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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Is Greg Roman serious?

During his Friday give and take with the media, 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman said Colin Kaepernick is “ascending” as a quarterback. One reporter followed up on the ascending remark and Roman responded: How specifically is Kaepernick ascending because it seems like he’s in a slump? “Really understanding the game, understanding of his job. Again, these things aren’t reflected this week or certainly as we stand here right now this week. But as far as his development as a quarterback,… Read More »

Don’t blame Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Tuesday column explaining why Colin Kaepernick is not the main problem of the 49ers’ offense. The full column also appears below: It is fashionable to dump on Colin Kaepernick. Last season, it was fashionable to praise him. Now, it’s Dump City. We’ve heard the dumpage: Kaepernick is merely a one-read quarterback. If his first receiver doesn’t get open, Kaepernick panics and runs, or panics and throws a crummy pass. He does not see the… Read More »

Greg Roman outsmarts himself

Here is the opening to my Thursday column about 49ers’ offensive coordinator Greg Roman who has a tendency to be a smarty pants: Last Sunday, just before the 49ers’ first offensive play against the Falcons, I said out loud to myself, “Colin Kaepernick is going to throw a pass to Michael Crabtree.” Sure enough, Kaepernick threw a dinky little pass to Crabtree for one yard. The game before that against the Packers, Kaepernick threw a pass to Crabtree on the… Read More »

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 »

Greg Roman is the real problem — so fire him

Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about 49ers’ defensive coordinator Greg Roman: SANTA CLARA I have a suspicion Jim Harbaugh will agree with what I’m about to write. I suspect Harbaugh believes Greg Roman is not good enough to be the 49ers’ offensive coordinator. I sure don’t think he’s good enough. Harbaugh has stressed again and again, “This is Greg Roman’s offense.” When I first heard that simple declarative statement, I thought, “Gee, Harbaugh is praising the underling.… Read More »

What is the 49ers’ offense?

Janie McCauley from AP just asked Jim Harbaugh if he is an innovative play caller. Without hesitating, Harbaugh replied, “This is a Greg Roman offense.” Interesting. Enlightening. Harbaugh said Roman designs most of the play book and calls the plays. Before the season started I asked Harbaugh who calls the plays and he got all quiet and secretive in the Harbaugh-secretive manner like the entire world is at stake depending on how he answers. Now we know Roman, who is… Read More »

West Coast Offense has moved beyond Bill Walsh

I wrote my Friday column based on group interviews today with 49ers defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Both talked at length about how the West Coast Offense has evolved beyond what Bill Walsh imagined. Fangio went so far as to say no one runs the Bill Walsh offense even though they still call it the West Coast Offense. I found all this enlightening and frankly thrilling and to read my column please click here.

Three new 49ers coaches

Here is today’s 49ers press release announcing three new coaches, all following Jim Harbaugh to the 49ers from Stanford. 49ERS ANNOUNCE COACHING STAFF ADDITIONS   The San Francisco 49ers today announced they have named Greg Roman offensive coordinator, Vic Fangio defensive coordinator and Tim Drevno offensive line coach. “I am very excited that these three men are now part of the 49ers coaching staff,” said 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “They bring a wealth of knowledge and a level of… Read More »

Gut feeling re: Greg Roman

I have a gut feeling about Greg Roman, almost surely the new offensive coordinator at the 49ers. He won’t design the offense by himself — Jim Harbaugh will have lots to say about that — but he’ll probably call most of the plays. And he will assert his point of view and challenge Harbaugh. This challenge part is important. A good head coach wants assistants who challenge his assumptions and bring new ideas. Mike Singletary did not want this in… Read More »