Brad Sham on Cowboys' penalties: "That's who they were all year"


DALLAS (105.3 The Fan) - There was a lot of discussion from the Cowboys about officiating in the wake of Dallas’ 23-17 Wild Card defeat at the hands of the 49ers.

Brad Sham, the play-by-play voice for the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network, spoke about the abundance of penalties with Shan & RJ on 105.3 The Fan on Monday.

“No one commits two a game. The best teams don't do that,” Sham said. “But you don't have to commit nine a game. You don't commit 14 like that.”

The Cowboys were the most penalized team in the NFL in 2021, drawing an average of 8 penalties per game during the regular season.

While Dallas was penalized more than any team in the NFL, they were also the biggest beneficiary in the league, with their opponents being flagged 130 times during the season.

The Cowboys were flagged 14 times on Sunday, while San Francisco was penalized 9 times.

“I think when you tend to play hard, and you want to make a play, you tend to jump offsides, or you tend to put a hands to the face, or you might hold by accident,” Cowboys LB Micah Parsons said following the game. “It’s our fault.
We shouldn’t be put in that position. I’m going to take full accountability, and I hope everyone else does too.”

Several times throughout the 2021 season the Cowboys were critical of officiating, but Sham thinks there’s only so much you can point the finger.

“I only thought the Raiders game was one where they really got the short end of the stick from the officials. This was not that,” Sham said. “The offense is functioning until you get a penalty and it brings it back, and that's who they were all year.”