AFC South: Penalties

The AFC South's top penalty perpetrators

December, 15, 2011
An overdue check in on the AFC South’s primary penalty offenders, courtesy of Jeremy Mills of ESPN Stats and Info.

Some notes:
  • Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson leads the division with 99 penalty yards on five penalties (four accepted), highlighted by pass interference penalties of 41 and 30 yards.
  • Smith has four offsides, two personal fouls, two roughing the passer and one neutral zone infraction.
  • Lacey has six separate penalty types -- three pass interference, an offside, a face mask, a fair catch interference, a holding and a running into the kicker. That’s impressive diversity!
  • Mike Brisiel is the only player on the list with no declined penalties -- five false starts, two holding and one face mask.
We are overdue to check in on penalties in the AFC South, so here’s an account from ESPN Stats and Info on the primary offenders:

  • Lacey has three pass interferences, an offensive holding, a face mask and a running into the kicker. If a cornerback is beat, it’s usually better for him to draw a flag then let a guy go. But I’d like him not to be in that position very often.
  • All five of Meester’s penalties are holding, but four have been declined. Declined penalties get guys off the hook in a lot of ways but shouldn’t. They are still committing the foul, it’s just the context that is helping them.
  • Smith had two offside, a face mask, an illegal use of hands and an unnecessary roughness penalties. A nice smorgasbord of infractions.