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Dante Scarnecchia not pleased with recent penalties by Patriots offensive line

Ryan Hannable
December 26, 2018 - 2:15 pm

FOXBORO -- Overall, the Patriots are not one of the most penalized teams in the league, but it has been an issue the last few weeks.

It was a major issue against the Steelers two weeks ago when they committed a season-high 14 penalties, including five false starts and three holding penalties by offensive lineman. And then five more as a team Sunday against the Bills.

Speaking Monday, offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia was asked about the number of penalties of late and he was not pleased.

“Tell me about it,” he said. “Yeah, we have. And that’s really disappointing. We had one [Sunday], and actually we should have had another one. And thank God we didn’t have another one, since it was the same guy that got caught on the first one. That was pretty ugly on the sideline, too. Yeah, it is disappointing and we believe this and we have a big sign in the offensive line meeting room — penalties are the result of bad decisions, poor judgment, lack of concentration. It’s all of those things. We have to be better at it. It’s such a huge hole for us when that happens. Obviously, you can see it. It’s hard to play at first-and-20. It’s so hard. Second-and-20, forget about it.”

The biggest issue according to Scarnecchia is these penalties are happening late in the season.

“It really is,” he said. “Pittsburgh, in particular. We had such great opportunities that were negated by penalties. Really bad ones. There’s no reason to hold. Hands should always be inside. Yeah, it is disappointing. We don’t tolerate it. We can’t have it. [Sunday] was better, and next week will be better because the importance level is off the roof now, especially this week.We’ve got to win.”

Overall, the Patriots have committed 89 penalties this year, which are the fourth-fewest in the league.


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