Inside The Bills

Penalty count still too high

Posted by Chris Brown on November 9, 2015 – 1:05 pm

The players know it, the coaches are aware of it, but even in Sunday’s victory penalties were a readily apparent problem. Buffalo committed a whopping 13 for 94 yards in the win over Miami.

“We did have too many penalties again,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “We’ve got to be careful grabbing guys too much down the field. We’ve got to get better at that for sure.”

The one particularly disappointing penalty was committed by Jerry Hughes when he got flagged for shoulder bumping Miami QB Ryan Tannehill after he was already out of bounds on a scramble run. Hughes got flagged for unnecessary roughness. The defensive end lead the team with eight penalties on the season and also leads in penalty yardage as he’s handed opponents 77 yards, which has also translated to four first downs.

“The one was disappointing with Jerry because he had been doing a great job from probably Week 2 on,” said head coach Rex Ryan. “But it’s something we’re still not there. We can’t assume that we’ve figured it out. That’s something where Jerry has got to be smarter than that. I haven’t had a chance to talk to him, and he knew he messed up, but I’ll remind him. He knows better than that. He’s got to dial in.”

When asked about the late hit on Tannehill, Hughes offered the following explanation.

“I was just running to the ball and I think we both ran out of bounds at the same time,” Hughes said.

Buffalo’s opponent this week the Jets have the fourth-fewest penalties this season (49), which averages to about six per game. The Bills are committing an average of better than 10 and a half penalties a game (10.6).


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