No. 9: Execute Better in the Red Zone
It’s not uncommon to look at Kyle Shanahan’s performance and numbers in the red zone with some question marks. Outside of a handful of seasons here and there, both as a head coach and offensive coordinator, Shanahan’s offense has largely faltered in this crucial area of the field.
2019 is shaping up to be little different, even though the 49ers still boast the league’s No. 2 scoring offense.
Despite the 349 points scored this season, San Francisco’s red-zone touchdown efficiency is just 48.9 percent, which ranks 25th best on the year.
Worrying less about the red zone might not have been as big a deal when the Niners were steamrolling opponents earlier this season. But en route to the playoffs and with some of the close games Shanahan and Co. may find themselves in between now and the postseason, execution and play calling here are going to be vital.
Especially with the team’s kicker, Robbie Gould, having some notable difficulties on the year.
Speaking of Gould…