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Jonathan Gannon credits “lack of technique” to increase in penalties against Chiefs

Aug 19, 2023; Glendale, AZ, USA; Arizona Cardinals head coach Jonathan Gannon against the Kansas City Chiefs in the first half during a preseason game at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-Arizona Republic

After a resounding loss to the Chiefs on Saturday, HC Jonathan Gannon addressed the surge in penalties called against the Cardinals.

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In contrast to the four penalties committed the previous weekend, the Cardinals were flagged a total of eight times against the Chiefs.

These penalties resulted in a total of 82 yards, playing a pivotal role in their 38-10 loss.

As for the reason, Jonathan Gannon attributed the penalties to a ‘lack of technique’ rather than a lack of focus.

One of these penalties negated an Arizona touchdown early in the 4th quarter.

What initially appeared to be a one-yard touchdown pass to Andre Baccellia, turned into negative yards due to an illegal crackback call on the Cardinals.

So, instead of a touchdown, the Cards found themselves facing a 2nd & 16 situation, which eventually led to a turnover on downs.

During the previous season, the Cardinals topped the NFL in penalties, with a total of 118 called against them, resulting in 916 yards. In 2021, they were also near the top, with a substantial 114 penalties committed (4th worst).

Now, with a new head coach, offensive coordinator, and defensive coordinator in place, there’s a prevailing expectation that this trend will be reversed in 2023.

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