Bucs set team record for most penalty yards
NEW ORLEANS -- It's a telling footnote in a disappointing season, but the Bucs were flagged for 78 yards in penalties on Sunday, enough to reset the franchise record for most penalty yards in a season.
The Bucs drew eight flags for 78 yards on Sunday, giving them 1,132 yards for the season, surpassing the 1,104 yards set by the 2003 team. Tampa Bay entered the weekend third in the NFL in both penalties and penalty yards.
The Bucs had just two flags for 10 yards in the first half, but had 30 yards of penalties on the opening drive of the second half -- a hold by lineman Gabe Carimi, a false start on TE Tim Wright and the first of two 15-yard penalties on guard Ted Larsen, this for a facemask to set up a third-and-26 situation. Tampa Bay's defense was nearly flag-free, with a single penalty coming on an encroachment call against Gerald McCoy.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano prides himself on having a disciplined team and has said throughout the season that he wouldn't want a team to be among the five least penalized teams in the league, which might point to players not trying hard enough to make plays.