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Under coach Mike Smith, the team had a penalty report to start the first Monday meeting after games.
“Nobody wants to be called out by their teammates,” Clayborn said. “On the other end, nobody wants to cause a 5-yard penalty or turn a third down into a first down, that hurts more than a fine to me.”
Right guard Jamon Brown believes there are some benefits to fines.
“It definitely makes you aware, makes you more urgent,” Brown said. “Makes you more sure that you’re paying attention to the details and you’ll make sure you’re locked in on things like the cadence. Defensively, makes sure you’re watching the ball.”
The penalty-shaming might work, too.
“It’s more the dishonor of being called out,” Brown said. “It’s not really the amount of the fine. It’s more that I was the guy that kind of hurt our team. You don’t want to be that guy. It’s easier said than done.”
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