CLEVELAND - Bernie Kosar is in hot water with the Browns.
You probably never thought you would read those words about one of the franchise's most popular players, but that's the case after comments Kosar made as a TV analyst during coverage of the Browns-Rams preseason game last Thursday. Kosar was critical of Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemens, the team's receivers and receivers coach Ray Sherman.
Clemens was the target of much of Kosar's criticism. After play-by-play announcer Jim Donovan told a story about Clemens' daughter being blessed by Pope Benedict XVI, Kosar said, "Bless me father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter."
Rams coach Jeff Fisher and Clemens have reacted strongly to Kosar's comments. Fisher said, "The Cleveland Browns' organization is a first-class organization from top to bottom and it has been that for years and years and years. I guess I'm a little disappointed. I feel bad for them that they had someone doing their broadcast feel the need to speak that way about players, specifically on our team and coaches for that matter.
"I'm just surprised that Bernie has such a lack of respect for players and this game. To be honest with you, I lost a lot of respect for him. It's highly unlikely he knew anything about our football team but felt the need to make those comments. I don't think they were justified."
Browns CEO Joe Banner released a statement Sunday that was critical of Kosar's actions.
"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."
IT'S GOOD: Coach Rob Chudzinski picked two fans from the crowd Sunday and gave them the tasks of kicking short field goals. The attempts were to spare the offense and defense another night of meetings.
D.J. Rapposelli of Mayfield and Anthony Kinney of Shaker Heights answered the challenge by making both kicks to the cheers of the players. Kinney kicked for the offense, with Rapposelli doing the honors for the defense.
It should be noted that the two kickers were pre-selected based on their skills.
ALL EFFORT: Rookie linebacker Barkevious Mingo flashed some of his skills against the Rams. His outside speed has never been questioned, but he showed impressive inside moves and a non-stop motor.
Mingo said that players are reminded to practice with the passion of defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin.
"Coaches bring up players like Rubin," Mingo said. "I want to do that, too."
YOUTH IS SERVED: Every season a few rookie free agents make the roster, usually to help out on special teams. Last year defensive backs Tashaun Gipson and Johnson Bademosi, along with linebackers Craig Robertson and L.J. Fort played significant roles.
It's too early to determine if or how many rookie free agents will make the 53-man roster. Among those that have made positive impressions are receivers Cordell Roberson and Naaman Roosevelt, defensive back Josh Aubrey and linebacker Justin Staples.
CAMPING OUT: Quarterback Brandon Weeden has looked good for most of camp, but he's shown a tendency to make ill-advised throws on out routes. He was intercepted by Joe Haden on Saturday and Buster Skrine jumped a route and should have had an interception Sunday Tight end Jordan Cameron hauled in a pass from Weeden and scampered into the end zone Rubin powered by two blockers in pass-protection drills The practices today and Tuesday will wrap up the portion of camp that's open to the public.