Here is the opening to my column about the 49ers and their problem with place kicking:


Jim Harbaugh was in his Jimbo mood on Monday. When he’s happy and everything is right with the world and he flashes the million-dollar grin, that’s the Jimbo mood.

Of course, Harbaugh has several other moods — they might even be personalities — and some of those are terse or gloomy or withdrawn. Hardly Jimbo Jim.

But on Monday, Jimbo visited with the media. The conversation naturally got around to David Akers, the Niners’ biggest problem. Jimbo being Jimbo, he didn’t seem fazed that Akers is the worst kicker in the league. He said kickers go through slumps. That insight right there showed empathy, and one of Jimbo’s most attractive qualities is empathy. We assume Jimbo was not the Jim Harbaugh who handled Alex Smith or Brandon Jacobs, whom the 49ers waived Monday after a short, unhappy tenure on the team and an unspecified transgression that resulted in loss of pay for three games.

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  1. mbabco

    Lowell, Happy New Year to you and yours. I look forward to another opinionated 2013 – it keeps me coming back.

    December 31st, 2012 5:53 pm

  2. mbabco

    One characteristic of Harbaugh seems to be loyalty to his charges – he’s probably too loyal to Akers & Roman. He stuck with Williams after the Giants game last year. That loyalty didn’t seem to apply to Alex Smith, though.

    December 31st, 2012 6:02 pm

  3. gary

    At this point, David has got to go.
    Perhaps it is a mirage, but it seems like after he
    kicked the 63 yarder, it was down hill from there.

    No way the team would trust him in a close game now.

    Your point about the relative fragility of the 49er offense
    was accurate—the 49ers can ill afford to give away
    3 points in the playoffs.

    December 31st, 2012 6:19 pm

  4. lameduck

    It’s always better to have someone leave for a better job than to fire them. If Roman gets another job the coaching legacy starts and he becomes someone elses problem.

    Oh no, Mrs. Duck just broke a shoe after hours of getting ready to go out with pn amateur night. Off to be a hero:).

    December 31st, 2012 6:20 pm

  5. ASM

    The column would be a bit nutty coming from a casual fan but it is hard to believe this is the insight from a sports writer drawing a paycheck. Good kickers are not lying around waiting to be signed in the middle of a season let alone during the playoffs. There was no reason to can Akers at the beginning of the season and by the time we figured out he was not the same probowl kicker it was too late. Left with no good choice what is the coaching staff supposed to do? Blaming them shows an astounding level of mediocracy in reading a simple situation or a personal spite that is fitting of non-entities who want to be taken seriously. Neither option is a good place to be in by the way.

    December 31st, 2012 9:24 pm

  6. CohnZohn

    ASM, I presume you can read. Where did I blame the coaching staff for Akers?

    January 1st, 2013 9:52 am

  7. htwaits

    “Jimbo being Jimbo, he didn’t seem fazed that Akers is the worst kicker in the league.”


    January 1st, 2013 10:50 am

  8. keith

    Lowell, I guess we can call you LoCo when you are in one of your opinionated tirades.

    January 1st, 2013 11:14 am

  9. CohnZohn

    htwaits, No blame at all. I was describing his mood. He would take Akers’ problems in stride and look for a solution. Actually, it seems you were the one assigning blame.

    January 1st, 2013 11:27 am

  10. CohnZohn

    keith, In what sense was this article a tirade? I would like to learn from you, I really would.

    January 1st, 2013 11:28 am

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