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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

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 »

Don’t count out Jim Harbaugh

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: Don’t count out Jim Harbaugh. I am inundated with whisperings from knowledgeable people that he’s out after this season. No matter what. He’s out even if he wins the Super Bowl and the 49ers have to decide if the parade is in downtown San Francisco or Santa, umm, Clara. Question: Does Santa Clara have a downtown? I’ve heard it’s a done deal, Harbaugh’s demise… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh needs to beat Saints, duh

Here is a link to my Sunday column about the predicament — pickle? — Jim Harbaugh finds himself in. The full text runs below: Hey, Jim Harbaugh. I’m talking to you. That’s right, you. It would be a good idea to win today’s game. I’m just saying. Sure, you and the 49ers are big underdogs to the Saints who almost never lose on that speed carpet in New Orleans. Sure, you’re on a two-game losing streak and your offense looks… Read More »

Is Jim Harbaugh suffering depression?

I’m taking some time off in the post-Giants world. But I watched Jim Harbaugh’s weekly presser on TV. My God. He was depressed and listless and, apparently, clueless. He looked like he needed electroshock therapy to snap back into life. Excuse me, but a leader leads. Harbaugh should have come out enthusiastic, should have said he knows what to do, knows how to turn things around, knows how to win. Instead he ducked just about every legit question and he… Read More »

Jim Harbaugh must lead

Here is a link to my Tuesday column about Jim Harbaugh. The full text runs below: SANTA CLARA Right after the 49ers blew the game to the Arizona Cardinals, Jim Harbaugh came to the interview room in Glendale, Ariz., for his post mortem. He had the energy of a limp noodle. You couldn’t blame him. Bad loss. It’s just that Harbaugh is a leader and, aside from leadership, a leader needs to show at least two things: competence and optimism.… Read More »