It’s been a common recurring theme so far this football season that the Tar Heels just are not there 100% mentally all game long. Most recently, note that during the NC State game, we showed up in the first quarter, then disappeared until the last seconds of the fourth quarter.
At least when Carolina played State they showed up in the first quarter. It seems that the Tar Heels have a hard time getting in the game until the second half and more commonly the fourth quarter. Playing catch-up is something you don’t want to be known for having to do.
A good team will go out from the first whistle and until the last whistle blows, play with all of there focus on one thing…football.
Now, I already know a lot are going to hate what I’m having to say in this article, but I do not see how you can ignore that fact that Carolina simply doesn’t show up to play until it’s nearly too late.
It’s this same mentality that allowed Wake Forest, Louisville, and Duke to defeat the Tar Heels.
North Carolina really has not been dominated by any team this year, it’s just poor and sloppy first half games and penalties that have hurt them.
It was a combination of sloppy plays and penalties that allowed Wake Forest and Louisville to win. However, in Durham…where exactly where the Tar Heels? The secondary must have been out there and not even realized they were in a football game. The linebackers couldn’t pressure the quarterback or even attempted to stop the run hardly.
Yes, I’m being critical of a team I love and support 100%, but it’s because of frustration that I am sharing this. And because it was assigned to me. If Coach Fedora doesn’t change this prevent defense, the only thing it will do is prevent UNC from winning.
North Carolina MUST show up from the first whistle and play with 100% focus until that last whistle is blown!