Ken Medlin

Tar Heels struggling on defense

Posted November 10, 2012
Updated November 11, 2012

Tevin Washington (13) runs in for a touchdown during the University of North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech NCAA football game, Saturday, November 10, 2012 in Chapel Hill, NC.

— 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.


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  • Toddler10-21 Nov 12, 2012

    Win when you have them, and then there will be no excuse!!

  • heelsforever Nov 12, 2012

    I just wonder how many more points each team could have scored had the defenses not even shown up. Probably not many more.

  • heelsforever Nov 12, 2012

    View quoted thread

    "When you've had five different offensive lines, had to suspend permanently your best running back, lose your next best back to injuries, have 4 of 5 guys from your defensive line last year playing in the NFL this year..." Want to take a guess who that paraphrased comment is from? Ding ding ding, WE HAVE A WINNER. It was in fact TOBy. You win an all expense paid trip to sitting on the excuses sofa complete with lots of all you can eat hipocracy. Hope you enjoy!

  • heelsforever Nov 12, 2012

    I tell you, this Ken Medlin dude is an ABSOLUTE genius. To figure out that the Heels defense is struggling is off the charts thinking.

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 12, 2012

    Oh my god hole fans are the king, and queens of excuses! They took plays off, redshirts, and frosh, and soph's!! LOL!!

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 12, 2012

    Its hard to understand because when you had all this talent that was lost to CHEATING, and the NFL you still didnt win. Why is that so hard for YOU to understand? EXCUSES!!!! Alabama lost alot of talent off of there Title teams, and they just lost there first game of the year while playing in the toughest conference in college football. There players were replaced with freshman, and soph's just like yours. What your excuse now?

  • Toddler10-21 Nov 12, 2012

    Answer the question. You had all this talent when you werent cheating. What did you win the car mienike bowl? Im sorry you lost that one. You had the talent and still didnt win! Whats the EXCUSE???

  • saxon4646 Nov 12, 2012

    Giving up 68 points is NOT what I would call struggling as this topic reads. What about the LACK OF. Underclassmen or not- there was no defense on either side of the ball. No tackling- no pressure and while you don't want to blame the coaches- I say BULL. All the practices, time and sweat those men go through to get in condition- whom else can you blame?

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  • uncsuckz Nov 11, 2012

    View quoted thread

    especially Gio....




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