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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

49ers’ offense below par

Here is a link to my column from the 49ers-Chargers game. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Colin Kaepernick didn’t play that badly in the 49ers’ third exhibition game. Watching him complete just half his passes, you didn’t want to poke a pencil into your eye or stick your finger down your throat. Give him that. He threw some good passes. He really did. Early in the second quarter, he went on a roll — sort of. He hit… Read More »

How the Niners blew it

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the 49ers grass fiasco. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — The crowning touch, the detail that made the 49ers ludicrous was Sal Castaneda and the traffic helicopter. The 49ers were trying to keep a secret — the field in Levi’s Stadium was dangerous at all speeds. It sucked. On Wednesday afternoon, Jim Harbaugh had yanked his players off the field, in front of fans, because players were falling down… Read More »

Levi’s Stadium grass

Let me get this straight. Levi’s Stadium is the most modern football stadium around, but they screwed up the grass, you know the thing they play the games on. They are currently tearing out the grass and say they will have the field ready by Sunday. Did someone screw up or what? This is a horrible embarrassment for Jed York.

49ers’ crisis

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the 49ers. The full text runs below: Can we just stop talking about Levi’s Stadium? OK? It’s a nice place as football stadiums go. Everyone who works there, everyone who interacts with the public is polite and knowledgeable. All praise to the 49ers for teaching their employees how to act. The place has lots of pizzazz and bells and whistles, but finally, it’s a generic football stadium. No criticism intended. Most… Read More »

49ers already in late-season form

Here is a link to my column after the Niners got shut out by the Broncos. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — You know this old cliché, right? It’s preseason and somebody writes such and such team already is in midseason form. That would be inaccurate applied to the Santa Clara 49ers who played their first game ever at Levi’s Stadium — a 34-nil exhibition-game loss to the Denver Broncos. The Niners were not merely in midseason form.… Read More »

Kaepernick a victim of bias?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Colin Kaepernick, who will play for the first time today in Levi’s Stadium, thinks people are picking on him. I guess he means media people like me. He recently told Bleacher Report some people are prejudiced against him. Here’s what he said about so-called unfair criticism directed his way: “Stereotypes, prejudice, whatever you want to call it. I think between the tattoos, the way… Read More »

The importance of Carlos Hyde

Here is a link to my Sunday column about 49ers’ tailback Carlos Hyde. The full text runs below: Today’s key word is “potentially.” I’m saying 49ers rookie running back Carlos Hyde is more important to the team than terrific, fantastic, exceptional wide receiver Anquan Boldin. Potentially. I’m saying Hyde brings more to the Niners than Boldin, even though Boldin was named the team MVP last season. Potentially. This is nothing against Boldin, absolutely essential to the team. I use him… Read More »

A day with the 49ers

Here is a link to my Monday column about the 49ers. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA This is what I saw at the 49ers’ Sunday practice. Jim Harbaugh started off practice by running a drill with tight ends and linebackers while other players worked elsewhere. Harbaugh kneeled down and called the play in his gravelly football voice like a man gargling marbles. At his signal, the linebackers tried to rush past the tight ends. The backers were intent… Read More »

Vernon Davis out of line

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the holdout of Vernon Davis. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA — Let’s get the important stuff out of the way. Jim Harbaugh’s pants. He spoke to the media Wednesday at high noon at the edge of the practice field, spoke while surrounded by cameras and microphones, answered questions about Anquan Boldin and other 49ers. While he spoke, I eyeballed his trousers. You would have, too. As you know, his… Read More »