UNC-UW: John Bunting Quotes + Audio

- Inside Carolina
Posted Sep 17, 2005


CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- Read and listen to what the North Carolina head coach had to say following the Tar Heels' 14-5 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday...

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Opening Remarks:
“We had some opportunities, we had some field position. Sometimes we didn’t. But heck we’ve got to run the ball better than that. We got to protect the quarterback better, too. I was disappointed in some of the breakdowns there. We have to get over this quickly. We can’t dwell on it because we have a lot of football games left and we have a heck of an opponent next week.”

On the team’s inability to run the ball effectively:
“Part of it are the runners, part of it is the offensive line and part of it are the lead blockers. And part of it has been the wide receivers. That’s the way it was last week. I’m going to anticipate it being the same when I look at the tape. That’s the way it was against Georgia Tech.”

On the penalties:
“Far too many. I don’t think we’ve ever had this many in my four years here and I’m disappointed in that. It’s horrendous and I was one of the guilty people. So I’ll start with me. We’ve got to clean that up.”

More overall thoughts:
“Well, our two-game season is over. I had a talk with our football team during training camp that these two games were extremely important. The opener and the home opener and we are 0-2. That’s the bottom line; really disappointed that we wasted a pretty good defensive performance, best one we’ve had around here in a long time. I’m really disappointed that we are not more consistent offensively right now. You see signs every week that we can do some things. We have not been able to run the ball effectively and that’s been a trademark around here for most of the past two years. I don’t see it being all that different in our offensive line.”

On Matt Baker’s performance:
“I thought our quarterback was very gutty staying in there. I know he would like to have played better. I also would like to protect him better. And we’ve got to get to the bottom of that.”

On 3rd Down troubles:
“I thought we did a better job on third down in the second half. We did a lot of good things getting to the runner and got some pressure on the quarterback, too. The penalties, I’ve never seen so many flags flying in a game. That was certainly different than I’ve been accustomed to being around. One was thrown on me and I am very ashamed of that. One was called on me at the beginning of the game on the punt return.

“We’ve got to get things figured out on offense so we can move the ball and score some points.”

On the defense:
“I’ve sensed this coming all throughout training camp. I’m very proud of the way these kids have been working. We are better up front which helps us play better.”

More on offense:
“We’re not getting enough on first down. We’re not doing good enough job on first and second down.

“We’re not making enough plays with our wide-outs.

“Inconsistent, too inconsistent. That’s about the only way to describe it. We’ve got to do a better job up front, we’ve got to do a better job with our running backs, and the receivers have to do a better job making some plays. And the quarterback needs to help out, too. That guy is tough, he can make throws. He wasn’t perfect tonight, but we have got to run the ball better.”


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