Sean Payton believes technique is key to fixing Saints’ penalty problems

December 19, 2017 GMT

Sean Payton found himself frustrated once again with the Saints’ penalty problems on Sunday.

New Orleans was flagged eight times for 92 yards, and the Saints rank 23rd in the NFL in penalties.

Payton also made it a point to say that the same players were committing penalties every week, but on Monday, the Saints coach said the penalty problems wouldn’t lead to personnel changes.

“It’s just cleaning up some of our technique,” Payton said. “It’s just constantly working with the technique we’re teaching at practice so that in a later game, it doesn’t really come out to hurt you.”


Cornerback Ken Crawley, who leads the Saints with 10 accepted penalties this season, was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and safety Kenny Vaccaro, second on the team with nine, was flagged twice for pass interference.

“Ken’s foul, for instance, was really after the play, and Ken’s someone that it’s a little out of character,” Payton said. “You want to be mindful of how the officials feel they have to call certain things if they feel like there’s extra, and yet, it could become something big in a closer game.”