September 14, 2009

Mullen: 'Not winning is not acceptable'

Dan Mullen is not accustomed to losing.

In fact he tries to keep from using the word in his vocabulary. The first-year head coach suffered his first defeat this past Saturday 49-24 on the road at Auburn.

"Not winning is not acceptable," Mullen said. "I don't like using the 'L' word. That's not acceptable for us. Our team came out focused and had a good practice yesterday. When you don't come out on top it's extremely disappointing however it doesn't effect any of what our goals are for this season as a team which is to come out and give relentless effort, show a passion for the game and find a way to win the West. We are still in position to do that and everything that we want to work for is still alive. We've just got to stay together as a team, get a little better plan as a coaching staff and come out and play this week."

Mullen was dissatisfied with the job his coaching staff did making adjustments within the game and given Mississippi State a chance to compete at a higher level.

"Last week's game we are obviously disappointed with our coaching staff that we put our players not in the best position to make plays," Mullen said. "There were a couple of times when we put them in position and we made some but we have to just continue to work on that. That's on our coaching staff. We should have had guys in better position on offense, defense and in the kicking game to be able to make those plays when they mattered during the course of that game."

The most glaring issue from the game was on defense. The Bulldogs surrendered 589 yards to Auburn including 390 yards on the ground.

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