On Saturday, senior quarterback Bryn Renner said the first thing on his agenda after leaving Kenan Stadium was to go over the game film from the loss. And after hobbling into Kenan with a boot on his left foot Monday, it was the first thing he addressed.
“Going back and looking at the tape, we just didn’t perform where we’re capable of,” he said. “I think it was just everything. We couldn’t run the ball effectively, passing game wasn’t there in the first half.
“We rallied and put some drives together and got back within 14, which is positive. But we never could just find a way back in the ball game which is frustrating.”
Renner would not disclose why he’s wearing a boot, but said he plans to play against Virginia Tech Saturday. The quarterback likely sustained the injury in the fourth quarter against the Pirates, when he was knocked down and left of the ground clenching his foot. But he played the remainder of the game.
After watching the defense on film, senior cornerback Jabari Price said he was embarrassed, especially when seeing the Tar Heels had only nine — not 11 — players when the ECU offense ran a play in the second quarter.
But the main problem for the UNC defense continues to be missed assignments.
Price said while watching film, the team counted 37 missed assignments during the record-breaking 101 offensive plays run by ECU.
“Coming from the nine seniors on that defense with me, Tre (Boston) and a few other guys — that can’t happen,” Price said. “We can’t have 37 missed assignments and expect to win a football game, regardless of what our offense did or regardless of how fast they went. Thirty-seven missed assignments and you’ll lose every game.”
But what wasn’t featured on film was the lack of focus senior tailback A.J. Blue said his teammates had heading into the game. Many Tar Heels took the Pirates too lightly, Blue said Saturday.
On Monday, redshirt sophomore T.J. Thorpe echoed the senior’s disappointment.
“There were a lot of guys in the locker room who were jumping around and shouting, saying that we were ready to make plays and blow this team out,” Thorpe said. “For some of those guys, they had a lot of us fooled. I’m not saying they were scared or anything but they weren’t as ready as they thought they were.”
For the Tar Heels, perhaps the deeper problem of a lack of focus and passion is something that can’t be fixed through a post-game film study.?