BOSTON (CBS) The NFL re-emphasized certain penalties prior to the start of the season, and after two weeks it appears that they are not messing around.
Flags are flying all across the league, and that was very evident in Minnesota Sunday afternoon. The Patriots were flagged 15 times against the Vikings, the most ever for a Belichick-coached team.
“Fifteen penalties accepted and there were several early ones where we had multiple fouls on the same play and 160 yards, or whatever it was, it’s way too much. We can’t keep doing that,” Belichick said Monday. “We had a lot of penalties last week, we had a lot of penalties this week and it’s not just the penalties it’s the yardage, it’s too many personal fouls. We had two interference penalties on their last drive that got them almost down there the whole length of the field. It must have been almost 60 yards in penalties it seemed like.
“Things like that, we just can’t afford them. One is too many,” said the coach. “We have to play penalty-free. We have to do a better job of that. We have to coach it better.”
Recent history suggests (although likely not the key determinant) that the more penalties the better, because both the Seahawks and Ravens — the past two Super Bowl champs — were the most penalized team during their respective runs.
One play in particular is catching the eye of 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak. For the past two weeks the Patriots have been penalized for offensive pass interference on illegal picks on rub routes. It happened last week with Brandon LaFell, and again this past Sunday with Aaron Dobson, which negated a huge gain by Danny Amendola.
Gresh & Zo explain how the receivers can sell this play better, and the amount of penalties in general.
Listen below for the full discussion!