On Monday Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris addressed the penalties that plagued his team in their 18-17 victory over the St. Louis Rams. The Buccaneers entered Sunday’s game as one of the least penalized teams in the NFL, but were flagged 12 times for 92 yards.
“We got to play smarter across the board. We’ve been pretty smart throughout the year,” said Morris. “We’ve done a nice job. We’ve had some big runs negated because of the new positioning of the official. There is no room for excuses. Nobody cares. Our job is to coach them better and their job is to play better. We can’t let those plays be negative plays for us. We can’t let a drive start at the six and get a penalty. Whether we agree or disagree we can’t have it. We can’t let it be followed up by a holding penalty that pushes you back even further. Luckily we were able to get back in a position to get three points there because obviously we needed it at the end of the game. We got to be a better football team. We got to play smarter, and we got to do a better job in practice of not allowing those penalties to happen.”
There were also some critical penalties including an offsides on veteran Ronde Barber that turned a Rams field goal into a first down that they eventually turned into a touchdown. An illegal block in the back by right tackle Jeremy Trueblood turned a run of about 50 yards from running back LeGarrette Blount to a 10-yard run.
“Every game is played differently and every officiating crew is different,” said Morris. “You got to dictate your game on how that that officiating crew is going to call that day. They would like to be as close across the board as possible, but again human error, different people and the way they view things, come into play there. It is what is.”
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