BEREA — Rams coach Jeff Fisher believes Bernie Kosar crossed the line. Then kept crossing it.
“I lost a lot of respect for him,” Fisher said Saturday.
Kosar was in his usual role Thursday night as preseason analyst on WKYC-TV’s broadcast of the opener between the Browns and Rams. He was critical of many things about the Rams, but saved his most pointed comments for third-string quarterback Kellen Clemens.
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned,” Kosar said. “I have to watch him the whole fourth quarter.”
A spokesman said the Browns are reviewing the situation.
Fisher wasn’t amused.
“First off, let me say this, the Cleveland Brown organization is a first-class organization from top to bottom and it has been that for years and years and years,” Fisher said. “I guess I’m a little disappointed — I feel bad for them — that they had someone doing the 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 for this game. So, to be honest with you, I lost a lot of respect for him. This game is a preseason game, players are playing hard. It’s highly unlikely that he knew anything about our football team but felt the need to make those comments. I don’t think they were justified.”
Kosar played quarterback for the Browns from 1985-93 and remains one of the most popular players in team history. He called the Rams receivers “horrible,” said their parents would be “embarrassed” if watching and said veteran receivers coach Ray Sherman wasn’t doing a good job.
Kosar seemed to base much of his criticism of Clemens on a preseason game in 2008 in which he struggled for the Jets.
“Again, Bernie’s got his issues — they’re well documented,” Fisher said. “Kellen played well. He played hard and made plays.”
Clemens gave Kosar a compliment, then took a shot in an interview with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“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. “Unfortunately, he also gave us a couple of examples in his commentating career of what not to do.
“I don’t think it needed to go in the direction that he took it at any point with anybody (Thursday).”
Receiver Jordan Norwood didn’t practice with a hamstring strain, but coach Rob Chudzinski expects him back within a couple of days. Norwood played Thursday and caught one pass for 9 yards.
** Running back Trent Richardson (shin) worked in team drills on a limited basis after being held out Thursday. He received a few handoffs and looked fine.
Chudzinski said Richardson isn’t being treated for the shin, but wouldn’t commit to him playing this week against the Lions.
** Backup defensive lineman Hall Davis stopped practicing after suffering a hamstring injury.
** Rookie defensive end Dave Kruger (concussion) returned to practice.
** Running back Montario Hardesty (hamstring tendon), receiver David Nelson (knee), cornerback Chris Owens (foot), cornerback Leon McFadden (groin), offensive linemen Oniel Cousins (ankle), Ryan Miller (concussion) and Chris Faulk (knee), tight end Brad Smelley (hamstring) and fullback Brock Bolen (calf) remained sidelined.
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Chudzinski added a little spice – and protein — to a red zone drill.
“Peanut butter sandwiches tonight for the losers,” he yelled.
Quarterback Brandon Weeden hit running back Dion Lewis on the goal line for a 3-yard touchdown, but Chudzinski ruled that blitzing linebacker Craig Robertson would’ve had a sack.
“Brandon came right over and said there was no way, but we will see and check it out on film,” Chudzinski said.
Jason Campbell was intercepted by rookie cornerback Abdul Kennah in the end zone on the second-team offense’s chance.
So the entire offense was looking for jelly Saturday night.
Shayne Graham missed a 55-yard field goal off the right upright to end the first two-minute drill led by Weeden. Brandon Bogotay, Graham’s competition, was wide left from 46 yards on a hurry-up attempt after Campbell’s drive.
** Weeden found Lewis in the end zone with no time left on his second two-minute drive when a touchdown was necessary. Brian Hoyer took Campbell’s spot with the second team and hit Travis Benjamin in the corner of the end zone with a great throw.
** The quarterbacks worked a bit on the read option.
** The special teams worked on fielding squib kicks.
** NFL Network lead analyst Mike Mayock watched practice intently.
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