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?
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.