Bill O'Brien: 'Too many self-inflicted penalties'

Texan penalties led to five Colt first downs

Jeremy Branham
October 20, 2019 - 4:20 pm

USA TODAY

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – 10 penalties for 54-yards tells part of the story, but the amount of times that those penalties either cost the Texans’ offense from continuing a drive, or kept the Texans’ defense from getting off the field was too much to overcome in Indianapolis on Sunday.

“We have too many self-inflicted penalties and we’ve got to fix that,” Texans’ head coach Bill O’Brien said following the game.

The self-inflicted penalties helped the Colts beat the Texans, 30-23.  In a one possession game, the five first downs that the Colts were given by Texan penalties went a long way in the Texan loss.

“Let’s talk about the start of the game.  We’re moving the ball on the first drive and we had two or three self-inflicted penalties.  We had a guy they said didn’t report, think we lined up off side, we had another illegal formation, we had a false start in there, we had two or three self-inflicted deals on the first drive of the game,” O’Brien added.  “Defensively, if you look at the drives in the second half, I think the one drive that was a touchdown drive, I think it was a 75-yard drive, we had a lot of self-inflicted things.  We’ve got to stop doing that.”

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