Friday, October 15, 2010
NFC West Penalty Watch: Week 5
By Mike Sando
The penalty charts produced here each week during the season generally single out players flagged the most.
This time, I'd also like to acknowledge players who have cut down on penalties.
San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis had 10 penalties in 2008 and 12 last season. He has only one through five games in 2010. The 49ers' Parys Haralson (eight last season) and Josh Morgan (seven) have one apiece this season.
Arizona Cardinals guard Deuce Lutui had 13 penalties in 2008 and five last season. He has one through five games in 2010, meaning the improvement he showed last season is carrying over.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant incurred nine penalties in 10 games last season after returning from a back injury. He has only one penalty in four games this season and that one seemed questionable, as I recall.
The charts break out penalties across specific categories, starting with a look at players with the most false-start penalties through Week 5. Totals count declined penalties based on data from Hank Gargiulo of ESPN Stats & Information.
The second chart ranks NFC West players by most penalties for offsides, encroachment and neutral-zone infractions.
The next chart ranks NFC West players by most penalties for defensive pass interference.
The final chart shows penalties against NFC West quarterbacks.
The 49ers' inability to get plays into the huddle on time resulted in delay penalties against Alex Smith. Smith also has three penalties for intentional grounding.