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23 Oct 2010

ESPN: Do Certain Coaches Cause Penalties?

Some people think a disciplinarian coach like Tom Coughlin helps a team to commit fewer penalties. Often, the same people think a laid-back coach like Wade Phillips leads to a less-disciplined team and more penalties. Are these things true?

Posted by: Aaron Schatz on 23 Oct 2010

4 comments, Last at 24 Oct 2010, 9:22am by Nate Dunlevy


by Anonymous Coward (not verified) :: Sat, 10/23/2010 - 5:52pm

Penalties like holding and pass interference probably shouldn't be considered as a measure of a team's discipline, right?

by anon (not verified) :: Sat, 10/23/2010 - 7:17pm

Your premise is flawed. Coughlin gets grief for penalties all the time, probably *because* he is supposed to be such a hard-ass.

See, e.g., this google search that took less than a minute to come up with.


by Michael LaRocca (not verified) :: Sat, 10/23/2010 - 11:57pm

Do they penalize coaches for punching June Jones on the sidelines?

by Nate Dunlevy :: Sun, 10/24/2010 - 9:22am

I find the Herm/Dungy connection interesting. Considering that they are best friends and coached closely together in Tampa, it's pretty clear that there is something that they did in order to create discipline.

Personality certainly doesn't play into it. Dungy's book made it clear that Herm was the heavy and Tony operated with a lighter touch.

Philosophy would seem to be more at work here than personality.