July 29, 2021

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May 15, 2021; Tampa Bay, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Kyle Trask (2) practices during rookie mini-camp at AdventHealth Training Center Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

Mental Aspects

It’s no secret that Bruce Arians has been around some great NFL talent at quarterback early in their careers. Arians recently compared his newest protege Kyle Trask to former Colts standout Andrew Luck. The Bucs top dog speaking on the mental aspects of the two rather than the physicalities had this to say.

“Mentally-wise, he’s not far behind what Andrew did in the same offense, and what Andrew did that year is unbelievable. I’m not saying he’s Andrew Luck, but mentally he’s still really sharp.” 

Much has been made about Trask’s physical gifts, especially his supposed lack of arm strength when comparing him to other young quarterbacks who had success at the position. Arians makes sure to let us Bucs Faithful know that as far as what’s going on upstairs with Kyle Trask is not in question. Comparing him to a player who had much success in his first few seasons in the league. There have been many quarterbacks that had the physicality in bunches, but lacked the mentality required to pull it off. It’s funny when you hear different comments made about Trask’s physical side of things and if it’s enough to make it in the NFL. I think the main difference is that most of the doubters don’t actually know Kyle Trask. Haven’t been around him to see all the intangibles he brings to the table. They haven’t been around Kyle to see his preparation, his dedication, his mental grasp of the game, and what it takes to be successful. Clearly, he does not have a Ben Roethlisberger, Dan Marino cannon on his shoulder, but he doesn’t need that to be successful. The perfect example is our own Tom Brady. Along with an adequate arm, Brady has been the perfect example of how the cerebral aspect of the position is just as important.

A cerebral sponge

Trask is extremely coachable and will learn so much from the seven-time Super-Bowl champion. Things like what is Brady doing the day before, the night before a big game? The day after, on a Wednesday afternoon after practice, etc. Trask’s ability to soak up all these things and his ability to understand the importance of it all is a huge plus. Kyle Trask has always been the backup, that when his number’s called, had been completely prepared and ready for the moment and has never let it overwhelm him. I believe that will be the case when Brady’s time here has ended. Trask will be mentally ready and will not allow the moment to consume him. He will take that moment by the throat and handle it like the player that he has always been, ready to make the most of the situation and succeed. Go Bucs!!

I’ve included a video of Dan Mullen, Head Coach of the Gators talking about Trask and his abilities. Go to Video.