In a recent press conference, Bruce Arians gave his thoughts on the performance of the players, mainly the young guys, during last Friday’s first preseason game of the year against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Arians didn’t sugar coat things, and he told it the way it is.
“Full of mental errors, not very well for the young guys. For the starters and most of our second team, it was pretty solid. Our young receivers had a really bad night. We had 37 mental errors on offense, they probably had 21 of them, so they better pick their stuff up for this next game.”
My personal reaction to this is that at this point in the season it’s going to happen. These are the growing pains that the young guys, especially the rookies, are getting used to. In the NFL the game is much harder, faster, and tougher. It’s not college anymore. Welcome to the NFL, youngins. Everybody in the NFL has been just as strong, as fast and as tough as you, if not even more so.
It’s time to get the growing pains out of the way now, learn from them, correct them, and get better, so it doesn’t happen during the regular season when it really counts.
I share the same sentiment as Arians does about mental errors.
An observation that I made last Friday, and it’s something that has frustrated me for the last several years, the ridiculously stupid, unnecessary, and untimely penalties. The Bucs have become notorious for them in the last few years, and it drives me nuts. Arians and the rest of the coaching staff need to do whatever they have to do to correct the problem. Hopefully, the Bucs get better at the mental aspects of the game as the regular season is right around the corner.