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Thursday, June 15, 2006

Oakland Raiders Penalty Stastistics

The Raiders have always been known as one of the most penalized teams in the NFL. Today I will examine and analyze the penalty situation.

A quick stop at the NFL Record and Fact book shows some nice history of Raiders penalties.

Here are some Raiders records for penalties:

Most seasons leading the league

Chicago Bears16
Oakland Raiders14

Most Consecutive Seasons Leading League

Chicago Bears4
Oakland Raiders4

Most Penalties in a Season

K.C. Cheifs158
L.A. Raiders156
Oakland Raiders156

Most Yards Penalized in a Season

K.C. Cheifs1304
Oakland Raiders1274
Oakland Raiders1266

Wow, those are probably not good records to have but not all of them have been earned fairly. The Raiders are a team that gets penalties called on them because of their history. Some teams, like the Patriots, have gotten the opposite treatment. Do a little research and tell me how many offensive and defensive hold calls were called on the Patriots during their three recent Super Bowl runs. I did some digging but couldn't come up with any concrete numbers. I do recall, however, some analyst saying that either in 2002 or 2004 the Patriots had zero offensive or defensive holding calls against them during the regular season. The stats I could find the number of penalties the Patriots had are


Let's take a look at the Raiders totals over the same time frame.


Don't forget that we had a Super Bowl appearance in that time frame as well. I'm not spouting conpiracy theories yet but it should not be possible for us to continually be penalized. The team changes constantly, we're not even close to the same team we were in 2002 but somehow, our completely different players in a completely different system will be one of the most penalized teams in the league again.

Let's hope Art Shell's discipline can eliminate the stupid mistake penalties like offsides or false starts so we can push the number of penalties down to a reasonable level. Here is the penalties by season during Shell's last run as our Head Coach.


It really wasn't looking too bad until you get to the 1993 and 1994 seasons. But if you look at Shell's first full season as Head Coach (1990) we only committed 97 penalties. If Shell can come in and do that with our team this season, it could make a huge difference.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Two quick stories: The first is that when Rice joined Oaktown, Tim Brown asked him how often DBs defending him got flagged for pass interference. Rice said over the many years of his career, it averaged about 15 or 16 a season. Brown said, "you wait and see." At the end of the year, only one (1) pass interference call went it Rice's favor.


6/15/2006 10:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The other one is when the Raiders had back-to-back games against the Jets a few years ago (final game of season and first round of playoffs), the Jets had zero penalties in one game, and only one on the other (some guy nailed Brown after he called for a fair catch). When was the last time you saw such a "perfectly disciplined" team? One penalty in two games?!? Sheesh.


6/15/2006 10:51 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Is that where the Commitment To Excellence™ comes into play?

Because from the last 3 years anyways they have sucked?

6/15/2006 12:42 PM  
Blogger H8TORADE said...

Raiders 12-4

Chiefs 8-8 (if that)

Don't H8™

6/15/2006 12:52 PM  
Blogger Ayman said...


Are you smoking too much peach?

6/15/2006 12:56 PM  
Blogger Calico Jack said...

Ayman - You are exactly right ... the Raiders have sucked the last 3 years but the Chefs have been inept the last 36 years.

Here's the only SCOREBOARD that truly counts:

Raiders 5 Super Bowl appearances (1968, 1977, 1981, 1984, 2003), 3 Lombardi Trophies.

Chefs 2 SB appearances (1967, 1970), 1 Lombardi Trophy.

That 1 trophy must be getting lonely. SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH. It's so quiet in here now I can hear crickets.

6/15/2006 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see...hmmm....why would the Raiders get so many penalties? Maybe it's because they were so scary 35 years ago that the refs see a need to catch up with their past? I don’t think so. The true reason they are getting so many calls against them is that the other teams are running by and through their O-Line that they need to try to hang on to the pant legs of the defensive onslaught out of sheer life saving reaction. They suck! They are getting penalties because they are a high school caliber team playing NFL stars! They can't hang! When you can't catch your opponent, you have to try to keep your QB alive by any means necessary. If they didn't get so many calls against them your QB would be dead. Your team has no choice BUT to do something..ANYTHING..to keep the other team from running the ball down their throat. Although your last 30 years have been a football follies program editors lottery ticket! It kills me every time I see your O-Line get mauled like little kittens off the snap...Down...Set...Hike..."OH DEAR GOD ...RUN AWAY!!! RUN AWAY!!!" That seems to be their new battle cry. They guys off of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy could do a better job.

7/11/2006 11:08 PM  

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