Zebra’s Hungry to Call Penalties on Packers ? : Packers Insider

Zebra’s Hungry to Call Penalties on Packers ?

October 24, 2009 by  
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By Robert McGinn, Packer Insider
Oct. 25th, 2009

Cleveland —
Mike McCarthy’s overly patient and somewhat cavalier approach to penalties has taken the Green Bay Packers into a bad, bad place that they don’t want to be in.

For three years the penalty situation in Green Bay has been out of control. What has happened in the first five games this season mirrors what happened in all of 2007 and all of 2008. 

Referee Trends showing Packers could be getting black-balled

Referee Trends showing Packers could be getting black-balled

In that period the Packers have been penalized 2,349 yards, the highest total in the National Football League and 149 yards more than runner-up Arizona. Their total of 266 penalties ranks 30th, better than only the Cardinals (282) and Oakland (267).

Half a season is one thing. A year and a half is another. But two full seasons and five games of another? The only way to interpret that is to call the Packers a dumb football team and say penalty avoidance is well down the list of McCarthy’s priorities.

Otherwise, it would have been “cleaned up” long before now, to coin one of the coach’s pet phrases.

At this point, the Packers’ greatest fear should be evident. It is simply that their now-established reputation as a penalty-infested team will make it easier for officials to call more and more judgment calls against them.

“I think there’s some validity to that,” linebacker Aaron Kampman said. “Whether that allows an official to feel comfortable, I don’t know.”

“The real question is, do they pay attention to that?” said fullback John Kuhn. “Do they come to each game with a clear conscience and take things as objectively as possible?”

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