Shanahan addresses penalties, but not overly concerned


Mike Shanahan argues a call with officials during the first quarter against the Packers. The Redskins have committed 17 penalties for 153 yards in their first two games. (Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post)

The Washington Redskins in their first two games have committed a total of 17 penalties for 153 yards with seven of them for 78 yards coming Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Eight teams have committed more penalties than the 0-2 Redskins, and only five of those squad’s infractions have counted for more yardage than Washington’s.

Four penalties took place on special teams on Sunday.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said after the game, he discussed the need to play with more discipline, but at the same time, he dismissed the matter as a serious problem.

“You always want to be disciplined,” Shanahan said. “A lot of times your team plays extremely hard, and you have some unnecessary penalties, and it’s more because of aggression, and you want to keep your poise. I think Baltimore led the league last year in penalties, or they were close, and they won the Super Bowl. But, they’re a very aggressive football team. But we’re going to work on that, to try to eliminate those mistakes. We talked about it after the game.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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Mark Maske · September 16, 2013