Penalties Hurting Arizona

The Cardinals have committed 20 penalties in two games this season and must correct those problems to help out on both sides of the ball.

The Cardinals have been penalized 10 times in each of their first two games and are fortunate to have won one of them.

Intelligence will be emphasized this week in practice as the team tries to address the problem.

The penalties continually put the Cardinals in difficult situations last week against the Falcons. They were a contributing factor to the team failing to convert on nine third- and fourth-down situations.

Too often, the penalties put the Cardinals in third and long situations. And they are not good enough on offense to convert many of those.

"You know me and I don't like those things," coach Ken Whisenhunt said. "We're definitely going to have some discussions about those types of penalties."

Whisenhunt was referring to unsportsmanlike conduct penalties. Safety Kerry Rhodes had two of those, including one on the first play of the game.

His second came when he put a hand on an official in the fourth quarter. He was ejected for that one.

"I wouldn't hit the ref or do anything else," Rhodes said. "I'm not that type of player."

Rhodes admitted his first penalty was dumb.

"The receiver got me pretty good so I was kind of angry about that play and kind of retaliated."

The Cardinals had problems with penalties in Whisenhunt's first season, but improved over the next two seasons.

The past two years, the Cardinals had some margin of error with offensive penalties, because they had a potent attack, led by Kurt Warner.

But this year, the offense is struggling to find an identity and needs all the help it can get.


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