“You all know the old saying, it’s never as bad as you think it is, and never as good as you think it is? So you go in and look at the film, well it was as bad as I thought it was. I proved that wrong. The film didn’t show us anything to make us feel any better about it. I can tell you that. Like I said after the game we played poorly in all three phases. We got outcoached in all three phases and we’ve got to do a better job. Each and every person that’s associated with the program including myself.”
What was the most disappointing thing you saw after taking a look at the film of the ECU game?
“That we lost. There were a lot of disappointing things. Finding the positive things was the hard thing. Finding the positive things was really the hard thing. Our philosophy is very sound and is proven. That’s not going to change. It’s not going to waver what we do, how we do it and all of those things. You cannot play the game unless you play the game with a lot of energy, enthusiasm and passion that I’ve all talked about before. We didn’t do that Saturday. We didn’t do that and again that’s my fault.”
Thoughts on issues revolving around energy amongst the players rather than the scheme:
“It’s not like we’re doing something that nobody in the world is doing. We didn’t just invent them up this weekend to see if we could try it. We’ve got to do a better job of making sure the kids understand what we’re trying to do for the game plan. We’ve got to make sure it’s simple to keep them where they don’t have to think as much. Then the players are responsible for executing the plays that are called. It’s the old adage that player’s play, coach’s coach and referees officiate. We’ve got to do our job.”
How do you explain the consistency problems with the offense thus far this season?
“It’s almost been every week. It’s just replaying the loop. If it was one thing it would be easy to fix. As soon as you stick your finger in this whole then all of a sudden it starts leaking over here and then you stick you finger over there and you’ve got something else that comes up. It’s not a consistent thing. One thing that is consistent is that we shoot ourselves in the foot somewhere amongst the eleven. It’s through repetition and continue doing it and guys continuing to gel and understand what each other is doing in every situation. Until that happens it will remain inconsistent. What we’ve got to do is keep repping and keep repping and improve. That’s what we’ve got to do.”
What was the total number of missed tackles tallied up against the Pirates on Saturday?
“I didn’t get the exact number. The reason I didn’t get the exact number is because the missed assignments was the highest thing. That was the problem. Again, missed tackles you go back to any game you play when you’re tackling well there’s a lot of energy out there. People fly around and they’re not glaring when you miss one because somebody else is there to make that tackle. A guy slips off and another guy is there hitting the guy on the ground. You have to have that defensively. We talked about that going into the week. You’ve got to play with a lot of energy because we’ve got to get multiple hats on because now the field is spread and if you miss that tackle and nobody else is there it’s going to be an explosive play. That’s what happened.”
Comments on improving and growing despite the lack of positive play from this past weekend:
“Because we didn’t find enough things positive doesn’t mean that the philosophy is not good. You don’t change what you do if you believe in what you do and your philosophy is sound. That won’t happen. We’re not going to change. I know what’s right and I know what works. We’re going to keep teaching it and keep coaching it and demanding it until we get it.”
Thoughts on getting players catered toward the system in the program:
“I don’t want to make it sound like that because these are my guys. These are my guys. We’ve got one recruiting class in here. Two recruiting classes of guys that we’ve been recruiting the fit the system. We’re going to have to continue to do that. You hope over time that once you get the guys in to fit the system that that helps. Because then you’re able to tweak some things offensively and defensively and do things the way you really want to do them. I don’t want anyone to think these aren’t my guys. These are my guys. These were my guys last year. These are my guys right now. We’re going to do what it takes to win with them right now.”
How was yesterday’s practice after reviewing the game film from Saturday?
“It was good. I didn’t give them a choice. I told them the way it was going to be and the way we were going to react. That’s going to determine who we are is the way we react to this game and the way we played. If you walk around with your head down you have no time to do that. You’ve got two more days to get ready for Virginia Tech. You have no time to feel sorry for yourself or to be mad at yourself or any of those things. You’ve got to put it to bed and you’ve got to move on or you get beat twice by the same team.”
Thoughts on the amount of personal fouls and dealing with them in the future:
“That’s frustration on some guys' parts. They’ve got to do a much better job of handling our frustration because again it goes back to being selfish. That is strictly being selfish. We have to play smart and we didn’t do that.”
On Saturday's matchup with Virginia Tech:
“It’s a conference game. A critical game for us. We’re going to their stadium in Blacksburg and everybody knows how good they are. I have not looked at the statistical rankings but I am sure defensively they are probably top three in the country I would imagine. They’re playing really good on defense. Bud Foster is always going to put a good defense out there so I’m sure they are going to play really well. You’ve got Logan Thomas on offense and they are scoring enough points to win games and are always going to be really good in the special teams. So yes, I do realize the task at hand. It will be very difficult but right now I’m more focused on the Tar Heels than I am Virginia Tech right now because we’ve got to get better as a football team. It doesn’t really matter who the opponent is right now.”