The San Francisco 49ers are off to a dominant 5-0 start through six weeks in 2019, but there are still some problems head coach Kyle Shanahan and Co. need to address.
As the saying goes, “if you’re not improving, you’re getting worse.” And the San Francisco 49ers would be wise to heed that advice despite their red-hot 5-0 start to the 2019 season.
No team is perfect, and there is plenty of room for improvement for head coach Kyle Shanahan’s squad. Yes, the Niners have both a top-five offense and defense, in terms of points allowed and yardage surrendered per game. San Francisco’s running game has been more than just on point.
And that defense ranks No. 1 against the pass — extremely beneficial in today’s pass-happy NFL.
In his last postgame press conference, though, even Shanahan didn’t want to call his team “elite” and stressed the need to improve in various areas where the team is still struggling.
Thankfully, Shanahan has Niner Noise on his side, and we’ve put together five areas in which the team could stand to get a little better in coming weeks.
Here are five areas which have been problematic for San Francisco despite the strong start.
No. 5: Special Teams
It’s hard to truly quantify struggles on special teams, since there are so many elements working into the equation.
A big reason has been kicker Robbie Gould‘s inconsistency this season. The usually reliable Gould has already missed six kicks on the year, and his field-goal percentage is at an even 60 percent — 30th out of qualifying kickers in 2019.
Granted, not all of this has fallen on Gould. There have been issues at long-snapper, and his last miss against the Los Angeles Rams was a bit out of his range.
Punt returner Richie James is averaging 11.5 yards per return attempt, which ranks fourth through Week 6. While that’s good, some of his fair catches have been questionable, at best.