First off, penalties are up through week 3 in the 2014 season. If you have been watching the games, you probably are very aware of long games with strange calls – particularly roughing the passer calls. Compared to the first three weeks from 2011-2013, penalties are up by approximately a third in terms of number and yardage in 2014. Through the first three weeks of 2011-2013, the league averaged 19 penalties for 162 yards. In 2014, the league has averaged 25 penalties for 216 yards. That is a significant increase that must be a concern for the league and her teams.
Who are the biggest culprits in this rise in penalties? Toronto and Montreal lead in terms of yardage, with 133 and 132 yards respectively. Individually, nine players have earned four penalties each so far, with Toronto’s Jermaine Gabriel, Shea Emry, and Montreal’s Kyres Hebert leading the way with 63, 55, and 55 yards respectively.
I also decided to do an analysis of the offensive line because there are just so few statistics to rate their performances. We can look at team numbers such as yards rushing and sacks against to get an idea to see how the group is doing as a whole, but individually, there is nothing. Penalties taken give another tool to evaluate their work.
Saskatchewan and Edmonton's offensive lines lead the league in most penalties through the first three weeks. Both have 9 penalties for 80 yards so far while the fewest goes to Calgary with 1 penalty for 5 yards. When it comes to holding penalties, Saskatchewan leads by a wide margin with 7. The next closest are Winnipeg and Ottawa with 4 each. Calgary has yet to have a holding penalty. BC and Winnipeg lead in illegal procedure calls with 4 each while Ottawa has yet to get their first.
Individually, Xavier Fulton leads all offensive linemen with four holding penalties for 40 yards. Four other offensive linemen had three penalties.
For a more complete look at my compiled statistics, check out the CFLHorsemen Stats Page.