Here is the opening to my column from the Niners-Jets game:


What the 49ers did on Sunday — shutting out the Jets, scoring 34 points of their own — was beautiful and it was brilliant. Yes, professional football can be beautiful and brilliant.

Take the beautiful for a moment. The 49ers don’t have a powerful, high-scoring offense. Sorry, but it’s true. They have to mix brains with brawn, and the brains in this game involved reserve quarterback Colin Kaepernick and what the 49ers did with him.

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  1. Lo Sbandato

    Come on, Cohn, are you punch drunk from the plane flight? I believe it was your own son, in his Niner grades, who pointed out the Jets stink out loud. If it weren’t for the self-important NY hype monsters, they’d have as much profile as the friggin’ Browns.

    And “out-Tebowing”? More outrageous hype for marginal success, and last I checked, Tebow doesn’t play defense, though it may become necessary for him to do so soon (so for the convoluted sentence; I could think of another way to avoid ending in “have to”).

    September 30th, 2012 9:00 pm

  2. Streetglide

    It’s just a matter of time before Colin starts. This is Steve Deberg passing the reigns off to Joe Montana all over agin. Alex is a very decent QB and he will make an excellent coach the same as Harbaugh. But Colin is a thoroughbred chomping at the bit and when he gets in full time and has the sharp edges rounded off, he will go on to a HOF career.

    October 1st, 2012 6:50 am

  3. eatmycumulous

    In the first half yesterday the 49ers stunk out loud.

    Arizona or Seattle would have beaten the 49ers by two touchdowns.

    Smith looks very pedestrian, ineffective on third down and missing open receivers. They seem to be two dynamic offensive players (QB & WR) away from being a Super Bowl caliber team. The offensive line looks mediocre with their pass protection.

    Prediction: if the 49ers fall short of the Super Bowl this season, there is a new starting QB in 2013.

    October 1st, 2012 7:08 am

  4. eatmycumulous

    Streetglide, you may be correct. The contrast between the dynamic Kaepernick and Smith was startling. The only problem is I don’t see Kaep starting this year, unless Smith fails miserably and the 49ers are either desperate or out of the playoff race – or both. But 2013 could be an entirely different story.

    October 1st, 2012 7:27 am

  5. Stan

    I like how Harbaugh does his best to see himself as dull. And he’s anything but dull..a real character. Now REAL dull is Dennis Allen. He can’t be more dull if he tried. He’s genuine dull, wholeheartedly dull,unrelenting dull,and dull squared to infinity dull.
    HE needs to coach in Dullsville,not Oakland.

    October 1st, 2012 9:30 am

  6. Brady

    Well, you and Grant had pretty different opinions of this game and I side with you on this one.

    However, I disagree with Streetglide. There’s a reason Alex was “far and away” the starter. He understands the game better, makes decisions better, and throws better. Kaepernick is an amazing weapon to bring in for a few plays, but he has not yet shown that he can be starter-material. Look at the QBs in this league with great running ability: RG3, Cam Newton, and Mike Vick. After one or two games, none of them were able to find much success on designed runs, except in the red zone. NFL defenses are too good and too fast and too smart to have a quarterback have designed runs 10-20 times a game. Right now Kaepernick makes an excellent option for 5-10 plays a game, but the ability to average 10 yards per carry would disappear if he’s getting the snap every time.

    While Harbaugh is loyal, he’s also ruthless. If CK were a better quarterback option than Alex, he would be starting. But there’s a reason that we’ve only seen Kaepernick make one THROW in meaningful minutes in his career.

    October 1st, 2012 9:47 am

  7. Dan

    @Streetglide, that’s what I was thinking too: Walsh replacing DeBerg with Montana in specific situations during the 1980 season with plays that Joe was comfortable with to build his confidence. We know Kaepernick has the arm strength, but I personally haven’t watched him enough to know about his touch and accuracy.

    October 1st, 2012 1:27 pm

  8. Streetglide

    Did I need that “g” in reigns (reins) Lowell-san? I think I’ve gotten a bit royal, that… -L-

    October 1st, 2012 5:42 pm

  9. Loneraider78

    Why the Raiders don’t use Pryor in a similar fashion is beyond me.

    They were completely overmatched in Denver, the game was way out of reach and Palmer is still out there taking hits.

    Pryor provides a different skill set and gives the defense something else to think about. They need to get him involved.

    Instead of pouring over the terrible game film from their own games they should be watching SF game film and taking notes.

    October 1st, 2012 5:52 pm

  10. Tommy CostaRica

    I’m an Alex Smith supporter all the way. Like most of us we’ve struggled to support him as the overall number one pic of the 9ers, now so many years ago. He was amazing last year in what he accomplished but at the same time it became apparent what his weaknesses are; not being able to throw long, chokes on third downs, etc. I’ve been Stanning here early on in predicting that he would be benched this year by the second or third game for Harbaugh’s own quarterback Kap. I was wrong about how long it would take but it’s clear now that Harbaugh is following Bill’s blueprint for how to shed your “DeBurg”. Deburg had some great stats and some impressive records and a pretty long and successful career as will be said for Smith one day. Taking Smith out on third down in the red zone and seeing Kap succeed like he did is going to be Harbaugh’s solution to Smith’s inability on third down and in the red zone. Give it another three of four games and Smith will wilt as he gives way to Kap! Look for Smith to be on another team next year :-)

    October 2nd, 2012 6:58 am

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