As I sat and watched the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets get embarrassed by a group of overachievers from the Air Force Academy last night, it reinforced to me what I already knew was going to happen when Tech hired Paul Johnson. Paul Johnson is without doubt a great football mind. I may even say that he is a great coach...at the RIGHT school.
Johnson is a niche coach who has an offensive scheme that is really hard to stop against equal competition. The problem is that Johnson, now in his third year, is consistently facing superior athletes. The guys that Johnson is able to recruit to play offense are never going to be top caliber stars. Josh Nesbitt, Jonathan Dwyer, and Bebe Thomas are guys that were already at Tech when Johnson got there, and I find it hard to believe that he is going to be able to recruit talent comparable to those guys in the future.
Why would a 4 or 5 star offensive recruit want to go to Ga Tech when he has aspirations of one day playing in the NFL? Dwyer is the prime example of a guy that thrived in Johnson's scheme at Tech, and then found out that the NFL doesn't want a guy that knows little about how to play in a pro offense.
The only way I see Johnson surviving at Tech is if he goes all out on defense. I think he should place 80% of his recruiting emphasis on getting the best recruits possible to play defense. Then, he can get the 3 star left overs that fit his style of offense. We all know what the formula of a stout running game mixed with a top notch defense can do. What do you guys think? Any Tech fans out there with comments, or are you all already done with Paul Johnson?