Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 12/16/13
Paul Johnson, the head coach that took over after Chan Gailey, joined the Georgia Tech football program in 2008. Since then, he’s led them to an ACC championship in 2009, and over 20,000 rushing yards in the past 5 seasons. However, in recent times, Georgia Tech has suffered from their inability to finish a game and even the season strong. The spark that Paul Johnson brought with him to Tech has officially left. Most fans are unhappy with his coaching and play-calling, as well as his inability to significantly improve the issues on both sides of the ball. So the burning question remains: is Paul Johnson on the hot seat? Let’s look at some of the facts that have fans wondering and even hoping that he’s on his way out the door. Since 2009, the Yellow Jackets’ records have been 6-7, 8-5, and 7-7. Another reason? Georgia Tech can’t win a bowl game. Since Paul Johnson took over, the Jackets have posted a 1-4 bowl record. And they haven’t been to any major bowl games. They beat USC in the Sun Bowl last season, which doesn’t say much. Lastly, Tech can’t close out a season. They’ve started the last few seasons on a high note, only to end them right above .500. Is Paul Johnson the problem? Most fans say yes. The element of coaching that he came to Georgia Tech with has long since left, and the program is now a shell of its former self. Coupled with young players and the abundance of mistakes, the Jackets continuously find themselves falling down at the finish line year after year since 2009.  The most recent incident that puts Coach Paul Johnson under the microscope is Tech allowing Georgia to come back and beat them in overtime after the Yellow Jackets were up 20-7 at halftime. Collapses like those are too numerous and no one has the patience to see  if CPJ will fix the inconsistencies. So the question remains: is Coach Paul Johnson out of a job? My honest answer to that question is yes. His original contract when he first came to Georgia Tech was worth $11 million. In 2009, he got a $17.7 million dollar extension that’s good through 2016. At this point, we’re all wondering what Tech’s next move will be. It’s obvious that if they got rid of him they’ll definitely have to pay him the remaining balance on his contract. What’s also obvious is the decline of the program. Which is more important to them? If they get rid of Coach Paul Johnson, it shows that the dollar amount doesn’t matter and that they want to make changes to ensure that the program doesn’t continue to get worse. If they keep him, they’ll send the message that money is obviously the motive. It’d basically be saying “If we cut him, we’ll owe him money. A LOT of money. We don’t want to pay him all that money.” Paul Johnson was a great addition in the beginning, but now it’s just painful to watch season after season. It’s my belief that Coach Paul Johnson will begin the 2014 season elsewhere. I can’t say that Georgia Tech is on the same frequency just yet,  but I can only hope that they’re just as fed up with being mediocre as the fans are.    

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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