He’s a Northeast Ohio native. He’s the last quarterback to lead the Cleveland Browns to the AFC Championship game. He’s still just as much of a fan favorite today as he was back in his playing days in Cleveland in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.
Could Bernie Kosar be the right man to fix the Cleveland Browns and get them back to prominence in the National Football League and perhaps get them to the franchise’s first Super Bowl? If you ask him, he would certainly jump at the opportunity.
In fact, Kosar has gone public with his desire to be apart of the Browns front office and help get the right players in here. Will owner Jimmy Haslam consider Bernie? That’s the million dollar question. Haslam said before the season that he has no plans to blow things up if the season goes down the tubes this year. Well the Browns are 2-7 and clearly there is no light at the end of the tunnel for a turnaround. It wouldn’t surprise me if both head coach Mike Pettine and general manager Ray Farmer are relieved of their jobs at the end of the season or even during the teams bye week next week.
Now back to Kosar. Bernie is clearly like the loyal Browns fans base that is frustrated at the losing culture here in Cleveland. Kosar currently serves as a Browns analyst for television station WOIO, the CBS affiliate in Cleveland. Kosar, during the station’s ‘Tailgate 19’ show on Sunday morning, said the following to WOIO sports director Tony Zarella.
“I want to do this, okay?,” Kosar said. “And I’ll fire myself if we are not a competitive NFL team within a year or two.”
Kosar also said he doesn’t blame the players or even the coaching staff at this point and time. Kosar wants to protect the players and coaches from what he calls the “systemic” dysfunction of the organization as a whole.
Kosar has been a part of the Cleveland Browns during the return to the league. Bernie was part of the first management team when the franchise returned to the league in 1999. Kosar joined up with the late Al Lerner and Carmen Policy. The three put up the winning bid to become the first management team of the new Cleveland Browns.
Kosar also served as the color analyst on Cleveland Browns pregame television broadcasts until the 2013 season when the organization decided to remove him from the broadcast team.
If you ask me, Kosar could be the right fit to fix the Cleveland Browns. I would be ok if the Browns went in this direction. What do they have to lose, nothing in my mind. Will Kosar get the opportunity, that remains to be seen, but the chances are very slim.