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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Harbaugh Era coming to a close

Here is a link to my Monday column about why the Jim Harbaugh Era is ending. The full text runs below: OAKLAND Jed York doesn’t need to fire Jim Harbaugh. Jim Harbaugh just fired himself. Harbaugh had a week and a half to prepare for the Raiders, to prepare for the worst team in football, to prepare for a team that came into Sunday’s 24-13 Raiders’ win with one victory and 11 losses, a team that lost the week before… Read More »

Jed York must address Harbaugh issue

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh vs. Jed York. The full text runs below: Jed York, the owner who never speaks except when it’s the wrong time to speak — or tweet — has a chance to do the right thing. He can do the right thing today. Doing the right thing would enhance his status as a football owner, endear him to fans and might cleanse his soul. Jed needs to speak up. First… Read More »

My advice to Jed York

Here is a link to my Sunday column in which I offer four pieces of advice to Jed York in a friendly spirit. The full text runs below: Dear Jed York, Because no one taught you how to act as a young man in the world, because no one schooled you in the complicated etiquette of being a team owner, I am offering my services. I am offering them sincerely and openly. I expected your dad had taught you, or… Read More »

Jed York, coward

Here is a link to my Friday column about Jed York’s bad manners. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Jed York is a coward. What I just wrote was hard and caustic. I know that. I                   apologize if I have offended your sensibilities. But, after the 49ers’ 19-3 loss to the Seahawks, Jed offended the sensibilities of every fair-minded person who follows the 49ers. I repeat — Jed York is a coward. After his team got smoked by the… Read More »

Jed York again does not speak

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jed York. The full text runs below: Dallas Jed York is not an impressive man. Amend that. The way Jed handles the 49ers’ crises is unimpressive to the max. We have seen plenty of evidence. In fairness, he may be impressive to his wife and parents at Christmas dinners, at Thanksgiving, at birthday parties. He may be a master around the piñata. Jed’s latest non-action is a monster of non-action. It… Read More »

I really disagree with Jed York

After the 49ers lost to the Colts yesterday, Jed York spoke to the media about Aldon Smith and why the team played him. “I don’t know that there’s a right decision in this situation,” he said. Wrong. There is a right decision if you want to make the right decision, if you actually care enough to take the time to think it through, if making the right decision matters to you. The decision to play Smith was blatantly wrong. It… Read More »

Jed York and the culture of blame

A lot of people are blaming Jed York for what went wrong Saturday at Candlestick Park. I call this the culture of blame. People accuse me of being hyper-critical, but I am not blaming Jed. It is easy to say after the fact he was lax. In fact, there were plenty of cops there. I don’t know if anyone could have been prepared for what happened. But that’s not even the point. Afterward, Jed acted quickly. He and the SF… Read More »

Jed talks

The TV guys were just talking to Jed York. They talked mostly about the “new” stadium and the change in kickoffs. They didn’t hardly speak about the game that is happening as they speak. Maybe there’s nothing to say about the game. The stadium mockup looks neat. I still think the real stadium should be in San Francisco.

I am retiring”Prince of York”

I have decided to retire my nickname for Jed York — Prince of York. I want you to know this. The whole meaning of calling him Prince of York was to blatantly say he had not earned anything — he had things given to him. I was implying he is green and over his head and undeserving. I also referred to him as Jed because I wanted to show he did not deserve to be called by his last name… Read More »

Praise for Jed York

This is in praise of Jed York and Trent Baalke, total praise, no secret agenda. They wanted Jim Harbaugh as head coach and they competed against other teams who wanted him. They showed patience and wisdom and persistence. And they got him. They won. This is a major growing step for the 49ers’ ownership to be able to attract and land Harbaugh. This is the first time the Niners have shown competence and gravitas in a long time and this… Read More »