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Lowell Cohn: Beating 'The Clowns' didn't show much of anything

  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is knocked to the turf by San Francisco 49ers tight end Demarcus Dobbs, front, and another defender during the second half of an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. The 49ers deafeted the Redskins 27-6. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Let's talk reality. The 49ers, through no fault of their own, played a bunch of clowns on Monday. Some people say the Redskins should change their name. How about the Landover, Md., Clowns?

The Clowns could not contain the Niners' offense, totally containable lately. The Clowns especially could not contain quarterback Colin Kaepernick — more on the verbal-minimalist Niners QB in a moment.

First a word on the Clowns. Their coach Mike Shanahan used to be the best head coach in the NFL. It wasn't even a discussion. Now, he should retire.

Maybe he lost his energy. Or maybe the league passed him by. Who knows? But that Clowns team he presented the Niners was and is a disgrace. Washington could not defend the pass and it presented no discernible offense of its own.

The Clowns' over-hyped, faddish quarterback Robert Griffin III can't pass, can't read defenses, can't even run anymore. He's hurt — perhaps permanently damaged — and when he tried to run away from linebacker Ahmad Brooks, Brooks just ran him down.

All this means the Clowns offered zero opposition to the Niners. In boxing, you'd call them a punching bag. Or a tomato can. Or a bum.

After the game, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, who wore glasses on the sideline and looked like a nuclear physicist, praised Kaepernick to reporters. "I did comment to him in the middle of the week that he was just being exactly perfect, leadership and demeanorwise."

A couple of things about the Harbaugh quote.

First Thing: Sure, Kaepernick was exactly perfect demeanorwise. He was prepping for the Clowns. They had so many holes in their pass defense, even Kaepernick, who rarely sees more than one receiver, could take advantage. Playing the Clowns is guaranteed to help a QBs' leadership and demeanor.

Second Thing: Where did Harbaugh come up with that word "demeanorwise?" It's the ugliest word in English, worse even than "sticktoitiveness," which is exactly what my Hebrew School teacher called my mother to say I didn't have.


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