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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Bulletin: Raiders are improving

Here is an early link to my Sunday column about the Raiders in free agency. The full text runs below: How is football like baseball? A team must be strong up the middle. In baseball, a team needs a good catcher, pitcher, shortstop, second baseman and center fielder. Of course, every team needs more than that, but every team needs to be strong up the middle for starters. Or it’s sunk. Same goes for football. Same goes for the Oakland… Read More »

Raiders hit, Niners miss

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the Raiders great hiring and the Niners joke hiring. The full text runs below: The Raiders got rid of the untalented guy, the ordinary guy and hired someone special. The 49ers got rid of someone special and hired the untalented guy, the ordinary guy. It almost reads like an equation, and the equation means the Raiders are on the way up and the Niners are going down. To complete the equation… Read More »

Jed York or Mark Davis, you make the call

Here is a link to my Sunday column which asks the eternal question, Who is a better owner Mark Davis or Jed York? The full text runs below: Who is a better team owner, Jed York or Mark Davis? Both are in the news. Both are searching for new head coaches. So, if you were a head-coaching aspirant, which owner would you rather work for? At first, the answer seems obvious. A new coach would rather team up with Jed… Read More »

Ixnay on Mike Shanahan for 49ers & Raiders

Here is a link to my Friday column about Mike Shanahan. The full text runs below: Mike Shanahan is apparently in play at the 49ers and Raiders. We’re talking candidate for their head-coaching vacancies. Bad idea times two. Shanahan was an almost-great coach in his day. He won two Super Bowls in Denver when he had John Elway running the show. After Elway retired, Shanahan was not so special. He bombed in Washington. That has been documented. “Dismal” is a… Read More »

The dilemma of Mark Davis and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column about Mark Davis and the Raiders after the Raiders’ ninth straight loss. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — It’s difficult to write about the Oakland Raiders. Forgive me for getting personal. No earthly reason exists to write a column about their 41-17 loss to Denver, about what happened in the game. The Raiders losing to the Broncos was a familiar story. The Raiders came. The Raiders played. The Raiders lost. A columnist… Read More »

Thank you, Derek Carr

After the Raiders lost their ninth straight, Tony Sparano and Derek Carr came to the interview room. Sparano was a straight-ahead, plainspoken, down-to-earth man. He is likeable. He’s still only an interim, but I give him credit for being a gentleman. Carr was charming, generous, verbal and honest. What a pleasure. I kept comparing his personality to Kaepernick’s button-down, dour, rude personality. No comparison.

When to fire Dennis Allen

Here is a link to my Tuesday column suggesting various times Mark Davis could fire Dennis Allen. The full text runs below: When should Raiders’ owner Mark Davis fire coach Dennis Allen? This is strictly a procedural issue. Davis could fire Allen today, but that might lead to logistical problems. The Raiders fly to New England on Friday to lose to the Patriots on Sunday. It would be difficult to get a new head coach up and running by Sunday,… Read More »

Start Matt Schaub over Derek Carr

Here is a link to my Sunday Raiders column. The full text runs below: This is in praise of Raiders’ rookie quarterback Derek Carr. But not too much praise. Call it praise tempered with caution. Big emphasis on the caution. First the praise. Carr came up big against the world-champ Seahawks Thursday night in the Raiders’ fourth and (thank God) final exhibition game. He threw three touchdown passes. His passer rating was through the roof. He was mobile and accurate… Read More »

Raiders get no respect

Here is a link to my Tuesday column on how the Raiders can’t get no respect. The full text runs below: The Raiders can’t get no respect. Ain’t that the sad truth? A blog called NFL Nation conducted a confidential survey asking players which team they’d least like to play for. Who won – or lost? You got it. Da Raiders. This is the actual survey prompt: “The only way I’d play for [team name] is if they doubled my… Read More »

Matt Schaub and the Raiders

Here is a link to my column from the Raiders-Lions game. I managed to run down to the interview room after the game where I got one quote. The game started late and the deadline was horrendous. Usually I try to write something noteworthy. On this one I just wanted it to come out in English. The full text runs below: OAKLAND — The Raiders are confusing to me. I bet they’re confusing to you. I bet they’re confusing to… Read More »