For cornerback DeAngelo Hall, penalties can be a matter of knowing what referees will let a player get away with in the secondary, where infractions are judgment calls.
Hall was flagged for holding Amendola out of the slot early in Sunday’s game. In Week 1, safeties Madieu Williams and DeJon Gomes were called for pass interference.
“If they’re going to let you hold a little bit more and pull a little bit more downfield, we’re going to try to do that,” Hall said. “If not, you’ve got to adjust to that.
“It’s almost like if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. I’m definitely out there holding a little bit. Being in the slot, there’s a lot more room to deal with.”
Ultimately, no matter the explanation or quality of officiating, players and coaches agree the current rash of penalties is unacceptable. After Shanahan hedged by discussing bad calls, he took the hard line one would expect from a disciplinarian.
“I guarantee you at the end of the day we won’t have those penalties,” he said.
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