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New Orleans Saints drastically decrease penalties year over year

The Saints committed 30 less penalties and 202 less yards in 2016, which is a tremendous decrease from last season.

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Get your Brandon Browner comments ready, because the New Orleans Saints dramatically decreased their penalties year over year. Per SportsFacts, here’s the cool graphics to show you the decrease in penalty flags and yardage.

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Penalty Yards by NFL Team
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If you go a bit further, the Saints were one of the least penalized teams in 2016, finishing with just 100 accepted penalties on 2,943 plays. The 2015 squad, primarily highlighted by Browner, had 130 accepted penalties on just 10 more plays.

Saints Penalty Comparison

Year Plays Accepted Count Accepted Yds Beneficiary Count Beneficiary Yards Pre-Snap Count Declined Offsetting Total Flags Home Away
Year Plays Accepted Count Accepted Yds Beneficiary Count Beneficiary Yards Pre-Snap Count Declined Offsetting Total Flags Home Away
2015 2953 130 1112 114 887 44 13 3 146 63 67
2016 2943 100 910 97 818 39 11 3 114 43 57
Saints Penalty Comparison John Hendrix

Quarterback Drew Brees was the team’s most penalized player with 10 (seven delay of game calls with three intentional groundings), which caused him to be rep a recent “All-Penalty Team”. Guards Andrus Peat and Jahri Evans were next in line with five penalties each. Last season, Browner was responsible for an NFL record 24 (21 accepted). For some perspective, the Saints cornerbacks had 16 total committed penalties in 2016. The only difference? It was across eight players.