LaPolice: Penalty calls on the rise in CFL Week 3

Paul LaPolice,
7/14/2014 9:11:21 AM
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In the wake of all the penalties last week, I thought I would break them down and see what happened. I also got help from CFL stats Guru Steve Daniel, who deserves credit for all the work he does weekly. Here is a list of the penalties that happened in Week 3.

There were 110 (27.5 per game) last week.

In the last 20 years, there have been only two weeks with more penalties!

One thing you always look at as a coach are penalties that occur before the ball was snapped, those are usually based on mental errors such as not following the snap count on offence or watching the ball on defence. The before-the-whistle penalties can be eliminated by focusing on your assignment. Offside, procedure, time count and too many men would fall in that category. Last week there were 31 of those penalties or 28 per cent of the total penalties.

Some interesting stats

- Holding was the highest penalty called last week with 25 calls including 11 times in one game.

- Almost 1000 yards was penalized last week, which moved the ball up and down the field.

- 298 penalties so far this season

- 99 penalties per week

- Almost 25 penalties per game

- Penalties are up in all areas: offence, defence, special teams

As a coach, you are always stressing and coaching the correct fundamentals of the game but it is sometimes hard for players to learn how to correct penalties until it happens to them at full speed in a game. Also we have lost a lot of veteran football players this past season.

We shouldn't blame the officials for the increase in the penalties because they are calling what they are seeing happening on the field. Usually coaches range with agreeing with 70-90 per cent of the calls when they see them on film. Every week the coaches still see penalties on the game film that were not called that should have been called.

I'm not sure what the reason is for so many penalties this year, but I'm sure the coaches and players are working hard to correct them.

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