I think it comes down to the playcalling and coaching. I think we have underemphasized this part of the game. THe calls come late. when they come you aren't sure what it is you want to do. I think the lack of consistency from the playcalling leads to the other problems. If players aren't confident and comfortable in what they are doing then they won't execute.
I think we get too cute in the redzone. We try to fabricate a score instead of just lining up and making plays. The redzone is always going to have tight windows and small openings. The only way to get better at it is just to do it alot and go to your best people. Players are rarely going to be "open" and defenses are not likely to make mistakes they can't recover from. You just have to win down there and you have to execute.
The coaches need to commit to a certain philosophy and then the players need to force the issue until we get a "been there done that" mentality. I think from the top down we have a philosophy in the redzone that "settles" for a field goal. Alex is not taking risks, he doesn't force the ball. The line is more concerned with not false starting than teeing off on their blocks. You have to be bloodthirsty down low and we just aren't doing it. We certainly have the Defense to practice on. I think this is why we were better last year.
Sing did alot of things wrong but the redzone is an area where willpower matters and imposing yourself is necessarry. I think that philosphy helped us inside the 20 because the decisions became simple and execution, not schemes, is the answer. We are always looking for the OPEN guy, or to get a huge running lane. Inside the 20 that won't be there. You can see the same thing when Smith tries to push it downfield. I'm not always sure he isn't purposefully leading guys or throwing too close to the sideline/out of bounds. to make sure there isn't a turnover. We have to cut it lose inside the 20. It should be simple. Force the Defesne to cover Davis/walker in the middle, and crabtree/whomever in the corners and then Gore/hunter can be there to theaten run etc. We have lots of playmakers. THe plays should be designed to get VD/CRABS/or Gore in the endzone. If they aren't there THEN you have secondary routes with williams, walker, miller, etc which might benefit from teams trying to stop our best guys.
At the end of the day the players have to know what the heck the play is, believe in it, and then KNOW that the ball is coming there way. It changes everything when you are sure what is going to happen.
[ Edited by VA49er on Dec 13, 2011 at 7:31 AM ]