Dan Lanning on penalty issues for Oregon: 'If you get a penalty, you can’t play for us'
Dan Lanning is fed up with Oregon’s penalty issues.
The Ducks were flagged nine times in Saturday’s 55-10 win over Hawaii. They’ve been flagged 25 times in three games now, tied for 118th nationally. While the Ducks are 3-0, it has been a sloppy start to the year.
“I am not going to do the same thing again and again and expect a different result, so we are going to do something different and figure out if we can get it fixed and if we can’t then they can’t be on the field,” Lanning said Saturday night. “If you are going to get penalties, then you can’t be on the field, and it is going to be that simple. If you get a penalty, you can’t play for us. You are hurting the team.”
The Ducks were flagged twice on offense for an ineligible receiver downfield. The defense was hit was a pair of pass interference calls and a roughing the passer flag. They might have pitched a shutout on defense if not for penalties; all 10 of Hawaii’s points were aided by a flag somewhere along the way.
Against Texas Tech in Lubbock last week, 14 flags made things harder than they needed to be. Coaches spent the ensuing week of practice harping on cleaner football.
“I am extremely disappointed with the penalties and how they hurt us there,” Lanning said. “It is something we coach really hard, but we are not coaching well enough. So, that’s the first thing we’re going to attack. We have to figure out how to make sure we are accountable as a program.
“Talk about going into the half with a ton of momentum and three penalties end up leading to a score at the end of the first half. So that is extremely frustrating, something we want to correct. Penalties again in that last series led to another score. So, if we haven’t figured out the formula yet, I am extremely disappointed in us.”
Oregon’s Week 4 opponent, Colorado, has been just as penalized through three weeks. The Buffs are tied with Oregon near the bottom of the FBS ranks with 25 flags themselves.
But the Ducks won’t want to give CU quarterback Shedeur Sanders any extra opportunities to attack them downfield. Colorado has developed one of the nation’s best passing games through three weeks, and testing Oregon defensive backs will probably be a top priority for the Buffs early on.
Lanning and his staff have an interesting week ahead.