Penalty check: Flags are disappearing

December, 12, 2012
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Since the bye week, the Jets have placed an added emphasis on reducing the number of penalties. They dusted off an idea they used a couple of years ago -- players, coaches and staff performing push-ups during practice if a penalty is committed. It's working, as the figures have dropped significantly.

Right now, the Jets are the third-least penalized team in the league. They have 69, behind only the Giants (63) and Falcons (47).

Over the first eight games, the Jets had 51 penalties -- 6.4 per game. Since the bye, they've had only 18 in five games -- a 3.6 average.

GOLD STARS

(Starters/key reserves who have yet to commit a penalty, according to the NFL stats):

LB David Harris, LB Calvin Pace, LB Bryan Thomas, DT Mike DeVito, NT Sione Po'uha, FB Lex Hilliard, TE Jeff Cumberland and WR Jeremy Kerley.

HONORABLE MENTION

LT D'Brickashaw Ferguson -- 1 penalty for 5 yards

ALL-FLAG TEAM

(Players with the most penalties)

CB Antonio Cromartie -- 7 penalties for 86 yards

CB Kyle Wilson -- 7 for 59 yards (plus one declined)

S LaRon Landry -- 4 for 28 yards (plus one declined)

DE Muhammad Wilkerson -- 4 for 25 yards

DE Quinton Coples -- 3 for 39 yards

WR Stephen Hill -- 3 for 20 yards

RG Brandon Moore -- 3 for 20 yards

QB Mark Sanchez -- 3 for 10 yards (plus one declined)

Rich Cimini

ESPN New York Jets reporter

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