INDIANAPOLIS — "I thought we overcame some poor play by our young receivers during the [Detroit] ball game. They overcame it and then settled down and made plays at the end when we had to have it," Arians voiced.
"But throughout the game was probably the worst execution that we’ve had by our young receivers in about a month as far as where they’re supposed to be in reception areas and across defenders faces, technical things that we can get corrected."
A couple of days later, his ire had cooled a bit. Arians, though, did admit he had their attention in Wednesday's pre-practice position meeting.
"There were some critical mistakes made [in the Lions game] that go against everything we do in reception area and route depths and that was the first time it’s really crept in in about a month or so," he said. "So we got it corrected and I think everybody’s attention to details was greater [during Wednesday's practice] than it was [prior to the position meeting].”
The veteran National Football League assistant added that he usually doesn't broadcast his dissatisfaction with a particular phase of the offense. But he had a point to make.
“I try not to talk to them through the press, but I sure did try to talk to them this time through the press. So hopefully they got the message," Arians said.
Allen understood the comments.
“Spreading the ball around it makes it hard on the defense,” he said. “You can’t always double-team Reggie or when you do, it’s [Rookie wide receiver] LaVon [Brazill] getting open deep for a touchdown [against Detroit] or me catching one in the flats or catching a screen and taking it wherever, or Fleener getting a one-on-one matchup.”