John Bunting Sunday Teleconference

After returning to Chapel Hill and reviewing the game tape of Saturday's loss at Clemson, North Carolina head coach John Bunting spoke to reporters Sunday evening via teleconference. Here is some of what he had to say...

Opening remarks

"After watching the tape, not much has changed. I think offensively, our quarterback competed. It was a good test for him versus the rush they have. I thought our offensive line did a good enough job with pass protection. Obvioulsy, we didn't run the ball well at all, and that hurt us.

"Defensively, we were very poor from a fundamental standpoint, very poor in our linebacker and safety fits. Generally speaking, they didn't look very aggressive at all.

"Our punter did a pretty good job yesterday. (Special teams) was awful. Having a fumble down there doesn't help things. That's a real bad situation when you're down 14-0, and on the ensuing kickoff you turn it over and give up a short drive.

"We need to get a heck of a lot better. Our staff is still together right now. As soon as I'm done with this call, we'll meet and see which direction we want to go. We're going to try to get back to fundamentals – back to training camp – for at least two days. Then, perhaps work on Miami on Thursday and Friday."

What would you like to say to the fans?

"My response to that is not everything is broke. It certainly looked like that on the field, and I can understand. There's a lot of good things that are happening with this football program. I really believe that we're going to be a good football team before not too long."

On this current challenge -

"I've got a smart staff, and I've got good kids. The teams that have beaten us… Clemson beat us very soundly, but I don't feel the same about the other two losses. Those three team are on a roll – (a combined) 14-2 – so they're no slouches. When you have good people, you have a chance. I really believe I've have a bunch of great kids on this team that are willing to work extremely hard. I really think they will come back."

Comparing to returning from loss at Utah for bye week in '04 -

"It was later in the season. There were some things that took place in the Furman game where we broke down. We had to get back into more normal football for Clemson. They were able to attack the right spot, but we still did not execute fundamentally like we needed to. I had some concerns about that late in the week, and that was exactly what we'll try to do this week. Those fundamentals… the tackling, the getting off of blocks, knowing where everybody fits better, all those fundamental things need to be re-trained. Then I think we'll be OK."


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