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Archive for Saturday, September 23, 2000

Cowboys’ mission to reduce penalties apparently working

September 23, 2000

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— The Cowboys led the NFL in penalties and penalty yardage last season.

Coach Dave Campo didn't want that to happen again.

So he spent the offseason railing against penalties and devising ways to reduce them. Thus far, the results have been good.

Dallas has committed 18 penalties, including just three pre-snap infractions. Left tackle Flozell Adams has the only penalty for illegal procedure.

The league average for penalties is 17.

The Cowboys do lead the league with 215 penalty yards, but 107 of those yards have come on three penalties for pass interference.

Campo's offseason strategies seem to be working.

The Cowboys had at least two officials at all of their mini-camp, quarterback school and training camp practices, and they have continued to have them at practices. Dallas also uses a 45-second clock at practice to help create a certain tempo and allow the players to develop an inner clock.

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