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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

49ers and due process

Jim Harbaugh and Trent Baalke keep invoking due process when they discuss Ray McDonald, accused of and arrested for domestic violence. Due process is a legal term that does not necessarily apply to a person’s standing in a private company. McDonald should not play in Dallas on Sunday. He should not wear the Niners’ uniform until the cloud that hangs over his head goes away. If I got arrested for beating up Mrs. Cohn Zohn, the PD would suspend me… Read More »

Trent Baalke and friends

Here is a link to my Friday column about 49ers general manager Trent Baalke. The full column appears below: SANTA CLARA – Trent Baalke slipped quietly into the 49ers’ facility around noon on Thursday. The coaches and players were furiously preparing for the Seahawks and talking to media from all over the country, but Baalke had been on the road. On the road even this week. He attended college all-star games in Tampa and L.A. Doing his job. Performing due… Read More »

49ers must cut AJ Jenkins

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 »

49ers draft Eric Reid

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 »

49ers must draft quarterback

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 »

Taking stock of Trent Baalke

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 »

Trent Baalke, Craig Dahl and the meaning of words

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 »

Lowell’s pet peeves — Trent Baalke

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

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 »

Why Trent Baalke is Trent Zaalke

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 »