Mississippi State gave up 35 points to Auburn in the first half of last weekend’s game.
It was just one example of the Bulldogs’ defensive woes, but first-year defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon knows he has to do better.
“We have to get better,” Sirmon said, according to The Clarion-Ledger’s Michael Bonner. “I have to do a better job of coaching and getting the design of the defense to get executed. That’s really where we’re at right now. It comes back to me doing a better job of coaching and communicating.”
Sirmon was hired away from Southern Cal in January after former defensive coordinator Manny Diaz joined Mark Richt’s Miami staff. Mississippi State is Sirmon’s first stint as a defensive coordinator after holding positional coaching jobs at Tennessee, Washington and Southern Cal since 2011.
The Bulldogs defense ranks as the SEC’s ninth-best scoring defense this season, allowing an average of 26.2 points per game.
Sirmon and his defense will get another shot at improving this week as they take on BYU — another offense capable of putting up big points while averaging 28.2 points per game.
“It’s a coaching thing,” Sirmon said, per Bonner. “I think I’ve gotta do a better job of coaching.”