Georgia Tech Football: Offense Must Begin to Step Up

Brian StewartContributor IIIOctober 8, 2011

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 8: Tevin Washington #13 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets passes against the Maryland Terrapins at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Let me be the first to say this as a rabid fan of Georgia Tech football:  The Jackets are extremely lucky to still be undefeated at this point. 

For two weeks now, the Jackets have put together extremely poor offensive outings. As fans, it is quickly becoming an old sight to see.  After four weeks of an offense that was efficient, effective and smooth to watch, the past two weeks have provided a glimpse of what this offense looks like when it is NOT playing well.

Let's not take anything away from the team as a whole; the defense once again shut down the passing game, and made the key stops when they needed to.  The return game also improved, as Tony Zenon was able to break off easily the longest kickoff return of the season in the third quarter.

Other than these few positives, the rest of the game was—in one word—horrendous. 

In the past two weeks, Tevin Washington has regressed as a QB, consistently overthrowing receivers and failing to hit them in stride when he does complete passes.  Also (I'll play a bad guy for a small moment and possibly draw some heat from my fellow Tech Faithful), for the first time in quite some time, Coach Paul Johnson was most certainly outschemed in the second half by the Maryland staff.  For that matter, Al Groh was as well, particularly in the fourth quarter of the game.

The negatives can be harped on all day long.  But you saw them, I saw them, and we all fully understand that if this team does not get their act together soon, they will not stay undefeated for much longer.