One point of emphasis for the Redskins this offseason has been penalties and, more specifically, the need to reduce the number of them.
“Jay [Gruden] really preaches penalties,” veteran cornerback DeAngelo Hall said recently.
Hall’s penalty total in 2013 dropped to four from seven the previous year. And overall, the Redskins were better last season as the team’s total dipped from 116 to 99. (Declined and offsetting penalties are not included in these figures.)
But Gruden still sees room for improvement, according to Hall, who said the Redskins’ new head coach emphasizes discipline in the meeting room and on the practice field.
Last season, 15 teams took fewer penalties in the regular season than the Redskins, who were flagged, on average, 6.2 times per game. In their 31-16 loss to the Cowboys in October, the Redskins were assessed a season-high 12 penalties, including five on special teams.
Will Montgomery, who was released in March, was assessed a team-high eight penalties in 2013. The veteran center was followed by linebacker Perry Riley and quarterback Robert Griffin III (six apiece) and guard Chris Chester (five).
“Whether it’s false starts, whether it’s holding on the backend, anything,” Hall said. “We have to play mistake-free football. Anytime you can do that in this league, you have a chance to win games.”
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