Playoff contenders seldom go far if they're constantly having flags thrown on them. For the San Francisco 49ers, disciplined football has been a recurring theme under coach Jim Harbaugh. That has not been the case in recent weeks though, and it's led to a bad road loss to the Rams.
Here is what the head coach had to say in a recent report on CSN Bay Area:
"We're looking at it. Definitely, there have been some big ones that have stopped drives or extended drives for the other team. That's not the 49er way of playing football."
Eight of the 21 penalties called against San Francisco have been offensive holding. That's 80 yards that young quarterback Collin Kaepernick and the 49ers offense have to make up for. As for starting left tackle Joe Staley, he said it's just a matter of the lineman getting their hands and feet in the proper position to avoid the calls. It's a fixable error, and one the team will work diligently at in the coming weeks.
The Niners will look to cut their penalties down against the Miami Dolphins in Week 14. Kickoff is set for 4:05 p.m. ET on CBS.