As mentioned before, media aren't allowed to watch practice. the first opportunity will be Saturday. But I've heard he's throwing deep balls well.
Interesting. I think so. Not from a "Hooray, Tech wins! I heart the Yellow Jackets!" standpoint, but more from a standpoint of covering a team that people want to read about. I'd say, too, it's more pleasant to ask coaches and players why they're winning than why they're losing.
here's the link to the Gotsis blog post i mentioned, by the way.
We've got time for a few more questions if you've got any.
My guess is if fans are getting bored with the offense, they're probably more bored with winning seven games. If the offense was helping Tech to 10-win seasons, I imagine most people would feel differently.
We're not allowed in practice, so i can't speak to it directly. I confess I haven't brought this up yet. I've been working on a few different stories and it escaped my attention. Thanks for the reminder. I'll ask the next chance I get.
They've been running three huddles thus far (first, second and third string). I haven't asked specifically, but I'd think each to this point gets a third or more. It'll change, I'd think, as they get closer to the start of the season.
Good question. it doesn't help, obviously. In recruiting, I'm sure coaches will say whatever they think will sway a recruit's mind away from another school. Tech coaches can point to the graduation and APR success to show that it's possible (and even common) to stay eligible and graduate, but an opposing coach could easily say, "look at all those guys who left. It's impossible there." Not to say that's the reality of the situation, but it's certainly something a coach could say.
Thanks. I appreciate you saying that. i've had a lot of fun interacting with readers about Tech.
That would be pretty crazy.
will lose the rest, but that's one way to seven.
I think it's possible. They ought to be 3-0. For starters, Duke, North Carolina, Virginia and N.C. State are all teams they could beat to get to seven wins. I'm not saying they'll win these, or that they
We're all about the relationship questions today. I think they're closer, if for no other reason than they're more alike, both in personality and football philosophy.
First, I don't think a writer's job is to be rooting for or being a defender for his or her city's teams, though I don't know if that's what you're saying a writer should do. But, I would say that any writer covering any team in any city is probably going to be more honest and unsparing (and maybe crtiical) than an out-of-town writer, simply because he/she knows the team and players better and warts and blemishes (as well as beauty marks) become more apparent. But, again,I don't feel like any writers, at least at the AJC, have axes to grind with Tech.
You've heard correctly. Fast and quick, which I think serves the offense in the direction it's trying to go (back to the option). He's a fairly quiet guy, but I think has become a leader of the team. He's another of the big X factors on the team.
It's interesting - when Johnson brought it up, he said it so matter of fact that it caught everyone by surprise. I'm sure coaches were disappointed, but there's not much they can do at this point. It's funny, though, I asked a player about Whitehead when it was thought he was going to be eligible, and he wasn't even aware of the situation. So coaches probably yes, players probably less so.
I wouldn't say we talk frequently, but I've had probably four or five extended conversations with him since he took the job. The second part is tough. I don't think they're, like, texting each other constantly, but they're not mortal enemies or anything, either. I'd call it a good working relationship.
Like I said, it could happen. A former player compared it to the 2011 team when Tech was coming off a particularly disappointing season and expectations were low.
I wrote a couple days ago that Adam Gotsis was very high on his linemates. I think coaches think Shawn Green can be good if he can stay healthy (he actually has been out the past two days, but it doesn't appear serious.) KeShun Freeman has been getting praise. Overall, I think they're working hard.
As for the d line, I think it might be the factor that most determines this team's success. I'm not sure about help. I think they've got who they've got.
I think it's really up in the air. I was thinking about the schedule and feel like there's no game on the schedule that you think Tech has no chance of winning. There are so many variables right now it's hard to say. They could win five or six games or they could win nine or maybe even 10 games. A lot of it's because the division is really hard to call, but also as I said, because of the question marks. But, anyway, I think they have a chance against those teams. They've been close with Miami in recent years, but lost, and they typically play Virginia Tech tough. Clemson will be a bear, but it's at home.
Mike Bobinski addressed the matter, to a degree, last Saturday. He's not a "we need to win X number of games" guy. His feeling is that he wants teams (football or otherwise) to maximize their potential. Obviously, last year, that didn't happen. If that continues to happen, a change would take place. But I'd venture to guess he's safe going into next year.
That's pretty funny. I wasn't expecting that. that's a hard one to answer. In some ways, I think he might be more obliging of people he doesn't know, because he doesn't know where they're coming from as far as how much they know about him or the team. I'm not sure, though. I'll have to think about that a little more.
it wasn't asked today. i asked about a few other things, but not that. it'll have to wait till Saturday. that's a good question. Double sessions are Monday and Wednesday, I'm told by sports information whiz Mike DeGeorge.