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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Tomsula fired, Baalke not fired

Link to Monday column. Text below: SANTA CLARA What happened was they fired Jim Tomsula couple of hours after the game. Niners beat Rams 19-16 in overtime. Didn’t matter. Niners had seen enough of Tomsula. Everyone had, except maybe his wife and kids. End of The Tomsula Era. Call it The Tomsula Error. RIP. What happened was 49ers didn’t also fire Trent Baalke. Should have. Baalke is a bigger mistake than Tomsula. A longer-lasting mistake. Compared to Baalke Tomsula was… Read More »

Giving Baalke credit

Here is an early link to my Friday column about Trent Baalke. The full text runs below: This is in praise of Trent Baalke. No, not quite praise. This is acknowledging Baalke did the proper thing. He must do more for full-on praise, do more to show he’s an upright, standup, moral human being. Lots of people in 49ers management need to do more. Baalke made a start for all of them. On Wednesday, Baalke met with the media. The… Read More »

Ray McDonald and due process

Here is a link to my Thursday column about the firing of Ray McDonald. The full text runs below: The 49ers probably did the right thing in dumping Ray McDonald. He seems like a troubled guy and his trouble seems to involve hitting women or worse. And the NFL just took a strong stance against domestic violence. The 49ers seem to agree with that stance, at least they do now. See you later, Ray. But something is disturbing about the… 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 »

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 »