Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Week 5: Penalties at Minnesota

This penalty issue is starting to get more and more difficult to overcome. In the Minnesota game, the late pass interference on Mike Jenkins pretty much ended any hopes the Cowboys had. We should not be surprised, should we?

Just more Dallas Cowboys football under Wade Phillips.

Since the start of 2007, only Oakland has committed more penalties than the Cowboys.
Since the start of 2008, nobody has committed more penalties than the Cowboys.
Since the start of 2009, only Oakland has committed more penalties than the Cowboys.

And for those of you who think "this team had a penalty problem under Bill Parcells, too", let me put that to rest.

From 2003-2006, "the Bill Parcells era", the Cowboys ranked 25th in the NFL in penalties during his tenure. 25th! Only 7 teams in the NFL committed FEWER penalties than the Cowboys did under Parcells. The only teams that had fewer flags than the Cowboys: Chiefs, Browns, Colts, Steelers, Broncos, Seahawks, and Jets.

Times have changed.

Week 5 at Minnesota:

WkQPlayerPenaltyYardsUnitFD
51AustinUnsportman Conduct15Off
52AustinPass Interference10Off
52Jones12 in Huddle5Off
52McBriarDelay5ST
52WareOffsideDeclinedDef
52JenkinsPass Interference23DefFD
52WittenFalse Start5Off
53GurodeHolding2Off
54FreeFalse Start5Off
54BallHolding10ST
54JenkinsPass Interference11DefFD
54RomoIll Fwd Pass0Off

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Totals for Minnesota: 11 accepted for 91 yards, 12 total. 7 Penalties for Offense, 3 for Defense, 2 for Special Teams.

Worst Offender: Mike Jenkins accounted for 34 yards worth of penalties (after 43 last week) and Miles Austin had 2 biggies as well for 25 yards (Note: I recognize that Wade told everyone that Sam Hurd was given the penalty for Austin in the end zone, but since the NFL gamebook still says Austin - and because Austin did leapfrog Williams - I say it is still Austin's penalty).

So, most teams have played 6 games in the NFL this season. The Cowboys have played just 5, but still rank 3rd in the NFL in total penalties. Only Detroit and Oakland have more flags this season, but both have played 6 games - so on a per-game basis, the Cowboys are at the top of the league (or bottom of the league depending on how you consider things).

Here are your season totals - Keep in mind, my totals include declined and offsetting penalties. For football reasons, they matter way more than just accepted penalties.

This is through Week 5:

OFFENSE

PlayerTotalHoldPresnapIll BlockOther
Austin50122
Colombo40202
Gurode43100
Free41300
Barron33000
Witten30201
Romo30102
Bryant20002
Bennett10010
Holland10100
Kosier11000
Jones10100
Davis10100
Totals3381339

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Miles Austin has surged ahead of the OL for his 4th and 5th penalties of the season.

DEFENSE

PlayerTotalOffsideRoughPass InfOther
Jenkins50041
Brooking30120
Olshansky21100
Ratliff20110
Spencer22000
Ware33000
Sensabaugh10001
Scandrick10010
Bowen10001
Totals206383

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Mike Jenkins is on a torrid pace now with 4 Pass Interference calls in 2 weeks. DeMarcus Ware has yet another offside. Many get declined, but only because the QB takes advantage of the penalty by throwing downfield and getting a nice result that has no chance of being picked off.

SPECIAL TEAMS

PlayerTotalOffsideRoughIll BlockOther
Church10010
Buehler10001
Scandrick11000
Hamlin10010
L Williams10100
McBriar10001
Ball10001
Ladocuer10001
Totals81124

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2 comments:

jeffrey said...

As always, Bob, thanks for these fantastic posts. I have a follow-up question:

What's a normal ratio of Off penalties to Def penalties? This is almost a 7:4 ratio here. Does that mean our offense is less disciplined? Or are there just typically more offensive penalties in the league?

asimmehmood said...

To be fair though Bob, the trend for penalties did start in the Parcells era in 2006, which may be the reason he kept banging his head. I beieve the last year he was here, they finished in top 5.

He made some statements during that year on how his teams don't commit that many penalties.