Larry Fedora addressed the media Wednesday on the ACC Football Coaches Teleconference.
"We’re obviously in a bye week and we’re working to try to get better our focus has been on ourselves and where we can get better in each and every phase of the game, from special teams offensively and defensively. [We’re] trying to cut out some mistakes that we’ve been making and getting better as a football team."
On the impact of recruiting sanctions and NCAA probation on development of this year’s team:
"There’s definitely an impact, but it’s not something that we really dwell on because we have the players that we have and these are our guys and it’s not going to change, so what we’re trying to do each and every day is just improve with the guys that we have. You’re right, it does take a little bit longer on the offensive line to build some of that continuity when you insert new guys and along with communication and just knowing what the guy next to you is going to do in the heat of the battle or when you have to process something very quickly and so I’m sure that that has played a part for us, but it is what it is and we’ve got to find a way to overcome it."
On using extra time to tweak things on defense:
"Actually, we’re tweaking things in all three phases. But yes, we’re using this week. This week for us is about how do we improve as a football team. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing next week, it’s about how do we improve because until we straighten out the problems that we have within, we’re going to continue to struggle, so we’re working diligently on trying to get those things straightened out."
On play of Marquise Williams and value of his experience at Virginia Tech"
"It’s very important. Obviously, every rep that you get in a live situation, meaningful rep, is very important to any player whatever position but especially at the quarterback position. So, I think he will just get better from that in the future. I would say Marquise, I was pleased with the way he managed the game. Probably would have liked a few things to turn out differently than they did, but overall I don’t think he was flustered. I think he handled the situation very well. How would I grade him? It would be a B-, C+ type of situation."
On any strategy of playing young players with an eye toward future seasons:
"All we’re concerned with is getting better as a football team and winning the next game, the game, which is for us next Thursday night. So, it’s whoever can contribute, whoever can help us win the football game, that’s who’s going to play. I’m not looking one year down the road, three years down the road, or for the future. I’m looking right now and it’s about getting this team on track, because there’s still a lot of season to play and there’s a lot that we can still accomplish. We can’t worry about what we can accomplish, all we’ve got to worry about is just getting better, and trying to be 1-0."
On the importance of a Thursday night game in Chapel Hill:
"It‘s a very, very unique and tremendous opportunity for us to showcase not only the Tar Heels, but our stadium, our game day atmosphere, Chapel Hill, the community, everyone involved. Thursday nights have become huge in college football because everybody’s watching. It’s just a great opportunity for us to showcase what we have and who we are and what we’re trying to build here."
On if the season is still salvageable:
"No doubt in my mind. No doubt in my mind. Yes. There is no doubt in my mind that it is and it starts today, or yesterday or whenever you want it to start, it starts now. It’s just about us getting better. You don’t focus on an entire season . . . For me, we have only had one regular week but no really routine and we won’t get into a routine until after the Miami game, when we start playing on normal Saturdays, there’s no open weeks and all those things. So, just not being able to be in that routine I definitely feel like has an effect on our football team."