There has been so much talk among Atlanta sports fans in the past year, discussing potential coaching and management moves that fans think should happen. One move that has been talked about seemingly more than others is if Georgia Tech head football coach Paul Johnson should stay or go.
The questions constantly come up as to whether his option offense really is the answer in an up and coming conference like the ACC, especially with Florida State rising to power again and Miami making a return now that their NCAA investigation is (finally) over.
Firing Paul Johnson could be the right move. Since taking over at Georgia Tech Johnson is a middle of the road 47-30 which comes to just a .610 winning percentage. At first glance, you’d probably think that’s not too bad, but in the eyes of many Georgia Tech fans they deserve more than just a .610 winning percentage. They want conference championships (or at least a shot at playing in the game) and major bowl considerations.
Along with that that 47-30 record, the Yellow Jackets have only managed to win one bowl game, and that was the 2012 Sun Bowl against a depleted and disheartened USC team. Their single conference championship under Johnson, in 2009, was vacated due to NCAA violations.
The option offense that came along with Paul Johnson was great the first two years. Tech managed to go 9-4 in 2008 and 11-3 in 2009 (with the aforementioned vacated ACC Championship), landing a BCS bowl berth in the Orange Bowl, but falling to the Iowa Hawkeyes 24-14.
It’s very noticeable how much luck played a part in the Yellow Jackets first couple of years under Johnson – along with teams facing the triple-option for the first time, and not having a scheme to defend it. But since then every year has come with somewhat high expectations which seem to fall short before it seems the Jackets are even halfway through the schedule.
With this season going just as the past three have, it just seems like it’s in the cards for Paul Johnson to be relieved of his duties and for Georgia Tech to bring in a coach that could get them past in-state rival Georgia and also get them back to national prominence like they once had…a long, long time ago.
But then again, perhaps more wholesale changes in the coaching and play-calling might be the ticket. Here’s another point of view on the future of Georgia Tech football under Paul Johnson.