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.
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.
2010 NFC West False Penalties: False Starts
The second chart ranks NFC West players by most penalties for offsides, encroachment and neutral-zone infractions.
2010 NFC West Penalites: Offsides, encroachment, etc.
The next chart ranks NFC West players by most penalties for defensive pass interference.
2010 NFC West Penalties: 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.