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Dennis Allen: Raiders will cut down on penalties

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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.

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29 Responses to “Dennis Allen: Raiders will cut down on penalties”
  1. spellingcopfather says: May 10, 2012 6:28 PM

    Second best news i heard from my fav. Team, this off season, first was the fireing of the D.C!!!

  2. 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

  3. silverandblack052099 says: May 10, 2012 6:34 PM

    “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.

  4. hannahsdaddy says: May 10, 2012 6:34 PM

    Amen brother!

    Dennis! How do you plan to cut down on the phantom calls we seem to get every game?

  5. warrenmoon says: May 10, 2012 6:37 PM

    They cut Routt, that was a good start

  6. masterblaster78 says: May 10, 2012 7:12 PM

    All I can say, it’s about time…………..

  7. sportsmeccabi says: May 10, 2012 7:13 PM

    Statistically speaking, it would be impossible to repeat that performance. So I sure hope so.

  8. wetpaperbag3 says: May 10, 2012 7:14 PM

    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.

  9. wholelottacrazygoingon says: May 10, 2012 7:16 PM

    “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.

  10. calibear831 says: May 10, 2012 7:18 PM

    Sshhh, i hope so!

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

    Rookie coach … Raiders will cut down on wins.

  12. pdxbolt says: May 10, 2012 7:34 PM

    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.

  13. steed513 says: May 10, 2012 7:37 PM

    cry baby qb too….raiders will cut down on completions

  14. phadedwun says: May 10, 2012 7:45 PM

    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.

  15. denverdave3 says: May 10, 2012 7:50 PM

    Black and silver better cut ‘em down. It’s their only chance to remain competitive, given the hits their rooster has taken.

  16. lilcuzzy says: May 10, 2012 7:52 PM

    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

  17. klutch14u says: May 10, 2012 7:54 PM

    Let me speak for every Raider coach in history and just say “good luck with that”

  18. MichaelEdits says: May 10, 2012 8:05 PM

    The first Raiders coach to say “We’re going to get more penalties” will be my hero.

  19. ch8878 says: May 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    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.

  20. souldogdave says: May 10, 2012 8:24 PM

    So Humdolt comes out of the woodwork to dog the Raiders…Can’t wait till we stuff the Chargers, Dolt? Still have the 2 dogs?

  21. raiderapologist says: May 10, 2012 8:27 PM

    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.

  22. dude53 says: May 10, 2012 9:08 PM

    In far off distance I hear zebras chuckling….

  23. war27 says: May 10, 2012 9:12 PM

    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.

  24. radrntn says: May 10, 2012 9:13 PM

    every body knows it the refs, and not the players……get real

  25. mullman7675 says: May 10, 2012 10:18 PM

    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..

  26. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: May 10, 2012 10:59 PM

    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.

  27. commitment2excrement says: May 11, 2012 1:08 AM

    Just another in a long list of coaches, that tried and failed.

  28. tatum064 says: May 11, 2012 1:12 AM

    Of course they will..how could they increase that ghastly amount?!

    Goal of 100 or less is doable. Six per game….

  29. jomochiefsfan84 says: May 13, 2012 4:22 PM

    I see ALOT of defensive holding calls coming up for the raiders this year as weak as their secondary is gonna be this year!

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