Inside The Bills

Educating players is plan to fix penalties

Posted by Chris Brown on September 19, 2013 – 10:26 am

Bills head coach Doug Marrone is not happy with the penalty count for his team, which has carried over from the preseason into the first two regular season games. He said the problems would be dealt with, but it doesn’t sound like negative reinforcement is part of his approach.

“I’ve found that you don’t really get a lot done when you talk about the peer pressure part of it,” said Marrone. “I’d rather be in the education part of it and how we’re going to get it better and working with those players to get those things corrected.

“We’re working on it. I think you see it’s a work in progress. Trying to prevent them and keep educating the players, working in practice that if we do have penalties that we’re working not to get them, whether it’s an offsides or just some mistakes with turnovers and dropped balls.”

Buffalo gave Carolina four first downs on penalties handing the Panthers what wound up being 16 extra plays on offense. Carolina ran 76 offensive plays in the game to Buffalo’s 73. Were it not for those penalties the Panthers would’ve had just 60 plays from scrimmage, and the Bills would have likely had more than their 73 as a result.

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