Bernie Kosar is taking heat for his harsh criticism of the St. Louis Rams during his commentary of the Browns’ 27-19 win on Channel 3 last Thursday night.
Kosar buried Rams third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens, expressing his disappointment with Clemens’ career status after coming into the NFL in 2006 as a second-round pick.
Play-by-play man Jim Donovan told a story about Clemens and Pope Benedict XVI, and Kosar responded, “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I have to watch him play the whole fourth quarter.”
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher fired back in his news conference yesterday: “I’m just surprised that Bernie has such a lack of respect for players and for this game. So to be honest with you, I lost a lot of respect for him.”
Kosar has respect for the NFL and its players. That’s why he holds them to a high standard. His commentary is a rare treat because he understands the game, especially the quarterback position, at such a high level.
Football players who get yelled at by coaches all day can certainly handle criticism from a TV commentator. Let’s hope the Browns don’t replace Kosar with someone less knowledgeable, less controversial and more boring.
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