Hope for the best, but…

As predicted, Ole Miss let Auburn run all over it on Saturday.

I wish there was something positive I could write here, but when a defense can’t stop anyone, it’s difficult to predict a win over the next four games. Even over the four mediocre teams that remain.

The playbook for South Carolina, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt and Mississippi State is just writing itself now:

RUN OFF RIGHT TACKLE

RUN OFF LEFT TACKLE

RUN UP MIDDLE

SEND IN SPECIAL TEAMS UNIT FOR EXTRA POINT

And now there’s this from defensive coordinator Wesley McGriff:

“Tackling is 90% desire,” McGriff said at the Monday press conference. “At some point we have to make up our minds as to whether we want to stop the ball carrier, especially after that initial contact. You can’t have missed tackles.”

I’m not questioning the accuracy of this statement, but now that the coach has resorted to simply challenging the manhood of the players on defense, I’m not growing in confidence that things are going to get any better. Isn’t that just another way of screaming “Fix it!” like you did in August, coach (as seen on “The Season”)? How did that work out for you?

Not that the offense looks much better against a team with any kind of talent on defense.

Things are looking pretty bleak.

There are those of us in this world who have been Ole Miss fans since we were old enough to say the words. We will endure these next four games, and we will hope for the best. Just like we always do.

But it’s getting hard not to expect the worst.