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    Arizona profits from Rams' penalties

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Monday, Dec. 04 2006

    Yellow flags littered the air Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome, with the Rams
    and Arizona combining for 21 penalties. The consequences of its indiscretions
    were much higher for the home team, though, in a 34-20 defeat.

    The Rams were penalized 10 times, tying a season high. They were assessed a
    whopping 103 yards of negative yardage on five of those calls, and the
    Cardinals profited by 17 points as a result.

    "There's no such thing as a good penalty, but there are some penalties that are
    absolutely unacceptable," coach Scott Linehan said. "We had a couple of big
    penalties."

    The biggest, in terms of raw real estate, was a pass-interference call against
    cornerback Fakhir Brown that netted the Cardinals 34 yards. On the next snap,
    quarterback Matt Leinart hit wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald for an 11-yard
    touchdown and a 14-3 second-quarter lead.

    "It's tough to adjust for a deep ball, and then it's even tougher when the
    referee is calling it (when) it's a borderline call," Brown said. "We can't
    blame it on that, because the referees have a hard job, too. They can't make
    the right call every time."

    Later in the second period, rookie guard Mark Setterstrom was hit with a
    facemask penalty that pushed the Rams back 12 yards, to their 12-yard line. An
    interception six plays later by safety Adrian Wilson led to a field goal and a
    17-3 Cards edge at the half. In the third period, a pass-interference flag on
    safety Corey Chavous cost the Rams 27 yards, and Arizona took advantage when
    running back Marcel Shipp rolled 6 yards to the end zone for a 24-10 lead.

    "We're a good enough football team to overcome those penalties, and we didn't,"
    Chavous said. "The only thing you can do is go look at yourself in the mirror
    and try to get better."

    The glut of penalties, particularly 12 games into the season, was "hard to
    explain," wide receiver Kevin Curtis said. "There could be a million reasons. I
    think a big one is just lack of concentration, lack of focus."

    Said cornerback Tye Hill: "You can't win with all these penalties. ...
    Penalties just killed us."


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    Re: Arizona profits from Rams' penalties

    "We're a good enough football team to overcome those penalties, and we didn't,"
    Chavous said. "The only thing you can do is go look at yourself in the mirror
    and try to get better."


    we shouldnt have to OVERCOME the penalties, they shouldnt be there in the first place. You look at teams doing well in this league, and i doubt one would even half half the penalities the Rams do.

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