1. We have played very, very poorly in our first two games. I know with 100% certainty that our coaches had planned to use these first three games to not only build quality reps for our starters but also to try and get a lot of reps & experience for our backups in games that were expected to be lopsided. Unfortunately, we haven't been able to put those teams away until the 4th quarter in both games and it precluded us from building the type of depth that we want and need.
I personally think that many people are overlooking many of Justin's negatives just because they want him to be really good. Not that it matters what you and/or I think so much, but people talking about Justin "progressing" from game one to game two have to be (in my opinion) overlooking quite a few negatives to think such. I'm not saying that we should sit him because I think he's far & away our best QB. But I also believe in calling things like I see them. And I think Justin played a very poor game against Tulane.
5. Lack of passing in the last game. I know what Coach Johnson is saying about them playing us in such as way that the run made more sense than the pass. But I also know that our assistant coaches find it difficult to recruit receivers when they have to try and explain why we only attempted 8 passes versus a lower-tier talented team. I was told flat out, "It's damned hard to recruit receivers for this offense".
On point 1...finally glad someone else besides myself said it. I said in another thread, each fan sees what they want to see. Some fans see it as "building character and overcoming adversity" for later in the season. I saw it as a P5 team struggling against the likes of Wofford and a sloppy showing against a less talented non-P5 team. Personally, I'd rather us struggle and overcome adversity against a team like UVA. Not only did we not slam the door shut early on those teams early like we should, but we didn't give our backups VERY important reps for later in the season when attrition due to injuries or even suspension (heaven forbid either) is likely to occur given the nature of the game. For instance, Shamire Devine should have seen a lot of snaps to get him acclimated to the speed of the game (CPJ said as much), but we couldn't get him in because our starters had to play deep into the game. If he doesn't get in versus GSU this weekend, he may have a baptism by fire against a very good VT defense. I guess he can get experience with adversity against VT though.
I think JT has potential, but I also think Vad would have had the higher ceiling in the long run. Coaches don't add new offensive concepts and formations built around a player if they don't think it pays off in the long run. I think a lot of GT fans don't realize that. There's a reason why players, coaches, and recruits kept saying over and over how the staff wanted to expand the offense and throw more. That didn't come from CPJ just because he had an itch to try something crazy after almost 30 years of coaching...he's certainly not going to be held hostage by a player either. Personally, I think CPJ was a bit hurt that Vad didn't see it out and have faith that CPJ would build an offense around him to showcase what he could do...but that's just my personal opinion. Not saying JT isn't going to be a good player...as we saw in a few instances he has big play potential, but JT is limited in certain instance (hence having to roll out to pass the ball) because of height and size.
WR is the one position that requires so many other people to do their jobs right in order to even see the ball in their hands. I think as the season progresses, our WR may have a harder time getting the ball...and it won't be their fault. I'm not confident our pass blocking is going to hold up, and I'm not sure JT will have the time or see the field well enough to get the ball to our WRs once the meat of our schedule gets here. It took Tevin a couple of years to truly understand our route concepts against defensive looks, and at this moment JT just doesn't have that. That's not his fault...it's just experience. Unfortunately, it's hard to show off our passing game to WRs if we can't block and our QB is going through growing pains.