Tide's 'D' back to basics

By Michael Casagrande

Correspondent

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Missed tackles. Blown assignments. Costly offside penalties.

The fundamentals have broken down on large scale for the Alabama defense. So they have been a big part of the preparation for Saturday night's Southeastern Conference home game against Mississippi after last week's 35-21 loss at South Carolina.

"There are some fundamental things that you can never get away from," coach Nick Saban said. "Even though we don't tackle everybody and take them to the ground [in practice], you have to get in the right position to thud the guy and roll your hips and do all those things. Well, we have harped and harped and harped and harped on our guys all year long to finish, you know, finish. Thud the runner. Finish. Do what you're supposed to do.