Thursday, October 11, 2012
Penalty watch: False start shows up
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots were flagged for six accepted penalties in last Sunday's win over the Broncos, with two of them false starts (on left guard Logan Mankins and left tackle Nate Solder).
Given the up-tempo no-huddle offense the Patriots were using, the two false starts come with the territory and highlight the difficulty of playing a clean game with that approach.
Nate Solder was called for a false start last week against the Broncos.
Meanwhile, tight end Rob Gronkowski's offensive pass interference penalty was his team-high fourth flag of the season.
The breakdown of the season (includes declined penalties):
Most called penalties Defensive holding -- 5
Defensive pass interference -- 5
False start -- 4
Offensive holding -- 3
Offensive pass interference -- 2
Special teams holding -- 2
Special teams illegal block above waist -- 2
Encroachment -- 1
Offside -- 1
Personal foul -- 1
Roughing the passer -- 1
Special teams false start -- 1
Special teams illegal formation -- 1
Special teams offsides -- 1