The 49ers lead the league in delay-of-game penalties after four weeks, which shouldn't be a surprise. They had more than any other team last year as well.
In 2013 teams averaged 4.6 delay-of-game fouls over their 16-game seasons, according to data from the NFL. The 49ers had 11. The only other team that came close to that mark was Tampa Bay, which had nine. Three teams – the Panthers, Packers and Patriots – had one all season.
The 49ers appear to be trying to beat last year's mark. They have four through four games. Only one other team – Tampa Bay again – has as many as three. Eleven teams have yet to be hit with a penalty for delay of game.
“That’s something we have to keep addressing and stay on top of,” Jim Harbaugh said a day after his team was hit with two delay-of-game fouls. “There were a few too many times when they play clock was ticking down close to zero. We've all got to do a better job getting back into the huddle, getting the plays in quickly and early and managing the clock.”
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Harbaugh implied there should have been three. He wanted Colin Kaepernick to take the penalty after failing to induce the Eagles to jump off sides on 4thand 2 in the second half. Instead Kaepernick called time out.
That left the 49ers with one time out, which Harbaugh later blew on an ill-advised coach's challenge. He's 1-3 on challenges after going 2-9 last year.
The 49ers were flagged for 10 penalties in the game. Their 46 penalties leads the league.
49ers' DoG tally