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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