Shanahan downplays large number of Redskins penalties

Mike Shanahan

Coach Mike Shanahan says the Redskins have been flagged unfairly for some penalties (Tom Gannam/Associated Press)

Through two games, the Washington Redskins lead the NFL in penalties, having racked up 23 for 223 yards.

In the season opener against the Saints, the Redskins committed 12 penalties for 127 yards. On Sunday, they were flagged 11 times for 96 yards.

The second-most penalized team in the league is Philadelphia, which has committed 19 penalties for a total of 168 yards.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said he isn’t overly concerned by the penalties at this point. It’s early in the season, he said, and he noted the questionable work of replacement officials.

“Well, you have to look at the penalties,” Shanahan said. “We are a very disciplined football team. There were a number of those calls that shouldn’t have been called, and a number of calls that should have been called. We will work on those things, but I guarantee you at the end of the day, we won’t have those penalties.”

In the season opener, guard Kory Lichtensteiger was called for two holding penalties, but Shanahan didn’t agree with either.

“Lichtensteiger got called for two penalties in one game and didn’t make either one of those penalties, and there have been a few situations like that,” he said. “Not saying we didn’t make penalties, but it wasn’t as bad as it is thought to be.”

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