Bucs' Demar Dotson critiques self after two holding penalties
Right tackle Demar Dotson would much prefer to never hear his name called during a game.
But on Sunday against the Eagles, Dotson was twice called for holding penalties against the Eagles defensive front, just two of the team’s eight penalties in the loss.
Lax technique was the culprit, Dotson said, giving him something to improve on before the season’s end.
“It’s being sloppy,” Dotson said. “I have to clean it up. One of them I question, but (the officials) probably miss one somewhere in the game that they should’ve called, so you can’t worry about that. I have clean up my technique. That’s the problem. I just have to do better with that. We can’t have those penalties. I can’t afford them. The team can’t afford them.”
Dotson’s holding call in the first quarter contributed to the Bucs wasting a prime opportunity. After taking possession at their own 48-yard line, Dotson’s penalty gave the Bucs a first-and-20 at their own 38. They ultimately had to punt after not picking up a first down.
Penalties were a recurring issue in the previous game, at Denver, when the Bucs committed 11 infractions – their second most this season. On Sunday, coach Greg Schiano said, “throughout the game, there were too many penalties at inopportune times.”