Bernie Kosar, for all his travels and various travails around the country, has remained a mainstay in Northeast Ohio and around the Browns. He's buddies with Randy Lerner, has been a confidant and friend to various members of the front office throughout the seemingly endless staffing changes, and appears on a WKNR talk show approximately once every seven minutes.
And why not? We love him. Always have and always will. We love his side-arm sling, his slurred speech, his wit, candor, and that he seems to have screwed up his life and rebuilt it just like all of us have.
Which is why many are angry at news that Kosar is being recruited to work for plenty of NFL teams, none of them in Cleveland.
A Boston Globe report that former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been ”poking around” the New England Patriots and ”hopes to get into coaching,” has Northeast Ohio fans in an uproar.
After word got out that Kosar had gone to the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., to check out NFL job possibilities, Tony Rizzo of WKNR radio reported that the Bengals had been talking to Kosar about a position.
I can see Patriots coach Bill Belichick hiring Kosar, then locking him in a dark room and throwing away the key. Belichick knows what kind of offensive mind Kosar has; he saw the insubordination to prove it. But I can’t see Kosar wanting the responsibilities or the hours that working for Belichick would require.
The Bengals’ situation might be appealing for both sides since the organization has virtually no scouting department and Kosar might have considerable input into personnel decisions and offensive strategy. Kosar might be able to make that work on a consultant basis.
But if Kosar really does want to get into the NFL, the best destination would be Miami. He became close friends with Browns offensive coordinator Brian Daboll in 2009. Daboll was recently hired by the Dolphins, who want to open up their offense.
Sadly, it doesn't look like there's interest in Kosar in Berea, and Browns fans will continue to be stung by that. Couldn't they just hire Bernie as a fan emissary? Plop him in the seats every Sunday and in the Muni Lot every pre-game? That's all we really need, actually.