The team is aware. The team is aware. The team is addressing penalties like they’re addressing their practice tempo and their effort and their commitment to meetings and things like that. I’m not overly concerned right now. Penalties aren’t the problem.
That’s Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher yesterday.
In August, Fisher said this about penalties after the first preseason game:
It’s been a point of emphasis for us; we have to continue with it. And, as I mentioned, it’s a culture change and we just have got to keep the penalties down. If there’s those things that you look at in the ballgame, aside from the finish, aside from the comeback down 17 and winning the game – two penalties in the game, that’s good for the first preseason game. It doesn’t mean to say we’re not going to have 12 this week, because you have a different crew and you have different things that happen. What they’re doing is they’re carrying over the things on the practice field into the game and penalties have been an issue for us since we got here and we really want to keep the numbers down. So we’re off to a good start there.
Since Fisher was hired in 2012, the Rams have amassed the most penalties of any team in the NFL.
The Rams are 30th in the league with 50 penalties. Only Oakland and Baltimore have more with 52.
Last year, the Rams were tied for 26th with 122. They’re currently on pace for 133.
Shout out to the culture change.