We got another little peek into some of how Bruce Arians motivates and handles his players, thanks to Larry Fitzgerald when Fitzgerald was asked if he had yet felt the wrath of Arians on the practice field.
(Side note: The wrath of Arians on the field is very real, complete with many expletives. He will let a player have it if there is a mistake, and I have heard him get on Fitz as well as the guys much lower on the roster. That said, it seems like he can turn it off as soon as the practice is over. It doesn’t linger. He makes his point, loudly, and then moves on. I think the players can live with that.)
Fitzgerald smiled when he said “of course” he’s heard it from Arians. “The thing I love about him is he doesn’t treat everyone the same but he treats everybody fairly,” Fitzgerald said. “When I make my mistakes he lets me have it.”
Then Fitzgerald talked about a board the Cardinals have in their meeting room. “Every day, you make a mistake in practice or a loaf or whatever your issue is, it’s in front of the group,” Fitzgerald said. “He holds guys accountable. It doesn’t matter if you are a vet or an (undrafted) free agent, everybody has to answer to him.”
Arians calls it the “Accountability Sheet.” Every mental error a player commits is listed. And he emphasized, “it’s not (accountable) to me, it’s to the guy sitting next to you in the room.”
“If you are up there too much, we’ve got a problem,” Arians said. “You have a learning problem that we as coaches have to fix, or you have a study problem and you need to study. If that is happening, I’ll allow the players to take care of it. If it’s a wide receiver, it’s ‘Fitz, get this guy right.’ Or ‘Darnell, get this young guy right.’ It’s usually not a veteran guy (making mistakes).”
Every day is an evaluation, Arians said. And you don’t want to mess up mentally.
“I put as much on mental mistakes,” Arians said, “as I do on physical mistakes.”
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