Tom Brady and Patriots claim the crooked crown from 49ers

This is my Wednesday column. The 49ers are off the hook. They can thank the Patriots. Until Monday, the Niners were the NFL team with the worst history of cheating and paying for it. Until Monday, the Niners had received the largest fine in the history of the league. The NFL fined owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr $1 million for “conduct detrimental to the league” in 1999. Gov. Edwin Edwards of…

May 12, 2015

How the 49ers built a championship roster

This is my Saturday article on the gradual construction of the 49ers’ roster. By GRANT COHN After the 2004 season, the 49ers were the worst team in football. They had practically no talent, they had won two games, and they had one Pro Bowler, long snapper, Brian Jennings. This season, the 49ers are going to the Super Bowl and they have arguably the most talented roster in the NFL. Nine…

February 2, 2013

McCloughan says Seahawks will “beat the hell” out of the Niners

For a long time we haven’t heard from former Niners G.M. Scot McCloughan. Then he goes and shoots his mouth off. He told Michael Silver of Yahoo Sports that the Seahawks are going to “beat the hell” out of the Niners in Seattle this Christmas eve. What in the world were you thinking, Scot? Wasn’t it better just to be quiet? Here’s what’s wrong with what Scot McCloughan did. In…

December 23, 2011