NFC South: false start penalties

Donald Penn having Pro Bowl season

December, 29, 2010
TAMPA, Fla. -- During the 2008 and 2009 seasons, Tampa Bay offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood provided fodder for an automatic weekly post. When ESPN Stats & Information would send out the updated list of false start penalties, I’d scan it and do a quick update on where Trueblood stood among the league leaders, mainly because Trueblood always was among the league leaders.

That’s not the case this year and it probably has a lot to do with the fact that Trueblood has started only seven games. He only has two false start penalties this season. But the more amazing thing might be that Tampa Bay left tackle Donald Penn, who was snubbed in Pro Bowl voting, does not appear anywhere on the list of the 144 guys around the NFL who have been called for at least two false starts.

It’s pretty amazing when a starting left tackle can go this far into a season with less than two false starts. I had the Bucs check with their coaches and they said Penn has been called for one false start. They even gave a little bit more evidence of how strong a season Penn has had. He’s been called for only one holding penalty and has given up three sacks.

Throw in the facts that, despite a slew of injuries across the rest of the offensive line, Penn has protected quarterback Josh Freeman and paved the way for rookie running back LeGarrette Blount to emerge as a force and I'm willing to say Penn should be in the Pro Bowl.

Actually Atlanta left tackle Sam Baker doesn’t appear on the list either. That’s nice, but I’m not ready to put Baker anywhere near Penn in any other category.

As a division, the NFC South has fared pretty well when it comes to false start penalties. The league leaders are Ryan Diem and Michael Oher with eight false starts and there are a bunch of guys with seven.

The NFC South leader is New Orleans left tackle Jermon Bushrod with six and Carolina’s Geoff Schwartz has four.

James Lee, who sometimes has replaced Trueblood as the starting right tackle, has three false starts and that ties him with Carolina left tackle Jordan Gross and Carolina tight end Jeff King.

The NFC South players who have been called for two false starts are Carolina center Ryan Kalil, New Orleans guard Jahri Evans, Carolina fullback Tony Fiammetta, Atlanta tight end Justin Peelle, Carolina receiver David Gettis, Carolina guard Travelle Wharton and Tampa Bay guard Davin Joseph.

Trueblood has uncomfortable lead

December, 22, 2009
With two games remaining, Tampa Bay offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood has a chance to run away with the infamous title as the league’s leader in false-start penalties.

Trueblood has been called for a league-high nine false starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information. His nearest competitors are Levi Brown, Vernon Davis and Ryan Diem, who each have been charged with seven false starts. Trueblood was charged with six false starts in each of his first three NFL seasons and has 39 overall penalties in his career.

Carolina’s Jeff Otah is tied with a bunch of guys with six false starts. But Otah is out with an injury for the rest of the season. Carolina tight end Jeff King, who has been called for four false starts, is the only other NFC South player on the list of 38 players who have been charged with at least four false starts.

Trueblood has league lead to himself

December, 15, 2009
Time for our weekly update on false-start penalties. Tampa Bay tackle Jeremy Trueblood has move into sole possession of the league lead in this unflattering category.

Trueblood now has been flagged for eight false starts. Carolina’s Jeff Otah is tied for fifth with six false starts. The only other NFC South player with at least four false starts is Carolina tight end Jeff King, who has been called for this penalty four times.
Hey, the Bucs and Panthers are dominating the league in one category. Too bad it’s not a positive one.

When it comes to false-start penalties, nobody’s got more than Tampa Bay right tackle Jeremy Trueblood. He has seven, which ties him for the league lead with Arizona’s Levi Brown.

But Trueblood can’t get too comfortable because Carolina right tackle Jeff Otah is within easy striking distance. Otah’s one of a bunch of players tie for third in the league with six false-start penalties, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information.

On their list of the 58 players with at least three false-start penalties, Carolina tight end Jeff King is on there with four. Carolina center Ryan Kalil also makes the list with three, the same number as Atlanta wide receiver Roddy White.

For the record, there’s not a single New Orleans player on the list.

Posted by’s Pat Yasinskas

When it comes to false-start penalties, the NFC South is ranking high, which isn’t good.

Two NFC South right tackles are among the league leaders in false starts. Tampa Bay’s Jeremy Trueblood is tied for the league lead with four and Carolina’s Jeff Otah is tied for three. Here’s a look at the league leaders in false starts, according to ESPN Stats & Information:
Player Team Penalties
Jeremy Trueblood Tampa Bay
Cornell Green Oakland
Brandon Frye Seattle
Branden Albert Kansas City
Dan Koppen New England
Damien Woody NY Jets
Jeff Otah Carolina
Erik Pears Oakland
Brian Walters Kansas City
Chris Williams Chicago
Michael Roos Tennessee

Posted by's Pat Yasinskas

Carolina's Jordan Gross was selected to his first Pro Bowl this season, which was overdue. But Gross, who is a great pass and run blocker, isn't perfect. When it came to false-start penalties, Gross was among the league leaders:

False-start Penalties
Harris, Kwame OAKLAND 11 55
Adams, Flozell DALLAS 9 45
Gross, Jordan CAROLINA 7 35
Barron, Alex ST. LOUIS 7 31
Trueblood, Jeremy TAMPA BAY 6 30
Green, Cornell OAKLAND 6 30
Colombo, Marc DALLAS 6 30
Colon, Willie PITTSBURGH 6 30
Cook, Ryan MINNESOTA 6 30
Brown, Levi ARIZONA 6 30
Gaither, Jared BALTIMORE 6 26