Rare penalty woes for Redskins

Rare penalty woes for Redskins
December 2, 2011, 8:16 pm
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In last weeks win at Seattle, the Redskins went out of character on two fronts, one good, one bad.They scored a touchdown on their opening drive that was a first this year.But the Redskins were also called for 115 yards in penalties a season high.Through 11 games, the Redskins 61 penalties were the fifth-fewest in the NFL, but they tied a season high with 10 flags against the Seahawks and only one had to do with the constant first-half tumult between the two teams.The Redskins have four or fewer penalties in six games, six flags in two games and nine or more in three games.The yardage vs. Seattle was skewed by cornerback Josh Wilsons 44-yard pass interference penalty, the Redskins longest penalty of the year and a debatable call at best.The back judge called the penalty and the side judge, who had a pretty good look at it, did not, coach Mike Shanahan said earlier this week. There was a discrepancy there. At the end of the day, youre going to get some you believe isnt interference and other ones, youre going to say, Hey, maybe it was a little ticky-tack.Said defensive coordinator Jim Haslett: I dont know if it was the right call. Im not saying if it was right or if it was poor. All those are judgment calls. To me, its the length of the penalty. It should be a 15-yard penalty, not a 44-yard penalty like in college. But until that rule changes, we just have to live with it.Among the division leaders, only Green Bay (56) was among the top five in fewest penalties. The other totals are Houston (65), New England (67), Baltimore (68), New Orleans (69), Dallas (82), San Francisco (82) and Oakland (109).The Raiders are the exception to the rule they lead the NFL in penalties.