Schultz: Eskimos QB Jyles must learn from late game fumble

Chris Schultz
7/29/2012 6:05:00 PM
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Week 5 in the CFL saw the Blue Bombers earn their first win, the Argos finally win in Montreal, the Ticats win their third in a row and the B.C. Lions perform as Grey Cup champions beating Calgary in Calgary.

And in all the players who played and moments that happened it was Steven Jyles, the Eskimos quarterback, who provided the greatest drama.

Many that follow football want to see Steven Jyles do well, for the good of the league and for the fact that perhaps no other player has more 'pressure to perform' than Jyles.

As Ricky Ray's incumbent the comparisons will be there all year and many will never be satisfied even if Jyles becomes an all-star.

Jyles did not lose the game in Winnipeg, but he did prevent the Eskimos from the opportunity to win with his last play fumble.

So what do you do? How do you handle a moment where all week your life revolves around a football error?

It happened to Kevin Glenn two weeks ago against Montreal with his game losing interception and yes the Lions beat Calgary Saturday night, but you sense it is history now. It's not even a relevant topic.

The only recourse you have is to recognize it, acknowledge it, and this is important, never repeat it. But how do you do that? If everybody always learned and never repeated mistakes, our society would be more advanced and efficient than ever before.

In many ways, never repeating mistakes is a key to success and contentment. Well, my theory is that as much as we all have muscle memory, we also have mental muscle memory.

Jyles as a quarterback should not avoid "the moment" that he fumbled and avoid the negative feeling, quite the opposite. He should watch it over and over and over. He should write down the game, the time, the date and everything he was thinking.

He should talk about it and not necessarily say I will never do it again, too unpredictable. More along the lines of 'I am preparing never to do it again'.

When you avoid an unpleasant moment it almost always repeats. But when you review it, ask the all empowering question 'why?', there is an excellent chance that given the same set of circumstances in the near or distant future, your mental muscle memory will remind you not to repeat your previous action or inaction.

If Jyles, or any football player for that matter, looks at mistakes as opportunities to avoid in the future, I can't say all the time, but often they will not repeat.

I remember about two years ago, maybe three, Travis Lulay for B.C. threw an interception to then Argo Byron Parker and it was returned for a touchdown.

I remember thinking Lulay will learn and never repeat. I thought that after seeing the emotional stress he was feeling on the sidelines just moments after.

Jyles had a Lulay moment. Next time he is running for yards, what happened in Winnipeg on Thursday of last week will 'flash' in his mind and he, Steven Jyles, will protect the football before any further yards have been gained.

The memory of the fumble in the Edmonton game will charge forward in his brain at just the right time. Not sure how or why it happened, but both good and bad thoughts in memory can be used to create and avoid at just the right time. But you have to put them in there so you can use them later.

Often the people who are the most successful people in their chosen occupation are that way because they went through difficult times or adversity and remembered it, did not avoid it but relived it over and over and over again. And by doing so the incident (fumble) is locked in the brain for future use. But first you have to use it, rather than it using you.

From Week 1 to Week 5, Jyles is improving, and becoming a better passer and a better leader. As the season moves on he has to continue to improve.

Make the mistake work for you and if you do, it will never be seen again, if you don't... it will. 

Steven Jyles  (Photo: The Canadian Press)


(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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