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Quinton Coples made his regular season debut Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Jets — Rex Ryan, Dennis Thurman and Coples, himself — said the outside linebacker would open his season in a limited capacity in order not to overexert the right ankle fractured four weeks ago.
After the Jets’ 27-20 victory, Coples said his ankle felt healthy. The strain of a game did set back his recovery. Coples reiterated that the Jets coaches monitored how frequently he was on the field, though he couldn’t say by what extent.
UNC head coach Larry Fedora was asked during his weekly press conference on Monday if he thought his offense would be further along at this point of the season. His response was blunt and succinct.
“I really did,” he said. “That’s disappointing. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”
UNC managed just 62 yards in the second half of Saturday’s 28-20 loss at Georgia Tech. In four second-half possessions, the Tar Heels were 0-for-3 on third downs and turned the ball over once.
North Carolina was counting on a record-setting offense to pick up where it left off in Larry Fedora’s first year. Instead, the Tar Heels just aren’t putting up big numbers through the first month of the season.
“I don’t know if there’s an aspect of what we’re doing offensively that we feel good about yet,” Fedora said Monday.
The Tar Heels (1-2) have failed to reach 400 yards — an every-week occurrence in 2012 — in two of three games. They lost those games at South Carolina and Georgia Tech, scoring a total of 30 points.