Cowboys VP: Penalties are unacceptable
NOV 13, 2012 9:06a ET
Oddly enough, the league's second-most penalized team improved to 3-1 in those contests with a 38-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
It's unrealistic to expect more wins if that trend continues and Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones address that topic on Monday.
"We've got to stop the penalties," Jones said on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM]. "They're inexcusable, yet we continue to have them. They kept drives alive for the Eagles a couple of times by being offsides. That's just unacceptable."
Morris Claiborne, Jason Hatcher, Josh Brent and Anthony Spencer combined to go offside six times. Claiborne was also flagged for holding twice and pass interference once. John Phillips had two false starts, Doug Free had another and Orlando Scandrick was called for holding.
In the end, the 13 penalties cost the Cowboys 75 yards and raised their season average to 8.2 penalties per game. Only the Washington Redskins (8.3) average more penalties per game.
While dissecting the problem, Jones said the Cowboys coaching staff has to do more to find a solution before the penalties end up costing the club a chance at the postseason.
"I know [Garrett] wants to do more. We talked about it," Jones said. "We addressed it after the game. He's going to get with Rob [Ryan] and we got to do more because whatever we're doing is not working. They pulled [Jason] Hatcher out of the game after his second consecutive offsides, but it's got to be more than that.
"Somehow we got to get focused. For some reason, the guys continue to make those mistakes and at some point that's going to cost us a game that may cost us our season."
Here's a game-by-game breakdown of the Cowboys' 74 penalties this season.
Week 1: 13 penalties for 86 yards in win at Giants.
Week 2: 5 penalties for 47 yards in loss at Seahawks.
Week 3: 13 penalties for 105 yards in win over Buccaneers.
Week 4: 2 penalties for 10 yards in loss to Bears.
Week 6: 13 penalties for 82 yards in loss at Ravens.
Week 7: 6 penalties for 43 yards in win at Panthers.
Week 8: 2 penalties for 10 yards in loss to Giants.
Week 9: 7 penalties for 50 yards in loss at Atlanta.
Week 10: 13 penalties for 75 yards in win at Eagles.
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