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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Richard Sherman apologizes

By now, Richard Sherman has apologized multiple times for shooting off his mouth after the NFC title game. He said you don’t make yourself big by making the other guy small. He said he spoke in passion. All that stuff. As far as I can tell — correct me if I’m wrong — he never took back what he said. That Michael Crabtree is mediocre and sorry. Which means he stands by his opinion, just doesn’t stand by how he… Read More »

On the excellence of Michael Crabtree

Here is a link to my Sunday column about Michael Crabtree. The full column appears below: He could change everything for the 49ers. Who is “he”? Michael Crabtree, of course. Crabtree will play today against the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree tore his Achilles’ tendon in May and has been a noncombatant ever since, and you know what that did to the San Francisco offense. Strictly Dullsville. Almost dead. Crabtree is a top-10 receiver in the NFL. Well, let’s be prudent… Read More »

The meaning of Michael Crabtree’s injury

Here is the opening of my Thursday column about the serious injured sustained by 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree: Tuesday was quite a day for the San Francisco 49ers, all things considered. They received the good, approaching glorious, news that they will host the 2016 Super Bowl in their new stadium. And during a routine offseason practice, wide receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon. Talk about bittersweet, or in this case, sweet bitter. The Super Bowl still stands, but Crabtree… Read More »

Michael Crabtree no diva

Here is the opening of a column I wrote on Michael Crabtree: SANTA CLARA — The 49ers’ offense is all about wide receiver Michael Crabtree. It used to be Frank Gore’s offense. Now, with the obvious exception of Colin Kaepernick, it is Crabtree’s offense. The Niners often start the game with a pass to him, establishing him, showing the opponent their primary weapon. And Crabtree responds. He has great hands and is relentless about gaining yards after the catch —… Read More »

Michael Crabtree investigated for sexual assault

It is being reported by multiple sources that 49ers wide receiver Michael Crabtree is being investigated for sexual assault. This is a serious charge but it’s only a charge not a conviction or even an arrest.  I do not know if he will play on Sunday. Although after the San Jose Mercury News said he did not accompany the team to Atlanta, the 49ers said he did arrive at the team hotel. I’m only reporting the little I know. To… Read More »

Michael Crabtree explained (Grant article)

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat just posted Grant’s Friday article about Michael Crabtree. This may be the best Crabtree article ever composed in the wide world of journalism. Among other things, Grant asks if Crabtree is crabby, and if he’s more crab or tree. Grant also chronicles Crabtree’s evolution from wide receiver disappointment to emerging star. If the Niners are to beat the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, Crabtree will have to be more star than crab or tree. To… Read More »

Michael Crabtree vs. Alex Smith

At the informal, players-only, closed-to-the-media 49ers practice today some reporters, including the PD’s own and very good Eric Branch, caught up with Michael Crabtree. Although Smith has been acting as if he’s the Niner quarterback, not to mention head coach and GM, Crabtree still is not sold on Smith as the just plain QB. Understand, it’s not me who’s not sold on Smith — I’m not, as you know. It’s his wide receiver who is dubious of this guy. You… Read More »

What Michael Crabtree just said

I just got back from the 49ers’ locker room down here in Santa Clara. We spoke to Michael Crabtree, asked how new offensive coordinator Mike Johnson did on Sunday. This is what Crabtree said: “Mike Johnson did his thing. He did what he was supposed to do. He got everybody the ball. Only thing is, Mike Johnson can’t throw the ball. He can just call plays.” When Crabtree said that, many reporters exchanged glances. You could take Crabtree’s words one… Read More »

Vernon Davis vs. Michael Crabtree

Hello Cohn Zohn, this is Grant. I just read the great Matt Maiocco’s piece on the Michael Crabtree – Vernon Davis squabble. Here’s my impression: Mike Singletary has created a double standard on the team. When he started as a head coach, he made his splash kicking Davis off the field during the game and humiliating him to the press after it. No one’s bigger than the team was his message, and Davis bought in. Then Jed York extended Singletary’s… Read More »