Even in Paul Johnson’s world, the Jimmies and Joes matter.

Mark Bradley marshals up a few stats and quotes about the first third of Georgia Tech’s season, and they don’t paint a pretty picture.

1. Apparently B-backs aren’t interchangeable. Jonathan Dwyer rushed for 1,395 yards in both 2008 and 2009. Over the winter Paul Johnson said he’d be willing to bet his new B-back would gain 1,000 yards. Anthony Allen has rushed for 267 yards in four games, which would translate to 801 over a full regular season.

2. Apparently Bay-Bay was indispensable. Joshua Nesbitt passed for 1,701 yards last season, most of them to Demaryius Thomas. Nesbitt has thrown for 316 yards over four games, which projects to 948 over a full regular season. His completion percentage, which was 46.3 a year ago, is 32.6 now.

3. Apparently it wasn’t all about the defensive coordinator. Dave Wommack’s defense ranked 54th nationally last season, yielding an average of 360 yards per game. Al Groh’s defense ranks 71st, yielding 367 yards. In pass defense Tech was 45th last season; it’s 69th now.

4. Apparently “depth” isn’t synonymous with “talent.” Before the season, Johnson called this his deepest Tech team. After losing to N.C. State, Groh lamented that his defense had made but three significant plays in 81 snaps and that there was no “supermarket” where the Jackets could go buy better players.

Maybe those four NFL draft picks were bigger contributors than Johnson believed.



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24 responses to “Even in Paul Johnson’s world, the Jimmies and Joes matter.

  1. D.N. Nation

    Meanwhile, in Lil’ Jeffy Schultz’ world, everything is great Tech is awesome la la la la I can’t heeeeeeear youuuuuuuuu


  2. 81Dog

    They should have named this movie “Pepper Rodgers 2: Flexbone Bugaloo.”

    if you think the lunatic fringe is turning on Mark Richt, wait and see how quickly the Mustard fanbase turns on the Mini-Skipper if his testy, doughy little self goes 5-7. And next year, Josh Nesbitt will be gone, a guy who was perfect for the MS’s system, but was left for the MS by Billy Bob Gailey, who successfully recruited him as a conventional QB because other D1 schools thought he threw like Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite.

    Not that we don’t have our own problems at the moment, but it’s always a relief to know that things are worse on North Avenue.


  3. rbubp

    What, it isn’t the system? You mean players matter at this level? You mean CPJ cannot take all the credit for being a supra-genius?


    • 81Dog

      PJ’s testy little personality reminds me of the role Zack Galfinkis played in Dinner for Schmucks, except that Zack would look like Ahhhhhnold in Pumping Iron next to the Mini-Skipper.


  4. Brad

    I have been told on several occasions that year three is when Paul Johnson’s offense takes shape. I like the shape it has taken.


  5. gatriguy

    Tech fans should punch Mark Bradley in the face.


  6. Chuck

    Meh. Schadenfreude just isn’t as tasty when we have enough problems of our own. I am hoping that in about five weeks, I’ll be able to re-read this with the glee that it truly deserves.


    • Jim from Duluth

      My sentiments as well. Tech’s problems are about the only thing going “right” for us right now. But I’m more concerned with whether our problems can be fixed this season. Whatever happens on north ave. is secondary.



    • 81Dog

      Chuck, life is uncertain. Eat dessert first.


  7. dudetheplayer

    “Maybe those four NFL draft picks were bigger contributors than Johnson believed.”

    This, to me, was one of the biggest no-brainers coming into this season. Yech’s defense was mediocre last season, and they lost their most important impact players on that side of the ball. How anyone expected them to improve this season is beyond me.

    Dwyer and BeBe were elite talent. Who exactly were they going to replace them with this year? PJ hasn’t recruited well at all. You can’t continue to plug in mostly 2 star guys and expect to win consistently at this level… even in the ACC.

    Yech being ranked in the top 15 pre-season was ridiculous, and the sad thing is most of us were saying as much at the time.


    • Ben

      I love whenever I hear that BeBe was an elite talent. It makes me think of that fourth down pass he dropped last year against the Dawgs…


  8. Mayor of Dawgtown

    It’s Tech. Who gives a rat’s ass.


  9. Spike

    No Heisman for Nesbitt?


  10. The Realist

    Grohmentum knows no bounds. God Save the Groh!


  11. time for a winn

    After how s.c. ran on UGA , 1k isn’t too hard to buy.We see the sc back is closer to jasper than Walker. The maroons were dominating in 4th qtr. How much scotch before the” train wreck” images go away?


  12. We Hit and Run This State

    Don’t you UGA fans have better things to do than bash us? Last time I checked, yall are 1-3, we are 2-2. Seems yall need to check yourself first.

    FWIW, I’m *almost* rooting for yall this saturday over fifth down u.