EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 22: Michael Boley #52 of the the New York Giants celebrates after sacking quarterback Matt Ryan #2 of the Atlanta Falcons on November 22, 2009 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have been hampered by penalties through the first five games of the season, and, as such, their rivals have begun taking notice.
Giants’ outside linebacker Michael Boley gave his take on the Cowboys’ struggles recently in the Wall Street Journal and, whether you read his words as a “shot” at the team, there’s little doubt that Boley hit the nail on the head in his assessment. Boley believes, as most folks around DFW believe, that the consistent miscues point to a larger problem in the makeup of the team.
“Excessive penalties say a lot about a team,” Boley told the Journal, via the Dallas Morning News. “They say a team is undisciplined and lacks focus. In theory, I think all penalties can be avoided. It's just about being focused.”
Boley seems to know something about avoiding penalties: He has been flagged just once this season, for a hold on a punt return. The Cowboys, on the other hand, are average 9.8 penalties per game, good enough (or, perhaps more accurately, bad enough) for second in the league.
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