Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 8/11/13
Sports Illustrated’s head NFL writer Peter King and St Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher took issue with some comments made by former Browns QB Bernie Kosar during the Browns-Rams preseason game this past Thursday. “Bernie’s got his issues. They’re well-documented,” Fisher said. Fisher said he doubts Kosar has done the kind of research that Fisher believes an announcer should do before opining about a team. And he said that while he still respects the Browns, he doesn’t think Kosar belongs in the Browns’ broadcast booth. “I guess I’m a little disappointed,” Fisher said. “I feel bad for them that they had someone doing the broadcast who would 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 for this game. So I lost a lot of respect for him.” King tweeted: EARTH CITY, Mo.–My question for Kosar after comments in Cle-StL preseason game: Were you drinking? Good guy. But waaay over the top here. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2013 Kosar called WRs, including 1st-rd pick Tavon Austin “horrible.” Said their parents “would be embarrassed” if they were watching game …. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2013 EARTH CITY, Mo.-Watched Tavon Austin today at practice. If he is horrible, my name is Barkevious Mingo. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2013 If Kosar’s judgment has been impacted by concussions, then the Browns should be heavily criticized for putting him on a 3-hr telecast, — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2013 Don’t go saying, “Bernie doesn’t know what he’s saying because of concussions.” Doesn’t work that way. If you’re on air, you’re responsible. — Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) August 11, 2013 I’m honestly surprised by this. I watched STO’s replay of the game in its entirety on Saturday and Kosar’s comments didn’t stick out to me. Well, that’s not entirely true. Things did get a little dicey when Jim Donovan told a story about Rams backup QB Kellen Clemons gave the Pope an autograph and Bernie cracked “Bless me Father for I have sinned. I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter.” But considering all the ways a Pope bit could’ve gone horribly wrong, I felt they skated by mostly unscathed (I mean, this was a local broadcast of a crappy preseason game. This could’ve been much worse). I’ve never seen an NFL head coach get mad about comments made by an opposing team’s announcer. During a preseason game. I understand that Fisher has to stick up for his players and this is a easy battle to wage. But it’s not like Bernie was… you know… wrong. The Rams receivers weren’t very good. Kellen Clemons ended the night going 8-13 for 116 yards with a TD and two INTs. Not everyone agreed with Fisher and King. Fisher is anti-honesty RT @ProFootballTalk: Jeff Fisher: I lost respect for Bernie Kosar when he ripped the Rams http://t.co/aYlFdYGLpP” — Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) August 11, 2013 By the way the play after Bernie ripped Clemons, ya he was picked off.. #FreeBernie — Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) August 11, 2013 I was also a little surprised that King went with the “are you drunk?” crack. Seems like a shot a Bernie. But I don’t disagree with his concussion remarks. He’s absolutely right, if you’re gonna get in the booth, what you say is fair game. And if his injury history really has impaired Bernie’s judgement, King is right, he probably shouldn’t be on live television for three hours. But really, we’re mad that a local announcer called a player “horrible” in a pre-season game? This is a thing? One of these days the focus is going to be on all the good things the Browns did on the field. Not the owner’s legal issues. Not player comments. Not Bernie. The play on the field. And it will be glorious. [Related: Training Camp News and Notes: Joe Haden picks off a pair of Weeden passes]  
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