Prepare Yourself Browns Fans

By Aaron Goldhammer

First, it was LeBron James. Then, it was Jim Brown. Now, it’s Bernie Kosar. Needless to say, it’s been a long six months for both Cleveland sports fans and Cleveland sports legends.

In an interview with Munch this morning, Kosar admitted that he has had discussions with a number of clubs about coaching or front office positions. The New England Patriots and Cincinnati Bengals have been mentioned as his most persistent suitors.

It seems Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert are not interested in #19. Prepare yourself Browns fans…because Bernie Kosar may in fact don yet another team’s logo in the next few weeks.

While I understand that Holmgren and Heckert want to do things their way with their guys, I think they are also underestimating the love affair between Bernie and Browns fans. My team, the Denver Broncos, recently hired our legend, John Elway in the front office. Was he the most qualified guy for the job? That depends on how you message qualifications. While he lacks years of schooling in the draft and free agency, Elway has huge football credibility with the Broncos and the fans. They know he’ll always work hard and do what’s best for the organization. Coming off two disastrous years under Josh McDaniels, that means something to me.

Bernie Kosar has already led the Browns to the brink of the Super Bowl. He has led the Gladiators to the brink of the Arena Bowl. He knows schemes and quarterbacks as well as anyone in Northeast Ohio. Are Holmgren and Heckert really turning their backs on this guy? He has to be able to help somewhere in Berea, right?

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8 Comments

  1. The whole situation sucks. I pretty much said the same things as you did just more drawn out.

    http://diehardnight.com/2011/01/27/bernie-kosar-meets-with-bengals-may-go-to-work-for-patriots/

  2. Bernie Kosar already ‘donned’ another teams logo when he won the super bowl in Dallas.

    Must be a slow news day…. nice reach.

  3. Honesty, I don’t think this is a big deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love Bernie, and I think he has a great football mind and honestly I’m surprised this hasn’t happened sooner. To hear Bernie break down the Browns Pre-season games on TV, he knows what plays to call and shortly after he says this is what I would do in this situation, the Browns usually woud run the very play that Bernie suggested on commentary. If the Cleveland front office doesn’t want him, why shouldn’t he go elsewhere.

    Hammer this blog sounds a lot like you are attempting to stir an imaginary pot and create an imaginary controversy (not saying this as a Hammer hater, I actually like his opinions).

  4. another clowns blunder. years of bad football. hire bernie, get something right for a change………..

  5. Well, first of all, lets not kid ourselves and pretend that the Lebron situation is the same as the Jim Brown situation is the same as the Bernie Kosar situation. Lebron left of his own accord, as he had a right to do. Jim Brown was angry over no longer being paid or having access to Randy Lerner (speaking of veterans with football credibility with their cities, how’d that work out for Browns fans all those years Brown was an advisor to Lerner?). As far as Bernie goes, Terry Pluto wrote that Kosar might be looking at an advisory type of role, not a full time coaching gig. Bernie’s a good guy, he’s been offered the chance to work as a public relations liaison with the current regime. He wants more action than that. That’s fine, but Holmgren correctly is limiting how many advisors the team has. There is such a thing as too many cooks in the kitchen. Randy Lerner opened up this possibility when he handed the keys over to The Big Show.

    I’ve got a lot of love for Bernie. He did great things for this team during his playing days and yes, he did lead us to the brink of a Super Bowl when he played in the brown and orange. But to suggest that somehow him not being here will be the difference between getting back to that brink and missing out on it is, to quote Harry Doyle, JUUUUUUUUUSSSSSSSSSSSST a bit outside. Give me the choice between having Bernie, who has no track record as an NFL coach or executive, or having Holmgren who has experience running a team and taken two franchises to the Super Bowl, and I’ll take the latter any day of the week and twice on those important Sunday gamedays.

  6. By the way, the best line from this whole post, regarding Elway: “While he lacks years of schooling in the draft and free agency.”

    Because that is a recipe for success in the NFL.

  7. Please Browns fans,
    Is it me or was Bernie hammered slurring his words on the pre-season games. Just wondering. Grow up and move on. If he was so great and a coaching guru, don’t you think over the years he would have been doing???

  8. I believe it was said that Bernie was on perscription meds for a certain time period…kind of the “Paula Abdul” syndrome from American Idol in years past. Sick of Hammer’s blogs…although at least he writes some – when is RIZZO going to step it up?


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