"I was about ready to go up there with them and start booing," Cunningham told the team's official website. "(The penalties) were unacceptable."
The Lions lead the NFL in offside penalties, partially because of their aggressiveness in trying to get off the ball as quick as possible. But Cunningham and his staff put an emphasis on not committing those penalties at home. The defensive coordinator pulled his group together after that first drive and had a few choice words.
"We didn't jump offside again," Cunningham said.
This has been an issue for the Lions all season. Wide receiver Nate Burleson said the team was passive during the slow start because of offseason arrests. He believed the Lions needed to get back to their aggressive ways. Well, that aggression also gets them in trouble with dumb penalties. There has to be a happy medium.