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49ers Ramp up Red Zone Work

Posted by Alex Espinoza on August 2, 2012 – 12:51 PM

You know you’re in the middle of training camp when you can’t remember how many practices you’ve had or what year it is. That’s exactly what happened to Greg Roman on Thursday as he addressed the media at 49ers headquarters.

All Roman knows is that the 49ers offense worked on its red zone packages during Thursday’s morning walk-through session. Talk about a day-to-day approach.

“How many practices have we had now? You lose count sometimes,” the innovative offensive coordinator said. “It’s all about the next day. Coach was just talking about how every day is a new day and truly is.”

For the immediate future, Roman and his offense are trying to iron out their red zone difficulties from last season. The 49ers scored touchdowns on less than 41 percent of their red zone attempts last season, but still managed to reach the doorstep of the Super Bowl.

“Were we as good as we wanted to be? Heck no,” Roman said.

If practice makes perfect, the 49ers should be much improved in the red zone in 2012. Not only do they have full year in Roman’s creative system, but they get to practice day in and day out against one of the top defensive units in the league.

“It’s the old saying, ‘As iron sharpens iron, one man sharpens another,’” Roman said. “When you play against our defense – from the front, to the edges with our (outside linebackers), and our secondary and how they play and how they disguise – it just provides a great challenge and makes you better.”

As the Roman and the rest of the offensive coaching staff rolls out the red zone plan, they aren’t holding anything back.

“We’re moving into the shorter field today, in the red area,” Roman said. “Windows are tighter, things happen faster. All the guys are really working hard to get dialed in because they’re getting a lot thrown at them. We do that on purpose because we believe in the whole part-whole method. Things happen fast on gameday, so we throw a lot of info at them.”

Among the other obstacles Roman has to face on gamedays is communication with his quarterback. The NFL has implemented new headsets to be used by the coaching staff on the sidelines and in the booths for 2012, something Roman said he’s looking forward to.

“We’ve got new and improved headsets around the NFL, which are much easier to use,” Roman said. “It’s much more what you would expect from the year … 2012, is it?”

Whereas coaches used to have to press a button and wait a short period of time for a beep to start talking, the new headsets provide instant communication. Roman is looking forward to having less technical difficulties in his play-calling this season.

“There was one time when I was doing it and I happened to be on the same frequency as an airline,” Roman said. “It was a critical situation in the game and all you hear is Southwest pilots talking. But these are very efficient. You push the button, you talk, hear it and you go.”

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7 Responses to “49ers Ramp up Red Zone Work”

  1. By # 1 D-FENSE 2012 on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    the MOST important drills of this training are the red zone work they are putting in
    with 3rd down effciency being 2nd

  2. By time2speakup on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Hearing they are working on Red Zone is music to the ears. It is also a reminder of remarks made by Coach and Alex that Harbaugh’s focus is on “what did NOT work” in a given situation. They’re my Niners and I love’em. But Lord knows that means they have a whole season, plus some post-season games to go back and dissect.

    On the D Side – our guys play good, clean, hard-nosed ball as it should be played. But having a full off-season to study, absorb and consequently play even faster makes you hope they don’t main and/or injure too many other guys this season.

  3. By Ojay on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Yes, I agree because working on Red Zone situations is a must for us to get over the hump this season. If we can do it against our own Defense then we should be good against any other Defense. Die hard Niner fan!

  4. By NickDavis on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    @ Brandon Jacobs QnA: For a guy his size and speed I’d like to see him used as a good tight end back up to Davis and Walker. Or see him used in a 3 tight end package.

  5. By kurt on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    i think alex just needs to believe in his throws in the redzone. i think he thinks about getting picked off to much some times. randy should help out there. plus we got jacobs now so pound it.

  6. By NinerFanFromTonga on Aug 2, 2012 | Reply

    Alex don’t need to believe anything. He has all the faith in himself already. He’s going to be just fine this year, and for the rest of his contracted years and more years that will come in consequence of having a good HC, and consistent OC with a great host around him. I hope Moss does real well this year, and come back next year, Crabs need to learn from him on how to keep his body in top form each and everyday of the year so he can perform at a high level all year round. Not to mention the rest of our young wideouts. Goo Niners

  7. By Kenneth morgan on Aug 3, 2012 | Reply

    If we beat green bay in week 1 we can be the dominating team that we once were can’t wait till the season starts to see who can get past our all star defense we could be undefeated if not 14-2 15-1 record i have faith in this niners team.

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