UNC's offense disappointing so far
After reaching 400 total yards in every game last year, UNC hasn’t come close in two of its three games this season, netting 293 yards against South Carolina and 319 against Georgia Tech.
South Carolina may have one of the top defenses in the country, the 41-30 loss to Georgia notwithstanding. The output against Georgia Tech – especially the 62 yards in the second half – is less excusable.
“I don't think anybody made anything happen on offense in the second half, I really don't,” UNC coach Larry Fedora said today during his weekly press conference. “Whatever we could do to shoot ourselves in the foot and just to hurt ourselves, we did.”
After breaking all kinds of records in the first year, many people assumed UNC would do even better in its second year under Fedora’s system. But perhaps losing three offensive linemen and playmaker Giovani Bernard was too much to handle.
“We've got a ways to go in our passing game, our screen game, our running game, and I don't know if there's an aspect of what we're doing offensively that we feel good about yet,” Fedora said.
When I asked Fedora if he thought the team would be further along after three games, he said: “I did. I really did. That's disappointing. So we've still got a lot of work to do. We've got a long season and we're going to...we'll get there."
Unfortunately for UNC, the schedule is incredibly front-loaded, with the toughest game first and probably the four hardest games (at SC, at GT, at VT, Miami) in the first half of the season.
If the offensive struggles continue for a few more weeks, then by the time it gets going it will be too late.