“Things just continue to go bad for us,” wide receiver
The Texans entered the game with 89 penalties for 912 yards in 2013. The Colts, by comparison, had only been flagged 57 times for a league-low 499 yards. To combat the problem last week during practice, interim head coach Wade Phillips brought in officials to throw flags and keep the Texans in
“That’s very disheartening,” Phillips said. “Ten of them were in the first half which really hurt our defense.”
Defensive backs coach Vance Joseph, who called defensive plays because of Phillips’ promotion, was frustrated by the miscues as well.
“Obviously our guys are not getting it right now,” Joseph said. “They’ve got to get it. That first drive, we got two offsides penalties. We got them stopped on 3rd-and-1 in the high red zone. That’s three points. That’s what you want there. Penalties killed us again.”
With 114 yards worth of flags, the Texans gave the Colts extra opportunities. Inside linebacker
“Penalties are going to kill you,” Sharpton said. “They are just negative plays that you dig yourself a hole and it is difficult to get out of. Most of the penalties are discipline penalties that we are having, offsides and stuff like that. You just can’t win with those kind of penalties.”