Mistakes are there in black and white

Posted by Darren Urban on June 14, 2013 – 3:20 pm

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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15 Responses to “Mistakes are there in black and white”

  1. By craig on Jun 14, 2013 | Reply

    Love it! Give it to them Arians. Do not ever want to see the team we had last year. Laughing stock of the NFL. Embarrassing to fans who love this team. Everything that’s being said is not at all like last year. Just hope and pray we are on top of the division. GO CARDINALS.

  2. By Jerrytown on Jun 14, 2013 | Reply

    I love Bruce Arians! What a refreshing change from Whiz, who was very cold and dry most times. I have a feeling the players love him too and I think they’ll play their hearts out for him.

  3. By aaron on Jun 14, 2013 | Reply

    “We have a process that is proven, we are going to look at the film and get better.” – whisenhunt

    Won’t miss the same rhetoric every damn week.

  4. By Eazy E on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    This all sounds good, but if you’re too harsh, when your losing a lot, it comes back to bite you in your butt. You better freaking win if your gonna do that.

  5. By DontTakeLosses on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    BadAss is his nickname for a very good reason. LOVE BA. Please keep it positive. No reason to tear down Whiz while building up BA. Whiz took us Bowling, I will never forget that.

  6. By Andy Kw on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hey Darren,
    Did the Cardinals sign WR Derek Hagan?

  7. By Darren Urban on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    Andy Kw —

    RE: Hagan


  8. By Chuck 1 on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    What a novel concept: PERSONAL ACCOUNTABILITY.

  9. By sbrown on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    Hagen signed with Tampa Bay late Thursday. don’t know for how long or how much.

  10. By kevin_S on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    Nice piece on Kolb in Buffalo now . Wonder how he would be under Arians had he stayed ?

  11. By Wnycardfan on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    Love this guy more and more. Accountable up front and in your face. Love it.

  12. By AzDesertRat1953 on Jun 15, 2013 | Reply

    This is awesome, BA is making a Team, Accountable to it self. He is trying his best to make them All the Best Damn football players they can be!

    If it works like it should, it has before, the Team that will be the AZ Cardinals for 2013 are going to be hard to beat.

    GO CARDS!!!

  13. By Card shark on Jun 16, 2013 | Reply

    You have to love that BA is willing to hold even his best players accountable. It kind of reminds me of Coach Pop from the Spurs. No player is bigger than the team. Would be nice if this approach could translate to years of competitive ball like all of those Spurs teams.

  14. By sammy on Jun 16, 2013 | Reply

    I think last season the receivers were not that great at getting open in a timely fashion which added to the sack total !

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