Here is the opening to my Tuesday column about A.J. Jenkins: The 49ers need to cut A.J. Jenkins. Or put it another way. If the 49ers are serious about putting the best team on the field Sept. 8 against Green Bay, Jenkins will not be part of the team. This is nothing against Jenkins, the person. He is polite, a hard worker, a college graduate. He deserves a good life. But he doesn’t deserve an NFL career, even though he… Read More »
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Here is the opening to my Friday column about the 49ers’ first draft pick, Eric Reid: SANTA CLARA The overriding question for the 49ers in the first round of this year’s college draft was not: Who will general manager Trent Baalke pick? Obviously, that was a very important question. The overriding question was this: Can Baalke atone for putting A.J. Jenkins’ name in an envelope in Draft 2012 as his mystery pick, and actually selecting him with the Niners’ only… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Thursday column about Trent Baalke’s pre-draft news conference. I advise Trent to draft a quarterback: SANTA CLARA Lowell Cohn: “Trent, are you going to draft a quarterback?” Trent Baalke: “I would never tell you, Lowell, if we’re going to draft anybody.” Cohn: “Let me rephrase it in a better way. Is it possible that you might draft a quarterback?” Baalke: “It’s possible that we could draft any position. The answer would be yes, but… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Tuesday column which takes stock of Trent Baalke’s performance in free agency, leading up to the NFL draft in two weeks: The gala production commonly known as the National Football League college draft looms. It is a three-part production coming April 25 to a team near you. In preparation for the festivities, we ask two simple, direct, highly-relevant questions: 1) How did 49ers’ general manager Trent Baalke perform in the free-agent phase of player… Read More »
It is always an event when 49ers GM Trent Baalke speaks to the media. Today, he spoke. Well, not really. He issued a statement. So let me rephrase the above. It is always an event when the media-shy Baalke issues a statement. He issued a statement after signing safety Craig Dahl, to wit: “We are pleased to announce the signing of Craig. He is an experienced veteran with excellent intangibles, who has working knowledge of the NFC West.” If you’ll… Read More »
It’s well past midnight and the Cohn Zohn is asleep except for me. I’m writing like a maniac because I found the Super Bowl so interesting and it’s sparking a million thoughts in my brain, such as it is. So please bear with me. Earlier tonight, I wrote about my dissatisfaction with Greg “Fall Behind Early” Roman. Now, I’d like to add a thought about Niners general manager Trent Baalke who had something to do with making the 49ers a… Read More »
I am troubled about Brandon Jacobs, troubled how the Niners squashed him, troubled about the quotes I read from Ray McDonald today. When asked about Jacobs, he seemed afraid to answer. I could be reading into it. I wasn’t there. I’m troubled that readers and journalists take management’s side so readily, dismiss Jacobs so easily. I grew up in the 60s. I am leary of authority, don’t automatically accept authority’s word as gospel. I always have been that way. Readers… Read More »
Here is the opening to my Sunday column about the 49ers, previewing the game against the Miami Dolphins: Call Trent Baalke Trent Zaalke. That’s a “Z” instead of a “B.” If you were to grade Baalke’s offseason work as 49ers’ general manager on the usual A to F scale, he would get a “Z.” Which makes him Zaalke. Why does this man get a “Z”? Because he brought in no players to help the 49ers on offense this season. To… Read More »
I just want to point something out. The 49ers announced their inactives for today’s game and AJ Jenkins is one of them. I mean, he was the team’s first-round draft pick and he’s inactive the second game. I find that peculiar. I know readers get sore at me when I question anything Niner. But come on. Does Jenkins qualify as one of Trent Baalke’s best draft picks, a guy that isn’t ready to help right now?
This Sabean topic sure has legs. I appreciate how passionate all of you are either pro or con on Sabean. Here’s a quiz. Rate these five GMs in order of best to worst and give a reason: Baalke, Sabean, Beane, Myers, McKenzie. I will stay out of the discussion. This topic belongs to you. And thanks for playing.