Originally written on Seahawk Addicts  |  Last updated 11/9/14
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I'm pretty sure this isn't news to anyone, but penalties have been killing the Seahawks.  False starts, neutral zone infractions, defensive pass interference, unnecessary roughness -- you name it, the Seahawks have been penalized for it.  According to Pete Carroll and others, the reason for the increase in penalties this season is the team's youth and lack of experience.  As explanations go, this one has the benefit of sounding like a reasonable, valid answer.  It just seems logical that inexperienced players would make more mistakes, which in turn would lead to more penalties being assessed. But do the stats bear that out?  Is there an inverse relationship between a team's experience and the number of penalties they commit, or is there an explanation that better fits the data?  To find out, I started off by looking at stats for the last ten full NFL seasons, 2001 - 2010, although I ended up ignoring 2010 after I discovered some errors in Pro Football Reference's numbers for that s...
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