I know that the talk the last two days has been about the perceived poor officiating in the Colts game. But how can we ever expect to get the benefit of the doubt from the referees when we are quickly gaining the reputation of a undisciplined team who commits a lot of penalties. Here is a list of the penalties and penalty yards from the first eight games:
14-125 vs Colts
10-100 vs Titans
9-78 vs Falcons
5-30 vs Niners
8-80 vs Skins
7-84 vs Jags
9-75 vs Lions
10-80 vs Packers
I understand that we have a young team and that with youth you're going to get a certain amount of undisciplined play and along with that come the penalties. What I find disturbing is that as the season goes on the problem seems to be getting worse. Penalties played a large role in all three of the Eagles losses and made many of their wins closer than they needed to be.
I know we have discussed ad nauseum the Trent Cole and Coleman penalties but what I have not seen mentioned were the two false starts that immediately followed two time outs by the Eagles offense. I think I was as incensed about those two penalties as I was about anything else that happened in that game. Aren't time outs there for you to strategize and get everyone on the same page? How does this happen?
I don't know what the answers are to this problem but Reid had better get a handle on it quickly before it robs us of the potential of an excellent season.