Rambling Thoughts of An Old Tech Fan

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  1. CiraldoForever

    CiraldoForever Varsity Lurker

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    I know this is very long. It contains no news, just rambling thoughts of an old Tech fan. If you don't like that kind of thing, just quit reading it right now. You've been forewarned.

    I liked Coach Johnson a lot. I never doubted that he knew exactly what he was doing. I knew that he hated losing as much as I did. I believe that he gave Tech the best chance to win, with the recruiting disadvantages we have.

    I did get frustrated with him some times. His coaching decisions about going for fourth downs, when they failed and led to quick TDs by our opponents, were very easy for me to second-guess. And his decision to go for the two-point conversion in OT against Tennessee in the first game of the season is something I still haven't gotten over.

    However, when he made the same type decisions and they worked, I was ecstatic. And, when I look back on his decisions when they didn't work, I can see that he probably made the call that gave us the best chance to win in those cases, too.

    When I'm going to court as a lawyer, I often have to choose between doing what will leave the least room for me to be criticized if my client loses, or doing something that gives my client the best chance to win a tough case, even though it is so unorthodox that I will be criticized by the client and his or her family if the case is lost.

    I think Coach Johnson was is a similar situation. I waver sometimes, but usually end up doing what I think gives the client the best chance to win, regardless of how bad I look if the case is lost. I think Coach Johnson did the same thing, even though I would get really mad at the time when he took one of these strategic chances and failed.

    For instance, in retrospect, he probably did make the correct decision to go for the win in OT against Tennessee. The reality was simple. The odds are against making two-point conversions. But, the reality is that the offense had a better chance of winning the game right there than the team would have had of winning, if he had tied the game up and relied on our defense to stop Tennessee in subsequent overtimes.

    That was the basic problem he had, while he was at Tech. He had a great offense, but he had to ask it to do more than it could in big games to make up for the weak defense. I think the reason for this is that he had the football mind and the offensive system to get the offense to play above our recruiting level, but he didn't have a similar magic to make up for our recruiting disadvantage on defense.

    He reminded me of General Robert E. Lee ordering Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg. Lee was a great General and the Army of Northern Virginia was a great army. But, the Confederacy was at such a big disadvantage compared to the United States that Lee always had to take desperate chances to find a way to overcome the odds and win.

    So, even though I got frustrated by him sometimes and criticized him at times, I was a big fan of Coach Johnson. I knew he hated to lose, he knew what he was doing, and he was willing to sacrifice himself by leaving himself wide open to criticism in order to give Tech the best chance to win. Therefore, I was sad, when he resigned. And, I'll never forget his big wins against Georgia, Clemson, FSU, Virginia Tech and others. Never.

    Still, in his last season, it was obvious that he realized he was never going to be able to raise Tech to the elite level that he spoke of at his introductory press conference. Plus, he got a little defensive, talking about our recruiting disadvantages and implying fans should be realistic and compare our record with Tech's average record since Bobby Dodd's time.

    Therefore, I think he did the honorable thing, when he decided to retire. I think he realized that he couldn't achieve his lofty goals at Tech. I also think he thought nobody else would be able to do so, either. And, I pretty much agreed with that, to be honest.

    Then, along comes this guy that I had never heard of. "We're getting the head coach from Temple? Man, things are bad." When Coach Collins had his introductory press conference, I thought, "He can talk the talk, but I can't really believe him." I didn't think he was lying. I just didn't think he knew what he was getting into.

    But, as time went by, and I saw the staff he put together and how relentless he was in recruiting, I changed my mind just a little. I started thinking, "This guy will never get this done. But, damn, he's trying so hard, and he's got this great staff that's working themselves to death." I decided to buy into what he was doing. As long as he and his staff keep believing Tech football can be great again and keep working like hell to make that happen, I'm going to be in his corner.

    So, here we are, not far away from fall practice. I expect we'll win between zero and five games this year. But, that's not important. It's like Bobby Ross's first two years, when he didn't win a single ACC game. If the coach and staff can stay positive and don't let what happens on the field discourage them, they may turn the corner in season three and pop into national prominence in season four.

    That's what I'm choosing to believe. But, I and all Tech fans have two things we've go to do, too. We've got to stay patient and supportive. If we do, our coach has got an outside chance to bring Tech back to the glory days. If we don't, I don't think it can be done.
     
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  2. ee8384

    ee8384 Cynic At-Large

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  3. wesleyd21

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    Same boat as OP.

    But I really believe CGC was the only hire that could have lifted my spirits...because he was THE GUY responsible for the vaunted 2007 recruiting class.

    CPJ was always bemoaning the whole recruiting process and CGC is the polar opposite. Hopefully he can coach half as well as CPJ. I certainly believe he will be a better motivator but not as masterful at X’s
    And O’s like CPJ
     
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    Contain your optimism please
     
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    JJacket 1st to pass for 2500 and rush for 1000

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    If our QB pitches the ball, we beat Tennessee.
    If JJ Green doesn't fumble, we beat Tennessee
    If Wells is kicking that FG, we beat Tennessee
    Dammit
     
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    I really wish we had beaten Tennessee.
     
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    Even CPJ's harshest critics acknowledge his offense works. Nobody questioned his offense. The problem I had with CPJ was the other parts: defense, special teams and (especially) recruiting. To see our talent level reach new lows every year just drained the excitement out of the program. Every team looked like an NFL team next to us. Once Duke athletes became superior to ours, that was the line crossed with me. We could do better but the system would not attract anything but guys with lower level FBS offers. It was time for a change and I do salute CPJ for honorably stepping down. I will forever be a fan of the triple option as long as I'm watching some other school run it.
     
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    If we had thrown to Calvin more than 5 times we would have beat Wake.
     
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    Generally agree with OP. Think we’ll win between 4-8 games this year. Missed opportunities in UT game already well laid out by another poster. CPJ offense “worked”, but since it did not operate in a vacuum, defense was negatively affected IMO.
     
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    The one at the end or the one up 21-7 in the 3rd that went wide left by about 30 yards.
     
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    and yet, if we hadn't thrown to Calvin, we would have beaten NC State in 2005.
     
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    Killick “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”

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    And Collins is the only candidate that wants to be at Georgia Tech and has a plan to succeed at Georgia Tech. Others may have wanted the gig, but they didn't have a vision for specific success at this particular (and unique) school. Nobody, and I mean nobody, conjured up a strategy to use our excellent educational offerings as a positive attraction for INNER CITY ATLANTA athletes. I am pumped. Even if we go 4-8, we are changing the paradigm about "can't learn calculus and play winning football." In five years, you won't know the place.
     
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  20. Fredge

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    I agree. Keep in mind that Tennessee and Miami both sucked that year.