Season Report Card: Georgia Tech
However, the same fans have to deal with the fact that starting quarterback Vad Lee has announced that he’ll be transferring to James Madison for next season, stating that he wasn’t a huge fan of head coach Paul Johnson’s triple-option attack.
Maybe it’s time for Johnson to move on? He’ll definitely be on the hot seat next season. But for now, Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski has told the unhappy fan base that Johnson will remain as coach next season.
Paul Johnson’s scheme wasn’t up to his own standard this season. His system requires persistence and discipline. If you’re able to stop the Yellow Jackets on the ground and force a turnover or two, the odds will be in your favor. What hurt this offense the most this season were turnovers. In the team’s six losses this, it turned the ball over 14 times, and you never want to play from behind with the 118th-ranked passing offense. This unit did average almost 300 yards per game this season, but you would expect that after 713 rushing attempts. Statistically, the offense was relatively sound. Unfortunately, it was never good enough to win a big game, going 0-2 versus Top 25 teams.
Once again, statistically this defense looks solid. The best performance came against Duke (38-14) in early September, which at the time didn’t seem like an important win. The defense also produced two shutouts against Elon (70-0) and Syracuse (56-0). But as great as the defense looked at times, the Yellow Jackets were horrible at slowing down ranked teams. Georgia Tech gave up a combined 100 points against No. 14 Miami (FL) and No. 8 Clemson. It simply couldn’t stop the pass, finishing 83rd in the country in passing yards allowed. In order to win the big game, you have to be able to disrupt the quarterback.
Georgia Tech went up 20-0 late in the second quarter against Georgia, before losing in double-overtime 41-34. This tragic loss could sum up what kind of season the Yellow Jackets had in 2013. Georgia Tech simply couldn’t make the game changing plays when the team needed it the most. I think coach Johnson knows that he’ll need to make some changes this next season to be successful, and it’ll be interesting to see if he tweaks his offense for 2014.