Honest question: Would you you rather he suck so Johnson get fired O?
Kind of makes me wonder if he's coached to do that. I could see it being a coaching point on certain plays or against certain defenses. JT's speed could make it be coached different. He can take away angles of a defender and out flank them with his speed. However, his strength will not be breaking arm tackles from DL, so if he goes straight down the line, the DL has a chance to reach out and grab him. But, if he gets a little depth it gives him the room to beat everyone to the corner.
I may be completely off on that, as I agreed with you when I first saw him do this. It's his consistency in doing this that has me wondering. Stylee, Steebu, Boomer, Bueller?
Nesbitt was very risky also, but we won when he was here. Maybe thats something weve been missing?? Being conservative in big games against top tier opponents doesnt seem to work out, somebody has to step up and make plays even when they are not there. I think MOMENTUM has been our biggest problem the past four years. We havent been able to capitalize on it, but we have given it up in several games. We have a hard time creating it in most big games.
This video of JT in 2013 reminds me of Vad 2012 videos. We'll see what happens when JT plays 60% of the time. I hope he is the real deal, but most of his big plays were in trash time (like Vad in 2012).
This is where I disagree. Go back to Vad's 2012 highlights and see if you can find a single one where he is running the true triple option. Both of JT's huge TD runs came on the 3O.
Here's another example of how Justin trumps Vad on the keeper. At 1:28 in the video, we run triple option to the right. The playside Aback, Days I think, whiffs bad on a cut block on the safety. Justin's so fast, he gets by the safety even though he's in relatively good position due to the missed block. Vad goes down in that same situation. JT scores a td. Little things like that make a huge difference.
TW wasn't timid. He had that innate ability to avoid big hits. Vad didn't.The biggest problem that Vad had was he got very timid. He started getting timid incrementally after the UNC game in 2012 where he took a massive hit that wasn't "needed".
I don't know if CPJ selects QBs who are timid*; players became timid because of CPJ's coaching / play calling; or that is just how it has turned out. You have to go back to CPJ's Southern days to find fire eaters who played QB (Tracy Ham). I have missed the excitement that JN brought to the game -- and the big wins.
*(JN doesn't count in my mind since CPJ had NO choice with JN as he was the only reasonable candidate for QB. JN remains my favorite recent GT QB.)
I like the confused description. It is pretty accurate if you ask me. We never really established an identity on offense. We tried a bunch of stuff that was really only lukewarm in terms of execution and ended up sticking with a watered down fake option scheme.Thomas is no doubt a better fit at qb in the TO than VL. Because of that, he will most likely make the players around him better since they were recruited to play in the TO and have been practicing it for several years. Looking back, I would classify last year as confused. That's sorta how the offense looked to me for most of the year and especially the VT game. A couple of games, it clicked, but otherwise is just wasn't smooth. I expect a more polished TO than what we saw last year but with a higher risk/reward execution. More balls on the ground but with more big plays. In '12 we won 7 games with a confused defense, and in '13 we won 7 games with a confused offense. I hope that less confusion translates into a couple more wins
One other thing I expect to see is more of Byerly and earlier. We are thin at qb now. Thomas gets a sprain, there's Byerly, and there's not much behind him. I would bet we see Days at qb before Jordan. For a number of reasons, Byerly will play more as backup than either JT did last year or VL did the year before I suspect.
We will lay some points on people next year if JT stays healthy, but it's up to the defense to hold up their end if we are going to win the offensive shootouts we will have with Clemson and uga. Is '14 the year that defense wins us a big game or will we have to wait on that until '15? We must ramp up offensive and defensive efficiency in '14. Otherwise we might be looking at a Fukushima type melt down with the schedule that we face in '15.