The defense has reached Kragthorpian levels of ineptness. Missed tackles, 10 men on the field, receivers wide open, and opponents finding success running the same play repeatedly. The list goes on and on. Sirmon should’ve been canned midway through the 4th quarter of the Boston College embarrassment. Coach Petrino’s hire of him has been nothing short of disastrous and he shoulders a lot of the blame as well. In could be even more frustrating than the horrible product on the field is Sirmon’s salary. According to USA TODAY’s database of assistant coach salaries, Sirmon’s $950,000 annual pay ranks 14th highest. What? Yes, you read that correctly. He received $315,000 more per year after “guiding” Mississippi State to 110th in total defense last season, giving up an average of 459 yards per game. In scoring defense, State ranked 93rd nationally, giving up 32 points per game. The Bulldogs finished 70th in the nation against the run and a porous 120th in the nation against the pass.
Noticing a trend here? What would make Coach Petrino want to hire someone who has proven to be a bad defensive coordinator? He’s shown to be a solid position coach, but he simply isn’t cutting it as a DC – at all.
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