Why Can’t the San Francisco 49ers Find Paydirt in the Red Zone?

October 7, 2014   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Two consecutive victories in Weeks 4 and 5 have the San Francisco 49ers feeling pretty good about themselves after what has been a tumultuous start to the 2014 NFL season.
While San Francisco's recent victory over the Kansas City Chiefs gives us signs that the 49ers are back on the right track, there remains an obvious problem with the approach taken by the team's offense.
It can't get into the red zone.
Week 5 proved to be a perfect example of this ineptitude. The 49ers recorded just one touchdown in their 22-17 victory over the Chiefs. Kicker Phil Dawson notched a total of five field goals during the game, and while it's nice to have that kind of production, San Francisco needs to start transitioning from three- to seven-point drives more frequently.
So what's happening here?
Reaching the end zone is a tough challenge for any NFL team. The field is shorter, the playbook smaller and the windows are tighter—aspects which force offenses to execute more pre...

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