Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Penalty check: Flags are disappearing
By Rich Cimini
Since the bye week, the Jets have placed an added emphasis on reducing the number of penalties. They dusted off an idea they used a couple of years ago -- players, coaches and staff performing push-ups during practice if a penalty is committed. It's working, as the figures have dropped significantly.
Right now, the Jets are the third-least penalized team in the league. They have 69, behind only the Giants (63) and Falcons (47).
Over the first eight games, the Jets had 51 penalties -- 6.4 per game. Since the bye, they've had only 18 in five games -- a 3.6 average.
(Starters/key reserves who have yet to commit a penalty, according to the NFL stats):
LB David Harris, LB Calvin Pace, LB Bryan Thomas, DT Mike DeVito, NT Sione Po'uha, FB Lex Hilliard, TE Jeff Cumberland and WR Jeremy Kerley.
LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- 1 penalty for 5 yards
(Players with the most penalties)
CB Antonio Cromartie -- 7 penalties for 86 yards
CB Kyle Wilson -- 7 for 59 yards (plus one declined)
S LaRon Landry -- 4 for 28 yards (plus one declined)
DE Muhammad Wilkerson -- 4 for 25 yards
DE Quinton Coples -- 3 for 39 yards
WR Stephen Hill -- 3 for 20 yards
RG Brandon Moore -- 3 for 20 yards
QB Mark Sanchez -- 3 for 10 yards (plus one declined)