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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

On Hue Jackson’s firing

Here is my Wednesday column on Hue Jackson’s firing — if anyone ever deserved to get fired, he did. I did not attend Reggie McKenzie’s news conference on Tuesday because I had to be in Santa Rosa at the Press Democrat, but this column reflects what I feel. I want to add something I did not write in the column. McKenzie hopefully will restore normalcy to the Raiders, give them standing in the league, attract quality front-office people and coaches.… Read More »

More Hue Jackson

I’m down here in 49erville and because Jim Harbaugh arranged it that the players aren’t here when the press is here, I left the locker room. (It’s like a scene from “Catch 22.”) Maybe some straggler players will wander in. Good luck to them. In the meantime — and while I wait for Harbaugh’s presser — I have one more thing to say about Hue Jackson. In his postgame rant on Sunday he said he wants more power next season.… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh vs. Hue Jackson

Jim Harbaugh is a better coach than Hue Jackson. Obvious. He has a better record and his team is in the playoffs and Jackson’s isn’t. What makes Harbaugh a better coach? I say a better technician, more attention to detail, better assistant coaches, better control of his team. Anything you’d like to add?

Hue Jackson pops his cork

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted my Monday column in which I quote Raiders head coach Hue Jackson a lot. When you read the column you’ll see why. In the face of getting eliminated from the postseason, Jackson popped his cork, flipped his lid — however you want to put it. In the process, he sure blamed a lot of people. I found his postgame news conference a once in a lifetime event. To read my column on the… Read More »

Hue Jackson’s amazing postgame speech

Here is a quick transcript of Hue Jackson after the Raiders got eliminated from the postseason. This is one of the most amazing documents I ever transcribed in my life. A few points. This is edited. I did not write down every word – but I did most. You’ll notice this sign ***. It indicates quotes I may use in my column which I will start writing now. Jackson’s opening statement: Didn’t look like a football team that was hungry… Read More »

What Hue Jackson needs

OK, Cohn Zohners, this is my first column of 2012, a short dissertation on what Raiders rookie head coach Hue Jackson needs to accomplish Sunday against the disappointing San Diego Chargers and why. I don’t actually expect anyone to read it tonight as you’ll all, I’m sure, be having a great New Year’s Eve. Over at the Cohn Zohn, it’s me, Mrs. Cohn Zohn, Grant and his girlfriend Swasti who is making crab curry for us right now. I will… Read More »

Hue Jackson all over the place re: Rolando McClain

Hue Jackson today spoke about Rolando McClain at his weekly news conference. He explained why he said harsh things about McClain early on but backed down from those remarks later and let McClain play in Sunday’s defeat in Miami. I believe Jackson means to do and say the right things. I still am not impressed by how he handled this situation and I think it may have implications for the kind of leader he is. I wrote my Tuesday column… Read More »

Bad pub for Hue Jackson

Lots of bad pub for Hue Jackson based on Sunday’s blowout loss. For starters he seemed more into intrigue than making his QBs feel comfortable. He let Al Saunders say Palmer would start if he was breathing. Can you imagine what they did for Boller’s confidence, already low? It seemed, as I watched on TV, Jackson could have called simpler passing plays for both QBs. Of course, he was hurt without McFadden, but it didn’t look to me like the… Read More »

Hue Jackson and the third person

Readers of this blog know I flinch when a famous athlete or coach refers to himself in the third person. Hue Jackson is a big third-person kind of guy. Once, during Tuesday’s intro presser for Carson Palmer, Jackson called himself “Hue Jackson.” I am not here to criticize Jackson. I believe he has a major ego, the kind that leads to referring to himself in the third person. And I also know the Raiders need someone with the biggest ego… Read More »