An 0-2 start in the ACC has North Carolina looking for answers, especially on offense. The Tar Heels have scored 10 points and rushed for 56 yards in the two losses.
UNC coach Butch Davis was steadfast in his support of offensive coordinator John Shoop, who has been with Davis all three seasons in Chapel Hill, after the Georgia Tech loss and again on Monday.
"I think John's bright, he's smart," Davis said. "I don't think he needs defending."
Still, the numbers aren't pretty for the Heels. Even with a big running game (261 yards) in a 40-6 win over The Citadel in the opener, the Heels average 100 rushing yards per game, which ranks 103rd nationally. They rank 113th in total offense (280.8 yards per game) and 107th in scoring offense (18.6 points per game).
Davis said he encountered a similar scenario when he was head coach at Miami. He said then-coordinator Larry Coker was criticized by the fan base early in his tenure.
"Then unbelievably when we got Reggie Wayne got there and Kellen Winslow got there and Andre Johnson got there and Clinton Portis got there and we started averaging 40 points, all of the sudden Larry Coker looked like a genius," Davis said.
"All it was, was growth in your program, experience and depth," Davis said. "I think our offensive coaching staff is working extremely hard."