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Redskins dismayed at being most penalized team in NFL

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Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan got all the attention.

But he’s just a symptom of a larger disease.

The Redskins go into Week 3 leading the league in penalties by a significant margin, and Morgan’s brain-lock personal foul at the end of the loss at St. Louis last week is just one of them.

“It’s on the person,” defensive end Stephen Bowen said, via Rich Campbell of the Washington Times. “Every person has got to look each other in the eyes and say, ‘We’ve got to get it done. No mental issues, no offsides. If you feel like you’re going to get a holding [penalty], let him go.’ You’ve got to be technique sound.”

The Redskins have 23 penalties for 223 yards in two games. The Eagles are next with 19 for 168.

So as tempting as it might be to blame replacement refs for some of the problems, that’s an apples-to-apples comparison that shines light.

“Well, you have to look at the penalties,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “We are a very disciplined football team. There were a number of those calls that shouldn’t have been called and a number of calls that should have been called.”

History’s on Shanahan’s side, as he generally hasn’t coached undisciplined teams.

The Redskins were seventh in the league at avoiding penalties last year, 10th in 2010. When Shanahan was in Denver, the Broncos were in the top six four of his five seasons from 2004-08.

But this year, 19 different players have been flagged, many of them avoidable.

“We’ve got to continue to work at it, not have the offside penalties, false starts — things you can control,” linebacker London Fletcher said. “It’s uncharacteristic of us to be the most penalized team.”

With a rookie quarterback (no matter how good he is) and two of their top defensive players out for the year already, the Redskins don’t have much margin for error. They can’t give away anything.

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29 Responses to “Redskins dismayed at being most penalized team in NFL”
  1. sj39 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:43 AM

    Then stop playing dumb and dirty.

  2. nyg4life says: Sep 21, 2012 9:46 AM

    who are the Redskins?

  3. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 21, 2012 9:49 AM

    I’ve said for the longest time that the officials are out to get this franchise. Now that RGIII is here, those days are coming to an end because we’ll throttle everyone weather the refs like it or not.

    PS – The Redskins are your 2012 NFC East Champions and playoff bound.

  4. cocoachip says: Sep 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    nyg4life says: Sep 21, 2012 9:46 AM

    who are the Redskins?

    The same team that owned the giants last year!

  5. skinsfanwill says: Sep 21, 2012 9:52 AM

    The team that SWEPT the Giants last year.

  6. sj39 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:54 AM

    The team that traded their future to the Rams! I gotta love them for that. Just fail baby!

  7. rangers84 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    So the team that’s been busy calling the Rams dirty all week are the most penalised team in the league……

    Gotta love irony

  8. phillyphannn83 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:59 AM

    and the team that GOT SWEPT by te Eagles last year…since you guys want to talk sweeps

    here’s food for thought…maybe ge NFC East is getting the bum refs for their games??

  9. surferbum01 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:01 AM

    They may have swept the Giants……..but they MISSED the playoffs. And in football…..that’s the ONLY thing that matters.

    “If you aint’ got a ring….it don’t mean a thing!”

    #ballsohard49ers

  10. gromit45 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    What? Redskins in 1st?

    The Raiders need to step up their game to keep their “penalty” crown.

  11. coltsluckdynasty says: Sep 21, 2012 10:14 AM

    Weather the refs like it or not? Really? The weather should not have any outcome on how the refs call the game…. Rain or shine, I think the refs call the game regardless, voiceofreason. To say the weather makes the officials make bad calls is childish. Now whether RGIII can hold Lucks jock strap or not, is the real debate. Looking at superman cam newton last night. I’m not so sure RGIII is really ready for the giants front line. Luck is superior, whether you like it or not……

  12. 7ransponder says: Sep 21, 2012 10:17 AM

    skinsfanwill says:
    Sep 21, 2012 9:52 AM
    The team that SWEPT the Giants last year.

    ——————–

    But got beat by the lowly Vikings.

  13. obamareallysucks says: Sep 21, 2012 10:28 AM

    the skins , griffin and the fans would rather look good and lose than win ugly with a different quarterback.

  14. jwreck says: Sep 21, 2012 10:33 AM

    surferbum01 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 10:01 AM
    They may have swept the Giants……..but they MISSED the playoffs. And in football…..that’s the ONLY thing that matters.
    ________
    phillyphannn83 says:
    Sep 21, 2012 9:59 AM
    and the team that GOT SWEPT by te Eagles last year…since you guys want to talk sweeps
    ______

    Is it silly for Redskins fans to bring up sweeping all the time, and is it, as surferbum put it, totally meaningless? Yes and yes. However, it’s equally ridiculous for a Giants fan to ask “who are the Redskins?”

    When your guys are embarrassed twice by a bad team (and the Redskins were that in 2011, a bad team) you lose the right to mock that franchise for being obsolete. Similarly Steelers fans have lost the right to ask “Who is Tim Tebow?” for the next couple of years.

    And yes, phillyphan, the Eagles did sweep the Redskins last year. They were a better team, and are likely still a better team, so that sweep is kind of a non-issue, just like the Ravens sweeping the Browns. It’s only when the cycle is reversed, like Washington and NYG, that it becomes a deal.

  15. voice0freasonsays says: Sep 21, 2012 10:34 AM

    The redskins are the dirtiest team in the NFL. RG3 is the weakest qb in the NFL. The wheels have officially fallen off. Go Niners!!! HTTR!!!

  16. dougydougdoug says: Sep 21, 2012 10:37 AM

    gromit45:

    Indeed. The Raiders will rectify this Sunday. Put things right with the world.

  17. nyg4life says: Sep 21, 2012 10:39 AM

    According to Redskins fans sweeping the Giants is there proudest moment in 20 years. While you guys celebrate sweeping us we celebrate Superbowl championships.

  18. huskersrock1 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:56 AM

    Everyone else is dirty, the refs are against us, we do everything right!

    rgIII

  19. soldierofislam says: Sep 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    rangers84 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    So the team that’s been busy calling the Rams dirty all week are the most penalised team in the league……

    Gotta love irony
    ——————————————-
    Redskins got the better of that deal out of that trade, Griffin Excedes expexcations. Redskins loss to the Rams was not RG’s fault, but of course you would have to know a little about football to understand that.

    Gotta Love RG3

  20. miamatt says: Sep 21, 2012 11:07 AM

    It bears noting that in the first two weeks of the season, road teams have been penalized 55% of the time. The Redskins are just this week going to play their home opener, so I would expect some evening out in that regard.

    The bigger question is how much are replacement refs magnifying home-field advantage. In most years, penalties have been distributed close to 50:50 betweem home and road teams. Additionally, last week 14 out iof 16 home teams won, tying the NFL record for most home winds in a single week.

    Glad my Phins are playing at home this week against the Stinkin’ Jets.

  21. taintedlombardis says: Sep 21, 2012 11:23 AM

    So much stupidity, so little time..

    Being the most penalized considering how officiating in the NFL has been “debacled” means very little after two games. The Rams should lead the league, but incompetence rules the day on Sundays…

  22. destructicus says: Sep 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    I vehemently disagree with “if you feel like you’re going to get a holding call, let me go.”

    That IS true for every player on the team except the O-line. You must protect the QB. If you think the player is going to blind side your QB you gotta hold him.

    Risking a 10 yard penalty is much better than risking RG3 for the season.

  23. EJ says: Sep 21, 2012 11:38 AM

    They gave up their future to the Rams, and now are calling them “dirty.”

  24. romosmicrodongs says: Sep 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    just look at all the trolls on this site hoping RG fails… is it a stretch of the imagination that there are refs out there who wish the same? especially when the refs you’re dealing with watch an opposing player shove his face in to the turf after the whistle has been blown and don’t pull a flag.

    if even half of the personal fouls in that rams game were called, the ones they committed, they’d be a close second for penalties.. its like that panthers game last night, personal fouls all over the giants defense and none of them called till the fourth quarter when LaFell lost his cool and finally bit back and he gets the flag. it’s garbage.

  25. sixjak says: Sep 21, 2012 11:51 AM

    nyg4life says:
    Sep 21, 2012 9:46 AM
    who are the Redskins?

    31 81
    voiceofreasonsays says:
    Sep 21, 2012 9:49 AM
    I’ve said for the longest time that the officials are out to get this franchise. Now that RGIII is here, those days are coming to an end because we’ll throttle everyone weather the refs like it or not.

    PS – The Redskins are your 2012 NFC East Champions and playoff bound.

    __________

    Okay these two comments made me laugh out loud.

    And you vvvv just might have the best PFT name ever.
    obamareallysucks says:
    Sep 21, 2012 10:28 AM
    the skins , griffin and the fans would rather look good and lose than win ugly with a different quarterback.

    3 9

  26. dikshuttle says: Sep 21, 2012 12:01 PM

    Hey – the refs have to do SOMETHING to bolster their line on the under for the game…

    ..c’mon, that’s just a given!

  27. bobonmycob says: Sep 21, 2012 12:18 PM

    nyg4life says:
    Sep 21, 2012 9:46 AM
    who are the Redskins?

    A team the Eagles have been using, abusing, and then some for the past…. forever

  28. schmitty2 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    soldierofislam says:Sep 21, 2012 11:04 AM

    rangers84 says: Sep 21, 2012 9:56 AM

    So the team that’s been busy calling the Rams dirty all week are the most penalised team in the league……

    Gotta love irony
    ——————————————-
    Redskins got the better of that deal out of that trade, Griffin Excedes expexcations. Redskins loss to the Rams was not RG’s fault, but of course you would have to know a little about football to understand that.

    Kind of funny how you question someones knowledge of football then proceed to make a lame statement that the Skins got the “better end of the deal” How exactly do you know that? RGIII has played exactly 2 games and the Rams havent even drafted the picks they got in the trade. Wise up dude!

  29. bilsalvat2 says: Sep 22, 2012 9:02 AM

    The re-invented will be around a long time. The Giants and Cowboys had their chance. Not it is ours for the taking. RG111. One of the great quarterbacks in modern football. Hail to the Redskins…

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