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Penalty report: Tennessee Titans

A look at what the Titans have done in the penalty department through eight games:

Totals:

  • 61 penalties, 11 declined penalties, 424 yards, 169 nullified yards, 12 first downs, 13 stalled drives

Primary offenders:

  • RT David Stewart: 8 penalties, 2 declined penalties, 60 yards, 19 nullified yards, 3 stalled drives

  • TE Craig Stevens: 4 penalties, 2 declined, 10 yards, 8 nullified yard

  • DT Mike Martin: 4 penalties, 30 yards. 1 first down

  • LB Akeem Ayers: 4 penalties, 30 yards, 1 first down

Primary offenses:

  • False starts: 11 for 55 yards and 6 stalled drives

  • Offensive holding: 10 (and 3 declined) for 65 yards, 70 nullified yards and 6 stalled drives

  • Unnecessary roughness: 5 for 75 yards and 4 first downs

  • Illegal formation: 5 (and 3 declined) for 10 yards and 8 nullified yard

Thoughts:

False starts and offensive holding are the most popular penalties for plenty of teams. The bulk of them come against offensive linemen. While line play has been getting steadily better, these are too big a share of the Titans' penalties and raise another question about the coaching of two Hall of Fame offensive linemen, Mike Munchak and his line coach, Bruce Matthews.