BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Former Cleveland Browns quarterback and current TV analyst Bernie Kosar called St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher to apologize for his comments during last Thursday’s preseason broadcast.
Fisher blasted Kosar Saturday for those comments which Kosar directed at Rams 3rd-string quarterback Kellen Clemens, the Rams receivers and their receivers coach, Ray Sherman, during the broadcast on WKYC TV-3.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter,” Kosar said of Clemens while adding that the Rams receivers were “horrible” and their parents should be “embarrassed.”
Regarding Sherman, Kosar said, “I’m checking through the itinerary here of guys, of coaches to see who the receiver coach is, to make sure I don’t know this guy is because he’s not doing very good either.”
The Browns issued a statement Sunday evening from CEO Joe Banner concerning the remarks made Thursday night.
“We don’t condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night,” Banner said. “We’ve spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We’ve also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments.”
Kosar will remain on as the team’s preseason TV analyst. Clemens declined to rip Kosar when the St. Louis Post-Dispatch asked for a comment.
“He gave us a lot of great examples throughout his career of what it’s like to play quarterback, and how to do it at a high level,” Clemens said to the paper. “Unfortunately, he also gave us a couple of examples in his commentating career of what not to do.”
Sports Illustrated’s Peter King asked in the first of 3 tweets he posted late Saturday criticizing Kosar for his comments with a question, “Were you drinking?”
King has yet to apologize to Kosar for the tweet.
Hardesty’s Back – Running back Montario Hardesty returned to the practice field after missing over a week due to a hamstring injury.
Hardesty was limited to individual work and did not participate in team drills.
“We will continue to see how that goes and upgrade as we can,” Chudzinski said.
Hardesty is competing with Dion Lewis and Brandon Jackson for what will likely be 2 roster spots behind Trent Richardson.
“We have an idea [what he can do],” Chudzinski said. “Hardesty coming back, hopefully that continues, there is still a lot of preseason left and he’ll have that opportunity to show us.”
Kicked To The Curb – Chudzinski pulled a pair of fans randomly from the crowd to kick on behalf of the offense and defense.
Anthony Kinney from Shaker Heights represented the offense and D.J. Rapposelli of Mayfield kicked for the defense. Both kicks were successful meaning that the evening meetings were cancelled.
“We grabbed a couple guys from the group of fans that were here today,” Chudzinski said. “Both of the guys made it, of course, and the guys were pretty happy about that.”
Chudzinski has made a habit of getting creative at camp. Saturday night the offense ate peanut butter sandwiches for dinner after being unsuccessful on the final 2 plays of a red-zone drills. He explained the method to his madness after practice.
“Competition makes people better,” Chudzinski said. “I’ve always felt that, and that’s gone back to base philosophy from when I was playing football. Different ways of creating competition, you get into the doldrums of training camp and different ways of creating some fun as well. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for the fans and getting them involved out here in practice. I think everybody enjoys.”
Mayor Holds Court – Cleveland mayor Frank Jackson took in Sunday’s practice in Berea.
Jackson spent most of his time alongside Browns owner Jimmy Haslam but also visited with team president Alec Scheiner throughout practice.
Injuries – Receiver Jordan Norwood (hamstring), defensive lineman Hall Davis (undisclosed), receiver David Nelson (knee), cornerback Chris Owens (foot), cornerback Leon McFadden (groin), right guard Shawn Lauvao (left ankle), offensive linemen Ryan Miller (concussion), Chris Faulk (knee) and Oniel Cousins (sprained ankle), and fullbacks Brad Smelley (undisclosed) and Brock Bolen (calf) did not practice Sunday.
Up Next – The Browns will practice Monday at 4 p.m. Gates open for fans at 3 weather permitting.
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