So, this article, like others that we’ve discussed, highlights some of the low expectations (in this case by the media) of Georgia Tech’s football team for the 2019 season. The first line says a lot about those expectations and how Tech has often surprised skeptics: “Surpassing preseason expectations was something of a tradition of the Paul Johnson era at Georgia Tech.”
In other words, expectations are not high, as often has been the case for Tech. The Yellow Jackets are now expected to finish last in the ACC Coastal. The media cast ballots after last week’s ACC Kickoff event. I like Geoff Collins’ response: “They don’t know what these young men have done, what these young men have invested in the program,” he said. “And I’m just excited to be out there and take the field with these guys and go to battle with them.”
Of course, things are a little different this year, considering the significant changes the team is undergoing. But if Collins is anything like his predecessor, who had a knack for surprising naysayers, things might be a little different. Speaking of Paul Johnson, I think his most recent Tweet pretty much summarizes these sentiments:
Everybody downplaying @GT football 7 of the last 11 years they finished first or second in the ACC Coastal. There are some talented players there don’t sleep on the Jackets!!— Paul Johnson (@CoachPCJ) July 19, 2019
Oh, and BTW. This is a fun Tech fact: In 1989 (before the current two-division format of the ACC), Tech was picked to finish last in the ACC. They ended up finishing in 4th place (out of eight teams) with a final record of 7-4. The next season they won a national championship. Not bad.
So, our frenemies at SOTU did a preview of the Tech-Miami matchup that takes place on October, 19. I guess it’s never too early to start scouting. The preview included some film breakdown and analysis. Also, it mentions some of the offensive and defensive schemes that Geoff Collins utilized at Temple. It’s expected a lot of those concepts will be carried over to Tech. Again, the expectations of Tech are low.
Out of curiosity, are you more excited to see the new look of the offense or are you more excited by what the defense might look like? Personally, I’m anxious to see what the defense does. I think it will have a bigger impact on the way thing shape up, at least, for this season.
In case you missed it, here is a link to some of Tech’s video highlights from last week’s ACC Kickoff event.