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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are ranked second in the NFL in penalties with 53, and their penalty yardage (443) ranks tied with the Cincinnati Bengals (57 penalties) for most in the league.

This has Tampa Bay on pace to be penalized a whopping 169 times for 1,417 yards, which would shatter the Bucs’ franchise record for penalties (118 – 1984) and penalty yardage (1,104 – 2003) in a single season.

Penalties were also a problem for the Jon Gruden-led Bucs in 2003 and ’04, where the team committed 117 penalties in both of those seasons. In ’02, Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl year, the Bucs were penalized just 103 times for 789 yards.

So what can the Bucs do to remedy their persistent penalty problems this year?

Well, the first step toward solving a problem is identifying it along with the culprits and specific infractions. Benching the players who are committing the penalties is one idea, but you can quickly throw that one out the window as 28 different Bucs players have been penalized this season. That’s more than half the team.

Listed below is a detailed breakdown of Tampa Bay’s penalties this season. If you’ve been wondering which players are committing the most penalties, which unit leads the team in penalties and which penalties the Bucs are committing the most, you’ll get answers to those questions and more information below.

PENALTIES BY GAME
Bucs at Vikings 13 penalties for 99 yards
Bills at Bucs 13 penalties for 99 yards
Bucs at Packers 8 penalties for 103 yards
Lions at Bucs 7 penalties for 55 yards
Bucs at Jets 12 penalties for 87 yards
TOTAL: 53 penalties for 443 yards


PENALTIES BY UNIT
Offense 20
Defense 17
Special Teams 15
Coaching 1


PENALTY BREAKDOWN
Holding 14 (6 offensive with one declined, 4 defensive, 4 special teams)

Personal Foul 10 (7 unnecessary roughness/unsportsmanlike conduct, 3 facemask with one declined)

False Start 9

Offsides 8 (one declined)

Illegal Block In The Back 6 (1 offensive, 1 defensive on INT return, 4 special teams with one declined)

Pass Interference 4 (1 offensive, 3 defensive)

Illegal Shift/Motion/Formation 3

Delay of Game 1

Illegal Touching On Kick 1

Ineligible Downfield On Kick 1


PENALTIES PER PLAYER
T Anthony Davis 5
Infractions: 3 false starts, 2 holding

CB Brian Kelly 5
Infractions: 2 holding, 2 pass interference, 1 unnecessary roughness

CB Ronde Barber 4
Infractions: 2 offsides, 1 pass interference, 1 unnecessary roughness

G Sean Mahan 4
Infractions: 2 false start, 2 holding

S Will Allen 3
Infractions: 2 holding (STs), 1 unnecessary roughness

DE Dewayne White 3
Infractions: 1 illegal block in back (STs), 1 ineligible downfield (STs), 1 false start (STs)

CB Blue Adams 2 (one declined)
Infractions: 1 holding (STs), 1 face mask (STs – declined)

CB Juran Bolden 2
Infractions: 1 illegal touch on kickoff (STs), 1 unnecessary roughness (STs)

G Dan Buenning 2
Infractions: 1 false start, 1 illegal formation

CB Torrie Cox 2 (1 declined)
Infractions: 2 illegal blocks in the back (1 declined)

S Jermaine Phillips 2
Infractions: 1 personal foul late hit, 1 personal foul facemask

RB Michael Pittman 2
Infractions: 1 illegal block in back, 1 personal foul facemask

DE Greg Spires 2
Infractions: 2 offside

DL Ellis Wyms 2
Infractions: 2 offsides (1 offsetting penalty)

FB Mike Alstott 1
Infraction: 1 holding

TE Anthony Becht 1
Infraction: 1 illegal block in the back

LB Derrick Brooks 1
Infraction: 1 holding

WR Michael Clayton 1
Infraction: 1 pass interference

FB Jameel Cook 1
Infraction: 1 illegal shift

LB Marquis Cooper 1
Infraction: 1 holding (STs)

HC Jon Gruden 1
Infraction: – 1 unsportsmanlike conduct

QB Brian Griese 1
Infraction: 1 delay of game

DT Chris Hovan 1
Infraction: 1 offside

TE Nate Lawrie 1
Infraction: 1 holding

DT Anthony McFarland 1
Infraction: 1 offside

DE Simeon Rice 1
Infraction: 1 illegal block above the waist

WR Edell Shepherd 1
Infraction: 1 illegal shift

TE Alex Smith 1
Infraction: 1 false start

T Kenyatta Walker 1
Infraction: 1 false start

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