49ers Kicker David Akers kicked an NFL record 42nd field goal Saturday in Seattle. And what are people focusing on? The fact that the 49ers had to attempt those FGs in the first place. Yes the red zone offense needs to be fixed. Yes Akers had some chips shots because the offense didn’t punch it in from 3 yards out. It’s a shame how much this is costing David Akers. Akers is having an all time season here. Any other position and Akers would be making headlines each and every week. He’s nailing kicks from all over the place, inside 40 he’s money every time. But that’s what kickers are paid to do. Akers the veteran the Eagles cast aside has crushed it from 50+ routinely this season. Let’s give the man some props.
What’s wrong with the red zone and how to fix it after the jump
I feel crazy saying this but to fix the red zone offense all the 49ers need to do is what they did the past couple seasons. Stop passing the ball on first down. Frank Gore is an animal inside the red zone when the defense is on its heels. Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman have done wonders for this offense as a whole. They need to stop forcing things in the zone. The past 3 years the 49ers have been an awful offensive team. But they were very good in the red zone. One thing Alex Smith has done well his whole career is be efficient in the red zone.
The 49ers used to run on first down 100% of the time in the RZ and probably close to 50% on second down. If they didn’t score a TD, which they often didn’t they had options on third down. Usually inside the ten the team would spread out and go to the tight end across the middle or in the corner of the end zone almost every time. Frank Gore and Vernon Davis were more efficient, effective players when the team played to their strengths in the zone.
With the emergence of Michael Crabtree the 49ers need to utilize him with VD on 2nd and 3rd down crossing routes, reading which way the safety pulls and going to the opposite receiver. The 49ers have some of the biggest, freakish athletes in the NFL. Crabs, VD, Braylon Edwards could all be animals inside the zone if the 49ers set it up the right way. The answer to their woes is right in front of them, he’s wearing #21.
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