Imagine how good our 49ers would be if they stopped beating themselves? After all, it's hard enough getting a beat down at the hands of somebody else, but when you offer to slam your head against the pavement too, you get no sympathy from your fans.
The 49ers were penalized 11 times last week and 12 times tonight in an ugly loss to Seattle, which puts them on pace for 184 penalties this season. Now that would by far blow away the current single-season record of 158 penalties, which was set by the 1998 Kansas City Chiefs; although I heard the Raiders broke that dismal mark a couple of years ago with 163 for the season.
Anyways, you're probably thinking, 'Don't worry! Things will get better!' Ha, if only. Harbs has had three off-seasons to get this issue under wraps, but instead of getting better, it's only gotten worse. According to nflpenalties.com, the 49ers were the 5th most penalized team in 2011, and 3rd most penalized team in 2012.
So we're improving alright - just in the wrong direction, but I say if we're going to set the single-season record for most penalties, we might as well break the single-game record too, which we unfortunately tied back in October of 1998 in a loss against Buffalo.
Anyways, I believe we'll win next week's game while slogging 10+ penalties into the box score of which no fewer than 7 will be a mix of false starts, off-sides, and unsportsmanlike conduct. The other 3 will be holding calls. Total yardage lost to penalties should border on the length of a football field, but I'll take the over and call my bookie tomorrow.
Alright, post-game rant over - goodnight