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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Colin Kaepernick and Alex Smith

Here is a link to my Thursday column about Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. The full column appears below. An old friend returns to the Bay Area on Sunday. Alex Smith will play quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Raiders. I pull for Smith. I bet you do, too. He is a gentleman. He had a rough go with Mike Nolan and Mike Singletary and he remained a gentleman. He was the first guy taken in the 2005… Read More »

Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick, straight from the Bible

Here is the opening to my Friday column, previewing the showdown, of sorts, between Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick in Kansas City. Well, it’s not actually the opening, but it’s close: It is almost biblical what happens tonight in Kansas City — Alex Smith vs. Colin Kaepernick. Esau vs. Jacob. Brother vs. brother. The eternal story. Esau and Jacob were twins. Esau came out first but Jacob grabbed his heel, as if he wanted to pull Esau back and be… Read More »

How we should think of Alex Smith after he’s gone

Here is the opening to my Monday column about Alex Smith: We assume Alex Smith will not be a 49er next season. We assume the 49ers will trade him. They will not release him because they would get nothing in return, and that’s just bad business. One way or another, he is gone. So how do we remember Smith, the first pick in the 2005 draft? He never deserved to go first, not in an Aaron-Rodgers draft. Picking Smith so… Read More »

Alex Smith — a note

I always approved of Jim Harbaugh subbing out Colin Kapernick for Alex Smith. I still do. Here’s what’s complicated. I don’t think Smith could have brought back the Niners the way Kaepernick did, to make it a close loss in the Super Bowl. I also don’t think Smith would have fallen that far behind in the first place. I could be wrong. One thing I’m not wrong about. If the Niners trade Smith, I wish him well. He is a… Read More »

Was Jim Harbaugh decisive with his quarterbacks?

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh’s handling of the quarterback switch from Alex Smith to Colin Kaepernick: SANTA CLARA It is take-stock time for the 49ers. As they approach Saturday’s do-or-die playoff game against the Packers, it’s time to answer two significant questions: Was Jim Harbaugh correct to go with Colin Kaepernick over Alex Smith starting Nov. 19 against Chicago? And did Harbaugh handle the transition the right way? The answers to these questions have… Read More »

Joe Webb, really?

It’s possible the Vikings will win this game. The Pack is not that impressive. But backup QB Joe Webb simply has no feel for passing the ball. At least he doesn’t through most of the first half. So I wonder, is this really the Vikes’ backup QB? This is the guy they went to in emergency? Gee. The Niners have Alex Smith if their starter goes down. Alex Smith is much better than Joe Webb.

Lowell on Kaepernick and Roman

I have received emails and comments this morning by readers ticked off at me because the Niners’ offense hasn’t been boffo. Many write that Colin Kaepernick is doing no better than Alex Smith, and they seem steamed at me for backing the switch to Kaepernick. Fine, I can take it. I still believe Kaepernick is a better QB than Smith and I support the switch. If you don’t like the change, don’t get on my case. I have no power… Read More »