Can Ravens cut down on penalties?

Can Ravens cut down on penalties?
October 16, 2013, 7:00 am
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EARLY BIRD: Waking up with the Ravens as they get back to the practice field Wednesday.

Two-minute topic: Can the Ravens cut down on offensive penalties?

As if the Ravens don’t have enough issues moving the football, they were called for seven offensive penalties in Sunday’s loss to the Packers.

Four of those penalties were false starts. It might be better for the Ravens if one player was the culprit, but Billy Bajema, Dallas Clark, Marshal Yanda, and Kelechi Osemele all had one false start penalty apiece. Yanda and Osemele committed theirs on back-to-back plays.

Not the kind of mistakes that coach John Harbaugh wants to see, but he is trying to be patient.

“We get backed up, everybody is hyped up and trying to make something happen,” Harbaugh said. “Your offensive line, especially, can get a little anxious. Until this game, I don’t think we had any of that. We didn’t in Miami and we were on the road down there. It’s not something that should happen back to back. That’s really where it hurt us most, when we backed ourselves up to first and 20.”

It will be harder for the Ravens’ offense to communicate on the road Sunday in Pittsburgh. Trying to reduce the number of penalties will be a focal point during practice this week.

Morning thought: “He’s always been the straw that stirs the drink in Pittsburgh, and it’s a big challenge when you play him.”

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