Vad Lee Wasn't a Fan of Georgia Tech's Offense; Is Johnson's System Flawed?
So why is coach Paul Johnson’s most athletically-gifted option threat leaving after three years in Atlanta? Well apparently, it’s for that very reason.
"The triple-option was never really my thing," Lee told ESPN’s Joe Schad on January 3.
Lee had an up-and-down season as Georgia Tech’s starter, leading the Yellow Jackets to seven wins and an appearance in the Music City Bowl (in what was “supposed” to be a much more promising year).
In 13 games, he completed 45.6 percent of his passes for 1,561 yards, 11 touchdowns and 10 interceptions—pretty decent numbers for Tech/Johnson standards—but averaged just 2.8 yards per carry in an obvious run-heavy scheme.
While it’s not very unusual to see a talented player leave a very “meh” Georgia Tech program—the Jackets have been nothing short of predictable, yet disappointing during Johnson’s tenure—you have to wonder why it took Lee this long to pack his bags.
It’s not like Johnson ran a different system when he recruited him back in 2011—there was a time where Lee was sold on the fact that Georgia Tech ran the triple-option with no exception and still signed his letter of intent.
So was this a matter of Lee not being able to grasp the system, or was it the system’s flaws that couldn’t accommodate Lee’s abilities? And if the latter is accurate, then what’s next for Johnson?
This should definitely raise a few eyebrows among those with higher power within the athletic department. Mike Bobinski is still getting his feet wet as the athletic director and has to be chomping at the bit. He probably won’t be giving Johnson too much leeway in 2014.
Since taking over Georgia Tech in 2008, Johnson has compiled a 47-32 (31-17 ACC) record, and is 28-25 (19-13) over the last four seasons. The Jackets have just one bowl win in six tries under his term (2012 Sun Bowl).
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