Johnson, Beamer talk on Tuesday

Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson and Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer spoke Tuesday, a day after they publicly disagreed about blocking tactics used by the Yellow Jackets  in their 28-23 win over the Hokies two weeks ago.

On Monday, Beamer called some of Georgia Tech's blocks dangerous and illegal. He said he sent tape of some plays to the ACC and that the conference office agreed, informing him referees missed four illegal blocks during the game.

Beamer specifically cited one play toward the end of game, charging safety Kam Chancellor had been illegally blocked below the waist on the touchdown run by Josh Nesbitt that sealed the win. Johnson responded that the allegation was a joke, that Virginia Tech had been "out-schemed" and needed to go back and look at the tape.

Beamer did and on Tuesday clarified his statement to say that the play in question actually occurredin the third quarter. While specifying that Georgia Tech deserved to win, Beamer indicated he was more concerned with the language of the rule covering the chop block, when one player blocks a defender high while another player blocks him below the waist.

As written, the rule differentiates between players who are "engaged" opposed to those who are "blocked," according to ACC coordinator of officials Doug Rhoads. A defender who is only engaged with an opponent -- making unintentional or incidental contact --  may be blocked low by a second player without penalty. A defender who is considered being purposely blocked may not be double-teamed below the waist.

Beamer would like to see any player -- engaged or blocked -- protected from the second low block. Johnson has said his linemen often become engaged with defenders as they attempt to get downfield to block and are not purposefully trying to set up chop blocks. He also suggested if defenders would keep their hands down, instead of using them to prevent offensive linemen from getting into the secondary, they would not be vulnerable to a low block.

"That’s the only reason this is coming around, is I want to do what I think is right for the game," Beamer said. "And this is what’s right for the game. It’s not sour grapes. It’s not that Georgia Tech beat us. It’s not that. It’s just some situations came up that I think put guys in dangerous situations."

Thomas cited

Demaryius Thomas‘ making the list of 10 finalists for the Biletnikoff Award, given annually to the nation's best wide receiver, may help Tech's recruiting, according to Johnson.

Thomas has 30 catches for 747 yards and four touchdowns. He leads the ACC and is 19th nationally in receiving yards per game (93.4). His average of 24.9 yards per catch leads the country and, at this pace, would be the best in school history.

"I was ... happy for Bay-Bay because there goes a lot of the opposing vitriol in recruiting," Johnson said. " ‘Why would you ever go there? You can never get any notoriety being a receiver.' I'm just happy for him because he's worked so hard and deserves it."

Johnson's offense in the NFL?

Johnson said he thinks his spread-option offense would work in the NFL, and for many of the same reasons it's worked for him in college.

"The system is like any other system," Johnson said. "If you do it right, you're going to have some success. If you don't, you won't."

Johnson said he doesn't think any NFL team would have the courage to run it, but he imagined the success it could have.

"How hard would it be for NFL teams to get ready if 15 weeks out of the year, you play the conventional, everybody-looks-the-same [offense]?" Johnson asked.

It could help an owner's bottom line. Instead of trying to sign a $100-million-plus quarterback like Peyton Manning, Johnson said you could afford three or four players for the price of one.

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