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Kosar could land with Pats, Bengals

For the past several years, it seemed at times inevitable that former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar would take a job with the Browns.  At one point, he was rumored to be in line for the G.M. position.

Wisely, team president Mike Holmgren decided upon taking the job in 2010 to minimize the influence of the Browns’ former players, which meant freezing out Kosar.

Now, Kosar could be taking a job with a team other than the Browns.

Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe (via Cleveland.com) reports that Kosar has been “poking around” the Patriots, and that Kosar “hopes to get into coaching.”  A connection between Kosar and Pats coach Bill Belichick would be curious to say the least, given that Belichick bounced Bernie out of Cleveland.

Meanwhile, Tony Rizzo of WKNR reports that the Bengals have been talking to Kosar about a position.

Maybe, given Carson Palmer’s desire to be traded, the position is starting quarterback.

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  1. joetoronto says: Jan 27, 2011 8:27 PM

    All the best, Bernie!

  2. jw731 says: Jan 27, 2011 8:28 PM

    He’s broke…….And needs attention and a weekly paycheck….

  3. melikefootball says: Jan 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    Is this the second coming of John Elway??

  4. raynman49 says: Jan 27, 2011 8:30 PM

    It would be an improvement.

  5. redrew says: Jan 27, 2011 8:33 PM

    He could coach QBs how to throw side armed. Seriously, the only skill Bernie has is how to move through bankruptcy court. Why would any team hire a guy who has been out of football for 15 years. Do you really think Belichick will sacrifice payroll for a guy without a current skill?

  6. cappa662 says: Jan 27, 2011 8:36 PM

    Isn’t Bernie bankrupt? I guess any job is good when you have massive debt.

  7. mnpatriot says: Jan 27, 2011 8:37 PM

    i have no objections to kosar “poking around” in new england. However, given his offensive background it wouldn’t seem like there is any room for him on the staff.

    the offense seemed to compete with the best of them this year in terms of efficiency. Where would he fit in?

  8. cincinnasti says: Jan 27, 2011 8:51 PM

    “Maybe, given Carson Palmer’s desire to be traded, the position is starting quarterback.”

    HA! This is hardly a band-aid to a franchise that needs surgery.

  9. 1972wasalongtimeago says: Jan 27, 2011 8:53 PM

    Hey Bro

  10. jarrman46 says: Jan 27, 2011 9:00 PM

    Man this guy is a Clevland Brown legend and they post a Dallas Cowboy picture. Browns just get no love. Oh well dont like them anyway

  11. browniebuck says: Jan 27, 2011 9:10 PM

    Kosar and Belichek re-united? I can see the Sports Illustrated “Signs of the Apocalypse” already.

    Huge Kosar fan, wishing him the best. I wish my beloved Browns would embrace their past and give opportunities to their former players…BUT, we have Pat Shurmur!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. browniebuck says: Jan 27, 2011 9:10 PM

    and of all the pictures you could find to put along with the story is one of him in a Cowboys jersey?

  13. baboushka says: Jan 27, 2011 9:16 PM

    Bernie was always a guy with a ton of heart, class and guts. I wish him the very best. He would be an asset for any organization.

  14. crancix says: Jan 27, 2011 9:20 PM

    Yay Kosar! I miss that guy

  15. cincywildcats says: Jan 27, 2011 9:28 PM

    Bring on Bernie. Anyone is better than Palmer.

  16. bigtrav425 says: Jan 27, 2011 9:40 PM

    This is going to be Devastating to us Browns fans and even more so to Holmgren,Heckertt and Lerner for NOT finding this guy a place in the Browns front office.The fans are NOT going to be happy with those guys…its not just because he is a former browns player he is THE most beloved player in Browns History BUT he also knows his Sh*t.iv listened to him quite a few times on local radio and he knows what he is talkin about….It would just add salt on the wound of Ozzie Doing his thing with Baltimore….but i wish all the best for Bernie he deserves it either way

  17. profootballwalk says: Jan 27, 2011 9:45 PM

    Browns fans wanted to run Bill Belichick out of town because he dumped their homie Bernie. How did that work out?

  18. duanethomas says: Jan 27, 2011 9:58 PM

    He is out of control, why would any team hire him to mentor their QB? Just look at his post football career and personal life. Irresponsible and Wild.

  19. thesixthcity says: Jan 27, 2011 10:01 PM

    Kosar is a god in Cleveland and for them not to give him a chance is a travesty.

  20. rovibe says: Jan 27, 2011 10:16 PM

    Kosar’s life story after the NFL is a real bummer. Lost his entire fortune when the economy turned south. Will be a nice second chance for him to get into some high paying NFL job again.

  21. jc1958coo says: Jan 27, 2011 10:29 PM

    holmgren wants total control ! he got it in seattle and they did nothing until he was stripped of GM!
    ozzie newson has done well, ex player! how about brining back brian snipe!

  22. dixon29 says: Jan 27, 2011 10:37 PM

    Nothing strange at all if Bernie goes to work with Belichick. They have worked out their differences a long time a go.

    Good luck to Bernie!

  23. couldntthinkofaname says: Jan 27, 2011 10:43 PM

    browniebuck says: Jan 27, 2011 9:10 PM

    Kosar and Belichek re-united? I can see the Sports Illustrated “Signs of the Apocalypse” already.

    Huge Kosar fan, wishing him the best. I wish my beloved Browns would embrace their past and give opportunities to their former players…BUT, we have Pat Shurmur!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thesixthcity says: Jan 27, 2011 10:01 PM

    Kosar is a god in Cleveland and for them not to give him a chance is a travesty.

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    And the tools chime in!

    What’s with you Browns fans? All you do is cry for Kosar to be your coach or GM. How’d the great Jim Brown experiment go? You’re already ripping on Shurmer? What a craphole of a fan base. I like Kosar as well, but he hasn’t worked ONE DAY as a scout, assistant coach or anything else.

    Never mind. Go back to crying for Cam Heyward to be drafted sixth overall. He went OSU! He MUST go to the Browns.

    Seriously, you guys don’t have a clue.

  24. hobartbaker says: Jan 27, 2011 11:00 PM

    In preparation for coaching young QBs, Kosar has dug out old footage of his mechanics and throwing motion. It’s called “Weekend at Bernie’s”.

  25. dixon29 says: Jan 27, 2011 11:20 PM

    couldntthinkofaname,

    Cleveland has a crap-hole of a fan base? You must be joking right? The team left for three years, has had two winning seasons in 11 years since their return, and they still pack Cleveland Browns Stadium.

    Bernie Kosar is beloved in Cleveland so you must understand how Browns fans would want him to be part of the organization, it only seems natural.

    Nobody is screaming for Cam Heyward, so please, think before posting your comments.

  26. jhorton83 says: Jan 28, 2011 12:25 AM

    Belichick has since admitted he screwed up in the way he handled jettisoning Kosar from the Browns. It’s been almost 20 years. I’m sure Bernie has gotten over it.

  27. oldcracker says: Jan 28, 2011 12:55 AM

    Maybe Bernie will land with the Broncos and “fix” Tebow. :)

  28. brownyelf says: Jan 28, 2011 1:09 AM

    couldntthinkofaname (almost a witty name by the way):
    I don’t think any one is clamoring for him to be Coach or GM, I think most people would be happy to have him as as a QB coach or assistant O-coordinator, the guy can read a defense like no one I’ve ever seen and he has a similar skill set as McCoy. He would be great for him to learn from. What your issue with CLE fans anyway, did you get beat up by one as a child, or maybe as an adult? Pretty sure I haven’t heard a single Browns fan or Cleveland analyst say anything about Cam Heyword, every one wants A.J Green. I seriously laugh at all you CLE haters, why so much hate, give me a good reason

  29. freedomispopular says: Jan 28, 2011 3:21 AM

    For a second I thought he was trying to follow in Herschel Walker’s footsteps and make a comeback.

  30. joetoronto says: Jan 28, 2011 5:51 AM

    redrew says: Jan 27, 2011 8:33 PM

    He could coach QBs how to throw side armed. Seriously, the only skill Bernie has is how to move through bankruptcy court. Why would any team hire a guy who has been out of football for 15 years. Do you really think Belichick will sacrifice payroll for a guy without a current skill?
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    Did you watch him play, or were you even born yet?

  31. 8man says: Jan 28, 2011 7:07 AM

    He’s no Brian Sipe……

  32. bigbeefyd says: Jan 28, 2011 8:28 AM

    Arizona needs a QB…maybe he should go there.

  33. the1vito says: Jan 28, 2011 10:10 AM

    I’m surprised he didn’t get into coaching sooner. Later in his career, as a backup, he was essentially just a coach anyway. Remember, he was the one who called the famous Dan Marino fake spike play against the Jets.

  34. audient says: Jan 28, 2011 1:14 PM

    I grew up watching Bernie lead the Browns. It was a fine time to be Browns fan, even if we never made it to the Super Bowl. I don’t blame Bernie for that. This city and its remember Bernie fondly.

    But here’s the thing. Bernie’s been gone a long time. The organization he played for is gone. And what has Bernie done in the meantime to show that he can coach?

    The problem with the Browns hiring him is, that if he flops, how do they fire him?

    If another team sees something in Kosar that adds to their organization, then let them try it. More power to him if Kosar is successful. And if he goes and works for the Pats or the Bengals or even the Ravens, that doesn’t mean he still could end up back in Cleveland sometime, when it is right for both him and the organization.

    Good luck, Bernie.

  35. backindasaddle says: Jan 28, 2011 10:13 PM

    Bernie was one the most intelligent QBs I ever watched. With limited physical/athletic talent he managed to pick apart defenses and control games like a master. I was always amazed watching him because he looked so uncoordinated and lacking in athleticism, but it was all overcome by his mental understanding of the chess game and he had it down to a tee. He was like the a spastic nerdy QB with super smarts picking apart all the super-athletic-foaming-at-the-mouth-muscle-brained-jocks trying to stop him. Because of this he was a favorite for me to watch. It was like he was just predisposed in my brain as an underdog and so I almost always routed for him. I liked the guy.

    Not sure what his downfall was after football. He always seemed highly intelligent to me whenever I heard him speak.

    It would be a really nice turn if Belichick and Kraft gave him a position in the organization. Not a high level position certainly because his post-player track record doesn’t warrant it (in fact it doesn’t warrant getting any position at all)…but it would be nice to see the guy get a chance and it would be REALLY nice to see Belichick give it to him.

  36. joetoronto says: Jan 29, 2011 6:39 AM

    backindasaddle:

    You nailed it.

  37. trickbunny says: Jan 29, 2011 1:16 PM

    redrew says: Jan 27, 2011 8:33 PM

    He could coach QBs how to throw side armed.
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    Seems to have worked for him. Or maybe you think 286 passes in a row without an INT indicates an inaccurate, bad passer.

    Pretty sure that record still belongs to him.

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