NFC West penalty watch: Cards still rule

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Cardinals ranked among the NFL's five most penalized teams in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

They lead the league in penalties through one week this season.

A few more years of this and we might have the makings of a trend.

"I think the important thing is that we clean up some of the mistakes that we made," coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday. "Twelve penalties, six of them were offsides -- three on offense, three on defense. If we can eliminate those things, which are in our control, then obviously it is a more manageable thing."

The Cardinals suffered a delay-of-game penalty following a timeout Sunday. Officials charged Kurt Warner with eight penalties for delay last season. Matt Leinart suffered two more. Quarterbacks for other NFC West teams combined for five. I don't get it.

For all the Cardinals' penalty problems, the Rams' Richie Incognito remains king among NFC West rule-breakers. He led the division with 13 penalties last season and he leads the division with three after one game.

Most assessed penalties (league rank in parenthesis): Cardinals 12 (1), Rams 10 (2), Seahawks 4 (19), 49ers 4 (19).