The penalties are mounting up for the Lions in the preseason. They have 26 in all for a total of 241 yards in three games.
The more disturbing part is the unnecessary roughness, personal foul and unsportsmanlike conduct penalties included in that total.
They have nine of those – including a taunting penalty and horse collar tackle – that has cost them 112 yards in field position.
Head coach Jim Schwartz was particularly disturbed with the taunting penalty on defensive end Willie Young in the second quarter of Thursday's, 40-9, victory over New England.
"There's no explanation that's needed," Schwartz said Saturday, when asked if he got an explanation from Young on what happened and what he said that earned the flag.
Young admitted his mistake after practice, but did not go into detail as to what he said to Brady.
"I just can't do stuff to hurt the team," he said. "What I said is between the lines. What happens between the lines stays between the lines."
Over the past few seasons, the Lions have earned a reputation as an undisciplined team. That's something Schwartz doesn't want attached to his football team any longer.
"That's not what we're going to be about," he said. "Honestly, there was no explanation that would serve any purpose in that case.
"Generally, penalties are a result of bad technique, miscommunication or even a mismatch, but when you get foolishness like that, that's well after the play, the only thing that accomplishes is hurting the team."
There is something to playing with an edge and an attitude, but there's also something to be said about playing smart and not taking dumb and unnecessary penalties after the whistle.
Unnecessary is the key word there. Those are the types of penalties, if they continue, that can cost this team a football game.