The San Francisco 49ers were able to pull out a victory over the Seahawks last week, but it did not come easily. Alex Smith and San Francisco's offense struggled to efficiently move the ball down the field, a result of a combination of things.
Some who watched the game said Seattle's defensive backs were too physical with the 49ers' receivers and should have been flagged for pass interference. NFL Films analyst Greg Cosell believed a few more flags should have been thrown. Here is what he had to say to The Press Democrat:
"Clearly there were plays when you watch the film, you say, ‘Boy, that probably should be a pass interference penalty.' [Jim Harbaugh's] concern shouldn't be with the DBs. His concern should probably be with the officials, but you can't make those comments because then you get fined."
Smith completed 14-of-23 pass attempts against the Seahawks, throwing for 140 yards, one touchdown and an interception. Seattle was flagged three times for a total of 20 yards, while San Francisco lost 40 yards on five penalties.
One has to only wonder how much longer coach Harbaugh will hold his tongue if a similar situation arises in the coming weeks, even if it does mean a hit to the wallet.