As part of our ongoing Stat of the Day series, we're digging deep into our spreadsheets to run a new stat every weekday until Super Bowl XLIV. Today, let's look at who drew the most flags and lost the most yards to penalties in 2009.
Our penalty count includes both declined and offsetting penalties. The top teams in penalties are generally the top teams in penalty yards, although not necessarily in the same order. Except for Minnesota, the top nine teams in penalties are also among the top eight teams in penalty yardage.
Here is a list of the most penalized players in 2009. Alex Barron also was second with 16 in 2007 and tied for eighth with 11 in 2008. The guy is a penalty machine.
14: Alex Barron, STL
13: Flozell Adams, DAL
13: Andrew Whitworth, CIN
13: Jeremy Trueblood, TB
13: Cornell Green, OAK
12: Vernon Davis, SF
12: Phil Loadholt, MIN
11: Levi Brown, ARI
11: Brett Favre, MIN
You don't normally get a quarterback in the top ten, but Favre had six Delays of Game, three Illegal Forward Passes, an Intentional Grounding, and a False Start. Veteran composure!
Obviously, those leaders are mostly offensive linemen. Here are the leaders in defensive penalties (special teams not included).
The leaders in yardage include more defenders because of our good friend Defensive Pass Interference.
1) Marcus Trufant, SEA (9 for 133)
2) Tramon "Admiral Armbar" Williams, GB (6 for 124)
3) Frank Walker, BAL (9 for 97)
4) Flozell Adams, DAL (13 for 95)
5) Corey Webster, NYG (7 for 89)
6) Andrew Whitworth, CIN (13 for 87)
7) Domonique Foxworth, BAL (6 for 84)
8t) Andre' Goodman, DEN (4 for 83)
8t) Quincy Butler, STL (5 for 83)
10t) Alex Barron, STL (14 for 80)
10t) Antonio Smith, HOU (8 for 80)
Finally, I had a reader specifically ask who led the league in Defensive Pass Interference. This wasn't even close in 2009. Marcus Trufant had seven DPIs for 128 yards. Nobody else had more than four. The players with four were Tramon Williams (109 yards), Frank Walker (74), Domonique Foxworth (74), Dunta Robinson (61), Ron Bartell (56), and Brent Grimes (44 yards).