Broncos Lead NFL In Penalties, Points To Coaching

November 26, 2014 8:00 PM

Broncos Lead NFL In Penalties, Points To Coaching
By Rich Kurtzman

" The Denver Broncos have become the Oakland Raiders.

It sounds terrible to any Broncos fan, sure, but let’s be honest here. In a statistical category the Raiders have owned for years and years, Denver has now taken over. And it’s not pretty.

With 96 total penalties called against them, Denver is the most-penalized team in the NFL this season, and they’ve been in that position for at least the last two weeks. And all those penalties add up to 809 total yards, second-worst only to the New England Patriots.

When you look at the numbers, interesting is the fact that the Broncos don’t lead any specific penalty category outright, though they are tied for most for multiple calls. Those are “Ineligible downfield pass”, “Illegal Motion”, “Tripping” and “Interference with opportunity to catch”. One that sticks out of the group is the illegal motion call, which comes back to coaching and the underprepared nature of the team. One of the simplest concepts is that a player cannot move toward the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap, yet Denver’s done it five times "

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