Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
Did you pick up on some of Dan Mullen’s comments in the aftermath of Mississippi State’s 49-24 loss at Auburn?
It doesn’t sound like he’s real thrilled with some the adjustments made, or more precisely, the fact that there weren’t many adjustments made on defense by the Bulldogs.
“We need to have some more adjustments,” Mullen told reporters during a Sunday teleconference. “We did a poor job with our staff in adjusting within the course of the game. That resulted in some really big plays for them.”
Mullen also indicated that the Bulldogs would simplify things defensively this week against Vanderbilt, which also runs an up-tempo, no-huddle attack.
Defense wasn’t supposed to be the Bulldogs’ problem this season. The linebacker corps is experienced and talented, and we heard all sorts of good things during the spring and preseason about junior college newcomer Pernell McPhee at tackle.
The secondary clearly had some question marks, but nobody saw this Mississippi State defense giving up 390 yards rushing to Auburn.
As senior linebacker Jamar Chaney said, that’s unacceptable.