offense works, it is exciting but if he wants to win against the big boys on his schedule, he is going to have to modify, plan, and execute the plan.

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    Tech played more out of the shotgun and threw more frequently than it had previously under Johnson, but results didn’t follow.

    “You try to do what you feel like gives you the best chance to win,” he said. “Without getting on a different tangent, we go to practice every day, we watch those kids, we try to put ’em in a situation to do what they can do to help them win. It doesn’t do any good to keep stuffing a square peg in a round hole. At the same time, they’ve got to have something that they can do. You can’t wave a wand and all of the sudden, they become something they’re not, just because somebody thinks they are or wants them to be.”
    He didn't throw Vad under the bus there. He got in the driver's seat of the bus and ran him over. Not that I necessarily disagree with him. I've made the same observation here. But, still.....ouch, brutal. lol
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    On another throught relative to CPJ's statement about 35 years of experience, has anyone ever asked him if that is really one year of experience times 35?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYJacket View Post
    On another throught relative to CPJ's statement about 35 years of experience, has anyone ever asked him if that is really one year of experience times 35?
    Haha.

    Nothing new in the interview. But like I said before and you said...he's reaching with comparing passing % in shotgun vs u/c because we primarily went shotgun on obvious passing downs. Besides Duke, we didn't really run the ball out of the gun much unless it was a QB draw.

    And the Diamond stopped working because we got worse on the perimeter...so we went back to running flexbone in which a lot of our plays were....to the perimeter! ???

    And yeah, a QB has to have something he can do...it was obvious that Vad was not comfortable playing off the defender on the pitch. So why did we continue to run some much AB option to the perimeter? Seems like a true spread Inside/outside zone read would've been much better. Our best player was RG, the diamond or traditional spread would've allowed us to get him the ball more by sticking his ass in the backfield (but not as a BB). But I'm just one of the fans that PJ likes to belittle, what do I know? Not much, but I do know Vad was PJ's last best hope, so he can throw the kid under the bus all he wants but it's most likely his undoing that he couldn't find something Vad could do well. The kid can run and the kid can pass (yes, I still believe that). Maybe he'll flop at JMU and I'll be proven wrong but chances are PJ will be gone by then and I won't care anymore!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvaMGTmjr View Post
    Not much, but I do know Vad was PJ's last best hope, so he can throw the kid under the bus all he wants but it's most likely his undoing that he couldn't find something Vad could do well. The kid can run and the kid can pass (yes, I still believe that). Maybe he'll flop at JMU and I'll be proven wrong but chances are PJ will be gone by then and I won't care anymore!
    I think you and I disagree on Vad's abilities, but lest anyone think I am a mindless CPJ robot, I want to go on record saying that I don't really like how he went out of his way to criticize the kid. Vad, as far as I've seen, never had a bad thing to say about Tech or his coach. He gave his best to Tech and it just didn't work out. I'd much rather hear CPJ talk about how excited he is about Justin Thomas' abilities than to hear him place blame for what went wrong last year. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way, honestly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey_wasp View Post
    I think you and I disagree on Vad's abilities, but lest anyone think I am a mindless CPJ robot, I want to go on record saying that I don't really like how he went out of his way to criticize the kid. Vad, as far as I've seen, never had a bad thing to say about Tech or his coach. He gave his best to Tech and it just didn't work out. I'd much rather hear CPJ talk about how excited he is about Justin Thomas' abilities than to hear him place blame for what went wrong last year. It kind of rubbed me the wrong way, honestly.
    Maybe Vad just doesn't have it between the ears, that's something you can't see until there is a larger sample size...but he has a great arm and we've seen what he can do with his feet, just not in 2013, ha. I still don't think he even played that bad considering how atrocious the OL was, the worst I can remember. Generally speaking, TW had a lot more room to work with. But I really didn't see us try to do anything different to make him better or help him succeed...roll him out more, etc.

    I guess PJ feels as though he is defending himself from all the naysayers like me by blaming Vad's problems on Vad and not on his own inability to utilize his full potential by tweaking the offense. You make a good point that he should have taken the high road and focused on talking up JT, not taking cheap shots at Vad. But the thing of it is, whether Vad is just a huge bust with no talent or he just wasn't coached well, either way it all falls on the HC. "Oh, you recruited ANOTHER poor QB? I see..." We are one snap away from either a former walk on or a Tr FR being QB and this is year 7.

    And I think Matthew Jordan (another HS shotgun spread QB) is going to be sorely disappointed when he realizes he was lied to.
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    Watching that paint dry...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smokey_wasp View Post
    He didn't throw Vad under the bus there. He got in the driver's seat of the bus and ran him over. Not that I necessarily disagree with him. I've made the same observation here. But, still.....ouch, brutal. lol
    If Vad is the scapegoat here.......looks like we really or PJ really missed the boat signing him.Gosh we all know it takes special talent to run this offense and Vads inability to run it should have been found out earlier.....Dodd never did this to a player..he took the blame since he signed them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HelluvaMGTmjr View Post

    I guess PJ feels as though he is defending himself from all the naysayers like me by blaming Vad's problems on Vad and not on his own inability to utilize his full potential by tweaking the offense.
    Hehe. Everyone knows that the only real defense against naysayers is more W's and less L's.

 

 

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