San Francisco 49ers: Situational Football, Fundamentals and A New Beginning

June 12, 2012; Santa Clara, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith (11) throws a pass during 49ers minicamp at San Francisco 49ers training facility. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-US PRESSWIRE

We discuss the 49ers offense as they work on situational football this offseason. After not being able to perform on third down and in the red zone in 2011, San Francisco is working hard to rid those issues. For more on the 49ers, please head over to Niners Nation

There's a sentiment in the league that greatness is not one major thing done impeccably, but rather a lot of little things done very well.

The new-look 49ers approach the game of football this way and it has paid dividends already. In 2011, the Jim Harbaugh-led Niners were a play away from their first Super Bowl since 1994. Far and away, San Francisco is the most fundamentally sound football team in the NFL today, and it's compensated for other weaknesses on the team.

In fact, the 49ers don't have a whole lot of glaring weaknesses at this point - it's been narrowed down to two areas, which thankfully, are isolated on one side of the football, rather than being spread out in all three phases. As great as they were last season, the 49ers' offense was remarkably weak on third down conversions and in red zone efficiency.

This offseason, Greg Roman and the 49ers offense are emphasizing situational football, which pertains to their third down and red zone distresses. This is a sign of the Niners continuing to tweak and improve the little things that will ultimately make them better as a whole.

In a presser with the Bay Area media, Roman spoke about the offense and what they've been working on.

On stressing situational football:

"The more you do something, the more you're going to get out of it. We've got more time so I think we'll be more efficient and maybe be able to branch out a little more, too," said Roman.

The Niners have been working on third-down conversions and red zone plays, and with the repetition, we can expect improvement.

If the 49ers can become precise and efficient in those two areas, that could be the deciding factor that turns this great team into a potential dynasty. The Niners are capable of some great performances in 2012 and beyond if they could mend their situational issues on offense. But they seem to be on the right track with a proper state of mind.

Plenty of 49ers players have referred to "starting over from scratch," and this is very possibly a message they've received from head coach Jim Harbaugh. With that in mind, considering what they did with last year's personnel and situation, the 49ers could very well cultivate something much grander in 2012. A lot of folks believe the team is on the verge of something great with the pieces they've added; their overall ceiling is quite high.

With minicamp over we wait for training camp, but during OTA's both Bucky Brooks and Michelle Beisner reported from Santa Clara. Their individual reports were encouraging and extremely optimistic, particularly about the 49ers offense. If the unit is indeed making strides -- especially situationally -- the team could be a nightmare for opponents for years to come.

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