For one game, penalties not problem

December, 19, 2011
12/19/11
4:49
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IRVING, Texas -- Penalties have been a problem for the Cowboys no matter if Bill Parcells, Wade Phillips or Jason Garrett has been the coach.

With one more penalty in the final two games, the Cowboys will reach the century mark for the sixth straight season.

But Saturday’s win at Tampa Bay offered a glimmer of hope. The Cowboys were penalized only two times for 15 yards, the fewest number of penalties since Nov. 22, 2007 against the New York Jets.

Both penalties were on the offense, after the defense and special teams have struggled with playing clean games in regards to yellow flags.

“It’s always a point of emphasis,” Garrett said. “We talk about who the officiating crew is every week and what they have a tendency to call. We have officials at practice. We talk about playing with the right technique … things we can do technically to avoid penalties without taking our edge off in the way we play off of us. We have to play smarter and I thought our team did that well in the game and I don’t think we had any of those penalties where guys are trying too hard to make the play. I just think guys played the right way with good technique and that happened throughout the team.”

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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