"We didn't play as well Saturday, certainly, as we would have liked to have played. One thing when you're a coach and you take a look at it, obviously you want your team to play well and play hard. I think we've got good kids that did that. We just didn't play as efficient and effective as we played the first time. That's the benchmark – how you played against that particular offense and that particular team a year ago. There's three or four major critical factors in almost every game that determine if you're going to win, and in those critical factors, we didn't play well.
"You can't turn the ball over three times and not get any turnovers and expect to have much of a chance to win against good teams. Secondly, one of things that is a major issue, especially when you play Georgia Tech, is your third-down efficiency on offense. We were 1-of-11 and that clearly is not good enough. Part of the reason that we were 1-of-11 is that we were in so many long third-down situations. When you flip that scenario over and you take a look at them, they were 10-of-19. And of the 10-of-19, we had lots of opportunities where a year ago we got them out. Third-and-11, 3rd-and-9, 3rd-and-7 and a couple of 3rd-and-6s, and that was somewhat the difference. A year ago, we had two major 4th-and-1 stops that inevitably gave us good field position.
"We missed some real good opportunities. We missed two chances to get fumbles. We missed a field goal. But having said that, Georgia Tech played well They out-executed us and we didn't play as well as we needed to."
Any position changes on the horizon?
"Oh no. Absolutely not. I think that we're playing the best players that we've got. But we've got to look at what are their capabilities and what can they realistically do. And then how can they get better at what we're trying to do. I think the worst thing that we could do is to try to do some kind of a magical hodgepodge where you move the offensive line around. They've got to get some consistency and some continuity during the course of the week and during the course of the season. We've got to be more effective and we've got to get the ball into the hands of our playmakers better. We've done that at times and we haven't done it as well as we needed to. We didn't have many opportunities, so that's our fault."
Any hope of getting Zack Pianalto back this week?
"Don't know. I know that he is feeling better and I know he is starting to do a lot more in the rehab aspect of it, but it's probably pretty unlikely that he'll make it back for this game."
Did you feel off on Saturday?
"Yeah, I definitely felt a little off. I couldn't really catch the rhythm at the beginning of the game. That kind of led to the rest of the game. It was hard for our offense to get into a rhythm and get things going on the ground and passing the ball."
On Georgia Tech's defensive wrinkles:
"They did some stuff that they haven't shown on film. We knew they were going to throw something new at us. We've got to do a better job of assessing ourselves during the game, in between quarters and at halftime, as to what they're throwing at us and to kind of regroup and get something else out there to protect against that."
On the mood in the locker room after the loss:
"It definitely wasn't a good one. We definitely didn't play the way we needed to play. With an away game, you've already got to be jacked up and I just didn't feel like we were ready for the task that was there for us. Give credit to them for coming out and handling their business."
Why would this team not be ready for its first ACC game?
"That's a question we're still trying to figure out. But the good thing about it is that it's over with and we've got Virginia on our minds. That's the only good part – we've got another week to correct things."
On if the offense leans too much on the defense:
"I think the offense kind of banked on the defense playing well. They did some things wrong, but they did some things right. We just need to take it on ourselves as an offense to get things going and start faster than we have been.
How much does the offense miss Jonathan Cooper?
"We've got a great guard in Greg Elleby. He's still learning. He's still a young guy – he's not a vet by any stretch of the imagination. Neither is Cooper. They're both working and working hard. Coop is still trying to recover from his ankle injury, so to get him back will definitely add to the offense, but the guys we have we just need to get them on the right track."