The Oakland Raiders are on pace to break several franchise and team records but there is one they are not eager to eclipse – penalty yardage.
The Raiders, who host San Diego Sunday, were penalized 14 times for 107 yards in a 28-13 loss to the St. Louis Rams. Former Kansas City and current San Diego coach Marty Schottenheimer was notorious for preaching that his teams keep the game close against the Raiders because they will self-destruct. He undoubtedly preached that notion to his team this week.
Oakland is on pace to accumulate 1466 yards in penalties. The 1969 Raiders hold the record of 1,274. The 1998 Kansas City Chiefs, interestingly enough coached by Schottenheimer, hold the NFL record with 1,304.
"Even as we've won, we've addressed it, and we continue to address it," Oakland head coach Bill Callahan said. "That's a poise factor. That's important to me because that's a reflection of me, and I'm accountable for that area, and it's reflective of our discipline on our team."
Constant infractions have been about the only thing not to go the Raiders way in a 4-1 season.