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course, Harbaugh has several other moods — they might even be personalities — and some of those are terse or gloomy or withdrawn.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

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

    January 1st, 2013 9:52 am

  2. htwaits

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


    January 1st, 2013 10:50 am

  3. keith

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

    January 1st, 2013 11:14 am

  4. 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

  5. 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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