Originally Posted by phildominator
If I'm a statistician, I want to know total number of penalties - accepted AND declined. Declined penalties strongly indicate that the other team got a more favorable outcome.
For a playoff team like the 49ers, I'd be curious to see if more penalties were accepted because their defense got a sack or other positive play.
Conversely, I wonder how many Cowboys penalties were declined since the opposition, say, preferred their 25-yard gain as opposed to our defense committing a 5-yard offsides penalty.
While the accepted penalties may be a comparable amount, total penalties may show a more significant and telling divide.
All of that has been checked as to mathematical correlation to winning and losing. The only penalties that have a correlation are offensive penalties.
As far as procedural offensive penalties go, I don't know if I would blame them all on lack of focus. It's more about being in sync with what the QB is doing. Romo does too much pre-snap adjustments, particularly last second. I've been saying this for years. Yes, he needs help from the coaching staff in this issue. But, it's probably his biggest weakness from a strategic standpoint.