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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

What Jim Harbaugh thinks of Tomsula

Jim Harbaugh recently held a press conference in Michigan. Out of the blue, he said, “We train our quarterbacks to throw to people that aren’t covered, even if it’s a running play. I was watching an NFL game where they didn’t cover a receiver and the quarterback handed it off, and got maligned by scribes and pundits and so-called experts for not throwing it to him.” Here’s the context. The team in question was the 49ers. And yes Harbaugh was… Read More »

Did Jed York tell the truth?

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jed York and the truth. The full text runs below: I don’t believe Jed York is a truth teller. There’s a noun for people who don’t tell the truth. Jim Harbaugh spoke to the Merc’s Tim Kawakami the other day. Harbaugh told what really happened when he left the 49ers. Harbaugh said he wanted to stay and Jed did not want him to stay. After the 49ers were eliminated from the… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh and Greg Roman and the big myth

I keep reading from tweeters and blog comment posters that the real issue between Harbaugh the 49ers was that Harbaugh would not fire Roman. How do people know that? I don’t even know that. I believe the issue was much deeper than Roman and had to do with Harbaugh and Jed York. I kind of marvel at fans who write with authority when they lack authority. When Harbaugh got a chance, he cut ties with Roman immediately. What does that… Read More »

Hard to know Jim Harbaugh

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh as he fades away from the Niners. The full text runs below: “And that’s the end. He passes away under a cloud, inscrutable at heart.” — Our final vision of Lord Jim from “Lord Jim” by Joseph Conrad SANTA CLARA I don’t know Jim Harbaugh. You don’t, either. He just held his Monday news conference, the big weekly deal with television cameras capturing his final performance as a 49er.… Read More »

The Jim Harbaugh firing watch

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about the firing process for Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA What you noticed was the emptiness. Current 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh was five minutes late for his Monday televised news conference in the new big fancy auditorium at team headquarters. No one stood behind the lectern on the stage, the lectern with the microphone. Reporters wondered about the delay and the emptiness. More than one reporter questioned… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh stands up

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh one day after the Niners lost to the Raiders. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA The whole scene was enough to break your heart. Jim Harbaugh met the media on Monday, the day after the Raiders whipped the 49ers and likely ended their season. The day after the ultimate humiliation. How would Harbaugh act? It is important how a coach comports himself after a loss, especially with his… Read More »

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 »

Harbaugh hurting Kaepernick

Here is a link to my Sunday column explaining Jim Harbaugh is a bad influence on Colin Kaepernick. The full text runs below: Jim Harbaugh is hurting Colin Kaepernick. You could argue Harbaugh is hurting Kaepernick as a quarterback. Clearly, Kaepernick has not improved and seems to be getting worse. You could argue the new head coach next season — if Harbaugh is as gone as he seems to be gone — better be a quarterback savant. Because Kaepernick sure… 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 »

Harbaugh vs. Baalke

Here is a link to my Friday column on the Niners. Sorry I didn’t post it Thursday night but I was so shocked by the Raiders’ win I temporarily lost my mind. The full text runs below: Here is today’s quiz. Think of this as a reading comprehension test, some exercise you’d see on the SAT. I remember taking the SAT and the teacher saying, “Pencils down,” and I was nowhere near finished. Your assignment is to read the long… Read More »