SANTA CLARA – Kyle Shanahan doesn’t understand the problem with the 49ers’ red-zone offense. The problem is him.
He thinks his players are the issue. He blamed them on Monday, said they “missed opportunities” he created in the red zone during the 49ers’ 24-16 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
The 49ers may have missed opportunities Sunday when they scored only one touchdown in four red-zone trips. But, their red-zone issues began way before that. They started when Kyle Shanahan became the head coach. He is the constant in this red-zone equation.
And he won’t do the math. He’s in denial.
“Last year, I think we got better in the red zone as the year went,” Shanahan said Monday.
They didn’t. They got worse. The 49ers’ red-zone-touchdown percentage dropped to 45.5, which put them near the bottom of the league, after Jimmy Garoppolo became the starter Week 13. Before Garoppolo was the starter, the 49ers scored touchdowns 48.2 percent of the time they reached the red zone, which also ranked near the bottom of the league.
Garoppolo is much more talented than his predecessors – Brian Hoyer and C.J. Beathard. Yet, the red-zone offense got worse with Garoppolo. The onus is on Shanahan.
Shanahan is an offensive guru. Some consider him the best offensive coach in the league. How can he make getting to the red zone look so easy and scoring in the red zone look so difficult?
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