Penalties Remain Minimized
November 6 2002
By Bryan Hersh of 49ers Paradise
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For the second consecutive week the 49ers were able to severely minimize the amount of mistakes they made as a team. The 49ers recorded just three penalties that were applied to them during the course of the game. The three penalties were good for 40 yards, due mainly to a long pass interference call.
The 49ers under Steve Mariucci are a very focused team, they don’t commit a whole lot of penalties usually, and it’s something that can make a difference in the ball game. By not ‘shooting themselves in the foot’ the 49ers were able to move the ball through 30 consecutive offensive plays. Too many penalties, and this is not possible.
Penalties are something that must be harped on in practice week in and week out, teams can not afford to avoid this issue in practice. Even though the 49ers have done well in recent weeks, not beating themselves, the coaches need to continue cracking down on the penalties, especially with the NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue trying to crack down on injury causing penalties.
Further - The 49ers added Austin Lee back to the practice squad, waiving safety Jason Moore. Terry Wagner a center who was with the Giants in training camp, worked out for the team on Tuesday.