Titans not hurt by defensive penalties

Originally Published: October 25, 2008
By Aaron Schatz | Football Outsiders

Nothing frustrates an NFL coach more than penalties. Just ask Indianapolis head coach Tony Dungy, whose team is tied for seventh in the NFL with 8.5 penalties per game (including declined and offsetting penalties).

"You just can't afford to give good teams second chances," Dungy told reporters this week. "You can't afford to make yourself go longer than you have to to score. … We believe if you use proper techniques you won't get penalties."

And yet, if penalties ...

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