Bad technique leading to more 49ers penalties?

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Bad technique leading to more 49ers penalties?

The only thing faster than a Colin Kaepernick slant pass is his answer to a reporter's question. When asked what he learned from the Rams loss, Kaepernick responded:

"Can’t make mistakes. That’s the biggest thing."

Much of the attention for what went wrong for the 49ers in that game is focused on the pitch out that went horribly awry. Head coach Jim Harbaugh called it a "loser of a call" and the execution wasn't much better. But the mistakes in that game do not just belong to Kaepernick, and they're not unique to the team's trip to St. Louis. The 49ers' penalty problems surfaced in New Orleans the week before. San Francisco has racked up 21 penalties for 165 yards over the last two games.

"We’re looking at it," Harbaugh said. "Definitely, there have been some big ones that have stopped drives or extended drives for the other team. That’s not the 49er way of playing football."

Offensively, eight of the 49ers 21 holding calls this season have come over the last two games as well.

"We just have to do a better job with our techniques." said left tackle Joe Staley. "You see some of the holding penalties, there is a technique flaw here or there. Sometimes those penalties happen. You get caught in an awkward situation, you don’t really know where a play’s going or it’s designed to go one way and it goes another way. But as far as getting your hands in the right place or running your feet It’s all correctible."

There were mumblings in the locker room that the refs were tight in their calls in St. Louis. Maybe so. But only three teams have been flagged more than San Francisco this season. St. Louis, Washington and Dallas all have 97 penalties on the year while the 49ers and Ravens each have 88. San Francisco's 744 total penalty yards are the seventh most in the league.

The 49ers' current penalty outbreak comes at a time when the team is looking to build momentum toward a playoff push. If the 49ers don't correct the problem, as Staley suggests they can, the 49ers could could very well place their postseason plans in the hands of the officials.

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

Agent: 49ers to re-sign running back DuJuan Harris

PHOENIX – Free-agent running back DuJuan Harris will re-sign with the 49ers, his agent said.

Harris, 28, appeared in 10 games for the 49ers last season with one start. He rushed for 138 yards on 38 attempts. He also caught eight passes for 115 yards.

Harris has also seen time with Jacksonville, Green Bay and Seattle in his four-year NFL career.

The 49ers did not tender Harris as a restricted free agent, but agent Andy Simms revealed his client will re-sign with the 49ers via Twitter. Wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive lineman Chris Jones are the only other free agents the 49ers have re-signed.

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

Bruce Allen: Kirk Cousins will play for Washington in 2017

PHOENIX – Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins will continue to be Washington’s quarterback for the 2017 season, according to team president Bruce Allen.

“That’s why we franchised him, yes,” Allen said during an interview with CSN Mid-Atlantic at the NFL owners meetings.

Cousins and Washington did not reach agreement on a multi-year contract extension before the start of the free-agent signing period. Washington tagged Cousins as the organization’s exclusive franchise player, taking him off the free-agent market for any interested clubs, such as the 49ers.

Cousins is set to earn $23.94 million in 2017, unless the sides agree to a new deal before the July 15 deadline. The price for Cousins to be franchised again in 2018 would be $34.47 million.

"We’ve had a lot of dialogue," Allen said. "He signed his tender. Obviously, we have an option for the ’18 season. Our goal from the beginning has been long term. I'm still hopeful and confident we'll do it."

The 49ers with new coach Kyle Shanahan are expected to be interested in Cousins, but there have no trade talks with any teams, Allen said. Shanahan was Washington's offensive coordinator under his father, then-head coach Mike Shanahan, for Cousins' first two NFL seasons.

"I can't keep up with the rumors," Allen said. "Kirk and I have talked almost a dozen times this offseason, and we get to laugh when we hear these different rumors. We haven't talked to anyone."