Somebody doesn’t have time for that movie, TV crap.

Do you sense a rising level of frustration on the Flats after last weekend’s embarrassing loss?  Well, if you do, don’t expect Paul Johnson to do much about it.

“From the looks of the game, I can certainly motivate better,” Johnson said. “But you know what my experience has been in 31 years? That’s movie, TV crap. You’d better be able to motivate yourself. I’m not going to motivate you 12 Saturdays a year. Anybody that thinks you’re going to go into the locker room and somebody’s going to punch the locker, or cave in the blackboard or head butt somebody and everybody’s going to go ‘AAAAAAAAHHHH!’ It’s make believe. It doesn’t happen.”

Somehow I’m guessing there’s a happy medium between ‘AAAAAAAAHHHH!’ and Chan Gailey’s treat-’em-like-pros, hands-off approach.  Too bad if Johnson can’t find his bearings to get there.  It sounds like it may be dawning on him that he’s not coaching midshipmen anymore.

And this from a guy who worked for one of the greatest motivators in the history of college football.


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13 responses to “Somebody doesn’t have time for that movie, TV crap.

  1. TennesseeDawg

    Don’t worry, Paul. ACC play will begin soon and the rest of the ACC will make Tech look a lot better than they really are………. until the Georgia game


  2. hailtogeorgia

    The last sentence sums up my thoughts exactly. I’d like to see him go tell Erk it doesn’t do anything to headbutt someone while their helmet is on, or to use lame gimmicks to motivate. Heck, Erk built that program in Statesboro using “beautiful Eagle Creek” as a cornerstone for motivating his players. Beautiful Eagle Creek? …nothing more than a sewage creek running through campus next to the practice fields.


  3. Go Dawgs!

    Paul Johnson would like you to believe that he doesn’t buy into the motivation stuff. But he does. He just refuses to admit that anything having to do with a loss could possibly be HIS fault. The fact is, Paul Johnson thinks he’s perfect. If there’s a failure, it’s someone else’s fault. Or, it wasn’t an important game. Witness his comments after the Georgia-GT game last year. The guy’s a clown.


  4. heyberto

    A little lollygagging speech never hurts.. they’re kids, Scare ’em.


  5. 69Dawg

    Paul Johnson, I knew Erk Russell and your no Erk Russell. Big difference between PJ and Erk is personalities. Erk had a sense of humor and sometimes it was about himself. He joked that the reason he shaved his head was to save money on hair cuts not because he was bald. He said he figured he had saved over 1500.00 on hair cuts. The players played for Erk because they loved him and did not want to let him down. He never ever was as bad an a$$ as the fans made him out to be. Tony Barnhart told the story about one of Erk’s UGA players who at the time was in his 40’s. He told Tony that if Erk Russell called him in the middle of the night and told him he needed him to be somewhere, he would be there without asking why. That my friends is leadership and that wins Championships.


    • W Cobb Dawg

      A friend of mine tells a story often: His knee blew out before he could ever play a down for the Dawgs, but years later he bumped into Erk in Athens. Erk remembered everything about him – asked about his family, career, etc. – treated a guy who never even played a down like he was a son or all-American. Erk knew motivation and it wasn’t a ploy.


  6. Chuck

    Erk was great, and it seems like a tragedy that he continues to be bypassed for College Football Hall of Fame recognition. All of us who knew him should try a little harder to get that done.


  7. Will Trane

    Football…a game of emotion and passion…players, coaches, and fans. I agree with Coach Johnson. I will say that in any sport you always want your motor running at high rpms. But football is a collision sport, not a contact sport. You have to hit, execute, and score. Coach Bryant said it best about motivation and players. He wanted his players mobile, hostile, and agile. If you had those assets you would hit, execute, and score.

    Most of us military types like the mobile, hostile, and agile. But we think you need a plan of attack, timing, muscle memory, a mind set, and the will to win at all costs. In today’s world of geeks, media blovation, and etc they like to see and to hear coaches scream out before and during a game…like that one act will change not only the outcome of the game but perhaps your life and the world. Really? Think of SOS throwing his visor or dragging his headset onto the field. And some fan is sitting there saying, yeah I like that coach let them know we mean business. In the end it will come down to a player being prepared and wanting/willing to win. Some players hear it and some tune it out.


    • ChicagoDawg

      Agreed. Not suggesting you don’t need some external motivation and the occasional temper tantrums from coaches on the sideline, but the whole “we need a coach who shows emotion” bit is one of the more overstated demands from fandom and the media. It is pleasing to the eye when your team is getting whacked and you can vicariously enjoy watching the coach meltdown on the guy who fumbled. But, if acting like a jerkoff on the sideline was the only approach to success then Ron Zook would have rolled up about 6 NCs by now and the crown prince of all sideline ass clowns, Trooper Taylor, would be the hot commodity for major programs in need of a HC. Lastly, Tom Osborne would have been run out of Lincoln after the first game instead of landing in the CFB HoF and racking up mutliple NCs.


  8. Hogbody Spradlin

    You’re being a johnson, Johnson.


  9. Scott W.

    All the grandstanding about how he’s not like that, shows that he’s exactly like that (i.e. “Punch you in the mouth”).


  10. Dog in Fla

    My favorite CPJ motivational technique (incomplete with scrubbed training video):