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Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Colin Kaepernick’s salary demand. The full column runs below:

Colin Kaepernick is not an attractive personality. Usually he doesn’t say jack. And that’s not attractive. When he says jack — and more — he’s even less attractive.

Take what the Boston Globe is reporting about Kaepernick. He wants a contract extension from the 49ers. He wants a big-money contract extension. He wants Jay Cutler money. He wants Tony Romo money. He wants more than those guys get.

FYI, Cutler signed for $18.1 a year, $38 million guaranteed. Romo signed for $18 million a year, $40 million guaranteed.

If Kaepernick doesn’t get that kind of dough, he says he’ll go back to kindergarten and knock over his blocks and hold his breath until he turns blue. Check that. I got carried away.

He actually said, according to the Globe, he’ll play out the final year of his contract, base salary just south of one mil, and negotiate after next season instead of settling for what he considers a contract unworthy of his eminence.

Someone should slap a Boston cream pie in Kaepernick’s smug face.

Why?

Start with this. During Super Bowl Week, he made the rounds of radio talk shows in New York. It talks! He went on with Murph and Mac and, in a sensitive, reasonable voice, said he’s not looking to break the bank in his next contract. What a guy. He’d accept a reasonable contract, not a whopper, so the 49ers can have enough money to sign key players like Donte Whitner and keep the team together. Kaepernick wanted everyone to see him as the ultimate team player.

Now this. It’s like he’s saying, “To hell with the team. I want mine.”

There are words to describe his position starting with “hypocrite” and ending with “phony.” You can fill in words in between.

There’s more. Kaepernick has started 23 regular-season games. That’s not even two seasons’ worth of games. In his 23 starts he has done some things well. He also has created two iconic images in the minds of 49ers fans. Those images would be flopping at the end of the Super Bowl against the Ravens on useless, repetitive, unimaginative passes to Michael Crabtree. And then flopping yet again in last season’s NFC championship game, throwing the same useless, repetitive, unimaginative pass to Crabtree.

For those passes, for freezing under pressure, for not seeing the entire field, for all that and more, Kaepernick does not rate top money. Let the Bears and Cowboys make desperate, silly moves. Let them throw away money. None of that is our concern.

Our concern is Kaepernick. Our wisdom tells us the Niners should pay for what a player actually did in real life, in the hurly-burly of action on the field with the stakes high and everything depending on his wits and his arm. The Niners should not pay for what a twice-failed quarterback might do, could possibly do some day in a vague future that may never happen.

And make no mistake, Kaepernick has failed twice. Jim Harbaugh dumped Alex Smith — there’s no polite way to put it — after Smith got injured, an unusual move, and made his guy, Kaepermick, the quarterback expressly to win a Super Bowl. That was the logic and that was the goal.

Smith already proved he could lose in the NFC championship game. Harbaugh wanted someone to do better. He wanted someone to win the championship game and win the Super Bowl. Well, Kaepernick won and lost the championship game. He also lost the Super Bowl in horrible ways.

The Niners gave the team to Kaepernick to win the Super Bowl. Not to lose the Super Bowl. They expected him to deliver. He did not. Toward the end of last season, Harbaugh and Greg Roman made noises that Kaepernick is young and still learning. Weak. They didn’t put him in to learn. They put him in to win.

And he should have won. Kaepernick is the quarterback of the NFL’s most talented roster. Neither Kaepernick nor Harbaugh has won the Super Bowl with those players. Other quarterbacks would have won. Other head coaches would have won. Not these guys.

If the 49ers give Kaepernick the money the Globe says he wants, that will sink the whole franchise. For a quarterback who’s still learning? Imagine what Billy Beane would do in a parallel situation. He’d get a new quarterback.

Here’s what the 49ers should do. They should remind Kaepernick and his agent that Kaepernick has a contract. A valid, binding contract. Written on paper. A document he signed in sound mind. They should hold him to that contract. See how he plays next season. See if he improves in the red zone. See if he sees the entire field. See if he wins the Super Bowl.

Stuff like that.

If he wins the Super Bowl, sure, give him Cutler money. If not, well things will get real interesting. But, please, make his contract performance-based, not extortion based.

Because there is a certain amount of extortion involved in his negotiations and Harbaugh’s negotiations. It’s like they own the franchise. It’s like they are holding it up, like without them the Niners will revert to being complete failures.

They certainly are showing a lack of respect for Jed York and his business acumen and guts.

I hope York asserts himself, lets Kaepernick and Harbaugh know he runs the team and these are the 49ers, for God’s sake, and they are bigger than two guys, no matter who those guys are. And the Niners will pay on their terms, run the team on their terms.

Advice to Jed York: If Kaepernick persists in his unrealistic, impertinent, rude demands, give him jack.

For more on the world of sports in general and the Bay Area in particular, go to the Cohn Zohn at cohn.blogs.pressdemocrat.com. You can reach Staff Columnist Lowell Cohn at lowell.cohn@pressdemocrat.com.

 

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65 Comments

  1. Sondra Byullotch

    Hmmm, so you want everyone involved to ignore the market value of QBs who have achieved far less in 23 combined seasons than Kaepernick has achieved in 23 games?

    You were going along pretty well until you said The Niners should give him Jack. He said he’d play for Jack and renegotiate next year. Then they can tag him twice. He’s not going anywhere, and his price is only going to go up.

    And you don’t need to lump Harbaugh in with Kaepernick. Different altogether, but even going off of that and assuming you’re premise is right, let me ask what Pat Willis and Vernon Davis and Frank Gore were accomplishing before Harbaugh brought in his vision and his guy. Squat.

    You and your son are pretty laughable on all things related to Harbaugh and Kaepernick. You might, just as an exercise to stretch yourselves, try stretching yourselves by writing something about why Kaepernick, why Harbaugh actually deserve the money.

    Ever heard of Bill Polian?

    March 3rd, 2014 11:30 pm

  2. Hoosgow

    Lowell, you’ve had some bad columns in the past, but this is probably the worst.

    March 3rd, 2014 11:59 pm

  3. htwaits

    The wrath of God All Mighty Lowell Cohen has spoken.

    March 4th, 2014 12:10 am

  4. sf9erfan

    Lowell,
    First off, your “advice” to the 49ers towards the end of the article about letting Kaep play out his last year of his contract and then giving him a contract that is performance based is what Kaep said he was planning on doing anyway if the two sides don’t agree on an extension this off season is contradicting. Isn’t that exactly what you wrote about at the beginning of your article that you quoted from what Kaep had said before the super bowl? So your advice is what has been stated already by Kaep? It sounds like both the organization and the player are in agreement that if they don’t agree upon a contract before this season they’ll work on negotations next off season. So in that case Kaep would be risking/betting on himself and the 49ers would be risking losing him to free agency or having to pay him even more. But you take credit for the idea and spin it off as the 49ers organization “putting their foot down”.
    Second, you say Kaep isn’t worth the lucrative contracts that Romo and Cutler received. You’re probably right. No one really is for playing a kids game. But if the going salary for starting qbs is that much then Kaep should fall right in that category or close to it. His current play plus potential puts him there. When has Romo been to the conference final or super bowl? What about Cutler? It’s not Kaep’s fault or the 49ers for setting the salary that high for qbs. Shame on the Cowboys, Bears and other teams that influence the market greatly with their stupid decisions.
    Third, it’s called NEGOTIATING. We still don’t know what the final numbers will be so Kaep is coming off hypocritical. Other contracts of the same position are the barometer of how much certain players get paid. It sucks that there are players being way over paid when putting the values in perspective, eh em, Cutler and Romo. Good Qbs don’t grow on trees though. And Kaep is a good Qb with the most potential to be great. I would love to see him take the “home discount” for about 10 million per year and not constrain the 49ers with the salary cap instead of pushing for the 18+ but it’s understandable to go for bank when one hit could end your career and it would put him in the salary bracket of his position’s competition.

    March 4th, 2014 12:23 am

  5. Tom Fresso

    I like this idea. A LOT! ….”See if he improves in the red zone. See if he sees the entire field. “

    March 4th, 2014 5:53 am

  6. Streetglide

    Niners will draft a QB in the third to fifth round no doubt, sending a message to CK that he is most definitely replacable. Unless he makes a huge breakthrough next year, I see him as a flawed but decent player from here on out. He’s too much of a jerk and emotionally Colin is a third grader. Guys like that don’t get far in life…

    March 4th, 2014 6:27 am

  7. Dennis

    I think you are missing the point: of the 3 quarterbacks mentioned, Cutler, Romo and Kaepernick, who would you want quarterbacking your team? That is, as they say, a no brainer for me – Kaepernick. He should be paid accordingly. At the very least he shouldn’t be paid less.

    If he wins the Superbowl, why would he deserve Cutler money? Why not Flacco money or Manning money? What has Cutler won? Certainly not as many road playoff games as Kaepernick. And neither Cutler or Romo could get to a Superbowl game without buying a ticket. So why should Kaepernick be paid less than either of them? You are not making any sense here. At least not in the world of reality.

    And as for reminding Kaepernick that he has a contract – he knows that and is willing to play it out and walk into free agency. I believe you likened that to going back to kindergarten and knocking the blocks over. Not your best work.

    March 4th, 2014 7:46 am

  8. Cindy

    Lowell, I think the concern is that the salary cap will go up quite a lot next year so if they wait to sign him next year, Kap will be a lot more expensive. Also, if he wins the Super Bowl, he will ask for (at minimum) Joe Flacco type money, not Cutler money (who hasn’t done well in the playoffs and certainly hasn’t won a Super Bowl).

    March 4th, 2014 7:50 am

  9. Phil

    Let’s see, Kap doesn’t like sports writers or other media.

    Who cares.

    Let me think for half a second, would I take Jay Cutler over Kap?

    Ahhh? Never in a million years.

    March 4th, 2014 8:00 am

  10. lameduck

    Kaepernick is one hit from becoming RG III. Maybe the Niners will draft a QB to replace him this season with all their draft picks. Besides that will keep the pressure on Kaepernick to continue performing and/or we could see the same process that occurred with Alex Smith occur here.

    March 4th, 2014 8:30 am

  11. mendozaline

    How the franchise tag works:

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1960713-how-the-nfl-franchise-tag-process-works

    March 4th, 2014 8:41 am

  12. Brett

    Entertaining read Lowell. I have got to give you credit for writing so personally truthfull and still being able to face these guys in the locker room. I love it. Everybody needs to see how they are percieved by others to humble them a little. Big brace balls Lowell. My hats off to you today!

    March 4th, 2014 8:47 am

  13. Brett

    Sondra – if that is your name, Why Harbaugh desrves the money maybe, but Kap, at this point in his currer Lowell would be writing fiction. Cutler Money at this point? I don’t think so. Not yet.

    March 4th, 2014 9:04 am

  14. Andrew Hutchinson

    What a petty hit piece. No attempt to analyze or persuade. Kap is obviously equal or better than Romo and Cutler. His QBR is higher and he has performed much better in playoff games. He doesn’t like to talk to elderly, over sensitive columnists. You can’t contain your dislike for him. It shows. You have lost any appearance of objectivity.

    March 4th, 2014 9:23 am

  15. Mighty Joe

    A few comments, Lowell.

    1) you don’t speak for 49ers fans. You’re not 1, you’ve made that clear and that’s fine. But keeping that in mind, you have no legs to stand on when you claim Colin has left two images in 49ers fans’ minds. I am a fan, and like many others I clearly remember the extraordinary games Colin has played against Green Bay (3 of them), New England, Chicago. I also remember the heroic effort that Colin mustered in the Super Bowl even if it fell short. I remember him shedding tacklers in Seattle and making an incredible jump pass td. Of course I haven’t forgotten the stinging failures but in celebrate the last 2 seasons. They were great seasons. Being a 49er fan means remembering past glories but I haven’t forgotten ten years of irrelevance. Colin’s finger prints are all over many of the most exciting plays in recent memory. He’s a big reason why being a fan is fun again.

    2) you may have read that the salary cap just increased substantially. It’s expected to go up again next year. Colin’s agent certainly is aware of this. If Colin were to sign a contract at the Jay Cutler level it would represent more than 5% less of our salary cap in comparison to where the cap sat when Jay signed his. Furthermore, your suggestion that York and co. should offer that sort of money after Colin wins a Super Bowl is laughable.

    Let’s break that out into its own paragraph: it’s a laughable suggestion.

    We may question the wisdom of the Bears or Cowboys in giving their qb’s big money. However, these are the contracts that define the market. And we’re not talking about the market for Super Bowl winning qb’s. That’s the money Flacco and Rodgers are set to earn. Which is more. Which if you remember was set before the 5% cap inflation. No, if Kaepernick wins a Super Bowl his agent would hang up the phone if Baalke were to suggest Cutler type compensation. What Kaepernick is (reportedly) asking for is a reasonable place for him to start negotiations.

    March 4th, 2014 9:45 am

  16. Bay Area reporter calls Colin Kaepernick a "hypocrite" and "phony" - Pro Football Zone

    […] after reading this article by Cohn Zohn of The Press Democrat it’s pretty obvious he personally doesn’t like 49ers […]

    March 4th, 2014 10:04 am

  17. Dan

    All he is asking for is Barry Zito money. He is the 49ers edition of Tony Romo. I thought it was agreed that public posturing for contracts was just that, posturing. The problem will be if the team agrees to his demand.

    March 4th, 2014 11:31 am

  18. Mark M

    His demands are as ridiculous as this character assassination. The kids record speaks for itself. There’s no need to re-hash all of his impressive success so early in his career. Our window is only open because of his presence along with this talented roster. We’ve won difficult playoff games precisely because of his ability to improvise. This extreme, emotional, and foolish critique of him as a player and person represents the extreme emotional fans in the area whom don’t like him for whatever personal reasons, and never will at this point. He is young and doesn’t come across much or very well with the media. Boo hoooo. Better to be relatively quiet til he gets a little savvy in how to better deal with such politics, but it’s hardly a necessity from my perspective. He’s already better than the other QBs mentioned, yet it is correct to say that he should not get that much money.

    The main thrust of the piece should be the remainder of the roster will be hamstrung if you pay any one guy that much dough. That’s it, and for that reason alone, you sign him for less now so that you don’t have to pay him more next off season after a year with better WRs and greater experience. It’s smart business. Time to counter offer him and play the game Jed.

    Lowell, it has to be said, your understanding of reasonable contract numbers is poor in the modern NFL. You earlier had suggested 8 million/year which is pure fantasy. This contract won’t be anywhere in that neighborhood. Perhaps you should stay out of the numbers game or start brushing up.

    March 4th, 2014 11:34 am

  19. Dennis

    Brett

    “Cutler Money at this point? I don’t think so. Not yet.”

    Based on what?

    What has Cutler done that Kaepernick has not done?

    March 4th, 2014 11:36 am

  20. Brady

    While I disagree with most of the article, I dismissed it entirely after reading your first sentence.

    It is completely out of line to say that someone has a holistically unattractive personality based solely on what you’ve seen while interviewing them.

    That’s bush league.

    March 4th, 2014 11:40 am

  21. Tom T Thompson

    It’s almost impossible to escape the conclusion that this column is inspired by, more than anything else, an intense personal dislike for its subject.

    March 4th, 2014 11:58 am

  22. htwaits

    Mighty Joe and your ilk in this blog, thank you for your rational fan appreciation for the past three very entertaining years. In some ways they were even better than the three years that Walsh, Montana, Rice, Craig, and Eddie went one and out in the playoffs.

    None of the points you made are relevant if the objective is a hatchet job.

    March 4th, 2014 12:13 pm

  23. htwaits

    It’s impertinent for Kap to wear his faith on his arms. I would never do that.

    It’s impertinent for Kap to show his guns in the freezing cold at Green Bay. I would never do that.

    It’s impertinent for Kap to freeze out any reporter. I would never do that.

    It’s impertinent for Kap to throw at one of the top defensive backs in NFL. I would never do that.

    It’s impertinent for Kap to risk his athletic future so often. I would never do that.

    It’s impertinent for Kap to hire an agent. I would never do that.

    Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

    March 4th, 2014 12:26 pm

  24. Jim Bancroft

    I don’t understand the “if he wins the superbowl, then pay him top dollar” argument. He almost did exactly that a year ago, but for a couple of passes. If Crabtree somehow hauled in one of those should Kaepernick have gone from 750k to 15 mil?

    What if the 49ers win the SB next year by a score of 10-3, Kaepernick throwing 1 TD and 3 picks, 183 yards passing? He will have ‘won the superbowl’ but would he deserve top money?

    March 4th, 2014 12:49 pm

  25. Brett

    Dennis, I was refering to the money not the player. I would rather have Kaep than either Cutler or Romo.

    March 4th, 2014 1:33 pm

  26. Brett

    I miss spelled Brass. I meant big brass balls Lowell.

    March 4th, 2014 1:34 pm

  27. NeverWrong

    After this season there will be some good drop back passers in the draft. Goff comes to mind first of all, if he leaves Cal early and if Cal’s Oline tightens up and he doesn’t get creamed into Stenstromhood. (How many hits is a Bay Area college quarterback supposed to take and still be his same talented self?)

    March 4th, 2014 1:49 pm

  28. Michael S.

    Number of road playoff wins by CK7: three in 1+ season of starts

    Number of road playoff wins by Montana and Young combined: one

    Receivers Montana/Young threw to: Rice, Taylor, Clark, Jones

    Receivers CK7 throws to: a half speed Crabtree and a 34 year old who runs a 4.9 40

    March 4th, 2014 2:26 pm

  29. mendozaline

    In the comments section of one of the links above Lowell was called a racist. I would like to defend Lowell against that charge.

    Lowell called Alex Smith gutless. He is color blind when it comes to writing unsubstantiated insulting things about athletes. When the NFL becomes intergalactic, he will be writing the same kinds of things about the best alien athletes.

    March 4th, 2014 2:33 pm

  30. Mike

    Yes cut Kaepernick on principle and see how the team does. It’s not fair but the reality of the NFL is that the QB’s hold all the cards, you can’t win without them and Kaepernick is quite good.

    I thought the cold would affect him in Green Bay and he was outstanding. Don’t forget the Niners could have easily lost that game with a less athletic QB.

    Why bash on him for playing the most important position well. He’s a top 10 NFL qb. Pay him like it

    March 4th, 2014 2:36 pm

  31. CohnZohn

    Thanks, mendozaline. It’s always comforting to know you have my back.

    March 4th, 2014 3:04 pm

  32. Dennis

    Brett,

    I got that. So if you prefer Kaepernick to either Cutler or Romo why would you refuse to pay him what they get paid? It doesn’t make sense too me. If you want to keep him long term, sooner or later you are going to have to pay him. If you wait it is just going to cost you that much more.

    March 4th, 2014 3:06 pm

  33. htwaits

    Mendozaline, I agree 100% that Lowell isn’t a racist. He does seem to be a bit of a generational bigot (the good old days), who gets his gollies from using the most pejorative adjectives that he commands in his vast pejorative vocabulary.

    You know, back when football players all had to have off season jobs. When Joe “the jet” Perry drove a milk truck in his home town when he wasn’t playing for the 49ers, and when owners would cut a player if they showed up with an agent.

    March 4th, 2014 3:19 pm

  34. Superbowl49ers

    Wow! While I agree in some parts of this article, the overall tone seems to be extreme and ridiculous! Maybe it is meant to be written that way to “sell” this article. But to call Kap a “hypocrite” is just too much. I do think the team should wait one more year to pay him. He is still under contract for next year and seems like he would not hold out in training camp. I don’t think it would a distraction for him; he can maybe even use it as a motivation tool. Best case scenario, it turns out like Flacco two seasons ago, and 9ers winning a Superbowl! In my opinion he Kap does need to perform better and more consistently. If he can play like he did against Carolina in the playoffs (to me his best game of the season) throughout next season, we will be in great shape to win it all.

    March 4th, 2014 3:45 pm

  35. Sean

    Lowell, I really hope you read your comments section. This might be an all-time low for you. It is always obvious how little you think of Harbaugh & Kap but this is purely ridiculous.

    I don’t know how you still have a job writing garbage like this. You have a platform to publish education, honest & solid work but you consistently put out unadultered hogwash. It saddens me as someone who at one point tried to make it as a sports writer and blogger. You are lucky to be where you are. This piece of trash would get anyone fired from a newspaper without any tenure.

    March 4th, 2014 4:30 pm

  36. CohnZohn

    Sean, I’m sorry you couldn’t make it as a sportswriter and blogger.

    March 4th, 2014 5:14 pm

  37. Ben

    As a fan of the big three bay area teams (sorry A’s), i read a lot of local blogs. Other columnists bash athletes on the Warriors mercilessly (see Kawakami on David Lee, for example), and sometimes you’ll see a little agita in the comments section. But nothing compares to 49er fans when you have the audacity to criticize a 49er. It’s over the top venomous if you ask me. I myself am sorta neutral on Kaep. I don’t think he is bad, but nor do I credit him like many commenters do for things like the road playoff wins, for example. I watched those games too, and for the most part I’d say the defense deserved the lion’s share of the credit.

    Keep writing what you feel, and we’ll keep coming back — even the angry ones. It makes for good drama anyway.

    March 4th, 2014 5:57 pm

  38. mbabco

    From an ESPN Blog:

    “Marathe was part of a panel discussion Saturday at the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference in Boston, an annual convention that explores the use of statistical data in decision making. At one point, ESPN’s Suzy Kolber — who was moderating the panel — pulled out the latest version of ESPN the Magazine.”

    “On page 66 is a research tidbit showing that Kaepernick had an accuracy rating of 54.6 percent under pressure last season, the worst mark in the NFL. Meanwhile, he was sacked on 20.2 percent of snaps when under duress, the fourth-worst rate among starters.”

    March 4th, 2014 6:08 pm

  39. Stan

    I think he’s done enough for the big money. Once again,look at Russell,McFadden,McLain (enough raiders with the Mc’s) and a ton of do nothings,never was’s that team has had the last decade. Arsenio Hall’s nephew..just about killed a Raider season single handedly.
    MOSS.
    Kap isn’t making only six figures ? That’s been a steal so far. Same range as a well contracted plumber or Lexus mechanic…

    March 4th, 2014 6:10 pm

  40. Stan

    Is.
    I had another idea how to say it..changed my mind. Missed the typo.

    March 4th, 2014 6:11 pm

  41. htwaits

    “It saddens me as someone who at one point tried to make it as a sports writer and blogger.”

    Sean, I can’t believe that you posted that. How long has blogging been a career?

    March 4th, 2014 7:35 pm

  42. samantha

    I don’t get why people try so hard to make Kaep seem like a bad guy when they don’t have the right to judge him, you don’t know him personally. He isn’t even the one negotiating these deals. His agents are. And he is way better than Cutler, just wait when he gets better and develops more, All of you haters are going to be sorry.

    March 4th, 2014 7:37 pm

  43. Mike

    I agree. I don’t know what it is, but there is something very strange about this young quarterback. I don’t like the way he treats the fans and the media. I thought it very strange when at a press conference he brought in a receiver. (Forgot who it was, maybe Boldon). I don’t like the way he plays the part of a victim when criticized on social media. As far as his play, he always seems to be panicked. I believe some of this is due to his continual change in play calling at the line. I believe Harbaugh should script more plays to help him get more comfortable, but what do I know. He is a very athletic quarterback.

    March 5th, 2014 6:12 am

  44. Neal

    There is no logic in sports salaries, we can tag him for a couple of years but that would upset him as it did Drew Brees, if we don’t pay him, another team will. Plus he has done more in two yrs then Cutler and Romo done in 10. Also no one really know if another QB or coach would have won a Super Bowl, yes it is nice to hold onto the pass with Walsh or Montana, but those guys come around in a lifetime not a decade.

    March 5th, 2014 6:41 am

  45. Cole

    This is the worst sports column in history.

    It combines uber-serious, paternal authority worship with a quality of writing reserved for college football message boards.

    “Advice to Jed York: If Kaepernick persists in his unrealistic, impertinent, rude demands, give him jack.”

    Good God that’s a horrible finish.

    March 5th, 2014 6:41 am

  46. Neal

    Lowell, I tend to agree with you that both Harbaugh and Kaep melt under real pressure and that they need to work on that.

    March 5th, 2014 6:57 am

  47. Niner Faithful

    Funny you’ve called Harbaugh a child in the past and you elude to Kaep being a child in this blog article. Standing back the only one I see that is acting like a bully and a child is you.

    True Niner fans know why we can’t get a decent interview from our favorite athletes. It’s because of hacks like you that don’t know how to build relationships with them. You massacre them with your pen and then expect them to welcome you with open arms.

    Branch, Barrows, Maiocco, Kawakami are all writers that lend themselves to be respected. You on the other hand are a Skip Bayless type that hides under the guise of being a good writer.

    Remember why we come here, because WE ARE NINER FANS we are not LOWELL COHN FANS. When you attack the team we love we will turn on you on a dime.

    Kaep will be here a long time get used to it.

    March 5th, 2014 7:40 am

  48. Brett

    “I am sorry you couldn’t make it as a sportswrite/blogger”

    Priceless Lowell. Had a good belly laugh with that one.

    March 5th, 2014 9:07 am

  49. Steve Young

    Lowell, stop writing while angry. Someone who actually somewhat likes you pointed me to this article to show me why she will now stop reading you. I stopped reading your stuff long ago because of how you write for shock value only. Maybe your next article can be about your true agenda or why you hate Jed York. I’m sure you are popping champagne because of the comments and clicks you are receiving for this article but I will continue to stop looking for your articles. Oh by the way the fans actually really like Kap and I LOVE Jim Harbaugh. Bill Walsh and Joe Montana are not coming back, get over yourself.

    March 5th, 2014 9:10 am

  50. Brett

    Dennis – you make a very good point and are probably right. I guess I just think they are all overpaid. Especially Romo and Cutler.

    March 5th, 2014 9:11 am

  51. James

    I read the article because I saw a tweet from Kap’s Mom “When one has an inability to articulate their thoughts intelligently, they often resort to namecalling. Isn’t that right @lowellcohn ?”

    I have to agree with her… sounds a lot like an old man telling kids to “get off his lawn”…..

    March 6th, 2014 7:28 am

  52. Yoyo

    This is a total take down job.
    As a fellow journalist, this is as unprofessional as it gets.
    I’d be ashamed to pub something like this.

    March 6th, 2014 7:31 am

  53. James londenberg

    Pretty rediculous comparison to beane. “What would Billy do?” When is the last time the A’s won it all.

    March 6th, 2014 8:51 am

  54. Daniners

    BTW, what in the world has Cutler OR Romo ever won? Give me break.

    March 6th, 2014 10:55 am

  55. Derick

    I’m a die-hard Raider fan and even I think that this article is borderline pscychotic.

    Lowell Cohn comes off like a bitter old man with a personal vendetta. Creepy.

    March 6th, 2014 11:04 am

  56. Jason

    I’m going to assume someone who looked like Kaepernick did something to you in your personal life, and that’s the reason why you decided to embarrass yourself. I don’t think Kaepernick is worth 18 million, but most of your reasoning is just pathetic.
    Enjoy the spike in traffic you are going to get for this article. Just keep in mind it’s going to be from people mocking and linking to your article as an example of petty amateurish journalism.

    March 6th, 2014 11:21 am

  57. Owen

    I’m not even a Colin Kaepernick fan, and I find this column incredibly unprofessional. Sure, you make some points, but to lower yourself to blatant “name calling” — you’re better than that. It’s a free country, and everyone is entitled to their opinions; however, skip the commentary next time and just say, “I don’t like Colin Kaepernick, period.”

    March 6th, 2014 11:51 am

  58. Joe Daniel

    This entire column screams of a personal dislike for Kaepernick and the fact that you dislike him does not mean you can just slander him. If you took the 49ERS and put Jay Cutler on their team I guarantee you he wouldn’t be able to take them as far as Colin did. Kaepernick deserves to be paid like a top-tier QB and you should learn to not let your biased opinion come through in your articles; that is just bad journalism.

    March 6th, 2014 12:06 pm

  59. Reeks

    Mission accomplished Lowell, you managed to become relevant and thrust yourself into the national media by insulting an NFL player.
    I realize print is a dying medium and twitter has become the new source for all things sports so using this tactic against Kaep to ruffle some feathers is understandable. But to capture the attention of his MOTHER? Well done. You’re becoming the Howard Stern of sports writers, the old Stern. New Stern is less controversial.

    March 6th, 2014 2:21 pm

  60. Mcbutters

    I could be wrong, but I don’t think Cohn likes Kaepernick very much.

    March 6th, 2014 2:43 pm

  61. Bill

    Success, Lowell. You got me to comment.
    Lowell, this is a business. Colin has every right to value his services how he sees fit. The Niners have every right to disagree with him on that value. No one is being “good” or “bad.” They are each pursuing their own interests and are willing to negotiate.
    Colin did not set the value of QBs like Cutler and Romo. That value was set by teams. Personally, I would take CK over either man. Yes, CK has played only a few games BUT this is the NFL in 2014 and not the NFL of 1964. Things move a whole lot faster. And CK has made quite a few more big plays and game winning plays in the playoffs than either of those guys. Period.

    March 6th, 2014 3:57 pm

  62. Tom in Santa Rosa

    Whoa . . . Did Colin break your pencil or something? This is by far the most infantile and petulant “column” I’ve read on pretty much any subject that can ever remember. Bravo. This hit piece is how I will always remember you.

    March 6th, 2014 7:43 pm

  63. jj49

    Mr. Cohn, I have been a big fan of you and your son’s writing for years. Having said that, this column comes across as childish, uninformed, and WAY over the top.

    We all know Kaepernick doesn’t like speaking to the media. Can you stop taking this as a personal affront and pretending like he has committed a bunch of crimes against you? He wants to keep information close to vest. If that makes him a bad interview, so be it, but that does NOT make him a bad person.

    In terms of this contract, the market will dictate the deal. If you paid attention to real industry experts like Kurt Warner, Bill Polian, and several others, they ALL agreed that Kaepernick is worth at least $18mm on the open market.

    It is fair to criticize Kaepernick’s play in certain areas (red zone, read progression, etc.), but attacking his person simply because you believed every word of a Boston Globe article is unacceptable.

    Kaepernick hasn’t “threatened” to do anything. He hasn’t spoken once beyond saying he wants a fair deal for the team and himself. Get off your high horse, go find your journalistic integrity, then re-write this piece of trash article.

    March 7th, 2014 9:15 am

  64. Nancy R

    I like the part about the Boston Cream Pie. Yes, Kaep
    does have an arrogant side. He needs to come down a peg or two and start being nicer.

    March 12th, 2014 12:35 pm

  65. the truth

    This is something my 12 year old brother would write. Seriously. I do believe Kapernicks tattoos look ridiculous and he acts like a punk . Hes also not worth 8 or10 million let alone 16. Hes a mediocre QB who runs a mediocre offense on a defensive team.

    March 13th, 2014 6:35 am

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