The Georgia Tech football program was the defending Atlantic Coast Champions one year ago, but after the losses of Demaryius (Bay-Bay) Thomas, Jonathon Dwyer and Derrick Morgan to the NFL, this team is a shell of itself after succumbing to another embarrassing bowl loss -this time against Air Force, 14-7.
Two-time ACC Coach of the Year Paul Johnson is the architect of the Yellow Jackets’ rather effective triple-option running attack. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Georgia Tech needs to do a better job of developing wide receivers and a more effective passing game.
During the long layoff between the regular season and bowl games, LSU, Iowa and now Air Force had weeks to focus solely on Paul Johnson’s offense and this is a factor in Tech’s problems of being productive with this unique offense
Most people love the triple option attack, but it is time to diversify the offense with more of an aerial attack.
Over the course of the season, senior quarterback Josh Nesbitt and eventual starter Tevin Washington had a difficult time passing the football in 2010 and it cost them in games against , Georgia , Kansas, N.C. State and Virginia Tech.
Johnson told the Atlanta Journal and Constitution that Monday’s 14-7 loss to Air Force in the Independence Bowl was a “microcosm of the season.”
Bay-Bay Thomas, who is now with the Denver Broncos, was a dominate first-round talent at wide receiver who stretched the field and made multiple impact big plays during his tenure here at Georgia Tech. However, no one was able to take his place or come close to filling that void for the 2010 season and beyond.
Even though Georgia Tech led Division I football in rushing, the Yellow Jackets were among the worst in passing the football.
And its tougher for a run-only team with a limited passing attack to come from behind.
A case in point is the Air Force-Georgia Tech game.
Tech had no margin for error which meant special teams and defense had to play a flawless game. However, just like over the course of the season, there were breakdowns and Coach Johnson’s team was not able to overcome them in the same way their 2009 ACC Championship team did.
And it didn’t take long for the flaws to begin to appear.
Air Force was the beneficiary of a Georgia Tech muffed a punt in the second half of the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl. which became an ominous sign for the Georgia Tech team and freshman quarterback Tevin Washington.
Tevin Washington rushed for 131 yards and Anthony Allen contributed 91 yards, but the Yellow Jackets had three costly fumbles which further made it more difficult to sustain offensive consistency.
This Yellow Jackets team was close to putting it all together, but it appears this team could never get on the right page.
2011 needs to be a year that Georgia Tech gets back on track, find a more consistent passing attack with multiple receivers capable of making impact plays and be able to cut down on those breakdowns on special teams.