Texans Want To Eliminate Pre-Snap Penalties After Bye Week

The Texans are third in the league in penalties overall

Brandon Scott
November 05, 2019 - 1:47 pm

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HOUSTON -- No team in the NFL has more pre-snap penalties than the Houston Texans. 

They lead the league with 32 penalties before the ball is snapped. 

The Texans are third in the league in penalties overall (71), behind only the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals.

Bill O’Brien was adamant Tuesday about the Texans needing to be better in this area.

They get two weeks to address the issue before facing the Ravens in Baltimore on Nov. 17. 

“We have to fix it,” O’Brien said. “We can’t keep doing that. Now that you get into these November-December games, there’s a very fine line between winning and losing. There’s a slim margin for error. We have to fix the pre-snap penalties. I think it’s coaching and playing. We’re all in it together. We’ve got to get that figured out.

The worst part about the pre-snap penalties for O’Brien is how it takes the offense out of its rhythm. 

They go from, say, 3rd and 2 to 3rd and 7. Or from 2nd and 10 to 2nd and 15. 

On one play in London against the Jaguars, penalties put the Texans at 1st and 35. O’Brien joked with a reporter that he might as well hand the play calling sheet to the reporter, because there’s no call for 1st and 35. 

Fortunately for the Texans, they were able to make up for it with a 21-yard pass play to Duke Johnson.

“It’s really disrupts the rhythm of your offense,” O’Brien said. “It’s not good so we have to stop it.”