On Monday, Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith lamented over the team’s season-high 15 penalties for 113 yards in Tampa Bay’s 37-31 overtime loss in New Orleans.
“Penalties, which is something that hasn’t been a big part of who we are, it’s become a trend – and we need to stop it,” Smith said. “I think we had 10 in the second half. Critical penalties that kept drives going for them and stopped drives for us. These are some things that we have to clean up.”
On Tuesday, it was the players’ turn to address the team’s penalty situation, which cornerback Johnthan Banks blamed squarely on the Buccaneers themselves.
“It’s not the refs, it’s us,” Banks said. “We just have to be more disciplined and more focused on the job at hand.
“I know what this team can be with a clean game. Fifteen penalties? That’s crazy. If we don’t have those 15 penalties, who knows how bad we could have beat those guys? We were up by 11 points in the fourth quarter and we had 15 penalties.”
Banks, who had his first interception of the season, had a costly, illegal hands to the face penalty in overtime on third down that extended the Saints’ drive that New Orleans ultimately scored and won the game on.
“I did it. It was a penalty,” Banks said. “We’re just shooting ourselves in the foot every time.”
Scott Reynolds is in his 22nd year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds enjoys giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m fine with the penalties as long as they look at the other team once in a while. This game looked like the refs were betting on the Saints.
Agreed Kinderrt. The refs have got to start calling intentional grounding when Brees just tosses the ball somewhere before a sack. In overtime he just threw it at the sidelines when the RB was at least 9 or 10 yards away up the field running in the opposite direction.
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