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Caulton Tudor

Big 'A' for Rivera, C-square for Fedora, Cutcliffe

Posted September 23, 2013

The weekend coaching grades:

Larry Fedora, North Carolina, C: The Tar Heels were every bit as sloppy as the dreary weather in a 28-20 loss Saturday at Georgia Tech.

Like N.C. State on Thursday in its loss to Clemson, the Heels didn’t catch many officiating/booth replay breaks, but busted plays and uneven execution contributed to the final score almost as much Tech’s spread option offensive system.

Nonetheless, Carolina’s defense was game throughout and Bryn Renner came within a devastating holding call of passing for three touchdowns despite the wet weather.

At 1-2 overall, the big picture is still relatively promising and ECU, 2-1 entering Saturday’s 12:30 p.m. in Kenan Stadium (WRAL TV), has won only twice in the 15 series games to date.

In the ACC, however, the loss in Atlanta seriously diminished the Heels’ room for error. Another road loss at Virginia Tech (Oct. 5) conceivably could practically eliminate Carolina’s hope to win the Coastal Division.

Previous grades: One D, one B.

 

David Cutcliffe, Duke, C: Down 27-7 to Pitt in the second quarter in Durham Saturday, the Blue Devils (2-2, 0-2) didn’t quit, which is a good sign the team won’t give up on the season at any point.

The Panthers (2-1, 1-1) held on for a 58-55 win and on balance, the Duke defense was terrible. That said, the defense still didn’t give up a touchdown during the final 19 minutes, thereby giving the offense enough possessions to make the comeback possible.

If the defense can expand on its fourth-quarter against Pitt, the Devils will have a chance to win the next three against Troy, Navy and Virginia.

Previous grades: One A, one B, one D.

 

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers, A: Wall to wall, the 38-0 win Sunday over the New York Giants in Charlotte was the most complete performance in the franchise’s 19-year history.

There have been more impressive, more significant wins but the Giants (0-3) entered the game just as desperate as the Panthers (1-2) and despite a litany of personnel problems, New York still had Eli Manning at quarterback.

With extra time before going to Arizona (1-2) on Oct. 6, the win puts Rivera in position to generate some mid-season momentum.

And as inept as the Panthers looked at times in the two losses, only five of the NFC’s 16 teams (Dallas, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans) have a better record and four (Giants, Washington, Tampa Bay and Minnesota) are 0-3.

Previous grades: One D, one C.

 

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  • cryowhina2.0 Sep 24, 8:11 a.m.

    tarhole tudor is an easy grader when it comes to the holes. Remember the 20-7 lead. Remember the high school point after attempt. I sure do! An easy D-

  • buster102007 Sep 23, 8:39 p.m.

    Who cares what carlton pooter thinks? I cannot stand this guy, and I know he reads these comments. Where is NC States A??????????????????????

  • StunGunn Sep 23, 7:49 p.m.

    Not sure about the coaches' grades, but I'd definitely give the Panthers team and A. Not sure... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    +1. Its hard to distinguish failure to execute and coaching failure without knowing play calls... View More

    — Posted by ncsufan18

    Exactly right. The coaches can only do so much. As for the Panthers, I was glad to see them go for it on 4th and inches, especially since if they missed, it wouldn't have given the Giants any field advantage.

  • ncsufan18 Sep 23, 4:26 p.m.

    Not sure about the coaches' grades, but I'd definitely give the Panthers team and A. Not sure... View More

    — Posted by StunGunn

    +1. Its hard to distinguish failure to execute and coaching failure without knowing play calls and game plans.

  • StunGunn Sep 23, 3:24 p.m.

    Not sure about the coaches' grades, but I'd definitely give the Panthers team and A. Not sure Cut deserves a "C" - sometimes the players don't execute the plays they were coached to do. Carolina's defense was gassed due t the offense not staying on the field long enough to give them a break.

  • Hokies94 Sep 23, 3:06 p.m.

    Rivera and his coaches did a solid job in teaching and coaching these guys last week in practice.

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