It’s like moving a couch, Vic Koenning said. Someone has to push. Someone has to pull. And Koenning is getting tired of doing all of the heavy lifting.
The North Carolina defensive coordinator said getting his players to do the right thing is like getting in a fist fight with a heavyweight champion on a daily basis. He said his defense made the East Carolina Pirates look like the Green Bay Packers on Saturday in a 55-31 loss. Their running back looked like Walter Payton; their quarterback like Brett Favre.
He looked exasperated — embarrassed — speaking to media following Wednesday’s late-afternoon practice, the team’s last practice before it plays Virginia Tech on Saturday. He had just yelled at his defense for messing up in coverage on a two-minute drill. It was a scheme that UNC uses routinely. A player lined up in the wrong position. “And no one tried to help him!” Koenning said, incredulous.
Just a week ago, his outlook was more positive.
“I went 180 degrees,” Koenning said. “I went from being very encouraged … that we finally played hard and we played with reckless abandon and we showed something that we hadn’t really shown much of. And then all of a sudden, six or seven days later, it was like the whole other side of it.