Zack Bowman’s return to the starting lineup was a rough one, with the veteran cornerback drawing a total of five flags (two on special teams) and being picked on by Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
One of the penalties was a horse-collar tackle of wideout Torrey Smith on what would have been a third-down stop on Baltimore’s final possession, which cost Bowman the requisite first-time fine of $15,750, although the tackle was less than egregious.
“I didn’t say anything [to the officials}, just tried to make the tackle,” Bowman said. “It’s just one of those situation where I respect the call and I had to move on.”
But he will not be replaced as the starter by Isaiah Frey, whose work at nickel back has been solid this season, Frey’s first on the active roster on game days after a year on practice squad. And the reason is not Frey’s broken finger.
Bowman was credited with nine tackles, seven of them solo stops and one for loss, in addition to breaking up a pass. And the horse-collar and pass-interference penalties were just two among too many.
“Well, he wasn’t alone,” said coach Marc Trestman. “We’re not going to be player-specific here. We had 11 penalties ... I think he played well under the circumstances and I think he’ll continue to play better. He’s a solid guy. He knows what to do and he’s got to continue to progress and I know he will. He’s all-in and I wish you could see him work each and every day to try to improve at his skill level.”