Bears Prepared For Crackdown On Penalties............

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  1. soulman

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    Bears prepared for penalty crackdown

    August, 18, 2014
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    By Michael C. Wright | ESPN.com

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- NFL vice president of officiating Dean Blandino recently told Peter King of MMQB that the league doesn’t plan to compromise on its recent crackdown on defensive holding and illegal contact penalties, which is part of why the Bears remain vigilant about making sure their players execute proper technique.

    Interestingly, officials flagged the Chicago Bears a total of three times so far this preseason for illegal contact or defensive holding.

    “We talked to our guys, and we've actually reviewed some of the rules with them just to reiterate this is what's being called, these are the points of emphasis this season, and anticipate that it's going to be like that. It's not going to change,” Bears defensive coordinator Mel Tucker said. “So coming out of the first game we said, ‘Hey, we had way too many penalties. Let's make sure we focus on eliminating the foolish penalties; things that we can control, the pre-snap penalties.’ So we eliminated those, but we still have some aggressive penalties.”

    Accepted penalties have increased thus far this preseason, compared to the 2013 regular season, and Blandino told MMQB that “the way the game’s being officiated now is the way it’s going to be officiated when the season begins.”

    Believe it or not, that could bode well for Chicago’s physical receiving duo of Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery, but that won’t be the case for the club’s defenders. Bears coach Marc Trestman said last week the league’s crackdown won’t be a huge detriment to the team’s defenders because they rarely grab receivers’ jerseys and hold.

    But that won’t stop Tucker from continuing to emphasize sound fundamentals, which will ultimately decrease penalties. Officials have flagged Bears defenders a total of 14 times so far this preseason.

    “It really boils down to hand placement. That's really the focus this week: making sure our hands are in the right place, in terms of we want to make sure our hands are inside, they're not where they're supposed not supposed to be,” Tucker said. “From an illegal contact standpoint that's not a new rule. It's what it is, and we've got to coach through it. But we want our guys to be aggressive and play aggressively through their technique, and then we'll clean them up along the way. But obviously we've got to get those penalties cleaned up.”
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    If we've only been flagged for it three times it's not a huge problem as far as the defensive holding and illegal contact goes. The problem I see is that the league needs to review some game tapes from these games and define illegal contact better.

    When a receiver initiates the contact, as that guy did with Hayden last game, penalizing the defender is wrong. If they continue to do that offensive coaches will start encouraging players to draw fouls in tight situations in order to get a first down just like they do in the NBA to draw fouls and get free throws. If the refs don't call those plays correctly it'll cheapen the games.

    We stand to benefit from this more than lose from it. With the size of our guys holding them has been one tactic DBs have used to control them or stay close and now they won't get away with it. Also the bumps beyond 5 yards should get more scrutiny to but I don't want to see games deteriorate so badly that it's penalties which decide the outcome.
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    I heard last night that the one team that hasn't had a lot of flags for the illegal contact downfield was either the Chiefs or Rams(I think), and that team had their CB's practicing w/tennis balls in their hands to stop them from trying to grab at the jersey's. It's a good idea, and apparently it's working.
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    Yeah, I heard another team made them play in boxing gloves so they could not hold, can not remember who it was off hand.

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