Paul Johnson Thinks TV Analysts are ‘Morons’

September 16, 2008 – 11:29 am by TheRiot

Riddle us this: What do you get when, as a coach, you win a lot of games at a service academy running the triple option, beat Notre Dame for the first time in 44 years when the Fighting Irish are flat awful and once were the offensive coordinator at Hawaii?

You get to coach Georgia Tech and call television analysts and second guessers “morons.”

Your name is Paul Johnson.

We think it speaks volumes about the God awful ACC that Johnson can install his triple option offense and is going to be very competitive. What is this, 1942? Come on. Programs run options because they have inferior athletes (see: Navy), not because it’s the way to go.

Good luck recruiting kids to come run the freakin Wishbone.

But that’s neither here nor there. Johnson, when asked during his Sunday teleconference about his decision to go for it on 4th-and-7 at his own 34-yard line with 2:24 remaining in the game while trailing 20-17 against Virginia Tech on Saturday, responded thusly:

He said that while watching a replay of the game, he heard the TV announcers questioning the move, too.

“I think you’ve got to try to win the game,” he said.

“The guys who do the game, they’re morons…I don’t worry about what they say.”

We appreciate the whole “we don’t worry about what they say” thing. That’s good. A coach should coach his way regardless of what outsiders say.

But geez, Paul, isn’t that a little harsh? Do you think your nobody-outside-football-knows-anything-about-football tone really reflects well on you? Get over yourself. We at Rumors and Rants have a plethora of football knowledge.

Are we smarter than you? Well, no. We’re not getting paid to run the triple option. But are we qualified to make educated second-guesses? Damn right we are. And we’ll do it all day.

That’s part of coaching at the big boy level. Get used to it.

Oh, forgot. You’re in the ACC. Nevermind.

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  1. 13 Responses to “Paul Johnson Thinks TV Analysts are ‘Morons’”

  2. I’m smarter than Paul Johnson.

    By McD on Sep 16, 2008

  3. A Big Ten alum ragging on the ACC? Strong, confusing words.

    By bg on Sep 16, 2008

  4. Well played, bg, well played.

    By TheRiot on Sep 17, 2008

  5. Running the “Wishbone”? I guess even if it was actually the “Wishbone”, Jim Tressel still sees this offense in his nightmares (along with any team associated with the SEC or southern california).

    By K on Sep 17, 2008

  6. Maybe he was referring to you. You go ask any defensive coordinator if they want to play the option. That’s why almost every team on the GT schedule has practiced against the option offense at some point during the summer because it is very hard to defend. It’s not run any more because people love to see the pass.

    By Xeno on Sep 17, 2008

  7. I must concur with “xeno”.
    While GT may not win the crystal ball with the “flex-bone”…
    (If you want to make fun of his coaching, while looking credible as a football expert, don’t make assinine statements like calling what he does the “wishbone”)
    …he will win lots of games, and make d-coord’s lose LOTS of sleep in the process. Navy beat other goods teams (in and out of bowls) not just ND.

    Today’s spread O’s have breed faster, blitz-happy schemes. Those “faster” (not always disciplined) players fail to master the kind of responsibility-driven scheme necessary to stop the option.

    Yes, it might effect recruiting (not more than their already tougher academic standards). the biggest knock is that he’d better have agood #2 QB, cuz his is getting rocked every play.

    Disclaimer = No allegiance to any party mentioned above

    By HuffyLegend on Sep 17, 2008

  8. Nothing wrong with a little pi$$ ‘n vinegar out of an old salty coach. If this was Spurrier everyone would be kissing the Ole Ball Coach’s crusty visor. Money’s definitely on the Jackets finishing with a better record than a terrible Cocks team.

    I’ve got no problem with Johnson going off on the two minor leaguers that were covering the game–i think most guys watching the non-highlighted 3:30 ABC game agree that we’re not quite getting Kirk & Brent or Verne & Gary–at least it wasnt Pam Ward.

    By Big Tex on Sep 17, 2008

  9. whoever runs this site is a moron its a wing t come on now. Don’t claim football knowledge unless you really have it

    By Anonymous on Sep 17, 2008

  10. Looks like I’m a little late to the party, folks. The “Wishbone” part of the post was meant as an overstatement. A little literary device for you to make my point that the option is archaic.

    It’s all in good fun. Paul Johnson is, in fact, a fantastic football coach. I’ve watched his offense do it’s thing both on TV multiple times and in person. I know what it is.

    I just don’t ever agree with high minded football coaches calling people doing their jobs “morons” just because he doesn’t like that they questioned one of his decisions.

    By TheRiot on Sep 17, 2008

  11. How about we applaud a coach going for it on fourth down and injecting a little excitement into the avoid risk at all costs approach. Johnson is a winner, and whoever wrote this is indeed a moron.

    By MikeD. on Sep 18, 2008

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