Johnson on how important the extra two weeks of practice and bowl game preparation is to building his football program: "When we talk to our team about playing in a bowl game, certainly our No. 1 goal is to try to win the game. But we also want our team to enjoy it and have some fun. So, we try to find that happy balance with preparation and practice and enjoying the trip and enjoying the bowl game. When I was a younger coach, I worked on staffs that, not only the players but as a coach, you dreaded it. It was like going back into two-a-days and keeping the young guys out after the other guys went in, and none of those kids want to do that."
Johnson on his retirement and on the emotions he has with the Quick Lane Bowl being his last game: "My big focus on this game is it's about the players. It's not about me. And everything I want to do, I want to do about the players. They're the ones who got here, they're the ones who won six of the last eight games.
“If it’s the last game, it’s the last game. If I decide I can’t live without it, I may come back. Right now, I just don’t know. I know that I’m going to take a year off and evaluate where I am. It’s hard to tell you how you’re going to react. I don’t know.”
Johnson on different schemes being used in different regions of the country: "I'm probably a little bit different than most coaches. I don't know how many different styles there are. People categorize as what we do as different, that's OK. We're not much different than zone read teams. There's hardly a team in college football now that doesn't run some kind of an option at some point—now they don't run it like we do, it's different, just like there's a lot of teams that are inside zone teams or outside zone teams. I think that sometimes the weather can dictate a little bit how you play and that kind of thing. But all and all in my 40 years of coaching, it comes down to blocking and tackling and doing the basics, you're not going to trick many people."
Johnson on he if takes recruits to the Varsity restaurant on campus: "The Varsity is kind of a drive in that's been a staple in Georgia and Atlanta. It's kind of famous for the hot dogs and the onion rings and the frosted oranges and you can't come to Atlanta without stopping in the Varsity. But, if you eat there more than once a month, you're probably not going to survive. You'll be greased out. (Laughter) But, no, we don't take recruits. But, it is right up from our offices, it's about a block. During the season myself and a couple of the other coaches, we've got too old and feeble to run every day, so we'll go walk and we make sure that once every three or four weeks that we end up walking to the Varsity and kind of killing why we're walking. But, it's a neat place and if you come to Atlanta, everybody probably has to check it out."