It’s not exactly unusual for the Raiders to lead the league in penalties. But this year Raiders coach Hue Jackson has seen enough.
With the Raiders currently leading the league in both penalties and yards, Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer says Jackson made a point in practice this week of chewing players out for stupid mistakes.
“Coach was on our a–,” Palmer told Alex Marvez of FOXSports.com. “It was an intense week. We got back to some of the small things that I think got overlooked when we were on a little bit of a [winning] streak. It was back to fundamentals.”
In the last two weeks the Raiders have lost to the Dolphins and Packers by a combined score of 80-30, and they’ve had 21 penalties for 180 yards in those two games. So it’s easy to see why Jackson would be on his players’ a–es.
The good news for Oakland is that the Lions are coming to town on Sunday, and the Lions have had a lot of penalty problems too — Detroit is third in the league in penalties and fourth in the league in penalty yards. The officials in Oakland are going to have their hands full on Sunday.