Paul Johnson: 'Special guests not my thing.' Sean Payton bringing in Derek Fisher

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A really low-keyed Paul Johnson answered questions this morning during his weekly game-week press conference.

Asked if Georgia Tech is where they should be heading into Saturday’s game against South Carolina State, Johnson said, “I don’t know. We’ll find out.”

Johnson did say, however, that he feels much better going into the season-opener this year than he did in 2008. 

“We’re a lot better football team. A lot. I had no idea what we would see two years ago on that Thursday night. I have a pretty good idea of what we’ll see Saturday.”

(on Al Groh’s defense) “The big thing to me is can they not have a bunch of mental assignments. We’ll find out how they’re going to react the first time they (opponent) get a few first downs.”

Unlike New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, Paul Johnson doesn’t like to bring in guest speakers. Johnson said, “I don’t think I’ve had a special guest come in and talk to the guys since I’ve been here. It’s not my thing.”

Payton, reportedly, will have Los Angeles Lakers guard Derek Fisher address his team before the Saints’ season opener. Fisher has won back-2-back world championships, something the Saints will try to do.