Mark Anderson Rookie Diary: Entry 5

Mark Anderson has enjoyed a sensational debut season so far, highlighted by being named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for October. One thing he had not experienced as a pro to date was a loss, and based on what he tells us this week, he's bitter about Sunday's defeat at the hands of the Dolphins. This installment of Anderson's Rookie Diary has a much different tone.

You never want to go through a game like that. I guess the only thing I can say at this point is that we're going to move on from this mentally, regroup, and get ready for the Giants next weekend.

It was one of those days where everything seemed to go wrong. I don't think we were taking this meeting lightly. It was just the fact that nothing we did seemed to turn out right. We had spent the usual amount of time looking at game film all the previous week, and I felt that we were definitely ready to go up against Miami. Sometimes these things just happen, and there's no real explanation for it.

I don't think that a loss was necessary for us to regain our mental edge. I never felt that was a problem at all, although I know that is what some fans and media people have been saying. I think that the team takes every opponent seriously. The purpose of being here is to win every time, so it's not something you tend to take lightly.

I was in quite a bit during the game today. In the second half, I worked in a five-man front with Tommie (Harris), Adewale (Ogunleye), Alex (Brown), and Tank (Johnson). It was something that we've been working on. I was somewhat satisfied with my play, but I always end up thinking I could have done more or that I could have done things better.

I'm always happy to get as much game time as possible. As a rookie, that is the best way to learn how things work in this league.

When I am not playing, I usually stand on the sidelines and watch what everybody else is doing. You'd be amazed how much you can learn by watching your teammates and even the opponents. There are some great players out there. It would be foolish not to take advantage of the opportunity to watch their techniques.

The other reason I am usually right there on the sidelines is to try to pick up some keys as far as how the guys I will be facing are reacting. You can learn a lot by observing. Maybe somebody is playing faster than usual today, or maybe somebody seems slower. It gives you a good idea where the weaknesses and strengths are.

I didn't get a sack today and I was disappointed about that. I certainly intend to change that when we meet the Giants. It's a matter of pride and execution. The purpose is to get in there and make the play. I always want to do that.

Monday, we'll be at Halas Hall. That's the first time we haven't had the day off for Victory Monday. I'm sure we'll be going over the film and analyzing our mistakes. Once you've seen what you have done wrong, then it is best to move on mentally. You can't keep beating yourself up about plays that didn't work out. I certainly don't want to spend too much time worrying about the bad things when I can be working to be stronger for the next game.

We absolutely wanted to end this game 8-0, but that isn't the way things went. But don't think the season is lost by any means. We are a strong team that had a bad day. We'll be back working hard and playing at a high level next Sunday. The three-game road trip is coming up next, and it's important to be on top of things physically and mentally, so that will be our main focus.

The best thing to do right now is to learn from what went wrong and make certain that it doesn't happen again.

Mark Anderson writes his Rookie Diary every Wednesday exclusively for

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