SANTA CLARA — Is this déjà vu?
It’s mid-August, the 49ers have several injured players and they just committed 18 penalties in a preseason game.
Haven’t we seen this before? Is this Groundhog Day all over again?
They said this season would be different. They said they can make the playoffs. They got new trainers to cut down on injuries. But, they’re beginning to look like the same old 49ers that start slow and injured and immediately put themselves in trouble.
The 49ers won their preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, and even though most of the 49ers’ starters didn’t play, winning is good. But, afterward, head coach Kyle Shanahan wasn’t exactly celebrating. He said the penalties were “very frustrating,” and he’ll “look at them very hard.”
Here’s what Shanahan and the 49ers should see when they take stock of their performance against the Cowboys: