Mental Errors

April 8th, 2019

Don’t be dumb.

Joe has decided to document highlights of Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians captured when he coached Arizona during the inaugural season of “All or Nothing,” a “Hard Knocks”-like miniseries by NFL Films that follows a pro or college team throughout a season and is exclusive to Amazon. Some highlights Joe hopes will help fans learn what to expect from the 12th coach in franchise history. This series of posts will appear periodically until the days leading up to the draft later this month.

It seems there is one thing, other than parking, that will send Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians into orbit.

And that is mental mistakes.

Through two games of the 2015 season, the then-Cardinals coach does not tolerate mental mistakes. In fact, watching his reaction to them, mental mistakes may have been what led Arians to the health problems that nearly chased him out of the game.

Joe is looking back to give Bucs fans sort of a clue to how Arians ticks. And that ticking turned into full-blown Mike Ditka-like explosions when players make mental mistakes.

(Ditka too had health problems while coaching and the volatile Bears and Saints coach had a heart attack one season.)

Prior to the season-opener against the Saints, Arians made sure to remind his team about playing smart football.

“Great judgment all day,” Arians said. “Cardinals not beating Cardinals. Cardinals kicking the sh!t out of the Saints. Let’s roll.”

That didn’t happen.

Despite a convincing win, the Cardinals had a major mental error in the first half that haunted Arians throughout the game. New Orleans had the ball inside Arizona territory when the Cardinals forced a punt on fourth-and-three.

But the Cardinals were whistled for too many men on the field giving New Orleans a first down that later resulted in a touchdown.

Arians went bonkers and NFL Films cameras caught him throughout the game moaning about that play. When players came off the field after a series in the second half, Arians kept reminding players individually about that braindead penalty in the first half. It was as if Arians wanted each of his players to feel his pain.

The following week the Cardinals played at Chicago. There, a mental lapse by his quarterback, Carson Palmer, nearly sent Arians into a cardiac arrest.

The Cardinals were nursing a four-point lead with just over a minute to go in the first half. The Bears had just kicked a field goal to pull within 28-24 when NFL Films cameras caught Arians telling Palmer if a certain play wasn’t there, to throw it away.

Palmer didn’t listen and instead tried to complete a short pass to the left that was picked at the Arizona-14.

Arians nearly blew a gasket and began screaming at the top of his lungs to no one in particular as he grabbed his headset with both hands, sort of a facepalm, “I told him not to do it!”

Then Arians’ voice raised a few octaves and with a blood-curdling scream howled, “I told him NOT TO F*CKING DO THAT!!!”

Arians calmed down enough to talk to Palmer in a reasoned manner and hugged Palmer and patted him on the helmet and actually consoled his veteran quarterback, but at first, it sure seemed as if Arians needed the consoling. His initial reaction to the interception seemed like Cardinals team officials were going to have to pull a cardiologist out of a Soldier Field luxury box. Arians’ blood pressure must have spiked to about 800.

Later in the episode, Cardinals star receiver Larry Fitzgerald said passion from his coach is understood by players because they all know Arians strives so hard to help players improve.

“He’s coming at you from the perspective of he’s wanting you to get better,” Fitzgerald said. “He’s challenging you as a man to improve your technique and to improve whatever he is asking you to do. On many different occasions, I’ve gotten my @ss chewed by Coach, but it was all deserved.”

A later scene shows Arians at a practice in a lead up to a game against the 49ers. Arians isn’t happy with the sloppy practice and lack of attention to detail and, in particular, mental errors had him dropping F-bombs right and left.

An unknown player screws up on a particular play and Arians blurts out as if talking to himself, “That f*cking d!ckwad!” Cardinals president Michael Bidwill is watching practice from the sideline nearby and overhears Arians, chuckles and says to Cardinals general manager Steve Keim, “He’s letting them know don’t act like you are 2-0.”

If sure smells like Bucs players better quickly get used to using their heads. A simple mental screw up and Arians will turn their ears purple and rear ends bright red.

32 Responses to “Mental Errors”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    After reading that Joe, decided that the question isn’t ‘Can the Bucs survive BA?’ Quite the opposite … ‘Can BA survive the Bucs?’

  2. DooshLaRue Says:

    Don’t let Jameis read this Joe, he might get really scared.
    I bet Bruce just loves unforced fumbles and bad decisions by his QB.

    It should be a very telling and entertaining season though.

  3. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    LOL, exactly. If you look up Mental Errors in the dictionary, The Bucs’ Team picture is there.

  4. What in the buc Says:

    defense rules says….. PERFECT COMMENT 🤣🤣🤣 we will start losing more of the bad seeds soon enough!

  5. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    $5 says BA won’t last the 2nd quarter of the opener.

  6. Bird Says:

    He told the QB not to throw that ball…


    Does he know what he is walking into with our QB situation ?
    Who has led the nfl in turnovers since entering the league. SMH

    We will need a team doctor for the players and one for the head coach.

  7. todd roloff Says:

    This is exactly what the Buccos need to hear and not be mollycoddled. Men earn respect through accountability and hard work , BA will make sure of it. There will be growing pains , but at the end of the season , the result will be more wins.

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Defense Rules Says
    “After reading that Joe, decided that the question isn’t ‘Can the Bucs survive BA?’ Quite the opposite … ‘Can BA survive the Bucs?’

    Lol. I was thinking the same thing.

    Jameis Winston might be tried for manslaughter after this year.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This is exactly what we need…….Schiano toughness but with the Arians follow-up.

  10. Dreambig Says:

    My first thought is Jameis is going to send this poor guy straight to the Morgue!
    Health issues and a QB who makes mind blowinly stupid plays is not a good combo! Hope for his sake he can clean Jameis up!

  11. Bucnjim Says:

    Synonyms for soft:


    Maybe the word soft to describe this team is over used…….NOPE describes the last 10 years perfectly!

  12. J Says:

    @DR…that’s funny, lol.

  13. The Buc Realist Says:

    I wonder how long it will take for the sheep to pick up on the players grumbling and start saying that the coach is “mean” and a “control freak” like they did the last time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. Clodhopper Says:

    That Carson Palmer story has Jameis written all over it. If the play isnt there, throw it away. Good luck taming that bull, BA.

  15. Anonymous Says:

    Just what the doc ordered some dam accountability and someone who pays attention to every single detail. That’s how you win games not just on offense koetter not just defense but all 3 phases

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bird Says
    “Does he know what he is walking into with our QB situation ?
    Who has led the nfl in turnovers since entering the league.”

    I was curious to see if this statement was true or not, so I actually did some research. It’s a little difficult because I could not quickly find total turnovers rankings for QBs…but I could find Interceptions and Lost Fumbles. Winston entered the league in 2015, so we have 4 years to look at up to this point.

    2018 UNTRUE
    Interceptions – Tied at 5th. Ben Roethlisberger, Sam Darnold, Case Keenum and Drew Luck all had more picks.

    Fumbles Lost – Tied at 13th. Some pretty good QBs had more…including Matt Ryan, Matt Stafford and Carson Wentz.

    2017 (Injured shoulder in Game 2) UNTRUE
    Interceptions – Tied at 16th (11). DeShone Kizer led the league (22). Of note, Cam Newton and Matt Ryan both had more picks. Ben Roethlisberger was ranked 4th.

    Fumbles Lost – Tied at 1st(7). Of note, DeShone Kizer had 6 Fumbles Lost, giving him the most Total Turnovers (28). (Winston had 18 Total Turnovers).

    2016 UNTRUE
    Interceptions – 2nd (18). Philip Rivers led the League (21).
    Fumbles Lost – Tied at 1st with Blake Bortles (6). Of note, Philip (5) had the most Total Turnovers (26) as opposed to Winston (24).

    2015 UNTRUE
    Interceptions – Tied at 5th (15). Blake Bortles led the league (18). Of note, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger, and Matt Ryan all had more picks.

    Fumbles Lost – Tied at 30th (2). Cam Newton, Marcus Mariota and Josh McCown all tied for the lead (6).

    In summary…

    Not only has Jameis Winston NOT led the league in turnovers since being drafted…but he has not even led the league in one of his individual years.

    So that makes your statement a complete lie.

  17. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    The Buc Realist Says:
    “2019 will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!”

    But they will still be in denial…so don’t expect to feel good about it.

    Speaking for myself, I’m still waiting for Bruce Arians to impress me. So far, he;s only made the team worse…and that statement is factual.

  18. Not there yet Says:

    The major theme of this team no matter who is coaching but in particular Koetter. This team would always get in the red zone and self destruct. Veterans and young players took turns screwing up great field position which is why a kicker is so valuable because they couldn’t finish off drives

  19. Walter Says:

    He’s going to die on the sidelines by week 3….. Jameis is going to kill this man…. lol

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    @Not there yet

    Are you buying that stopping Santos from kicking off will help improve his FGs and Point Afters?

    I’m sure not.

    Yet another example of BA making the team worse. Some might wonder how the kicking game became worse when its the same kicker?

    The reason is because Santos didn’t play a full season last year, so he had fewer chances to miss. This year he’ll be able to miss more…unless we replace him during the season.

    I wish they’d just bring in Matt Bryant and be done with the kicking issue for a year or two.

  21. DooshLaRue Says:

    Jameis Winston might be tried for manslaughter after this year.

    That would be a HASSLE.

  22. Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Bonzai, thank you for that info and setting the record straight. Many of the idiots on here just like to throw crap against the wall and assume it sticks because it meets their trolling agenda.

  23. Not there yet Says:

    @ Buccaneer Bonzai

    I am not buying the hype don’t get me wrong I love BA but he’s got a big mouth which only makes him look good when winning. He’s already killed hopes of trading Geraldine and I’m not sure what tape he watched that caused him to bring back the entire o line and not make a move on a free agent running back but he’ll be a genius or seen as a loud mouth here.

    I will also say this he’s got a different type of logic when it comes to the kicker and coaching all together so for once I’m happy to get behind a coach rather than another high priced free agent that an amateur coach has to take half a year to figure how to use properly

  24. Bucnjim Says:

    Harry in Costa Rica:
    I respect Bonzai he’s been on here for years and has some great takes. Calling people idiots takes away from any credibility you might have.
    For example I will counter his claim:

    Winston’s 4 year average per bonzai’s numbers

    7th WORST in INT’s
    11th WORST in FUMBLES

    ALSO QB Rating average 88.5 over 4 years makes him close to last. I want Winston to do great the rest of his career but until that happens numbers are what they are.

  25. Bird Says:


    What are you talking about?

    Dude. Just stop.

    It’s been said on people calling the games forever . Him and Blake bortles were one and two. Bottles with more interceptions and Jameis with fumbles. If you combine both it’s Jameis. Where universe do you live in. It’s not something made up. It’s public common knowledge. That’s been quoted on this site a 1,000 times.
    It’s not a lie. It’s a fact.

    Dude. Crawl back in your weird hole.

  26. Bird Says:

    Bortles #1- 61 turnovers /. 14 fumbles / 48 int

    Jameis #2 – 59 turnovers / 15 fumbles / 44 int

    Not sure who played more games in that time. Bortles was benched? But Jameis was injured ?and suspended so think Jameis played less games

    Dude Bonzai. Wow.

  27. Bird Says:


  28. 813bucboi Says:

    im confident we’ll do better….with that said, im in wait and see mode…..


  29. Pryda...Sec 147 Says:

    I think this is going to be great everyone level play is going to get turned up a few notches

  30. Bird Says:

    Hey Bonzai

    Just google it next time.
    Pretty simple.

    Most turnovers by qb since 2015
    Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?

  31. unbelievable Says:

    @Defense Rules – 100%

  32. Z31 BUCS Says:

    Bird Says:
    “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?”


    No words are coming from your mouth, Bird.
    This is blog form.