Tar Heels struggling on defense
Posted November 10, 2012
Updated November 11, 2012
Chapel Hill, N.C. — The white helmets and blue jerseys were great. Carolina's defense against Georgia Tech was not.
In a uniform look not seen in decades at Kenan Stadium, the Tar Heel defense performed in a way few Carolina fans want to ever see again.
Georgia Tech hung 68 points on a defense that once went 10 quarters without allowing a touchdown.
It's hard to believe this was the same group that made the end zone a "no-fly zone" from halftime of the Louisville game through the entire ECU and Idaho games. But the signs have been there.
Since that stingy defensive run, which admittedly came against a then-struggling Pirate offense and a Vandals team that's 1-8, the Tar Heels have been giving up points by the bucket-full.
Duke scored 33 against them, and now Georgia Tech rambled its way to 68. Even in wins against Virginia Tech and NC State, the Tar Heels gave up 34 and 35 points, respectively.
What may be most disturbing about the Georgia Tech performance is the fact that Carolina had two weeks to prepare for Paul Johnson's triple-option offense.
And what do we hear all too often about Georgia Tech? They struggle against teams that have extra time to prepare for them. Just look at their bowl record under Johnson.
Larry Fedora brought a lot of excitement to Chapel Hill. His offense is certainly fun to watch. But the defense can't continue to give up points like this, no matter how many the offense scores.