There comes a time when people should take a step back and realize how successful Paul Johnson‘s offense has been duing his time with Georgia Tech. Lately, everyone wants to down it, and many fans want a change. But let’s ask ourselves – do we really need a change or is this our identity from now on?
Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said of Paul Johnson’s option offense at Tech, “It’s not just the option. People make a big deal, there’s a lot of people that can run the triple option, it may not be very good. But the deal with Georgia Tech is that they’ve really good at what they do. They’re very well coached.”
Coaching changes happen regularly around the country. It may happen with Georgia Tech football after this season yet again fails to meet expectations, but there is a chance that it may not. If you take a hard ook at the success of the triple-option from a numbers point of view, it’s not such a cut-and-dry decision.
Georgia Tech ranks 5th nationally in rushing touchdowns, nudged in between Navy and New Mexico. They rank 2nd in rushing plays of 30-plus yards, right behind Wisconsin. They are 4th in fewest third-down conversions allowed, which is tied with the No.1 team in the country, Alabama. Not entirely poor offensive numbers.
This season, a key player in the option offense has been A-back Robert Godhigh. He ranks 8th in rushing and receiving plays of 30-plus yards, which is four spots behind Andre Williams of Boston College (who has been tearing it up this season with the Eagles). Godhigh also ranks in the top 5 in rushing plays of 30-plus yards (coming in at 4th) which is tied with Jordan Lynch of Northern Illinois, who is on everyone’s radar as a dark horse Heisman winner.
This option offense may not be able to win the game within two minutes or run up the score like other modern offenses, but it will smack you around a little bit and then a big play will break for a score. Though much negativity has been thrown at Johnson’s offense this season, you have to agree it’s a fun thing to watch when it works correctly.