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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Troy Smith to start

I am on a semi-vacation, am not writing columns until the Raiders game on Sunday and am not driving to Santa Clara. I read in several places Troy Smith gets the start on Sunday in St. Louis. The fact that Singletary goes back and forth between the Smiths means neither one is good enough. The one who does not play always is better in Singletary’s mind. Troy did well against the Rams first time out but he had Frank Gore… Read More »

49ers: One Smith is as good as another Smith

This is the story of the Smiths, Alex and Troy. One week Alex plays, the next week Troy plays and it goes on and on. I interviewed Alex today as he gets yet another chance to start in his chancy career. He addressed what he needs to do and how good he thinks he is. I wrote my Thursday column about him and the dueling Smiths. To read my Smith oriented writing click here.

Smith vs. Smith

Mike Singletary said Troy Smith will be the starting quarterback in the next game vs. Arizona. He chose Troy Smith over Alex Smith which clearly means Alex’s career is over in San Francisco. Alex is no good but Troy isn’t so hot, either. You know what?┬áIt doesn’t matter which Smith starts at QB. This Smith or that Smith, who cares?

Troy Smith must be starter

Troy Smith must be the starting quarterback if the Niners are to make anything out of this strange season. Mike Singletary did not commit to Troy after the game but he’ll get his head on straight in the next day or two. Troy makes big plays and plays with guts and Alex is always checking down and doesn’t play with guts. He is a minimizer and Troy is a maximizer. I wrote about the two Smiths in my Monday column… Read More »

Troy Smith part 2

Quickie halftime impression of Troy Smith. Good long throw arm. Better than Alex. More adaptable than Alex. More aggressive than Alex. I’m not sure how good Troy is on the subtleties of the game. He seems to hold the ball too long sometimes. I’d like to see him run more. That would add something to the 49ers attack. Based on one half he seems an upgrade over Alex. Does that mean he’s the answer? I have no idea yet.

Troy Smith watch

Quick note on Troy Smith a half hour before the game. I have seen highlights of him but I haven’t seen him play — certainly never in the flesh. So I’m curious. Is he just another nobody or does he actually have something to offer the 49ers as they move forward? If he has something to offer, good. If not, then the Niners do not have their quarterback of the future on the team at this time. I’ll be looking… Read More »

Alex Smith vs. Troy Smith

With the Niners things are never certain. Here’s what I mean. If Troy Smith has a good game vs. the Rams and the Niners win, it’s goodbye Alex Smith because Troy will be the starter from here on out. OK, we’ve got that. But what if Troy stinks? He could go out there and have an Alex-type game and the Niners could lose — although, I expect them to win. Anyway, if Troy is no big deal what do the… Read More »

Troy Smith and no excuses

I’m sitting here at AT&T Park getting ready for Game 1 of the World Series. I’m reading that Troy Smith will start in London for the Niners instead of David Carr. The 49ers are in a tough spot, had a real tough decision between Carr who is no good and Smith whom they don’t know about — and may or may not be good. I don’t minimize the Niners’ dilemma. But I want to add this — if the 49ers… Read More »

Nate Davis cut part 2

The Niners signed quarterback Troy Smith to a one-year deal to be the third quarterback, after cutting Nate Davis. Smith won the Heisman Trophy playing for Ohio State and was drafted by the Ravens in the 5th round in the 2007 draft. He is 1-1 as a starter with a 79.7 passer rating. Obviously, Mike Singletary thinks Smith is more up to speed than Davis. I can’t argue. Davis admitted he was shaky on the play book and didn’t work… Read More »