UNC Football: What the ACC Coaches Have to Say About the Tar Heels!

Yesterday the writers and staff members of Athlon Sports managed to do something rarely seen. They asked football coaches through out ACC about their conference foes. However, they couldn’t get them to publicly agree to say exactly who said it, they agreed to speak anonymously.

Jul 21, 2013; Greensboro, NC, USA; North Carolina Tarheels defensive end Kareem Martin address the media during the ACC kickoff day at the grandover resort. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

So what exactly do some of the coaches in the ACC have to say about your North Carolina Tar Heels?

“Larry Fedora, I thought he did a good job in his first year. The biggest thing was the tempo they played with. They are really fast and presented problems for a lot of teams. The tempo can wear you out.” …

“The running back, Gio Bernard, was a really, really, really good player — yes, three ‘reallys.’ …

“The receivers are impressive looking. The tight end, Eric Ebron, is impressive looking. He’ll be a big part of what they do next year, I would think.” …

“Butch Davis didn’t have a problem recruiting at North Carolina. That guard, Jonathan Cooper, he’s as good as we saw in the country last year. He’s gone to the NFL now, and he’ll be missed. They had great talent on offense, and combined it with the tempo they played.” …

“They were just OK in the secondary. I thought it was a liability, to be honest. North Carolina State exposed their secondary last year.” …

“If they aren’t good on offense, it can be all over for them on a bad day. … The quarterback played well for them.”

I can agree with all of the comments until the last one. It all boils down to our defense and how they defended not only against deep passing but the rushing game of the opposing offense. Offensively there were slow games, but the defense is who I’d hold accountable for the losses and mistakes in those games.

(H/T: Athlon Sports)

Topics: Atlantic Coast Conference, Football, North Carolina Tar Heels

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  • GunnySack

    Add a couple of VERY’s to the Gio quote, but look out for our new crop with Romar, Khris and two TJ’s.