Jim Harbaugh was called for a 15-yard penalty for running on the field on Sunday’s win over the Panthers, and Harbaugh got an earful from his players about it.
Harbaugh said afterward that some of the 49ers, including receiver Anquan Boldin, told Harbaugh that he needs to control his emotions and not get called for penalties.
“Anquan was telling me to stay off the field,” Harbaugh said. “He said, ‘Coach, we can’t have that. Get off the field.’ And he was right.”
It’s usually the other way around — the coach is usually telling the players to avoid penalties — but if a lecture from one of his players keeps Harbaugh from doing it again, then Boldin was smart to tell Harbaugh to knock it off.
Harbaugh said he has never had a penalty before, and he was glad that the 15 yards ended up not meaning anything at the end of the first half.
“It didn’t cost us. I’m pleased about that. I will try to do better,” Harbaugh said.
At a time when the coach is losing his mind on the sideline, it’s good for the 49ers that they have a veteran leader trying to settle him down.