So we've been frustrated by poor tackling, which has compounded the problem of our defense's lack of talent and experience. Look at most every opponents big play, or play that should have been a couple yards turned into 6-7, and you will likely see a poor angle or poor tackling technique from our guys.
This is not a recent problem, it has been a M fan's primal scream for a few years now. I remember running the tape slow motion of the Rose Bowl game against Texas, and screaming at the TV at a game that had already happened. It also isn't unique to us: tackling has gotten poorer everywhere in college and the NFL-I saw a scout recently saying that tackling in the NFl is the worst he has ever seen in 30 years of scouting.
So can it be fixed? Yes and no. Yes because IME the fix is easy: when you practice something regularly, you often get better at it. But no because starting in the NFL, and now migrating to the college game, is the idea that teams can't "risk" tackling in practice because of the risk of injury. So you see RR say (paraphrasing) that "I'd like to hit more in practice, but we can't risk injuries." And "we try to point out technique problems to our guys in games."
I completely understand this impulse, especially given our depth issues. The fan base would scream bloody murder (IMO wrongly) if Denard or other important starter went down to injury in practice due to being live. But isn't it ironic that coaches, who have a mantra of repetition creating excellence, complain about bad tackling yet, alone among every other skill in football, tackling isn't practiced regularly in season?
IME tackling is so important to a good defense that you should risk injury and practice it regularly during the season. But I don't get paid to coach, so there you go.