Take out take

One of the genius’ most endearing traits is blaming his defensive coordinator for Tech’s failings whenever it’s convenient.  Here’s the latest example of something he’s bitched about since last November:

The Jackets were insufficient when it came to building on leads on offense and protecting leads on defense (particularly at the ends of both halves).

“I think that hurt more than anything with us,” linebacker Victor Alexander said. “Just to know how close that was for us.”

The details seem seared into coach Paul Johnson’s memory. At the media day, he didn’t need prompting to revisit the season-ending loss to Georgia at Bobby Dodd Stadium, a 38-7 loss.

“We take the ball and run out eight minutes in the second quarter (actually, 6:17) and score to make it 14-7 at half, but with less than a minute to go, they come back and score right before half and take the momentum,” Johnson said. “Those things just take you out of games.”

You know what else takes you out of games?  Watching your defense hold Georgia to a three-and-out to start the second half in a 17-7 contest… and then have your vaunted triple option attack lose seven yards on a three-and-out series to give the ball right back.

226 yards of total offense for Georgia Tech that day, the lowest output of the season.  But it was the defense giving up a field goal before the end of first half that took the Jackets out of the game.

Funny how the mind plays tricks like that sometimes.


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21 responses to “Take out take

  1. He’s so dumb … he’s a genius.

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  2. 81Dog

    Shhhhh, let them all keep blaming bad luck. That 55 year streak where they lose at a 70% plus rate to UGA? Just bad luck they’re doing everything right! Keep it up, nerds, this could be the year it all comes together!

    I have a motto for you: ACC Mathematical Elimination Fever: CATCH IT!


  3. Brandon

    Fish Fry is just what Tech deserves.

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  4. So to ensure I have this correct: GT’s O was being shut out the entire first half before finally scoring, in which that was the only score they’d achieve all day. Yet he complains about his D giving up a mere FG to one of the most explosive offenses in football? Got it.

    That’s akin to Rosie O’Donnell blaming her dress designer for creating something that makes her look fat.

    Oh, sorry that it’s not related, but I had to include this…


  5. I’ve seen Tech do some dumb things over the years; but extending out CPJ’S contract was one of the dumber ones in quite sometime. Arkansas and Missouri recruit Georgia better than Georgia Tech


    • Milledge Hall



    • dawgtired

      I’m glad they will continue to wallow in their mediocre-ness, but it IS one of the great mysteries of CFB for me. I just don’t understand those people in Atlanta. There are Mid-Majors all over the country with coaches who field competitive offenses. It’s just a mystery.


  6. Go Dawgs!

    This reminds me of the scene in the new season of “Last Chance U” where the coach comes in screaming about how they’re not going to point fingers, you win as a team and you lose as a team, and then proceeds to almost literally point his finger at one player who got a costly personal foul penalty and tells the locker room that it’s what cost the team the game. Priceless. We all know that Paul Johnson and his vaunted offense are without fault, and that’s why the only time they scored in the game was that touchdown he’s referring to. They held off in the second half to call attention to the defense’s failings.

    Incidentally, that player from Last Chance U that can’t control his emotions and keeps getting personal fouls is playing at Tennessee this year, so I really hope our guys have watched the show and plan on goading him into a few 15-yarders, too.


  7. Whiskeydawg

    Paul Johnson is so defensive.


  8. Paul Johnson is such a perfect fit personality wise for yech. His inferiority complex, this “I’m smarter than everyone” attitude, his inability to take even the slightest bit of criticism…..it’s like they distilled the entire yech experience into one human being.

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  9. stoopnagle

    Do we have someone who can spy effectively from sideline-to-sideline the way Roquan did in that game last year? Because more than usual, he was everywhere in that game.