Bernie’s back! Kosar returning to Browns pregame TV show

DENVER - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Bernie Kosar
DENVER - JANUARY 17: Quarterback Bernie Kosar /

The Cleveland Browns made a smart play by brining Bernie Kosar back into the game as a pregame TV analyst.

The Cleveland Browns are busy preparing for training camp to open on July 27, but they are not too busy to throw the fans a bone.

The team announced via its Twitter feed that the popular Kosar will be returning to TV this fall as part of the team’s pregame show on Cleveland station WEWS Channel 5:

Kosar has had a rocky relationship with the team ever since being released by the club midway through the 1993 season. Since the team’s return in 1999 he has spent time in various analysts roles, most notably on preseason games.

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That role came to an end in 2013, however, as Kosar criticized several members of the St. Louis Rams during a game. While you would think it perfectly reasonable that an analyst would analyze what is happening on the field, former Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and former Browns CEO Joe Banner got themselves in a snit over it, and Kosar was ultimately removed from the preseason telecasts.

While Kosar may have lost the support of the team, he has never lost the love of the fans. Kosar has not been shy about using that love to his advantage over the years by openly campaigning for a significant role with the Browns. Late in 2015 he publicly stated the he should be the team’s general manager, an idea that far too many fans thought would be simply wonderful.

Luckily, team owner Jimmy Haslam was not one of those people.

It is good though that the Browns are back on good terms with Kosar. Players from the teams of the late-1980s still resonate with fans, and despite several years of poor health, due in part from the concussions he suffered as a player, Kosar can still break down a game and offer insight like few people covering the Browns.

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Kosar should absolutely have a place with the Browns, and if it can’t be on the actual preseason broadcasts, then having him talking about the team prior to the games is as good a place as any.