Friday, December 30, 2011

Poor judgment?

Mississippi State squeaked it this time with a 23-17 win over Wake Forest, but the last few drives of the game shouldn't have been that close: in an astounding lapse of judgment, Dan Mullen had Relf throw a pass with 6 seconds left in the 1st half, rather than take the easy FG; an interception, hardly unpredictably, left State with zero points, which combined with a missed PAT earlier in the game, gave Wake Forest hope to the very end.

I'm not prepared to list other examples, but for a onetime offensive coordinator, Mullen's judgment has been spotty all season. The play-calling on offense has been unimaginative at best. When rumors flew that he might go elsewhere next year, I hoped he wouldn't. Now I'm not so sure.

(Not that MSU should pull an Ole Miss and fire its coach after he takes 'em to a bowl.)

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