Saturday, December 12, 2009
Calls and Effect: AFC East penalty tracker
One of the bigger stories that lingered from last weekend was Flozell Adams' unsportsmanlike blindside hit.
The Dallas Cowboys left tackle was fined $50,000 for jacking New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck from behind on a missed field goal. After the whistle, Adams and defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka tried to snap each other's heads off like dandelions.
So that got me to wondering who the AFC East's nasty boys have been this year.
I've been sharing overall penalty counts within the division every Saturday, but this week I wanted to outline who has been flagged for the most 15-yard penalties this year. The NFL rulebook outlines 19 penalties that draw 15 yards, including face mask, roughing the passer, chop blocks and such.
Of the 65 players who have been busted for more than one major penalty, eight hail from the AFC East.
Buffalo Bills rookie safety Jairus Byrd and New England Patriots safety Bret Lockett, placed on injured reserve this week, lead the division with three apiece.
Byrd's penalties cost the Bills 28 yards on two unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. He also had an offsetting unnecessary roughness. Lockett's penalties were worth 26 yards on a face mask and a taunting. Lockett had an illegal blindside block declined.
Two other Bills, cornerback Reggie Corner and linebacker Kawika Mitchell, have been zapped for two 15-yarders.
The strangest name on the AFC East list is New York Jets rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez, the only offensive player. He has been cited twice for a low block on an interception return.
The rest of the rundown with two 15-yard penalties apiece: Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork, Jets safety James Ihedigbo (one of only four NFL players to be kicked out of a game this year) and Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder.
New Orleans Saints safety Darren Sharper leads the NFL with five major penalties. Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith and Cleveland Browns nose tackle Shaun Rogers have four each.