Steelers Have Been Popular with the Yellow Flag
Penalties are a part of football. The Steelers, however, have been penalized more than any other team in the NFL so far this year. So far they have averaged 9.2 penalties per game and 86.5 yards per game.
The Steelers have long been known as a team full of discipline. “In some instances we have some guys working hard and not necessarily smart,” Tomlin said. “Those things usually smooth themselves out as you push through the first quarter of the season.”
The Steelers saw the yellow flag nine times for 106 yards in their win over the Eagles last Sunday. They were very fortunate that their miscues didn’t cause yet another loss.
In one of the Eagles drives, safeties Ryan Mundy and Ryan Clark had personal fouls that gave Philly 30 yards that ended up helping the Eagles score a touchdown in the 3rd quarter that allowed them back in the game. Willie Colon had 4 penalties on the day which kept pushing the Steelers offense the wrong direction.
“They’re just small mental errors,” center Maurkice Pouncey said.
While Pittsburgh has been one of the most penalized teams under coach Tomlin, the Steelers were known as one of the teams with the fewest penalities under Coach Bill Cowher. Unless the trend turns around, Tomlin’s Steelers will once again be one of the top ten most penalized teams in the NFL.
The Steelers are not trying to be known as a penalized team, but Harrison and Clark already have reputations for fines for numerous helmet to helmet hits. One thing for certain…. the penalities are making it more difficult for the Steelers to continue their winning ways.
Here’s to a game without penalties!