Game On…with Rob Kriete! – SEPTEMBER 13

Punishment, and how your parents delivered it, was a real thing when I was a kid. Of course, we all did everything we could to avoid it.  But what the punishment entailed, and for what the reason, varied immensely from household to household.  It could be predicated on grades, behavior, the execution of chores, or any number of things.  Rarely, though, were we punished for making a mistake.

After losing a fumble in the second quarter of the Bucs – Cowboys NFL opener last week, Ronald Jones did not see another snap in the game.  The turnover came with 6:36 minutes left in the first half on a 1-yard run.

After that game, Bucs Head Coach Bruce Arians said that “Ro was running really, really well until the fumble, and then he struggled mentally to get over it. That was too big of a game to go out there and not be focused, so Lenny [Fournette] got the rest of the way.”

What does that even mean?  Well, it seems the Bucs believe that Jones has trouble recovering after mistakes.  Surely, Coach thought it would affect his play.  Is the lesson not to beat oneself up?  Or is the lesson not to fumble the ball?

Ted Lasso, super-motivating, super-fictional, Head Coach tells his players to be goldfish because a goldfish is the happiest animal on Earth because they have a 10-second memory.  I’d bet that Coach Arians is channeling his inner Lasso.  Be a goldfish, RoJo.

But, what if it is punishment for the fumble?  When is benching a player for a mistake helpful to the team or the individual?

If making mistakes got us punished in my neighborhood, I’d still be without the ability to hang with my friends, leave the house, or watch television (in a time before 5000 channels). You could bet on it.

But when, then, should a player be benched?

Be safe, everyone.