Dennis Allen: Raiders will cut down on penalties

AP

The Raiders were flagged for 163 penalties and penalized a total of 1,358 yards last season, far and away the most of any team in the league. New head coach Dennis Allen says that has to change.

Allen said on ESPN’s NFL 32 on Thursday that he views cutting down on penalties as a high priority, and as the key to getting the Raiders back to the playoffs.

“Our philosophy is that we want to be a tough, smart, disciplined football team.,” he said. “Everybody talks about the penalties here and that’s all part of discipline. We’re going to preach that message day in and day out. If we can uphold that and become a disciplined football team we’re going to have a chance to have success.”

The Raiders have been among the NFL’s most penalized teams so consistently and for so long that it’s a little hard to imagine anything else from the Silver and Black. But Allen was brought in to change things, and that’s what he says he’s going to do.

29 responses to “Dennis Allen: Raiders will cut down on penalties

  1. Glad to hear Dennis Allen is admitting penalties are a problem, Hue Jackson didn’t think penalties were a problem until the end of training camp last season lol

  2. “The Raiders were flagged for 163 penalties and penalized a total of 1,358 yards last season, far and away the most of any team in the league.”

    You left out the part about that also being an all-time league record.

  3. mrcosio says: May 10, 2012 6:31 PM

    Glad to hear Dennis Allen is admitting penalties are a problem, Hue Jackson didn’t think penalties were a problem until the end of training camp last season lol
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    That was because Al Davis didn’t care about the penalties; thus Hue Jackson openly stating that the penalties were a problem AFTER Davis had died.

  4. “The Raiders have been among the NFL’s most penalized teams so consistently and for so long that it’s a little hard to imagine…”

    It’s hard to imagine that there isn’t some form of bias from the officials against them.

  5. Our philosophy is that we want to be a tough, smart, disciplined football team.

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    Raiders are a tough team. I guess 1 out of 3 isn’t bad.

  6. I’m a Raiders fan.

    With that said.

    I’d be a little concerned if he said “we’re not going to cut down on penalties”.. like we’re trying to beat the record we just set or something.

    This is a kind of unnecessary statement.

  7. Everybody who is hating on the Raiders doesnt know a whole lot about what has been going on here this off-season. Dennis Allen & Reggie McKenzie are sticklers, disciplinarians, they wont stand for the penalty issue to continue. Plus a couple of their biggest penalty bugs have been let go anyway in Stanford Routt & Kam Wimbley. I expect our penalties to be nearly cut in half. Also, our new defensive scheme alone will cut down in penalties because it wont continually place our players in desperation situations , such as P.I / Holding or TD

  8. humb0lt says: May 10, 2012 7:26 PM

    Rookie coach … Raiders will cut down on wins.

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    Sorry were not talking about loser Norv Turner.

    Look when everyone was talking Tebow time Dennis Allen’s defense was the only reason Denver won the games they did.

  9. Every Raider coach says the same thing, and it never changes. But with Davis gone, Allen has a chance to get it corrected. Considering what went on last season, with that leaky defense, the penalties, Davis’ death, and injuries, it’s remarkable that Oakland won half their games. Or it would be, if the rest of the AFC West didn’t suck so much. Talking to you, humb0lt.

  10. And by week 8 he’ll be thinking it will never stop because 1/3rd of them get called on no other team on any kind of regular basis.

    Unless the league has some love for Mark Davis the Raiders will always be in the top 5 most penalties.

  11. When the RAIDERS were winning Superbowls they were the most penalized. It is more glaring when you lose football AND have the most penalties. Those who watch RAIDERS football know about the “phantom” calls. Since the RAIDERS are consistently penalized, the zebras are more apt to throw the flag against the RAIDERS. It’s part of being a RAIDERS fan. That, and listening to haters whine..

  12. Now if only DA can get the refs to agree, he might be onto something. Otherwise, it’s an effort in futility…the league has always had it in for the Raiders because of Al’s litigation.

    I hope someday the refs and the league office will actually give the Raiders a level playing field. They have had to not only beat the opponent, they have also had to overcome the yardage given up thanks to all those BS calls over the years.

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