"This is a good football team that is very capable and we only have to look to last year to know that," Beamer said. "When you think things are about right, that's when they're about to go wrong, so you better be ready to play each week."
After the ECU loss, North Carolina senior running back A.J. Blue said his teammates had a "lack of focus" and "complacency." He said the Tar Heels may have looked down upon the Pirates, who embarrassed North Carolina in claiming just their third victory ever against UNC.
Price said the Tar Heels held a players-only meeting the next day to "talk about what's going on, the things we've been noticing."
And quarterback Bryn Renner agreed with Blue. Renner arrived at Monday's interview session with a boot on his left foot, declined to say what happened and insisted "I plan on playing Saturday."
"A.J. does a great job of leading this team. He said all the right things," Renner said. "We didn't play the way we're capable of, and it's got to stop. Things have got to stop and things have to change and player make changes.
"All across the board, the whole team has to kind of look themselves in the mirror and see if they're doing everything they're supposed to be doing on and off the field that can help this team win," he added.
The effort was especially discouraging after the Tar Heels were competitive in a 28-20 loss at Georgia Tech.
"Two steps forward, four back," Price said. "That was the story of our Georgia Tech and ECU games. You can't do that on this level. No matter what the team is, you have to play the game, not the name."
AP Sports Writer Hank Kurz Jr. in Blacksburg, Va., contributed to this report.
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