MSU DC Zach Arnett wants defensive improvements

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett encountered success in his SEC debut last weekend via the Bulldogs’ 44-34 victory at LSU. But on Wednesday evening, Arnett was quick to point out that his side of the ball has a lot to “clean up”.

Arnett talked about the good, the bad and the ugly as Mississippi State preps for Saturday’s home opener against Arkansas:

Q: Your defense brought a lot of pressure against LSU and had some mismatches with Tyrus Wheat. What was it that you saw that you could exploit there?
Arnett: That is our base defense. Our base defense is to bring pressure. Our guys did a nice job of executing but by no means were we perfect. There were quite a few busts out there that could’ve and should’ve led to points. Thank goodness it didn’t but we have a lot of things to clean up.

Q: Regarding the clean-up process, what in particular did you see that needs improving?
Arnett: Missed assignments, guys either going the wrong way or not executing the call or busted coverage when you got receivers wide open. Thanks goodness one guy (Jordan Davis) in the pass rush can make a Herculean effort and reach out and hits the quarterback’s arm that leads to an interception instead of a touchdown. All of our opponents watching that film are chomping at the bit to play us on defense because they see a whole bunch of opportunities for big plays and points.

Q: The secondary seemed to tackle well on the back end, especially Shawn Preston. What did you take away from his performance when you evaluated the film?
Arnett: Shawn likes to run to the ball and hit. That position he plays in our defense,

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Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu talks self-motivation, defensive improvements

The Kansas City Chiefs are off to a perfect 2-0 to start the season, but things haven’t been as smooth as they may seem. The defending Super Bowl champions haven’t looked as impressive on the defensive sides as they have hoped to head into the year.

The most significant change outside of Arrowhead Stadium has been the pack of crowd noise. Last Sunday’s victory over the Los Angeles Chargers was an unusual experience for Tyrann Mathieu and the Chiefs defense. Mathieu spoke with reporters on Friday about the new no crowd experience and how the team handled it.

”Yeah, it’s quite the adjustment,” said Mathieu, ”Obviously, not being able to play in front of fans. I feel like that definitely gave us a boost of encouragement, but we’ve got to adjust, we’ve got to adapt. I think a lot has to come from within, and then from there it’s us feeding off each other, us trying to keep each other motivated and keep each other encouraged. Especially when we don’t have that momentum, we don’t have fans in the stands, we’ve got to find a way to be positive, especially in slow games, games when we’re not playing to the best of our abilities. We’ve just got to find that, dig deep within.”

The Chiefs’ defense has shown signs of weakness during the first two games that are a cause for concern. The defense has surrendered over 300 rushing yards in only two games, something heavy on the mind of Mathieu.

“I’m still kind of pissed, but I’m definitely encouraged,” Mathieu said. “I wouldn’t say that I’m discouraged. I know the guys that we have in our room. I know the coaches that we have, and I know that we’ll be able to adjust and get it right. So, I’m

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