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Need to Know: The 5 most penalized Redskins in 2013

Jan 30, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, January 30, 98 days before the NFL Draft.

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Here are the five most penalized Redskins of 2013 (counts include declined penalties):

1. C Will Montgomery (9 penalties, 73 yards)—Monty got started early with four penalties in the first two games. He was flagged for four holds over the course of the season. Montgomery’s penalties stalled four drives, most on the team.

2. LT Trent Williams (7 penalties, 30 yards)—The numbers for Williams were kind of strange; he was called for holding five time but only three were accepted. He got hit with a false start in the opener and didn’t have another one the rest of the year.

3. LB Perry Riley (6 penalties, 47 yards)—Riley was flagged for some rough stuff with two roughing the passer flags and one each for a horsecollar tackle and general unnecessary roughness in the first 11 games. The last two were enforced at half the distance to the goal line, so they cost just a total of seven yards. His penalties led for four first downs for the opponents, most on the team.

4. QB Robert Griffin III (6 penalties, 44 yards)—Three of those flags were for delay of game. Those are always charged to the QB even though they may or may not be his fault. Two of the penalties were for intentional grounding and those a almost always the quarterback’s fault; even with the knee brace Griffin is fast enough to get out of the pocket before heaving the ball away.

5. RG Chris Chester (5 penalties, 45 yards)—He was on track to having a great year on the penalty front until he got two holding flags in Week 9 against the Chargers. Chester didn’t commit another penalty the rest of the season.

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—It’s been 32 days since the Redskins played a game; it will be about 220 days until they play another one.

Days until: NFL Combine 20; NFL Free agency starts 40; Offseason workouts start 67; NFL Draft 98

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  1. fraja926 - Jan 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Rich did you see a lot of the pressure last year coming from up the middle via Montgomery? I felt this spot, if solidified is the biggest need on the line. Add on top the fact that he was the most penalized player and to me it’s obvious you have to move on from him.

  2. dcsportsfan2277 - Jan 30, 2014 at 12:54 PM

    Surprised that Meriweather or DHall wasn’t on that list! Seems like they were always getting flagged at the most inopportune times!

    • Rich Tandler - Jan 30, 2014 at 1:33 PM

      Meriweather had just three flags, only two that counted were the two against the Bears that got him the suspension. Hall had four, all of the personal four/unsportsmanlike conduct ilk.

  3. internetcareer - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Tremendous article Rich. When 2 out of the top 5 play on the INTERIOR of the line, I believe we can now see why the Redskins had so many sacks and why there was so little production from the QB position. Holding and false starts are always an indication of poor offensive line play. Excellent article.

  4. kenlinkins - Jan 30, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Your LT is always going to be one of the top 5 guys getting flags, DE and OLB do not get the big money for not being able to force holding calls or making guys jump early, but when your C and RG are added to the list something is wrong in a major way. Chester did seem to get better the last 6 games but Montgomery seemed over matched on pass blocking all year. He just can not anchor (watch a few FG/PAT where he is playing RG and getting pushed off his feet and go’s flying into the back field.) We didn’t get many D holding or pass coverage flags which leads me to think we were not close to WR or “ball hawking”. The shock was Riley’s numbers as these are flags we should avoid. Was he pressing to much in a contract year trying to add “inside pass rusher” to his skills list? Many think he is a MUST re-sign as adding another concern to our “Must Fix” list would really hurt, but if he keeps drawing flags at this rate I would have to re-think his worth to a team rebuilding. Archives

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