By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Observations, notes, quotes and some facts on Day 14 of Browns training camp …
* There was a period of time on Sunday when Bernie Kosar’s job as Browns TV analyst was in doubt. But cooler heads prevailed and the popular former quarterback will continue on WKYC TV-3’s preseason broadcasts after a firestorm broke out over comments Kosar made about the Rams.
During Channel 3’s broadcast of the Browns’ 27-19 win over the Rams on Thursday, Kosar harshly criticized the Rams’ receivers, receivers coach Ray Sherman and quarterback Kellen Clemens. In St. Louis, Rams coach Jeff Fisher thought the comments were over the top and said he “lost a lot of respect for him.”
Kosar personally called and apologized to Fisher on Sunday.
Browns CEO Joe Banner issued a statement reprimanding Kosar but indicating he would continue as TV analyst.
Banner said in the statement, “We don't condone the personal and unprofessional approach that Bernie took with some of his comments during the broadcast Thursday night. We’ve spoken to Bernie, he understands that, and we would expect the situation is resolved moving forward. We’ve also reached out to the Rams organization and have shared those same sentiments."
* Two fans earned the offense and defense the night off by making short field goals at the end of practice. Coach Rob Chudzinski pulled out two random fans to attempt the kicks with the entire team circled around them. Anthony Kinney of Shaker Heights made his kick to cancel the offensive meetings, and then D.J. Rapposelli of Mayfield Heights came through for the defense.
On Saturday, Chudzinski initiated a competition between offense and defense in a goal-line drill. By not scoring a TD – because the coach ruled a sack -- the offense was limited to peanut and jelly sandwiches for dinner.
“Competition makes people better,” Chud said. “I’ve always felt that, and that’s gone back to base philosophy from when I was playing football. Different ways of creating competition, you get into the doldrums of training camp and different ways of creating some fun as well. Of course, I have a special place in my heart for the fans and getting them involved out here in practice. I think everybody enjoys.”
* Josh Gordon looked like he logged a few miles running patterns. He got behind Buster Skrine on a long Brandon Weeden bomb, but couldn’t pull in the ball coming in directly over his head as he tumbled to the ground. On a crossing pattern, Gordon snared Weeden throw with one hand. Shortly thereafter, the rarest of all sights – Weeden overthrowing Gordon on a 50-yard fly pattern down the left sideline.
* Running back Montario Hardesty made his first appearance on the practice field in over a week. Hardesty had been out with a hamstring tendon injury. He was limited to individual drills. Safety T.J. Ward also was back after missing Thursday’s game and some practices with a sore hamstring. Also back was H-back Brad Smelley after a hamstring injury.
* Still out were cornerbacks Chris Owens (arch) and rookie Leon McFadden (groin).
* Another player still out is receiver David Nelson (knee). Chudzinski said, “He has made progress. We have been talking to him. We will just have to see how he comes along.”
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