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Friday, January 10, 2014
Penalty check: Sloppy, sloppy, sloppy

By Rich Cimini

The New York Jets struggled with penalties in 2013. Did they ever.

They committed 108 penalties, their most since 1996 -- their 1-15 season under Rich Kotite. It's never a good thing when you land in the same sentence as Kotite. The low point came in Week 3, when they were guilty of a franchise-record 20 penalties, and somehow managed to win.

All told, the Jets racked up 837 penalty yards, which isn't half bad -- 17th in the league -- but the troubling part is they led the league in pre-snap penalties (54). That's just a lack of focus, plain and simple.

Rex Ryan oftens mentions that it's uncharacteristic for his teams to be highly penalized, but that's not entirely true. In his tenure, dating to 2009, the Jets are 18th in penalties and 21st in yardage, according to ESPN Stats.

Some of the particulars from 2013, courtesy of the NFL:

Most frequently penalized players: RG Willie Colon, 12 for 82 yards (one declined); DE Muhammad Wilkerson, 10 for 66 yards (two declined); CB Antonio Cromartie, 7 for 110 yards (one declined); LG Brian Winters, 7 for 61 yards; CB Kyle Wilson, 6 for 49 yards (two declined); LG Vladimir Ducasse, 6 for 40 yards (one declined); QB Geno Smith, 6 for 21 yards (one declined).

Most common penalties: Offensive holding, 19 for 141 yards (five declined); defensive offside, 17 for 68 yards (two declined); false starts, 16 for 78 yards. Seven of the false starts ended in stalled drives.

Avoided the penalty bug: S Dawan Landry, 0 penalties; C Nick Mangold, 1 for 15 yards; CB Dee Milliner, 1 for 15 yards; LB David Harris, 1 for 5 yards; DT Damon Harrison, 1 for 5 yards.