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Dolphins have penalty problems too

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2015 – 10:22 am

There’s no debating that the Bills have to cut back on their penalty count, which currently leads the league at 25 through two games in 2015. But the Miami Dolphins are not far behind after committing 13 alone in their Week 2 loss at Jacksonville this past Sunday.

“Thirteen penalties are unacceptable, it’s way too many,” said Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin of his team’s yellow flag total from Sunday. “I think I was right in saying it’s the most we’ve ever had since I’ve been here.

“It wasn’t very good yesterday. I could sit here and pontificate about how good we’ve been in the three years that I’ve been here in terms of penalties, but the film says it’s not very good. I am concerned because we weren’t very good. We had eight penalties in the fourth quarter, eight. Again, if you want to win football games you have to play well in the fourth quarter and when you have eight penalties that’s not a good sign, that’s not a good reflection on me either.”

When asked if he felt his players’ penalties were rooted in mental mistakes, Philbin said they ran the gamut.

“It was everything, it’s discipline, it’s focus, it’s concentration, it’s technique, it’s coaching, it’s everybody,” Philbin said. “Again, it’s not one player, it’s not one person, everybody is in this thing together and we’ve just got to be better. I mean we had eight penalties in the fourth quarter, it’s not good.”

The Dolphins rank sixth in the league in penalties with 19.

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