Labels? Paul Johnson don’t need no stinking labels.

He’s got bigger fish to fry right now, thank you.

Johnson seems more concerned with learning his players’ athleticism and intelligence before putting them in specific roles.

“There’s names on the board, but it doesn’t mean anything,” he said. “We haven’t even seen them practice.”

Just don’t put a name to what he’s doing. Hell, don’t put a name to what anybody’s doing.

“It’s like I did a radio interview this week,” Johnson said. “You know, they want to talk about the offense, and I said, ‘Well, what do you call what Georgia runs?’ (And the host said) ‘Ah, ah, ah … ‘ And I said, ‘What do you call it?’ ”

Johnson, 49, seemed to savor the moment when the radio host replied that the Bulldogs run a pro-style offense.

“I said, ‘No they’re not. I mean they don’t run the same thing the New York Giants do and the New England Patriots,’ ” Johnson said. “And I was like, ‘Well, what do you call it?’ And the guy goes, ‘Well, I guess you’d call it conventional.’ I said, ‘There you go. Call it whatever you want. They’re all a little bit different.’ “

Even on defense, labels are so confining.

As for Wommack’s scheme …

“It’s like all defenses,” Johnson said. “You can call them whatever you want. They’re all basically gap control, and it depends on what coverage you’re playing. You want to have a shell where you can disguise coverages. We’ll probably base out of a two-shell, play some man, play some quarters, play some two-deep just like everybody else.”

It’s probably good to resist labeling, if you’re Johnson right now. Just look at the label the AP writer gives the Tech program:

Now Johnson will attempt to restore credibility to a Tech program that maintained mediocrity under former coach Chan Gailey and hasn’t beaten archrival Georgia since 2000.

(Of course, that guy doesn’t seem too familiar with the Tech program, based on this quote:    Neither of the experienced candidates, Calvin Booker or Josh Nesbitt, have attempted a pass in a college game.  I know there was a lot going on, but I don’t think I was that out of it at the Tech game last year.)



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4 responses to “Labels? Paul Johnson don’t need no stinking labels.

  1. Richt-Flair

    Johnson is just being coy. They’ll probably start installing their plan for J State next week.


  2. Jim

    Who cares…GT is not the big time..never will!


  3. dean

    Maybe he meant Booker and Nesbitt have never completed a pass in a college game (unless you count interceptions).
    On the label thing, what do the players call him? Isn’t Coach a label? What about Paul?
    Seems to me he’s a little sensitive about his triple option offense.


  4. I remember Booker completing more than one pass in the Georgia game.

    Anyway, I checked and here’s a link to Tech’s ’07 passing stats. Sloppy journalism, I’m afraid…