DK Metcalf seems to not want to change his penalty-loving ways
DK Metcalf is going to be who he is and that's not really a bad thing normally. Metcalf is an effervescent player with a quick, friendly smile who can be charming off the field and beastly on it. But I mean the "beastly" part in a positive sense, like when Metcalf catches a ball and then plows through a defender for an extra five yards or so.
But Metcalf does draw far too many 15-yard penalties that are attributed to taunting, unsportsmanlike conduct, and others of that ilk. Basically, penalties that a player can control better than a false start which is a physical accident instead of an emotional or mental thing. But this week, instead of Metcalf apologizing for his flag problem, he went the other way.
According to ESPN, Metcalf said simply, "I'm not going to change the way I play." Well, if he means catch passes and score touchdowns then great. But what Metcalf seemed to be referring to wasn't that part of his game but the penalty issue. Metcalf clarified by saying
"If you look at the penalties, it was a taunting, unnecessary roughness, face mask, holding and I think it was one more in there. So I'm doing pretty good if I look at it and judge myself, how I play. I just try to be consistent and have clean hands or whatever the case may be, but I'm not going to change who I am as a player or a person."- DK Metcalf
He's "doing pretty good"? What the heck does that mean? I like DK Metcalf but at some point - hopefully - he has to be aware he is costing his team yards and potential points by getting needless 15-yard penalties. No other player has as many 15-yard penalties for the same off-ball issues since 2020 as Metcalf and he should be aware of that as well. If the coaching staff has spoken with him about stopping picking up those kinds of penalties (which they supposedly have) and Metcalf is refusing to listen, that's an issue.