Bucs On Pace For NFL Record 162 Penalties

November 8th, 2015

LovieRefereeHalfway through the NFL season the Bucs have yet to execute the “we’ll clean it up” Lovie Smith keeps talking about when it comes to penalties.

Tampa Bay was back at it shooting themselves in the foot against the Giants today. Nine penalties for 79 yards. They came in all shapes and sizes, offense, defense and special teams.

The Bucs now have 81 penalties through five games. That’s a pace for 162 on the year. That total would bust the NFL record of 158 held by the 1998 Chiefs, whose coach wasn’t their coach the following season.

The teams ranking second, third and fourth sloppiest of all-time also got new coaches after their respective seasons.

Joe’s not calling for Lovie Smith’s head because of penalties. But the total is astounding and a problem that won’t go away.

14 Responses to “Bucs On Pace For NFL Record 162 Penalties”

  1. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    Undisciplined team, always makes crucial penalties too. A better coached team could actually think of the playoffs, instead now we focus on draft position.

  2. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Remember folks, penalties do not fall on Lovie Smith at all. He is a god. It is all the players fault.

  3. Newbucsfan Says:

    There hasn’t been this much excitement for the Bucs in a while and after a season 1/2 some of you want Lovie gone for all that is wrong with the bucs/world. The way some of you complain you’d think Lovie walked into a denver bronco type situation.

  4. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    The only thing that is better is Jameis and maybe the offensive line but Lovie got rid of two guys starting elsewhere. Better coaching would have us in the playoff hunt this year. Sorry newbucsfan it’s nothing personal with Lovie, he’s just a coach who won’t take us where we want to go. He’s just not good enough, like Freeman and McCown and Glennon weren’t good enough.

  5. Bo Says:

    We all want this to happen this year, but it’s obvious they’re not ready.. They’re on their way to 6-10 maybe 7-9. Is what it is, but definitely some positive things going on.. Jameis is the real deal and he’s only gonna get better. Dirk is a great O.C. The O-line is strong and we’re running the ball effectively. Unfortunately we’re gonna have to wait another year or two to be a real contender.

  6. Newbucsfan Says:

    Agree Bo!^^^

  7. Newbucsfan Says:

    It’s not like Lovie is mark Trestman or something. You can’t determine that he isn’t the coach for the Bucs after a season and a half when they are better than last year and growing. Now who I think needs more flack their way is Frazier, Cullen, and the strength and conditioning coach. Why don’t you guy’s get on them a little bit.

  8. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    Ha! Why compare him to Trestman? Trestman was a great Aaron Rodgers play away from going to the playoffs his first year. Lovie has a long term track record as a coach. What we’re seeing is basically standard Lovie so don’t expect to see much better coaching. Why does Frazier deserve flack? Lovie is running his defense and calling all the plays. Frazier is basically there right now to be a fall guy to buy Lovie more time.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs penalties cost us a lot more than 79 yds today. For instance, on Bobby Rainey’s great run that was called back by a penalty (not a key to his run by the way), the Bucs ended up with the ball at their own 10 yd line, but could’ve had it on the 45 if no penalty. We lost at least 35 yds on that exchange (but only 10 shows because of the block-in-the-back penalty). Lots of other similar plays all season where some great runs or passes have been called back due to penalties, but only 5 or 10 yds show in the penalty yardage (instead of the difference in field position lost as a result of the penalty).

    And Bo, Dirk Koetter is probably the best OC we’ve had (at least since Chucky), but today he called a crappy game. Particularly inside the Red Zone (and too many wasted deep passes to Evans). Settling for FGs stinks when you’re inside the 10-yd line with 1st-and-goal and can’t punch it in. His calls were way too conservative. Score TDs on just 2 of our 4 trips in the Red Zone where we settled for FGs and we could’ve won that game (ending would’ve played out differently).

  10. Bo Says:

    Defense rules

    I agree… Need a better red zone scheme. I think the conservative game plan will change as Jameis gets more experience. He trying to protect his rookie.. I personally don’t think he needs it, but he wants to limit his throws.

  11. Bo Says:

    Yeah…you know your gonna lose when you keep kicking Field Goals from inside the 10..hard to watch!

  12. sadbucsfan Says:

    even though the bucs are on pace for 162 penalties. the bills are also on pace for 164 penalties. Still ways to many penalties for the bucs to be giving up.

  13. Simpleasthat Says:

    Why wouldn’t you call for his head?

  14. Tampa Tony Says:

    Penalties bad defensive scheme and even worse personnel decisions is just a brief overview of loser Lovie’s reign as overlord of this team